Calling all cupids! I’m back this week with some sweet and LOCAL ways to show your friends and family that you love them this Valentine’s Day. Or whenever. Because like I publicly stated in my last post, I don’t believe we need a hallmark holiday to force us into acts of love. However, any occasion to gift local treats…. I’m into it.
The weather is warming up here in Phoenix, casting some sunshine on our hearts and souls, and making us feel like humans again. Now, only to do something about these white pasty legs of mine.
Like all of my articles, this list is not all encompassing, but it’s a jumping off point. I love how all of my favorite businesses are getting in the Valentine’s spirit. Like I mentioned in my previous article about Phoenix’s Most Romantic Patios, I really enjoy this time of year.
I hope this list introduces you to some new items or local businesses in Phoenix. We really do have a kick ass community of makers and creatives. From donuts to macarons, florists, unique locally made cards and even a perfume made locally, I’m going to make you the Valentine’s Day hero by giving you insider info on the best Valentine’s Day gifts here in the valley.
A Bakeshop always has fun treats, but they’ve got some pretty sweet stuff going on for this year’s day of love. They have treats like macaron cakes that come in vanilla, raspberry, strawberry, chocolate ganache, and berry custard. 3″ in diameter, and conversation heart macarons.
Or load them up with a smorgasbord of treats.
Arcadia Farms Cafe:
Arcadia Farms Marketplace is right next door to the actual restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale. It is one of my favorite go-to spots to treat friends and coworkers for tasty little treats. Check out this not-so-little tasty treat below! They’ve also got some handmade bath products in case your valentine is watching their figure this year.
We are definitely feeling the ❤️ for this sweet cake! Devil’s food layers with chocolate mousse and raspberry purée filling, topped with fresh organic berries. Almost too pretty to eat…almost.🍰🍓❤️ . . Serves 15-18, $45. To place your Valentine cake order, call 480-947-2666 or 480-941-5665. . . . . . . #sweetheart #valentinesday #bemine #eatcake #weloveourbakers #chocolateraspberrycake #chocolate #deathbychocolate #afmarketplace #arcadiafarms #freshbaked #scottsdalebakery #downtownscottsdale #localfirstaz #organic #locallysourced #localfoodaz #bakery #sweettooth #pastries #bakedgoods #baking #bakers #localeats #azeats #eatdessert #scottsdalereataurants #cake
@MistralSoap bars and hand creams are back in stock at the Marketplace. One of our favorite fragrances is Les Fleurs, the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day…or every day! . . Fragrance notes: lush floral bouquet of flowering jasmine, gardenia and orange blossom enlivened with fruits and white musk. 100% natural oil base. Paraben-free. . . . . . . . . . . #mistralsoap #bathandbody #holidayshopping #valentinesday #gifts #fragrance #afmarketplace #arcadiafarms #scottsdalebakery #downtownscottsdale #localfirstaz #organic #locallysourced #localfoodaz #bakery
We filled these heart-shaped wooden boxes with THE BEST Sea Salt Caramels, locally-made by @sweetishtreatsyum . Grab one for your sweetheart (and one for yourself!). 💕 . . . . . . . . . . . . #seasaltcaramels #caramels #sweetheart #valentinesday #love #bemine #confections #candy #sweets #afmarketplace #arcadiafarms #freshbaked #scottsdalebakery #downtownscottsdale #localfirstaz #organic #locallysourced #localfoodaz #bakery #sweettooth #pastries #bakedgoods #baking #bakers #localeats #azeats #eatdessert #scottsdalereataurants #cake
Another treat to spoil someone with sans carbs and calories, are these adorable heart shaped gift boxes from Ivory Tub, a local bath bomb maker.
Ruze Cake House:
Again- another favorite and go to for me is Ruze Cake House. Could those llama cookies be any cuter? J. Christ, Ruze Cake House, I don’t think you guys can be any more perfect.
Ohhh Emmmm Geeee! Our WANNA HUMP? camel Valentine's cookies are now available for pre-order! 🐪❤️We also have LOTS of other treats we'll be posting about next week so stay tuned!!! We'll have items in the shop beginning Feb 7 but can fulfill requests sooner if needed. Pre-orders best for orders more than five or for orders needed before feb 7! Also, we will have extended hours for Vday and actually be open on the Tuesday before as well, and should be fully stocked! Photo: @ericaandjon
Super Chunk Sweets & New Wave Market:
Pick up some yummy sweets and some unique and hilarious cards from Super Chunk Sweets and it’s adjoined market, New Wave Market.
A cookie shop that references Parks & Rec in really alright in my book. I also appreciate their sweets happy hour!
By the way, Urban Cookies now offers a happy hour a few days a week!
Gifting Service: Birdytell
Birdytell is an awesome gifting service that delivers locally curated gift boxes in the Phoenix area. I was lucky enough to receive a box which I talked about here. If you happen to be downtown this weekend at the Willo Historic Home Tour, they’ll have a booth set up where you can mix + match a valentine’s gift for a lucky recipient. How fun is that?
Love you like coffee. Curated Vday gifts along with Vday Mix ➕Match are now available. ❤️ Today through Feb 10th we will ship and hand-deliver gifts $50 or more for free! 🎉 Discount code: SENDLOVE Our Local artisans featured in this gift: @cartelcoffeelab @goodytwos @laguna_concepts @burncandlecompany #valentinesday #sendlove #giftwell
Tammie Coe Cakes:
Darn you Tammie Coe and your delicious sugar cookies that my husband keeps bringing home!!! Gets us at AJ’s all the time… I don’t know how on earth we’ve passed you at the Scottsdale Farmer’s Market. The cookies and pies are delicious, this I know, but Tammie Coe has a lot of yummy treats and you should get to know them if you’re local to Phoenix.
Hoot & Holler
Hoot and Holler is one of my favorite local florists and they’re offering the sweetest little arrangements and hand wrapped bouquets this year. Swoon!
DONUT worry, your Valentine will truly love you for this.
then pair it with a….
locally made card.
Camelback Flower Shop
Camelback Flower Shop always has jaw dropping blooms!
srsly. this years 2018 valentine designs now available on-line, phone or pop in. supplies (very) limited link in profile 👆🏼 . . . #valentine #valentinesday #valentinephx #valentineaz #valentinegift #valentinegiftaz #valentinegiftphx #ranunculus #valentineflowers #scabiosa #valentineflowersaz #flowerwrap #valentineflowersphx #valentineroses #indeed #love #valentinelove #dahlias #ranunculus #peony #gardenroses #dutchtulips #giftbox #instavalentine #roses #protea #valentine2018 #tulips #peonies
introducing katherine hepburn. artsy, dreamy, different. the hepburn was designed with the highly creative and passionate human in mind. using hues of blushes, blood red and plums to inspire and appreciate your special person. includes snap dragons, tulips, roses, protea and magnolia. another beautiful line up from this years 2018 valentine designs. order on-line, call or pop in. supplies (very) limited link in profile 👆🏼 . . . #valentine #valentinesday #valentinephx #valentineaz #valentinegift #valentinegiftaz #valentinegiftphx #ranunculus #valentineflowers #scabiosa #valentineflowersaz #flowerwrap #valentineflowersphx #valentineroses #indeed #love #valentinelove #dahlias #ranunculus #peony #gardenroses #dutchtulips #giftbox #instavalentine #roses #protea #valentine2018 #tulips #peonies
This is truly a unique locally made item! I’ll be chatting with the creator of this yummy perfume in an upcoming post, and I can’t wait to tell you guys all about her! Until then, treat your favorite lady to this feminine amazing scent.
Another unique idea I’m throwing at you, is treating your lover to some delicious Teaspressa goods, like their elixirs, sugar cubes, or tea. Plus, they’re having a sale until V-Day!
Pro tip, you can never go wrong with Frances Vintage….period. For any occasion in your life, just go there. Don’t even consider anything else, just shut up and drive to Camelback and Central. You can thank me for introducing you to this locally curated mecca later.
💕🌹Happy February! We are stocked up w/ all things LOVE! Mark your calendar on February 10th for our Valentines Pop-Up w/ @voyagerbakeshop & @holyroller_silversmithing from 12-4! We are here for all your gifting needs!(pssst…we can wrap it too!)❤️😍 #shoplocal #valentinesday #phoenix #arizona #shopfrances
I hope this post was helpful for you if you were looking for some unique gifts for your valentine this year.
I’ll be spending GALentine’s day with some of my favorite ladies from work followed up with Valentine’s Day with my life long valentine’s at home. Plus, a little birdy told me that I’ll be spending the better part of Sunday at the Hotel Valley Ho Spa. My valentine knows me so well. 😉
Sending love <3