2021 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: 19 Local Gifts to Show Your Love

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner — help make this holiday a sweet one with these gifts from Chicago-area shops and small businesses.

Conversation Heart Zoom Balloon
$60, Luft Balloon

Luft Balloon Valentine's Day
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Does your sweetie love candy conversation hearts? This balloon “bouquet” is the perfect way to shower them with love.

345 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago

Chi City Heart Tee
$38, Alice and Wonder

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An exclusive Alice & Wonder design, this organic triblend tee gives you all the Chicago feels. 

956 W Webster Ave., Chicago

Flower Flowers Evanston

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The North Shore favorite has designed unique Valentine’s Day bouquets that will impress any Valentine. From roses to Italian ruscus, you’ll find the perfect bouquet here.

1110 Davis St., Evanston

Valentine’s Babe Hat
$28, Rey to Z

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Chicago-based Rey to Z has released a special Valentine’s Day “Babe” hat for adults and kids, and it couldn’t be any sweeter.

Belgian Chocolatier Piron
Various Chocolates

What’s more romantic than handmade chocolates? From traditional Velvet Boxes to a Chocolate Heart Box filled with even more chocolate, Belgian Chocolatier Piron will please any Valentine.

509-A Main St., Evanston

Valentine’s Locket Event
$75, Winifred Grace & A Little Photo Studio

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An annual favorite, A Little Photo Studio and Winifred Grace’s Valentine’s Locket Event is continuing this year, with safety in mind. Packages include a 10-minute photoshoot with a photo placed in a Winifred Grace locket.

868 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago

States in Love Framed Puzzle Pieces
$45, Foursided

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Pick the two states that tell your story and Foursided will frame them up in a shadowbox. Perfect for the long-distance relationship. 

2939 N Broadway & 2958 N Clark St., Chicago

Your Turn to Clean Up Bundle
$20, Hazel

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A little romance is always a good call! This bundle includes one “Your turn to clean up” dish towel from Blue Q and a “Let’s get it on” bath balm from Musee.

1909 W. Division St., Chicago

Balloon Puppy
$30, MCA Store

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Add some red luster to your decor with this shiny miniature canine. Small Balloon Puppies are un-poppable, non-walkable, are housebroken and never need to be fed (or inflated), making them the perfect gift.

220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago

Sacred Love Valentine’s Day Collection
Starts at $18, Vosges Haut Chocolate

Beautifully packaged, gift these Egyptian-inspired chocolates to those closest to your heart. They are almost too stunning to eat.

Arrow Small Rectangular Tray
$80, Jayson Home

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From celebrated artist and designer John Derian, this catch-all features a vintage drawing of a stylized arrow on aged speckled paper, recreated under hand-blown glass. 

1885 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago

Date Night Gift Card
$295, unTuckit

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Spoil the man in your life with a virtual fit consultation and gift card to unTuckit, at the 900 North Michigan Shops.

900 N. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor, Chicago

Modern Love: True Stories of Love, Loss and Redemption Book
$17, Neighborly

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Gift the most popular, provocative, and unforgettable essays from the past 15 years of the New York Times “Modern Love” column. 

1909 W. Division St., and 4710 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago

Gold Necklace with Charm
Charms start at $55, Chains at $40, Helen Ficalora

Helen Ficalora’s iconic gold charms will delight any Valentine. Pick one up locally at their Lincoln Park store.

2014 N. Halsted St., Chicago

Veruca Chocolates
$12, Hot Chocolate Bomb for Two

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The hot chocolate bomb craze continues into Valentine’s Day, and Veruca Chocolate’s treat for two is perfect to share on a cold winter night.

1331 N. Halsted St., Chicago

Golden Galentines Card
$5.95, Paper Source

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This one is for the gals! Perfect to send to your BFFs this holiday.

2100 Central St., Evanston and 232 N. Chicago Ave., Chicago

Ella Heart Necklace
$48, Milk Handmade

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Made in Chicago by Michelle Starbuck, this vintage brass heart is stamped and hand applied with peach and black resin. Choose between ultramarine and black or peach and black.

5137 N Clark St., Chicago

CBD Body Box
$135, Equilibria

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Featuring the very best of Chicago-based Equlibria’s topical line, the Body Box is the perfect self-care gift for your Valentine. It includes their CBD Relief Cream, Mindful Mineral Soak and Daily Treatment Oil.

Personalized Beaded Name and Heart Bracelet
$50, Ellen’s on Elm

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Make a subtle but stunning statement with these stretchy beaded gold-filled bracelets embellished with your loved one’s name or initials.

847 Elm St., Winnetka

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Macaire Douglas lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and two sons. She proudly supports Save Abandoned Babies Foundation, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to prevent the illegal abandonment of newborns nationwide. Since its inception in 2000, more than 3,600 newborns have been safely surrendered and adopted into loving homes.