For a holiday about love, Valentine’s Day sure gets a lot of hate. From the cheap chocolates to the corny roses to the tacky lingerie, it’s no surprise that more and more couples are skipping the holiday altogether. But Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a cliché! Here’s a list of some local Philly shops that stock V-Day gifts as unique and innovative as you and your partner’s love:
In an era when the Whitman Sampler has been relegated to the status of day old sheet cake in the office break room, it takes a little more effort to woo a loved one with candy. Enter Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates. Marcie Turney, ½ owner of the 13th Street empire that includes Barbuzzo and Open House boutique, makes chocolates that are sure to impress. With ingredients sourced from Lancaster County and local farms, just one or two pieces of her candy can do the work of a whole heart shaped box of other chocolates.
Roses are red, but they are also sort of expected. For flora that will genuinely surprise your lover, pay a visit to Urban Jungle on East Passyunk. The staff at Urban Jungle includes artisans and architects that know what’s what when it comes to plants and urban space. Whether you’re looking for a fern, a flower, or a full-scale vertical garden, Urban Jungle’s inventory is stocked with great gifts.
Want to gift your lover some sexy underthings? Mona Jackson at Couer Lingerie is Philly’s go-to bra fitter. This upscale lingerie boutique stocks unique bras, panties, and toys from designers including Cosabella and La Perla. The Coeur Lingerie experience is best enjoyed with Mona’s complimentary fitting, so treating your lover to a gift card instead of actual underpants is probably the best way to go.
If your boo loves to be pampered, this fancy soap shop is sure to get their bath bubbling. From shower gel to deodorant to bath bombs, the staff at Duross & Langel is highly knowledgeable about what it takes to keep Philadelphians clean. Stop in their charming 13th Street headquarters, or place your order online.
Whether you’re looking for flowers or something more innovative, Philly boutiques always deliver when it comes to interesting Valentine’s Day gifts.