Valentine's Day is tricky to shop for—it comes shortly after the holiday season, so you don't want to spend too much, but you do want to mark the occasion with something special. While telling your significant other, best friend, or family member how much you love them is certainly what matters the most, giving a small gift is always appreciated.
Rather than shopping from big-box retailers, consider buying your gift from a small business. Not only does it make your gift feel a bit more special and unique, but it also supports smaller, local companies, so you'll spread the love in more ways than one.
Here, we rounded up our favorite Valentine's Day gifts from small businesses.
Horti Peperomia Pink Plant
Instead of a floral bouquet, why not gift a small plant instead? The Peperomia from Horti is a versatile plant similar to a succulent, so it's one of the more hardy options you can buy. Plus, its leaves have a pink tint that's perfect for Valentine's Day. You can order the plant with just the grow pot if you already have a planter, or you can purchase it with a planter and saucer, so all they'll have to do is find a place to put it. Even better? This plant is safe for households with pets.
Askanya Haitian Chocolate Bar Mix - Set of 8
Instead of grabbing a box of chocolate at your grocery store, why not splurge on artisanal chocolate from a small company? Askanya Chocolates is a Haiti-based company that specializes in chocolate made exclusively from Haitian cacao and other ethically-sourced, local ingredients. You can buy a mixed set of eight chocolate bars which includes half milk chocolate and half dark chocolate bars, so it's perfect for sampling.
Tea Drops Tea Adventure Case - Teas Around the World
For the tea lover in your life, consider this Advent calendar-inspired Tea Adventure Case from Tea Drops. The case includes 12 days of tea, all sourced from different countries around the world, including Thailand, Morocco, England, and more. You'll get a mix of caffeinated and decaffeinated teas, as well as fun tea accessories and even QR codes to learn more about the teas and the cultures they come from. It's the gift that keeps on giving, and it may even introduce your loved one to their new favorite tea blend.
Driftaway Coffee Subscription
If your SO is more of a coffee person, a gift subscription to Driftaway Coffee is a no-brainer. First, they'll receive an Explorer Kit with five coffees from around the world; then, they'll rate their favorites, discover new blends catered to their tastes, and get new coffee delivered on a regular basis.
You get to choose the type of coffee, the size of their delivery, how often it gets delivered, and for how long. Delivery options are monthly or biweekly for three, six, or 12 months.
Morrow Heirloom Linen Sheet Set
If this is a particularly special Valentine's Day, consider going the extra mile with something that's both useful and surprisingly romantic: a set of luxurious sheets. Morrow's Heirloom Linen sheets are soft as can be, plus they're perfect for hot sleepers (especially those who overheat while sharing the bed with someone else). Available in a range of fun colors, these sheets are a gift that both you and your SO will benefit from for many years to come.
Cocokind Body Duo
Body skincare sets are always appreciated, especially when it's the dead of winter. For the person who could use some pampering, consider the Cocokind Body Duo, which includes two of the brand's best-selling products: the Scrubbing Clay and the Sake Body Lotion.
The Scrubbing Clay is packed with prebiotics and is used in the shower to cleanse and exfoliate. Afterward, the Sake Body Lotion is put on to soften and smooth the skin. When used together, this duo will give dry winter skin a much-needed boost.
Ekua Petal Mug
If you and your SO like to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea together, upgrade their mug collection with the Petal Mug from Ekua Ceramics. Made of stoneware and complete with a ridged handle that resembles a petal, this standout mug is sure to be their new favorite. This mug speaks for itself, but if you really want to go above and beyond, you can pair it with a gift card to their favorite coffee shop or with a new blend from their go-to tea company.
Yui Brooklyn Two-Tone Tulip Candle
Flowers are a classic Valentine's Day gift for a reason, but they aren't exactly a long-lasting gift. Switch it up by gifting one (or two) of these adorable tulip candles from Yui Brooklyn, which are made to order—in fact, everything from the shape, scent, and color are all customizable. Not only are there 100 different molds, but there are also 20 scents to choose from, including vanilla, bergamot, jasmine, and many more. Just take note that these candles are meant more as décor items than actual candles, so they'll burn very quickly if lit.
DOMAIN by Laura Hodges Studio Cozy Night In Gift Set
A gift set is an ideal choice for anyone who struggles with gifting, and DOMAIN by Laura Hodges Studio has several options for every type of person. In particular, the Cozy Night In set is perfect for Valentine's Day. It includes three products that are meant to elevate the night in vibes: chamomile tea from Alaya, mini eucalyptus steam shower cubes, and a striped candle holder. Whether your SO uses one or all three, they're guaranteed to have a relaxing night.
MINNA Louise Throw
Speaking of cozy, a throw blanket is a great gift to splurge on if you really want to pamper your loved one. This option from MINNA is a nice medium weight that'll keep you warm whether it's a chilly spring evening or cold winter morning. Made from 100 percent cotton, each blanket is handwoven in a Peruvian artist co-op and comes in either striped light or gray. The tassels and striped design give it some extra style, so it'll look good at the foot of the bed or on the sofa when not in use.
Amy Zhang Self Care Card Deck
Small and simple yet totally meaningful, this card deck from Amy Zhang is a great gift for your best friend. You'll get 32 illustrated prompt cards devoted to ideas for self-care, which can be read all at once for inspiration or one day at a time as a long-term activity. While you're there, check out Amy Zhang's stationery collection for a card to go along with it.
Rayo & Honey You Are Magic Pennant
Rayo & Honey's best-selling pennants tend to sell out fast, so snag one (or get on the waitlist) while you can. The You Are Magic pennant is a great gift for the person you can't live without, whether that's your significant other, best friend, or sibling. Made from 100 percent cotton canvas, it comes with a hand-knotted string for hanging and is the perfect size for displaying either on a gallery wall or on its own in a sparse corner.
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This article was written by Nicole Lund, MyDomaine's senior commerce editor. Nicole is an expert on all things shopping and is constantly searching for new up-and-coming brands and unique gift ideas. To write this article, she chose gifts from smaller businesses that stand out for their quality, functionality, and singularity.