February 14th is the day of love. Valentine’s Day is all about spoiling the people you love, whether this is your romantic partner, your best friends, your family, or even yourself! No matter if you opt for the classics: candles, lingerie, and flowers, or if you want to go outside of the box (of chocolates) with a memorable weekend trip, this list of 14 small businesses has got you covered with a Valentine’s Day gift your love, will love.
No grocery store flowers and discount chocolates on your way home from work this year. Find that special gift for that special someone with this Valentine’s Day gift guide we are totally head over heels for.
Set the mood with your special someone this year with these affordable luxury candles. Or indulge in some self care because who says you can’t be your own valentine? Bijou Candles offers pop culture candles that look good and smell even better. With 5 different sizes of candles and various candle sets, you’ll be sure to light up your valentine’s day with this gift idea. These clean-burning, soy candles can burn up to 140 hours making it the gift that keeps on giving. Did we mention customers even say they’re guaranteed to give off magical vibes? True story.
Whatever February 14th means to you–Valentine’s, Galentine’s, Palentine’s, or Self-Love-entine’s (alright, we’re still working on that one), Bijou Candles sparks that magic you’ve been waiting for.
Not the mushy gushy romantic type? Valentine’s Day doesn’t give you total heart eyes? Don’t worry–skip the traditional uber romantic gifts this year and stay true to yourself with a fun, sassy gift.
Show your fun side with Wolf and Rebel’s collections of sassy greeting cards, key chains, and stickers. This self-care shop has you covered for all of your love day needs. From adorable handmade jewelry for your gal pals, to dog bandanas for your furry valentines, to beauty and wellness products perfect for treating yourself, you can count on Wolf and Rebel. Give your special valentine a gift that will make them laugh because it’s just so you.
There’s a reason flowers are a tried and true Valentine’s day gift. Stick to the classics this year and give your special someone a single red rose or a full bouquet of beautiful flowers. The Million Roses specializes in beautiful personalized flower boxes of the timeless symbol of eternal love and affection: roses. These roses are hand picked from their private farm in Ecuador and can be shipped basically anywhere in the world. A perfect option for when you and your valentine are a country or even an ocean apart. You can even get your rose box engraved for an extra special touch!
Oh yeah, did we mention these roses last up to 3 years? Yup, that wasn’t a typo (don’t worry, we did a double take too). 3 years, 36 months, 1095 days or however you measure 3 years. So if you’re looking for a gift to make a long-lasting impression, here you are!
4. Wine Stories
Red, white, rosé, champagne, even orange–Wine Stories has you covered for when you’re looking to unwind with a nice glass of wine with your special someone. After spending several years working in restaurants and wine bars in Amsterdam and Tuscany, founders Olile and Ricky wanted to make good, natural wine available to more people. This led to the birth of Wine Stories in 2017, where customers can order wine online from special winemakers who share characteristics like low yields, rediscovered local grape varieties, biodynamic or organic winemaking, and more.
Opting for Galentine's or Palentine’s Day this year? Did somebody say rosé all day? Whatever your go-to celebration drink is, Wine Stories offers a variety of natural wines where the only additive is a great story! Sourced from small wineries with a passion for winemaking, Wine Stories is the perfect gift idea for a special occasion. Or you can sign up for their monthly subscription box and get 1, 3, or 6 bottles delivered right to your front door in many European countries..
Skip the alcohol this year and make Valentine’s Day one to remember. This mocktail brand has a variety of booze-free beers, wines, spirits, and ready-to-drink beverages for every occasion. Undrink is the perfect option for anybody who doesn’t drink alcohol and will help you step up your hosting game by offering the designated drivers something a bit more exciting than H2O.
This Australian non-alcoholic brand truly has something for everyone. They've curated mixed packs, weekly specials, and even a line of vegan-friendly products. People opt not to drink for tons of different reasons and this brand truly gets that. So go ahead and undrink yourself silly this February 14th.
Handzy Shop + Studio has a wide variety of cute, positive clothing, accessories, home decor, and greeting cards that would make the perfect gift. They’ve even put together a ‘Valentine’s Day Shop’ full of the perfect gifts that won’t break the bank. For just $5 you can give your special someone an adorable card filled with a love letter that’ll make their heart skip a beat. Or you can pick a bunch of different gifts and create a lovely gift basket this year!
This upbeat boutique is your one stop shop for all your valentines this year. Since Valentine’s Day is about love, why not celebrate all the people you love in your life? Not just the ones you kiss. Whether you want a helpful game to prioritize what’s important with your partner, a thoughtful friendship book for your bestie, or an affirmation card deck for yourself. Spread the love (and the cuteness) this year.
7. Con Caramelo
You want your Valentine’s Day gift to be full of love, but why not make sure it’s also full of caramel this year? This sweet Chilean brand is on a mission “to make candies that everyone can eat,” which is why all of their products are vegan, natural, and gluten free. They also offer sugar-free candies and treats and only use natural fruit essences and vegetable pigments.
Con Caramelo sells candies, gummies, palettes, and chocolates to fit any sweet tooth’s needs. Their palettes are hand-crafted, beautiful treats that would make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Nothing says I love you like a delicious, caramel mini heart popsicle, right?
8. Photo Walaa
Nothing shows you care like a personalized gift that your valentine couldn’t possibly get anywhere else. Create a memorable gift like a mosaic photo frame, long distance map, or personalized mug.. These gifts have all the nostalgia of a homemade scrapbook without all the cutting, gluing, and mess. Photo Walaa makes the process easy even for the most unartistic gift-givers. Start by selecting the perfect gift, then design the product using your own photos, and finalize this timeless gift with the finishing touches like gift wrapping or a heartfelt message.
Photo Walaa also offers a variety of other special custom gifts such as long-distance hugging pillows, printed polaroids, digital oil painting portraits, and more. If you don’t have a way with words, say everything you need to with a photo this year. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words so a custom collage must be worth millions.
If you love the idea of a personalized photo gift, but don’t have the actual photos yet, then this one's for you. Create more memories with your loved ones with a unique road trip this Valentine’s Day. Guess Where Trips offers a variety of one-day surprise road trips throughout Canada. All you have to do is visit their website, pick a trip that fits your preferences in terms of region, attractions, distance to first stop, and accessibility, and then they’ll mail you a package with all the details on what to bring and envelopes explaining each stop. Or take their 4-step trip quiz to get a personalized recommendation!
Guess Where Trips is the perfect way to explore your own backyard in a whole new way, discovering hidden gems at every stop. It makes a great Valentine’s Day gift for those looking for a unique experience that’s exciting for everyone involved. Plus, they do all the hard planning work and take care of the details for you. Make this Valentine’s Day a memorable one!
This one is for all of you who have little valentines at home. Valentine’s Day is all about showing the people you love the most how special they are. For all the parents out there, that can be your kids at home. Bamobam is the perfect small business to support when wondering what to buy for Valentine's Day. With tons of product categories, including a curated Valentine’s Day product catalog, you can find a gift for all of your kids, no matter if they’re just starting to sit up or if you can’t get them to sit still.
This Costa Rican toy boutique specializes in sustainably designed toys that have a positive impact on children and the environment. They even offer a loyalty program, Bam! Points, so you can save on your next purchase for your little loves! Your child will get a new toy, feel loved, and learn at the same time.
11. Naked Bar Soap
This Black-owned self-care shop is perfect for those of you who are your own valentine. The most important kind of love is self love so don’t forget to treat yourself this year. Nothing screams self-care like unwinding in a relaxing bath. Naked Bar Soap has you covered in this department with their wide range of natural signature soaps, bath bombs, and salt soaps.
If you want to score major points with your signature other, gift them some of these self-care products to show them how much you care about their mind, body, and wellness. Naked Bar Soap has a wide range of artisan soap scents, so why not try out a few of your favorites this Valentine’s Day? Sometimes the best things come in the smallest packages!
12. A Spice Affair
If your valentine is a total foodie, then we’ve got you covered. For tons of us, the way to our heart is through our stomach. Make this Valentine’s Day extra special by bringing the luxury of a fine dining experience into your own home. A Spice Affair is a Canadian brand, launched by a 4th generation spice merchant “to create a line of seasonings that could marry the beauty of natural unadulterated ingredients with a passion for big bold flavors, without chemicals or compromise.” The perfect option to spice up your Valentine’s Day (pun very much intended) with a delicious home-cooked meal.
Impress your bae this February with a gourmet dish using one of A Spice Affair’s many recipes listed on their blog. If your valentine is the one who does the cheffing, browse all of A Spice Affair different gift sets and special collaborations to give them something they’ll love to use. Bonus–this is really a gift for you too once you’re enjoying those delicious home-cooked meals ;)
When you think of classic Valentine’s Day gifts, jewelry is another one that comes to mind. If you’re a sucker for the classics, this next brand is for you. Midori Jewelry Co. is a jewelry brand that embraces the beauty of nature and creates timeless pieces to reflect that. With a wide range of necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets, and anklets, you can carefully select a piece that your Valentine can feel good about wearing.
This brand was born out of founder Olivia Wu’s own struggle with finding high-quality jewelry at affordable prices. That’s why she founded Midori to share mindfully crafted pieces available for great prices. With every purchase from Midori, you’re also supporting the planet through their 1% planet partnership. We think this Valentine’s Day gift idea will earn you a few gold stars of your own.
Last but certainly not least, we’d be remiss not to include the quintessential Valentine’s Day gift idea: lingerie. This Australian-owned brand is your one stop shop for artfully designed and beautifully crafted lingerie and swimwear. Whether you are going on a vacation or a staycation this Valentine’s day, Naran Lingerie has a wide selection of lingerie and bathing suits to make your significant other embrace their sexuality and confidence.
This brand aims to enable their customers to be all that they can be, “fierce, sexy, feminine, and completely unique.” Treat the special lady in your life to a luxurious gift that’ll make her look and feel her best for this special occasion.
So…totally in love yet?
Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to shake up your sweats and Netflix routine. Whether you’re celebrating big or staying in, make this February 14th one to remember with an extra special gift. Show how well you know your love with a gift that they’ll absolutely adore. Don’t worry, we’ll even let you take credit for the gift idea. Happy shopping lovebugs!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on February 3, 2022 and was updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness on January 24, 2023.