Commercial? Overhyped? Painfully stressful? If these words come to mind when thinking about Valentine’s Day, you’re not alone.
But if you also have someone in your life who enjoys the holiday — or who, ahem, expects a present — we have some ideas to help you lean into the day and express your affection in a way that makes them feel truly loved.
Put a spin on the classic gift of heart jewelry with Erika Laureano Design’s Heart Necklace ($138 at Venue, Ballard; Ventures, Pike Place Market; and erikalaureanodesign.com), made in North Bend, Washington. Available in brass or sterling silver, the handmade piece has a wabi-sabi feel and hangs a bit askew — a symbol that while love isn’t always perfect, it’s still beautiful.
Get your wellness junkie loaded up on chocolate with Two Cranes Botanicals Drinking Chocolate ($45 at twocranes.co), which includes 80 milligrams of hemp CBD per serving along with organic, fair-trade cacao, organic coconut oil and adaptogens. The Seattle company also sells single-course CBD oils if you want to add on a seriously relaxing massage.
If dog is your co-pilot, show him some love with a Wild One Personalized Stainless Steel Bowl ($35 at wildone.com). Starting Thursday, you can add up to 25 engraved characters to the classic, dishwasher-safe bowls, available in black or tan. Our suggestions: “I wuff you,” “Paw-some,” “Friends fur-ever” (please, keep the puns going …).
Snuggle up for a cozy evening in — now and for nights to come — with the Anker Nebula Capsule II Projector ($580 at seenebula.com). The compact projector creates a huge, crystal-clear picture, and the built-in Android TV provides thousands of apps, so you can create a home-theater setup in any size home.
Wine is a classic (and safe) gift for a Valentine or Galentine. Take that nice bottle up a notch with a Verloop Rib Knit Bottle Sleeve ($19 at shop.verloopknits.com), made sustainably from remnants and repurposed yarn. Available in a variety of fun colors, they stretch to fit snuggly around a bottle, can be reused and add a bit of hygge coziness to your thoughtful gift.
Need to send a message, but aren’t into sappy, sentimental cards? Check out the locally made selection of Sad Shop Valentine Cards ($5 at Annie’s Art & Frame, Ballard, and sadshop.co), with smart-alecky-yet-heartful messages such as “The world is a mess, but I’m glad you’re in it,” “I love you to the fridge and back” and “You are the right amount of grumpy.”
You love them, they love you, you both love the outdoors. Celebrate all that love with the Parks Project National Parks are for Lovers Gift Box ($48 at parksproject.com). It includes the company’s retro-cool design on two pairs of socks and two 12-ounce enamel mugs, and throws in a sweet card that reads “I’d rather be in a National Park with you.” And your gift goes further: For every product sold from the Parks for Lovers collection, the company donates 5% of the purchase price to the National Park Foundation.
Give your most stressed-out Galentine the gift of self-pampering with the Herbivore Staycation Glow Facial Oil + Mask Duo ($84 at herbivorebotanicals.com). The set includes the local company’s Brighten Gemstone Mask, with pineapple enzymes that exfoliate and brighten, and Orchid Facial Oil, with jasmine oil and orchid extract for hydration and glow.
Wrap your outdoorsy fella in a big hug every time he hits the slopes or trails with the Outdoor Research Extension Cowl Neck Hoody ($89 at out doorresearch.com). Designed in Seattle, the cozy mid-layer provides stretch and breathability with unique and sporty styling thanks to an insulated layer with stretch woven overlays.
The couple that travels together stays together. Inspire dreams of adventures in exotic (and sunny) locales with the whimsical Justina Blakeney Summer Time Hook Pillow Set ($88 at jungalow.com). Made of 100% wool and cotton, with poly fill, the set is sure to bring delight to the bedroom. And for every product sold, Blakeney’s company, Jungalow, plants two trees.
You share everything — and now you can share your fragrance, too, with the new Juniper Ridge Colognes ($35 at juniperridge.com). Available in scents such as Coastal Pine and Redwood Mist, the unisex colognes smell like the best of the outdoors. All natural, the ingredients include just organic sugar cane alcohol and steam-distilled essential oils made from gatherings taken from forests along the West Coast. The Oakland company is involved in native plant restoration projects from San Diego to Seattle, and 10% of profits are donated to wilderness defense organizations.
And when you just need to grab something sweet, pick up an armful of Trader Joe’s Raspberry Rose White Chocolate Bars ($2.49 each). They’re made in Belgium, and the pressed rose design is sure to make anyone’s day a little more lovely.