5 Best Philly Stores for Women’s Valentine’s Day Gifts

A guy's guide to buying for her.

Men, we get it. We can be tough to shop for. And stepping into our stores can be intimidating. (Ever see a guy in Victoria’s Secret? It’s a whole new level of awkward for everyone involved.) So we’ve rounded up some of the best local shops that have a slew of giftable items, whether you’re married, engaged, long-term or just starting out. Consider this your road map to Valentine’s Day shopping in Philly. Good luck out there.

 Hope Chest // 1937 Chestnut Street, Rittenhouse, and 379 West Lancaster Avenue, Haverford.

This local lingerie boutique — with locations in Rittenhouse and Haverford — has all the lovely unmentionables that she’ll love, without those garish pink Victoria’s Secret shopping bags. Shopping here is easy, too — just let Jen Rosen, who owns the Rittenhouse boutique, show you around.

What to buy: According to Rosen, “Most people come in looking for bra/panty/garter/stocking set. If there’s any time to wear a garter belt, it’s Valentine’s Day.” Expect to pay around $65 for a garter belt, and $35 for stockings. Another option she recommends? “A bodysuit that you can attach garter straps to are also popular specifically for Valentine’s Day.” Check out the Heidi Klum bodysuit, which sells for $106.

TownHome // 1617 Walnut Street, Rittenhouse.

Dana Bank’s tiny Walnut Street jewelry store stocks a whole range of accessories, from pricey baubles (diamond-studded Jennifer Meyer necklaces) to more wallet-friendly pieces like bright beaded bracelets. We’ve called Bank the gift-whisperer before, and there’s a reason for it. Go here for gorgeous jewelry and accessories that feel super-special.

What to buy: Heather B. Moore’s rose-gold stack rings engrave with “Love You Forever.” Sweet but not cheesy.

Occasionette // 1825 East Passyunk Avenue, South Philly.

This is a gifter’s dream, with plenty of sweet things to buy your new love. You know, things that say, ‘I like you a very lot.’ Our fave is the store signature handmade felt flowers, which are only $2 to $3 a stem.

What to buy: Owner Sara Villari recommends a heart-shaped measuring spoon set ($45). “They’re handmade in Rhode Island by the most adorable couple who were college sweethearts and have been doing metalwork together for 15 years!” Sold.

Verde // 108 South 13th Street, Midtown Village.

This gift shop has a bit of everything, from Alex & Ani jewelry and women’s accessories to sweet home decor. Nothing here is uber-expensive, but it all feels incredibly thoughtful.

What to buy: The Marcie Blaine Valentine’s Day chocolate collection, made in the back of the shop, which ranges in price from $8 to $50. It’s so much cooler than a Whitman’s sampler. Just trust us.

Moon + Arrow // 754 South 4th Street, Queen Village.

You’ll find something quirky, handmade and unexpected at this sprawling shop, which packs in a bit of everything — housewares, jewelry, a smattering of vintage. Check out the handcrafted jewelry (like these earrings), and all the low-key luxe home goods.

What to buy: Any of owner Chelsea Pearce’s handmade jewelry collection, all sculptural brass pieces that feel less serious than heavy-duty diamond picks.