Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day rolls around again. Ah, the pressure of Valentine’s Day gifts! It’s always hard to choose the perfect present for this post-Christmas holiday. Whether you’re looking for gifts for him, gifts for her, gifts for a friend, I pulled together a few Valentine’s Day gift ideas. These Valentine’s Day gifts all have some sort of romantic or Valentine’s-ish angle, making them fun to give or get.

Unisex Valentine’s Day Gifts

These romantic gifts work for guys or gals.


A well-chosen libation will always win you points, plus it’s something you can enjoy together. Make bubbly feel extra special with Thibaut-Janisson’s Virginia-made bubbly, available at most wine shops and grocery stores around town.

One of Virginia's best sparkling wines is a perfect romantic gift.

Or, if you want to choose real champagne that won’t break the bank, head to Lidl for a bottle that retails for $19.99.

Lidl carries real champagne for just $20 a bottle
Did you know you can score actual champagne at Lidl?

A tasting flight of local rums from Virago Spirits, James River Distillery, and Trial & Error would be pricier, but also fun. Pick up a bottle of each and set up a tasting so you can sample all three, then whip up a cocktail.


One of my favorite options for chocolate is locally made  Gearharts gift boxes. The flavors are distinctive and beautiful, making your gift feel special and making tasting a fun activity you can savor together. There’s also a lovely Valentine’s gift basket that includes an 8-piece assortment, pistachio toffee dipped in dark chocolate, a molded dark chocolate “love” bar, and four blackberry-merlot chocolates made with Virginia Blenheim Vineyards wine.

Gearharts Valentine's Day Gift Basket is delicious and ready to gift. No extra work required.


However, another fun and decadent gift is the Brix Chocolate for Wine Lovers Gift Set. The set contains four bars, each of which pairs specifically with different wine varietals. I gave this for a Valentine’s gift a few years ago along with a nice bottle of red wine, and the gift made for many evenings of sampling and savoring.

If your lover likes chocolate-dipped fruit, head to Wegmans where there is a special counter set up in the front of the store with gourmet berries freshly dipped in all sorts of toppings. Can’t make it to the store or have a far-away paramour? I must admit Shari’s Berries are also really tasty.


A fun way to make memories together. Get the Polaroid Originals Onestep 2 Viewfinder Camera and a few roles of film… it’s up to you what sort of pictures you take!


Scratch-Off Map

Planning a life of romantic travels? Track them together with this fun Scratch-Off Map. Frame and hang so you can scratch off after each new adventure.

This scratch-off-where-you've-been map displays your past adventures in a dynamic and eye-catching way.


Sensual Awakening Sleep Ritual Herbalized Body Oil

Start a sleep ritual together. Laura’s Botanicals locally made Sensual Awakening Sleep Ritual Herbalized Body Oil contains a blend of nighttime florals, warm tropical spices, and antioxidant-rich green tea leaves to calm you before bed and enhance your skin while you sleep. The oil should be massaged into arms, back and legs before sleep. To make the experience even more luxurious, use it after a warm shower.

Laura's Botanicals Sensual Awakening Body Oil is a romantic, Richmond-made Valentine's Day gift

Valentine’s Day Gifts For Her

Kate Spade New York Love Birds Scarf

Not only is this Women’s Kate Spade New York Lovebirds Scarf pretty, but the love birds theme will have her thinking of you every time she wraps up.



Speaking of Kate Spade, this Romantic Rocks Mini Pendant Necklace is romantic without being overly showy or sappy.

This Kate Spade heart pendant feels romantic without being over the top.

Yves Saint Laurent Heart and Arrow Rouge Volupte Shine Collector Oil-in-Stick Lipstick

This limited edition Yves Saint Laurent Heart And Arrow Rouge Volupte Shine Collector Oil-In-Stick Lipstick was inspired by Monsieur Saint Laurent’s love notes. The lipstick is made up of 60% oil so it’s also moisturizing and perfect for winter. All the colors look pretty, but if you’re feeling unsure, Coral Spontini looks like a neutral pink that would complement most skin tones. For a bolder lady, choose Rouge Tuxedo.

Yves Saint Laurent lipstick that moisturizes in a fancy tube is a perfect Valentine's Gift.Monsieur Big Mascara

Also fun, is Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara in the special edition tube. The design is cute and festive. Plus, you don’t need to worry about choosing the right shade when it’s mascara. Black is a universal!


For Him

Dressed Up Six Pack

Okay, really this is for him or her or any beer lover, but I’m putting it in the boy category. Choose six brews and put them in this festive carrier. Any beer-lover will love you even more.



Portable Campfire

Curl up by the fire any time anywhere. That’s right, this Radiate Portable Campfire burns for over three hours. It’s reusable and is made from soy wax. All the romance of a fire without the smoky smell or ashes!



RVA-made Burn Down For What has a special line of “Mandles” for the guys who appreciate a nice scent. Morning Wood, made to smell like a campfire but better, is just the right hint of funny and flirty.

Burn Down for What Morning Wood Mandle is a funny, flirty Valentine's Day gift for him
Valentine’s Day Gifts For Fido

You can’t forget your beloved pet in your holiday celebrations!

Heart Bandanna

This cute little bandanna for your pup is locally made and comes in a variety of sizes. Plus, it’s only $8. Nice and easy!


The perfect little Valentine's Day scarf for your pooch

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