3 March, 2021
Made in Virginia: The Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Made in Virginia: The Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you don’t know what to bring your significant other, don’t stress! Use this Valentine’s Day gift guide to help choose the perfect gift for that special someone in your life, whether it’s unique jewelry, decadent chocolate treats, or Virginia wines.

Gearharts chocolates

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Do you want to bring something sweet to your sweetheart? Pick up a box of handcrafted chocolates from the Fine Chocolates in Charlottesville or Richmond Gearhart locations, or order a box online to have it delivered straight to your home. Treat yourself to a few extra boxes while you’re at it! To sample a range of flavors, opt for the 16-piece, assorted box of delicious mixes such as mint julep, almond mocha, tequila lime and vanilla bean brulee, or opt for the six-pack chocolate bar.

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Photo credit: Jamie Goodin

Do you want more sweet things? If chocolates and candy are the route to the heart of your love, there are plenty of goodies in Virginia to create the ultimate Valentine’s Day sugar-filled gift basket, like Cocoa Mill Chocolate Co. in Roanoke.

Red Truck Bakery Cookbook

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If you’re shopping for a DIY foodie, you can’t go wrong with a popular Virginia cookbook, such as the latest version of the Red Truck Bakery Cookbook, written by bakery owner and chef Brian Noyes. Located about an hour outside of Washington, DC, the baked goods and desserts at this small-town bakery have been recognized by big-name publications like the New York Times and Washingtonian Magazine, as well as celebrities like Oprah and former President Barack Obama. Try one of his proven recipes from our Inside the Kitchen range before buying. We promise you will be amazed!

Sun & Selene jewelry

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Photo Credit: Brittany DeRaffele

Owner, designer and jeweler Brittanny DeRaffele founded Sun & Selene Jewelry in 2013 and combined her love for astrology with classic mythological stories and ancient goddesses to create beautifully modern jewelry. Each piece is handcrafted, hammered, polished and finished. The result are unmistakable rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces that are suitable for everyday life and are sure to become favorites for your significant other. Shop online to see the latest selection of radiant jewelry from Sun & Selene.

Chesapeake Bay oysters

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Photo Credit: Todd Wright, IG Account: @toddwrightphoto

Many claim oysters are an aphrodisiac, so these delicious clams are the perfect starter for a Valentine’s Day meal. Order a bushel from a Virginia oyster company like Rappahannock Oysters or Anderson’s Neck Oyster Company. With eight different oyster regions and over a dozen oyster companies offering delivery and collection during COVID-19, you can find oysters to suit your tastes, from the saltyest oysters grown in seawater to buttery oysters sourced from the Rappahannock River be harvested.

Virginia State Necklace

Love is in the air during Valentine’s Day, and what better way to share your love than with a Virginia State necklace? These handcrafted gold and silver necklaces can be paired with the dainty heart earrings that are also available in the Etsy shop of Charlottesville-based jewelry designer Amy Houston.

AR’s hot southern honey

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Made in the Shenandoah Valley with honey from beehives in Virginia’s Appalachia, AR’s Hot Southern Honey is an ideal gift for Valentine’s Day lovers who prefer both sweet and spicy flavors. This local honey can be drizzled over roasted chicken, paired with cheese and charcuterie, or stirred into your loved one’s favorite drink to add a little sweet warmth. For more food-inspired articles, see the latest VA Foodie Gift Guide. Go for a few different Virginia products to create a delicious Valentine’s Day gift basket.

Hugo Kohl jewelry

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Instead of grabbing a shiny ball from a jewelry chain, indulge in a piece of unique handcrafted jewelry from Hugo Kohl Jewelry in Harrisonburg. This jewelry store is one of the few in the world that uses old world artisanal methods and tools to create stunning pieces that you won’t find anywhere else. Browse their online store or head to the Harrisonburg store to look for the latest jewelry and peer through the showroom’s glass wall as the owner methodically creates each and every piece.

Naked Goat Soap Co. candles

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It may be difficult to find freshly cut flowers in Virginia during the chilly days surrounding Valentine’s Day, but you can still fill your loved one’s home with incredible scents with a few gifts from the Naked Goat Soap Company. We recommend the soy candles, which are both paraben and phthalate free and housed in modern concrete jars handcrafted by the owner’s husband. The candles come in airy, light scents like Thicket, which are infused with lavender (a lavender hybrid), sage and citrus, or opal with notes of orchid flowers. In addition to candles, the company sells goat milk soaps, essential oils and other natural body products with beautiful, refreshing scents.

Handley watches

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Photo credit: Jay Carpenter

Gift the special man in your life with a Handley watch, made in Richmond by a married couple. These stylish watches offer state-of-the-art design and function while being comfortable enough to be worn all day. Sporty wearers will appreciate the Nester, a waterproof sports watch, or opt for the Capital or Continental for men who prefer a more sophisticated and sophisticated look. See the website for a full list of the styles and colors available.

Virginia Wines & Craft Beverages

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If you’ve lived in Virginia for any length of time, your sweetheart most likely has a popular local winery, brewery, embroidery, or distillery. Grab a bottle of wine or spirits or a six-pack of the most popular beers or cider as a Valentine’s Day gift that will earn you kudos from your partner.

Elodies Naturals skin care products

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Photo Credit: Elodie Cally

Elodie’s Naturals is a cosmetics business focused on making healthy, simple skin care formulas that are made without complicated chemicals. This Valentine’s Day, put together a gift bag of luxury products from Elodie’s Naturals, including plant-based, vegan-friendly French lip balms (available in flavors such as caramel and blackberry), face lotions, moisturizing serums and hand creams.

Virginia is for merch lovers

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Say “I Love You” with some unique Virginia is for lover merch that reflects your significant other’s interests, from craft beer growlers and oyster platters to wooden cutting boards and hiking backpacks.

A romantic getaway in Virginia

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Finally, take your favorite person with you for a romantic weekend getaway to Virginia! Many hotels and resorts have Valentine’s Day packages and deals to save money and add extra love-inspired items like wine, chocolates, and flowers. Do you prefer a Valentine’s Day adventure that offers seclusion and privacy? Book a cozy cabin vacation to spend time with that special someone.

Tell us what are your plans for Valentine’s Day this year in Virginia? Let us know your gift ideas and stories in the comments below!

Made in Virginia: The Valentine’s Day Gift Guide first appeared on Virginia’s travel blog.

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