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Will You Be My Valentine?

Jan 30, 2012

by Kate Miss

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Kate Miss is a freelance graphic designer, photographer, jewelry designer, and blogger living in Los Angeles, CA. Her blog, For Me, For You, is a lifestyle and personal photo blog, and she sells her handmade jewelry under the same name on Etsy. She is equal parts cat lady and plant lady and spends an unmentionable amount of time scouring Etsy for the perfect ceramic vessels for her plants (the cat doesn’t appreciate anything but cat food).

While I’m not a die-hard Valentine’s Day kind of girl these days, I still  remember the thrill of passing out valentines in elementary school — each containing carefully chosen conversation hearts meant to express my secret love for certain boys in my class. “Will he understand that I’m totally not kidding that he’s my ‘true love’?” I’d wonder, butterflies dancing in my stomach. My days of sugar confessions may be over, but it’s still a bit thrilling to give my real true love a little something on Valentines Day day — or my BFF, because she deserves a little love as well.

For Girlfriends

[Clockwise from top left: Scarf from Leahgoren; Triangle earrings from KyleannemetalsSucculent garden from TobieanneWreath band from Kateszabone15ml Eau de Parfums from SweetanthemAntique Victorian Opal and Diamond Ring from Victorianspiritrings; Otters card from LittlebunnyMoon and back card from QuillandfoxFrench macaron from Themacaronqueen]

There isn’t anything wrong with giving your lady a mail-order bouquet of flowers on V-Day (honestly, not many girls can deny that getting flowers at work feels pretty awesome), but you can avoid a last minute 1-800-Flowers situation with a beautiful handmade or vintage gift, which is guaranteed to impress her even more.

 

For Boyfriends

[Clockwise from top left:Concrete Gray Chambray Shirt from Brooklyntailors; Card Case from Summitcreekdrygoods;  Shaving Cup from JasonrussellpotterCigar Box Sampler from PortlandgeneralstoreMan Meat Valentine Cookie Gift Box from WhippedbakeshopVintage Southwest Stone Inlay Money Clip from LucraTypography Art Print from AshleygPersonalized Camera Neck Strap from Harlex]

Guys can be tricky, but I think giving them something they might not buy for themselves is always a winning idea. Personally, I walk a fine line between mushy and practical for my guy; however, you can always include a ridiculously sappy handmade card to fulfill your Valentine’s Day duty to make him roll his eyes a bit (even if he thinks you didn’t see it).

 

For Friends

[Clockwise from top left: Thunder in our hearts tote  from Fieldguided;  Herbs and spices cookie gift box from Whimsyandspice; Standing white pot from TwpotteryMini Air Plant Pod from SeaandastersValentine’s Day vintage greeting cards from KlickatatHeart Vintage Vinyl LP from Falcon255; Best Friend 2 Piece Heart from IfoundgalleryRed Beast Heart card from Banquet]

If you don’t have a significant other in your life (or even if you do!), why not treat your bestie?

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