Gifts on the Grid a Valentine's Day Guide

To help all you Valentines Day gift givers from scrambling to find a last minute gift – we thought we would make things easy for you and provide a V-Day gift guide for shopping local. Here are some ideas if you are struggling with what to get that special someone.

Something Thoughtful

Semi Sweet Press has tons of quirky little cards to tell your boo, bae or bestie just how you feel about them.

Semi Sweet Press
Semi Sweet Press – Clever Cards for just about anyone on V-Day!

Anything from the Wedding Chapel and Love Pop-Up Shop!  The Love Pop-Up Shop is put on by the Unseen Heros Team and is located at 3433 Broadway in Oak Park  with lots of thoughtful little finds so swing in and check it out.  You wil have the warm fuzzies knowing anything you purchase will suport local artists!


Something Pretty

Atelier 20 is located at 915 20th street and houses furniture, home decor and trinkets and also some of the most unique and pretty pieces of jewelry that can be found on the grid made by Kristi Hughes.  Forget the cheesy heart shaped necklaces that are mass produced – these one of a kind, hand made necklaces are STUNNING.

Gorgeous jewelry by Kristi Hughes found at Atelier 20 – 915 20th St.

Whitney Johnson of Johnson and Ross (the interior designer responsible for Hook and Ladder etc.) takes time every Valentine’s Day to make and deliver one of a kind bouquets with a more unique variety of flowers aside from just plain ol’ roses. Prices Range from $45-85  BONUS : the larger bouquet option comes with Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates!- Info HERE

Johnson and Ross
One of a Kind Flowers delivered by Whitney Johnon of Johnson & Ross

Something Yummy

Candy is the name of the game for Valentine’s Day.  You really just can’t go wrong.  Andy’s Candy Apothacary located at 1012 9th Street has a crazy selection of sweet treats for your lover, office mate or…yourself!

Andys Candy
Candy for Everyone at Andy’s Candy!

We mentioned it before in a post HERE but it bares repeating – California Endive bouquets are  IT this year. Beautiful, delicious and different.

Endive CA
California Endive Bouquets!


Something Kinky

Sacramento G-Spot, located at 2007 J Street has lots of fun adult products to spice your Valentine’s day up, including 50 Shades of Grey inspired merchandise – if you’re into that sort of thing.

Hours: Sunday through Thursday 10:00AM -12:00AM and Saturday and Sunday 10:00AM – 2:00AM.

Sacramento G-Spot, 2007 J Street

Let them Pick!

Booze and boutiques make people happy. A gift card to pick up a favorite bottle of wine/beer or to a favorite local boutique always make us smile.

Here is our list of our favorte spots to snag a gift card if choosing something is just too hard:


Bevmo on J

Ficklin Wilcox

58 Degrees & Holding Co.


Heart Boutique

Rire Boutique

Sugar Shack


SO What do we really want for Valentine’s Day ?  We love pretty things and thoughtfulness, deliciousness and most importantly…your time. Here are what some of our writers have to say about a perfect Valentine’s Day.

Chantel Elder: One year my husband bought me three of the longest stemmed tulips I have ever seen. We made a slightly more elaborate dinner than usual together and I sipped wine and he drank his favorite beer  – we listened to music in our tiny kitchen while we cooked. It was so simple and still one of my favorites. A Night in on Valentine’s Day is our tradition.

Brianna Nathan: Food is the way to my heart. Cured meats to-go from Block Butcher Bar + baguette from Estelle’s Patisserie. Put together a charcuterie plate back at your place, pour some whiskey, and V-Day is a total success. No crowds, completely relaxed night, and the protein/carb combo means lots of, ahem… endurance.

Amy Thoma: A bouquet of succulents after a hike, followed by a meal at One Speed and some wine.

Jamee Villa: Heart shaped pizza from Luigi’s with good wine, it’s been our tradition for 6 years!

Lisa Murphy: A night with good friends and good food watching bad tv.

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