2015 Valentine Gift Guide

Burly BakersSweetheart Sampler
$35
Burly Bakers
www.burlybakers.com
Atlanta-based Burly Bakers burst onto the dessert scene in early 2013 with a simple motto at the heart of everything they do: “If you’re gonna be bad, it better be good.” And that’s why out owner Bill Armstrong only uses the highest quality ingredients available to serve up their Southern-style brand of gourmet treats. Now their treats can be delivered nationwide, like the Sweetheart Sampler, just in time for Valentine’s Day, which includes their four bestsellers: Blackberry Almond Shortbread Bars, Brown Butter Cashew Blondies, Fudge Brownies, and Lord Have Mercy Bars.

Chocolate-Cellar-WineThe Chocolate Cellar Wine
$12–15
www.preceptwine.com
Uncork a bottle of The Chocolate Cellar, a delicately balanced wine that features the aromas and flavors of candied cherry and decadent dark chocolate that unfold in layers across the palate, giving way to a long and lingering finish. A velvety Chocolate Red Wine fit for a Queen!

Peace CandlePeace Candle by Graham and Kane
$45
Max’s
St. Louis Park
www.stylebymax.com
Created by Minnesotans Brian Graham and Thomas Kane, The PEACE, No. One candle scent of frankincense, myrrh and sandalwood—a rich mix that calms the soul—is combined with American-farmed, 100% chemical-free vegetable soy wax hand-poured into a simple, hand-painted glass vessel.

Skull BraceletSkull Bracelet
$2,700
Uniquely Yours Custom Designed Jewelry
Minneapolis
www.uniquelyyourscustomjewelry.com
This edgy, luxurious bracelet is created from a single, hand-carved skull lovingly cast in luxe 18K yellow gold and sterling silver. The yellow gold skull is accented with two white diamonds. Express yourself!

Sing For HopeAn AIDS Quilt Songbook: Sing for Hope
$19.95
iTunes
www.itunes.com
This new classical album is a wonderful new musical tribute to help find, and fund, a cure for HIV/AIDS. Sing for Hope is a New York City-based national nonprofit that helps artists give back to their community. This collection gathers the world’s most renowned classical music stars (including: Yo-Yo Ma, Isabel Leonard, Joyce DiDonato as well as actress Sharon Stone and actor Ansel Elgort) to create this unprecedented album.  Proceeds from the album support amFAR, funding critical HIV/AIDS cure-focused research.

eCupid ScreenshoteCupid
$24.99
Amazon
www.amazon.com
This film may not be new (came out in 2011 and was one of our Lavender Out at the Movies flicks), but as online dating becomes more and more popular, this story makes for an interesting movie night with a special someone. After seven years with his boyfriend, Gabe, Marshall’s love life is stuck in a rut. He goes looking for something new online, where he comes upon a mysterious app that turns his life upside down.

What-I-Love-About-YouWhat I Love About You
$13.99
Barnes & Noble
Various Metro Locations
www.barnesandnoble.com
Many gifts come and go, but this guided journal where one partner is prompted by questions and fill-in-the-blanks about the other is a memory that will last a lifetime. Playful and tender, this is the ideal gift for the person in your life who makes your pulse race. It’s also GLBT-friendly, too, with gender-neutral questions. Prompts range from “If we’d first met in a comic strip…” to “One of your most irresistible physical features is…”

KeepCup ScreenshotKeepCup
$8.50–$14.20
Dogwood Coffee Bar
Minneapolis
www.keepcup.com
In a sea of reusable cups for the coffee lover in your life, what makes the KeepCup different? It’s the world’s first barista-standard reusable coffee (or tea or hot chocolate) cup that’s available in four sizes and, get this: 25,000 color combinations. Portable and unbreakable, KeepCups are made of four interlocking components: the cup, the lid, the plug, and an insulating band where customers can etch their personal preferences for baristas so they know exactly what you want when you want it.

Stemmed Boule Wine GobletsStemmed Boule Wine Goblets
$98 each or $360 for four
Lake Superior Art Glass
Duluth
www.lakesuperiorartglass.com
These hand-blown wine goblets feature gold leaf in each cup and are made in New York by artist Dan Mirer, an instructor at the Corning Museum of Glass. Each piece is hand-crafted using Venetian techniques with a contemporary feel.

 

Valentines-Cardsi like you
Minneapolis
www.ilikeyouonline.com
i like you is a true Minneapolis original, owned and operated by Sarah Sweet and Angela Lessman, accompanied by two employees, Jessica Smith and Danie Feld. i like you is a creative space for local crafters and artists to showcase their wares, collaborating with over 200 artists to create a shop with finds that are all locally or independently made. Merchandise changes as frequently as the artists’ moods, so be sure to take something home if it suits your fancy, like these Valentine’s creations now available. All cards are blank on the inside.

1. For the softball or baseball player:
“So glad we’re battin’ for the same team.”
$5

2. For the drag queen, or anyone with a queen complex:
“Don’t be a DRAG Just be a QUEEN”
$5

3. For the lesbian or gay couple (or anyone willing to get creative with a marker and modify the symbols):
“Love Rules”
$5

4. For the same-sex parents:
“Heck yes two dads are better than one”
$5.25

5. For the GLBT friend with pride:
Rainbow chevron design with “bff” in a red heart
$5.75

6. For the very special unicorn:
Felt and bead design featuring a unicorn
$5.50

7. For the Boy/Girl Scout, super hero, or anyone else deserving a medal:
“I Love You” badge
$5.75

8. For the trendy, sentimental special someone who loves vintage keys:
“You hold the key to my heart”
$5.50

9. Looking for something more than a card? These vintage plates are printed with a variety of sayings by a local artist and can be used as decor, serving trays, and more—you’re only bound by your imagination!
$10–$18

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