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Valentines Day: Hallmark Holiday or Romantic Reality –

After recently blogging about great Valentine’s Day gifts and craft projects, the next logical post seemed like it should be “Where to find the best Valentine’s Day cards”… a no brainer, right?  But after a little thought and tinge of remorse, I began to wonder if all of these Valentine’s Day blog posts were a wee bit hypocritical.  Why, you might ask? Well, I have always considered Valentine’s Day something of a “Hallmark Holiday.”  You know… a holiday that exists primarily for commercial purposes, rather than to commemorate a traditionally or historically significant event.  So, after a bit of contemplation (not too much – after all I’m not solving any of the world’s problems…merely blogging about style) I decided that it was time to take a stand on exactly what Valentine’s Day means to me.  So here goes…

Hallmark Holiday or not, to me Valentine’s day is a day to show a little extra appreciation for the special people in our lives; a boyfriend, girlfriend, mother, father, sister, brother, friend, or co-worker.  So whether you do it with a note, a phone call, a gift, or even just a smile, make someone’s day this February! Oh and if you are worried about the commercial exploitation that comes with being a Hallmark Holiday, why not shop small and support the local businesses in your town! In honor of that thought…here are 10 of our favorite Valentine’s Day cards, all made by small businesses.

valentine's day cards

Amazing Valentine’s Cards from Rifle Paper Co.

Valentine's Day Cards 1canoe2

Always love Etsy for great cards, especially this one by 1canoe2

Valentine's Day indie berries

Total throwback! Available on Etsy by Indie Berries

valentines day card

Snow & Graham sends you love with this pretty card

v day cards smock paper

Assorted cards by Smock Paper available at Design Works

octopus valentines day card

Octopus Valentine’s Day Card by Pup and Pony

mr boddingtons valentine

Mr. Boddington Valentine cards are too cute!

sugarcube press valentines day

Sugarcube press cards available at Design Works

Obi won valentine

Star Wars Valentine by Somebody Loved on Etsy

fish valentine

You’re a Keeper Message Box by Lucky Bug Paper Co.

 

 

 


 

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide:  If you are looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for a special someone, check out these great ideas.  From under $5. to over $1,000., you can spend a little or a lot.  Whether you personalize it, pluck it straight from a shelf, or create it with your own two hands, these ideas are sure to please!  Stop by the shop to see our own collection of great gifts for your special Valentine.

Alphabet Bags Coin Purse $23.

A super sweet coin purse featuring a heart design printed big and bold in red on natural cotton. A thoughtful gift for a loved one or an equally nice treat for yourself!

Lulu Organics $11.

We are crazy about this….and don’t leave home without it!  Great gift for a sister, friend, or even for yourself.  A purse-size version of organic and Talc-FREE hair powder for hair on days of unwash. Ingredients: organic corn starch, white clay, baking soda, organic rice powder, organic horsetail powder, essential oils.

Paperweight by Mark & Graham $35.

With its crystal clear message of gratitude, this substantial and inviting handmade glass paperweight feels amazing in the hand and looks even better in your workspace. A perfect way to say “thank you” when words alone seem insufficient.

SMEG Refrigerator from West Elm $1999.

Keep your cool. An icon of Italian design, the 50’s style Smeg Refrigerator is retro cool on the outside, state-of-the-art on the inside. Featuring thoughtful storage spaces, adjustable shelving and an energy-efficient design, this fridge is both fun to use and easy on the eyes.

Decoupage Tray by John Derian $165.

This decoupage tray is handmade in John Derian’s New York studio using reproduced imagery from his vast collection of antique and vintage prints. Trained artisans cut and collage the designs onto handblown glass.

Needlepoint pillow by Jonathan Adler $165.

Spread the love with Jonathan Adler’s J’adorable Heart Pillow.  Handmade 100% wool needlepoint pillow measures 16×16″ and is velvet backed with a hidden zipper.

Carole King the Legendary Demos $18.

Scrolling through an extensive mp3 list is an entirely different experience than flipping through a perfectly curated vinyl collection. From reading liner notes to dropping the needle onto the well-worn groove of a favorite track, many audiophiles agree nothing quite beats the sound of vinyl. Whether he organizes records by artist or genre, he’ll love the addition of another classic.

Custom dip-dyed Tretorns $65.

The Tretorn Nylite women’s canvas tennis shoe, born in 1964, is regarded as the first luxury sports shoe. A tournament favorite in the era when tennis stars made rock stars blush, and immortalized by 1980’s The Official Preppy Handbook, the Nylite epitomizes Swedish minimalism, making it a favorite for nearly 50 years. Try this fun project to customize these gems for your special someone.  Tretorns available at us.tretorn.com & RIT dye available at your local craft store.

Thomas Paul glasses case $22.

This sunglass cases is constructed of 100% cotton canvas and hand silk-screened with signature Thomaspaul designs.  Keep your sunglasses safe and chic with this unique carry case!

Susy Jack Tattoos $6.50

A new way to decorate for Valentine’s Day, these love-themed temporary tattoo sets are perfect for wearing, sharing…or tucking into a traditional card. True love is forever…but these are not!

Je T’aime Pendant Necklace $44.

As true as love gets: Yellow Owl Workshop’s pendant necklace comes in a reusable corked glass jar that’s as cute as the necklace itself.