VALENTINE Gift Guide

Cards, sweet nothings, trinkets, baubles, food, flowers…ways to our hearts that can be found at the other end of a click. In the stores nearby. On our way home to our loved ones. Remember, it’s not all about the gifts, it’s the thought that counts. But, gifts are fun, too.

Where do we find Valentines for our beloveds? Mass market production of same-sex valentines has yet to take off, so we’re left perusing aisles for somewhat neutral lovey-dovey sentiments that aren’t specifically aimed at genders. If you’re one who plans ahead (note that this issue is out well before Valentine’s Day), you can take advantage of the selection of queer cards on Etsy, where independent artists sell their wares. What can’t be guaranteed is that all of these cards will be in-stock and available when you’re shopping online; but, what can be guaranteed is that these are probably just the tip of the iceberg. Go to Etsy.com and use search terms like “gay valentines,” “same-sex love,” “lesbian valentines,” and enjoy the results.

 

Valentines-Mi-Cielo

1 Mi Cielo (“My Heaven) and Por Vida (“For Life”) Cards, $8.00
www.etsy.com/shop/bsmithereens

GAY

2 GAY Valentine with Heart Card, $5.50 
www.etsy.com/shop/Parachute425

Hungry-Dog-Design

3 Made in Minneapolis, Hungry Dog Designs has paper dolls that double as Valentines, $9.00 
www.etsy.com/shop/hungrydogdesigns

Gay-For-You-Card

4 Gay for You Card, $5.00 
www.etsy.com/shop/maybeyoushoulddie

Moustache-Love-Lips

5 Moustache + Moustache = Love, Lips + Lips = Love Cards, $8.00
www.etsy.com/shop/picturette

Stromtrooper-Love

6 Stormtrooper Love Card, $4.50 
www.etsy.com/shop/MeowKapowShop

Rainbow-Hearts

7 Decorate for your Valentine with 8′ of Rainbow Felt Hearts, $16.00 
www.etsy.com/shop/TheFrenchKnots

Girls-Love-Silver

8 Girls in Love Silver Slider Pendant, $74.00 
www.etsy.com/shop/mujoyas

Vintage-Gay

9 Vintage Gay Couples Pendant, $30.00 
www.etsy.com/shop/Verdance

Love-is-Love

10 Love is Love Handcrafted Accent Pillow Cover, $45.00 
www.etsy.com/shop/Plumed

Gay-Valentines

11 Gay Happy Valentine’s Day Card, $2.75 
www.etsy.com/shop/HeartsGrowFonde

Girls-Kissing

12 Print of Two Heart-Covered Girls Kissing, $12.00 
www.etsy.com/shop/LittleFotoFox

Bear-Cub-Valentine

13 Bear and Cub Valentines, $3.99 
www.etsy.com/shop/tinaseamonster

Textile-Collage

14 Textile Collage Valentines, $35.00 
www.etsy.com/shop/Caracarmina

Cupid-Whoops

15 Cupid Whoops Card, $4.00 
www.etsy.com/shop/modernrubbishsf

True-Love-Hard-To-Find

16 True Love is Hard to Find Card, $4.95 
www.etsy.com/shop/stilldez

Lumberjack-Valentine

17 Lumberjack Valentine, $7.00 
www.etsy.com/shop/WalkerDavisDesigns

 

Andrew-Christain

Andrew Christian Menswear
Fantasy Gifts, most Minnesota locations including 814 Hennepin Ave.
Shorts and thongs with butt-lifting and contouring technology, sized S to XL. $18.95 to $30.00
www.fantasygifts.com

Swiss-Navy-Lubricants

Swiss Navy Lubricants
Fantasy Gifts, all Minnesota locations including 814 Hennepin Ave.
Choose from water-based, silicone, or flavored.
$2.95 to $31.95
www.fantasygifts.com

HV.k-Nagrani-Socks

HV.K. Nagrani Cotton Socks
J. Novachis, 3930 W 50th Street, Edina
Red socks with gray stripes and black motifs. $38.00

Haupt-Leather-Belt

Haupt Natural Leather Belt
J. Novachis, 3930 W 50th Street, Edina
Gunmetal-toned belt with discrete red trim will add spark to even the most conservative business look. Weathered pewter-like buckle. $128.00

One-Only-Heart

One and Only Heart
The Grand Hand Gallery, St. Paul
Minneapolis artist Brian Western repurposes glass from well-known English ale bottles to craft unique heart ornaments that send a message of love all year long. $30.00 each
www.thegrandhand.com

 

Drive-Thru-Flowers

Drive-Thru Flower Service
Linder’s Flower Shop
Linder’s is offering a curbside Valentine’s service. Guests will be able to pull up, place their order, and have their order brought out to them, without ever leaving their car. Orders can be placed online or at the Garden Center.
www.linders.com

Glass-Hearts-NodRog-Studios

Glass hearts from NodRog Studios
Max’
What’s Valentine’s Day without the hearts?  The signature piece of Donna Gordon’s collection, these hearts come in an assortment of sizes and colors and signify the journey she took to follow her passion and become a glass artist. What color is the journey that you’re on with that special someone? $65.00 – $85.0
www.stylebymax.com

Firecracker-Bracelet

Firecracker Bracelet
The Grand Hand Gallery, St. Paul
Yen Chee’s onyx and silver jewelry designs are perfect for both women and men. The Minneapolis artist creates work that feels good on the body. $105.00 each
www.thegrandhand.com

Hidden-Message-Collar-Stays

Hidden Message Collar Stays
Why settle for tucking love notes in his briefcase when you can deliver a message of love from much closer range? Both the PG-version and the more racy collar stays are made from stainless steel and feature 12 different messages of love and lust. $39.95
www.redenvelope.com

Muse-Salt-Pepper-Shakers

Mr. & Mr. or Mrs. & Mrs. Muse Salt & Pepper Shakers
Jonathan Adler
Matte white porcelain salt and pepper shakers in updated pairings of mustaches with mustaches and lips with lips. $48.00
www.jonathanadler.com

1802-Heirloom-Cookbook

Cards by Too Plus Too Studio
Designed and sold right here in Minnesota, Too Plus Too Studio has exclusive lines of GLBT cards which you can peruse at the Guild Collective in St. Louis Park or buy online. $4.50 each
www.tooplustoostudio.com

Cards-Too-Plus-Too-Studio

The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook – Autographed
A cookbook full of recipes to pass down through the generations, it’s inspired by the Beekman 1802 farm in Sharon Springs, NY, owned by Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his partner Brent Ridge, seen most recently on “The Amazing Race.” $25.00
www.beekman1802.com

 

Micro-Greens

Micro Greens by Potting Shed Creations
Linder’s Greenhouses & Garden Centers
A windowsill garden to grow fresh, intensely flavored greens year-round in 1-2 weeks. Picked fresh from the grow box, these micro greens offer an inspired addition to gourmet home cooking. $39.98
www.linders.com

Shades-of-Love-Cake

Ross Sveback’s Shades of Love Cake
Williams-Sonoma, baked by Platine Bakery in Los Angeles
Available for a limited time is the Shades of Love ombre cake by our own Ross Sveback of Elevating the Everyday.  The four-layer vanilla bean-butter cake is amply frosted with a thick layer of vanilla buttercream, and then finished with a swirl of pretty rosettes in graduated shades of pink. $99.95, shipped frozen
www.williams-sonoma.com

XO-Chocolate-Box

The XO Chocolate Gift Box from Recchiuti
Max’s
Indulge in a little extra loving with the XO Box this Valentine’s Day! Raspberry and framboise kissed chocolate fills the geodesic dome. Rich dark chocolate hugs creamy dark chocolate ganache with a whisper of vanilla bean, molded into a heart shape. X’s and O’s never tasted like this before! $40.00
www.stylebymax.com

Valentine-Cake-Pans

Valentine Cake Pans by Wilton
Target
Choose from a three-pack of heart-shaped springform pans, a heart-shaped fluted cake pan, or a cake pan that spells Love, all with nonstick coating. $9.99 each
www.target.com, online and in-store

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