10 Unique and Thoughtful Valentines Gifts that Don’t Come From the Mall
Posted on February 05 2019
If you’re like us, November and December are notoriously dominated by family, cooking, shopping, and travel. I’m not sure my loved ones, especially my partner, even had a chance to have an actual conversation with me!
This is why Valentine’s Day matters. The holiday dust has settled, the longest month in history is in the books, and it’s time to re-align with our loved ones. Valentine’s Day is a chance to show those around us that we just couldn’t do life without them.
If you are one to run into a drug store, grab a card, and promise a dinner date - we challenge you this year to make a little effort. It will go a LONG way - for both of you;)
Here’s a list of gifts that are unique, curated, and sure to impress. Take notes for your own shopping or forward to a loved one in need of a hint;) In no particular order...you’re welcome:
1 - Flower power is the way to someone’s heart on Valentine’s Day but this year, try something unique and give an UrbanStems flower subscription! Each month your favorite person will receive a beautiful bouquet or cool house plant. Flowers delivered each month?! Nothing better.
2 - Liqueur, bourbon, and all the accoutrements! Nashville’s finest Bourbon (Nelson's Green Brier Distillery) is easily our pick for all things bourbon. Schedule a tour and learn about the Nelson brothers and their dedication to preserving history and their great-great-great grandfather’s distillery.
3 - Vinyl is back. We are lucky in Nashville to have many great spots to grab an album, but depending on where you live Vinyl shops can be hard to find. The subscription service at Vinyl Me, Please has fixed that. Subscribe to receive hip hop, jazz, and everything in between. Much like clothing and wine subscriptions - you pick your favorites. They’ll be reading liner notes and loving you for this one!
4 - Everyone thinks about a spa day, but what about a skin day? Lemon Laine in Nashville, is a wonderful all natural beauty studio specializing in customized skin care solutions. Most of us are too busy to get this done on our own but a gift means we’ll carve out time to make it happen.
5 - Valentine’s Day is nothing without the gift of perfume. Oh yes, our favorite scent of the moment is Le Labo Santal 33 Eau de Parfum. It’s a refreshing, unisex scent for everyone on your list. Scent shopping is not easy, in fact, it’s overwhelming - so we’re making it easy on you. Start and end with this beautiful scent.
6 - Jewelry is always a surefire win. Seraphine Design’s new Convertible Opal Drop Earrings are functional and beautiful. These check all the boxes: unique, wearable both day and night, chic, timeless, and quality. These earring are only the latest - but we also have gorgeous cuffs, unique rings, cool collars, and custom options that scream “I love AND I thought about you” this V-day.
7 - Time to break out the hot wax;) Why not have a fun experience before dinner at The Candle Bar. You’ll hand-pour custom candles, drink wine and well, whatever comes next. Perfect unique date night for old and new flames! ← see what we did there.
8 - What’s better than a good cheese, great wine, and a gorgeous Tennessee view? Just outside of Franklin, Arrington Vineyards is the perfect Valentine’s Day destination. Sip flights of wine, relax, and enjoy the gigantic bonfire at Middle Tennessee’s premier wine maker, owned by country music legend Kix Brooks. Packing a thoughtful picnic is always a romantic move but if that’s not your thing - they have charcuterie board fixings for sale on the property.
9 - Here’s an affordable and thoughtful gift for a friend, hostess, or loved one. The packaging and presentation from AirFriend on Etsy to grow plants is too cute and it’s a great twist on classic flower delivery that will last much longer on your office desk. The air plants come in some of our favorite gems and minerals like black tourmaline crystal and purple amethyst and it’s the perfect gift to remind someone you’re thinking of them.
10 - For a classic gift saddle up and stay warm with anything from Pendleton — we love their flannel shirts, coats, blankets and luggage. It’s an American mainstay and the brand does great work with US National Parks, which we love. Not sure what to get? A gift card from Pendleton is always a win.
We did the hard work for you. Now order up, have the gift mailed to a friend so that it doesn’t get intercepted, and don’t forget that at least half of the gift is the note that’s attached.
Did we miss anything on our list? Tell us in the comments. As always, thanks for reading. We count you amongst our treasured Valentines and send you all lots of love this Valentine’s Day.
Brooke and Keaton