February 14th is fast approaching, and now is the time to be thinking of what wonderful and wonder-filled handmade gifts you can give your sweetie. After all, we all know this: Handmade = Love.
Gift Basket of 8 Marshmallow Chocolate Pretzels by SweetLydias. $18. Forget that traditional box of Whitman’s…let’s face it, everybody eats 2 of the flavors and then trudges through the rest anyway. The recipient of these amazing pretzels will not have that problem. With flavors like “Caramel Pretzel Kaboom” and “White Chocolate Delights” and hand dipped and decorated to gorgeous, delicious perfection, you’ll be sure to win your loved one’s heart…for another year, at least.
Natural Rough Diamond Engagement Ring 18k and Sterling by JanishJewels. $149. Listen, we’re not saying you need to propose to your girlfriend this Valentine’s Day. We’re just saying that she’s the best thing that has ever happened to you and she makes you a better man and she’s been incredibly patient all these years waiting for you to grow up and commit already. That’s all. So when the day comes and you finally figure that out for yourself, remember this ring. The beautiful contrast between the sterling, gold, and uncut diamond makes this ring beyond special (just like your girl). This ain’t no cookie cutter engagement ring, buddy, and that’s a very, very good thing.
Origami Lotus Flower Decoration or Favor by FishandLotus. $10. Made from Italian paper printed with text from vintage French postcards, this flower will last a lot longer than that rose you grabbed at the grocery store check out. And it will make your honey a lot happier. Place a small love note inside (or, perhaps, a special piece of jewelry that we JUST mentioned?) and you take care of card, flowers, and gift all in one. Oh, and we’re pretty sure you’ll get a kiss or two as a reward.
LOVE. leather journal with Rilke quote. by MoonBindery. $49. Stop worrying about finding the right way to express your undying love to your sweetheart-this stunning journal gets your foot in the door and then leaves 320 pages for your love to fill in their thoughts on how awesome YOU are. The first page contains the wonderful Rainer Maria Rilke quote: “Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
Letterpress Love and Affection/Valentine Card by sycamorestreetpress. $4.50. Sometimes all you need is a card, and, as sycamorestreetpress points out, everything sounds prettier in French. Add a cute French Bulldog to that and you’ve got a winner. Take that, Hallmark!
you ROCK my world 8×10 Fine Art Print in Cool Brown with Aqua by FerntreeStudio. $19. Sometimes all this lovey-dovey stuff just doesn’t fit. Sometimes declaring your love to the world just feels…goofy. But you know what will never feel goofy? Declaring that you ROCK my world! The awesome color combo and gorgeous graphics make this print quite probably the most rockin’ valentine your special someone will ever receive. And it will be all because of you.
Tractor T Shirt Old School John Deere by locomotive. $22. Okay, look. Maybe tractors don’t scream eternal love to you. But you know what? The dudes we know would like this a heck of a lot more than yet another stuffed white teddy bear with a cheap satin heart declaring “I WUV YOU!” Dare to be different, and we promise your dude will love you all the more for it.