2022 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: 10 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.

Love Zoom Balloon
$54, Luft Balloon

This balloon “bouquet” is the perfect way to shower your loved one with love. Even better, the latex balloons are made in the U.S. and are 100% biodegrade and 100% organic. 

345 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago

Sugarfina The Perfect Match Candy Bento Box
$22, Chalet Nursery

Show your love something sweet with this 2-piece candy bento box from Chalet Nursery. The set includes champagne bears and sugar lips.

3132 Lake Ave, Wilmette

Chi City Heart Tee
$38, Alice and Wonder

An exclusive Alice & Wonder design, this organic triblend tee gives you all the Chicago feels. Available in adult and kid sizes.

956 W Webster Ave., & 3542 N Southport Ave., Chicago

Bouquet
Flower Flowers Evanston

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without flowers! Pre-order from local favorite Flower Flowers Evanston.

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

Courtesy of A Little Photo Studio & Winifred Grace

An annual favorite, A Little Photo Studio and Winifred Grace’s Valentine’s Locket Event will be held from Feb. 15 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Packages include a 10-minute photoshoot with a photo placed in a Winifred Grace locket.

868 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago

Love Poems for Married People by John Kenney
$15, The Book Bin

Inspired by one of the most shared New Yorker pieces of all time, this collection captures the reality of life once the spark of a relationship has settled.

1151 Church St, Northbrook

States in Love Framed Puzzle Pieces
$45, Foursided

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

Bastet Sacred Hi Vibe Chocolate Collection
$165, Vosges Haut Chocolate

Beautifully packaged, these chocolates are inspired by Bastet, the fiery protector of women, children and family and are almost too stunning to eat.

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

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

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.