Valentine’s gifts: spread love locally

If you love or hate Valentine’s day, chances are there is still someone in your life who would like a little something on this romantic day. If you know me, you know that I LOVE love, so naturally I love the holiday that is all about love. For me, it is more than just giving a gift to your husband or boyfriend. I think back to grade school when everyone would make or give valentines to everyone in the class. Spreading love and smiles from a young age has really stuck with me. Now that I am a grown lady with a husband of my own, I like to keep the same mentality. After all, it is about making people that you love, feel that love with a small gesture. No matter who you’re shopping for, I hope this guide helps you treat those special people in your life. With so many small businesses still struggling as we enter 2021, I wanted to make a point to feature all unique gifts and experiences local to RVA in the guide this year.

Experiences:

River City Food Tours –  Church Hill Food Tours will help you experience the best food Church hill, or other areas of RVA , has to offer.

At home treats – Goody Goody is doing all kinds of Val/Galentine’s treats, including hot chocolate bombs, fondue sets, edible massage and body dust and so much more!

The gift of style -Know someone who could use a little help with their wardrobe? Give the gift of a personal wardrobe stylist. Services include personal shopping, closet clean outs, special events shopping, and more

Romantic dinner – Treat your sweetheart to a romantic private dinner from Edibles by Lisa. Choose from three options, all including some yummy sweetheart punch. Order until February 11, 2021 at www.ediblesbylisa.com

Staycation – The Virginia Cliffe Inn is offering a Valentine’s day weekend getaway special

Date night gift sets – Bring home the romance from Velvetspaunlimited.com with their date night gift set including strawberries, wine and soap of your choosing.

Local support:

To go bag – Courthouse Creek Cider is creating cider and cupcake gift bags with Vanilla and Bourbon, and Cider bloody Mary kits with Back Pocket Provisions mix! All wrapped up and ready to go with a cute/clever Valentine’s day tag.

A Valentine’s Day boudoir shoot – Spoil your spouse with seductive images from Precious Images photography. Professional book and professional makeup artist included in your booking.

A growler from his favorite brewery

Handcraft pearl jewelry – Shower her with local beauty and pearls from KoDesigns. What woman doesn’t love jewelry? For Dirty Blonde Stylist followers use code VDay10 for 10% off!

Sweets and treats – The Sweetest Thing will be offering a sweetheart box including a pair of cupcakes, cookies, truffles, chocolate-covered strawberries, and bite-sized cheesecakes. YUM!

Local artistry – Give the gift of art that will last forever from Painting in Pearls

Personalized portraits – Celebrate your beauty with Amanda Miles Photography and a Simply. You. Portrait session.

Gifted RVA Box – $120.00-$80.00 Choose from a variety of themes that all scream RVA. From local coffee to stay-cation, there is something that will surely fit your Richmond asthetic.

Under $30:

Hot Coco Bombs – River City Sweets is offering hot chocolate bombs and decorate-your-own Valentine’s Day cookie kits.

Conversation heart bath bombs – Loving these sweet bombs from Coco Fiona Co. Perfect for the lady in your life.

DIY candle kits – Bring out your crafty side with this adorable candle kit from Art Factory Play Cafe & Party Place!

Custom treat boxes- Shop these gorgeous treat boxes for your loved one, pick from six different styles to best fit your love.

Candle and wax melt bundles – Festive candles to set the mood from It’s Your Light, all hand-poured right here in RVA

Sassy Bee Big Spoon Little spoon pillowcases – Add that a little love to your bedding with these cute pillowcases.

For your Galentine:

RVA Brew Crew brewery tour – Galentine’s rides all weekend. It’s a whole weekend (starting Thursday 2/11) of ladies celebrating ladies! 2/13 is sold out but other days still have availability for private tours!

At home wine tastings – Choose from a varity of unique wines to bring home for your own tasting. Consult with an expert and place your custom order at WineShop at Home.

Indoor Galentine’s Day picnic – Host your girls to an indoor picnic from HLS parties galore. includes linens, cutlery, charcuterie board and wine and so much more!

Events:

Soulmate Shuffle 5k– run-on-your-own 5k event that comes with a pair of conversation heart socks and more. Perfect opportunity to support a nonprofit and stay active with friends.

I hope this guide makes it easy and fun to shop for your Valentine this year. Support your local business and continue to spread the love!

-MB

Published by thedirtyblondestylist

Stylist Designer Photographer Event Planner Fashion Obsessed

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