8 Non-Cheesy Valentine’s Day Gifts
You have plenty of options for Valentine’s Day gifts, but that doesn’t mean all of them are good. This year, veer off the safe route (red roses, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, wine) and choose one of gifts instead. Some are local classics, others are of-the-moment picks, and all are available in Philly shops. Because love means never having to say, ‘Thanks honey, but I actually hate red roses.’
Instead of: a slinky satin robe.
Get her: A cozy knit cardigan that she’ll want to wear everywhere. $89 at The Geisha House, Old City; buy here.
Instead of: a metal watch.
Get him: a watch by Analog, a Philly company that crafts watches of interesting materials like marble and wood. From $149.99 at Analog Watch Co., East Passyunk; buy here.
Instead of: a bottle of wine.
Get her: a few nips of her favorite liqueur and one of these awesome ceramic bracelet flasks. $35 at Occasionette, East Passyunk; buy here.
Instead of: a boring money clip.
Get him: a leather wallet by Fishtown-based Bregga & Co. From $40 at Stars & Stripes, Center City.
Instead of: sneakers (these are very wearer-specific and the wrong fit or size can lead to pain or injury).
Get her: a few cool workout tops by local company MBStix, our latest obsession. From $25 at MBStix.com.
Instead of: yet another J.Crew sweater.
Get him: a wool parka made of what was once a US Army blanket, designed in Philly and infinitely cooler than a standard crewneck. $200 at Lapstone & Hammer, Market East; buy here.
Instead of: a box of chocolates.
Get her: a two-pack of salted caramel budino, arguably the best dessert in Philly and available for pick-up (no pre-ordering necessary!) at Verde. $8 at Verde, Midtown Village; available for pick-up February 12-14th, 11am-8pm.