Valentine’s Day gift guide to the Triangle: What should you buy bae?

Holly Aiken is a great place to start your gift search. Bryan Regan

Whether shopping for the significant other, besty, four-legged love or yourself (self-love is important!), spread the love with these local finds — from bubble bath goods for you and boo to blankets to spoon under to jewelry with philanthropic purchase power (part proceeds to childhood cancer) and more …

Related: Someone is getting a cooler for Valentine’s Day, a consumer study says

Here’s our Valentine’s Day gift guide

Bubbly Bath & Bubbly Barefoot Champagne (a pink elephant with two types of bubbly), arrangement $9.95 – $24.95, Glenwood South Pharmacy + Market, Raleigh.

Something bubbly to start your Valentine’s and something bubbly to end it!

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Subscriptions to Burning Coal Theatre Company’s HOT 22nd Anniversary Season, season runs October 2018 to April 2019, $80 per subscription, Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh.

Nothing says romance like a night at an intimate, cozy theater like Burning Coal.

Tint Throw Blanket by Normann Copenhagen, a simple and contemporary design made of 100 percent pure New Zealand lamb’s wool. After the weaving process the wool is brushed, making it extra soft and warm $135, Port of Raleigh.

For spooning with boo or a solo Netflix binge — perfect for Valentine’s Day snuggles and beyond. 

Raleigh postcards designed by Creative Offices Of exclusively for Port of Raleigh, $4.50 each, five for $20.

Send a love note from the city you love, great for those Valentines who live far away but keep Raleigh close to their hearts.

Daytripper Tropicana by Wayward Stitch, $46 in the local shop, Imurj, Raleigh.

The perfect bag for carrying your essentials, like photos of your bae (or treats if your bae is a four-legged friend!)

Acorn Mug by Munjo Munjo, $12, Munjo Munjo.

Get toasty with a cup o’ shared hot chocolate or coffee—or make yo’ main squeeze some mug soup (the wide mouth is perf for sipping).

Encyclopedia of the Exquisite by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins, publisher Nan Talese/Doubleday, $28.95, Indio, Durham.

Elevate the day with this elegant book that celebrates the extravagant and eccentric.

Heart Milagros made by artisans in Mexico and Haiti, $6-$14 each, Indio, Durham.

Make a fiery statement with these burning heart milagros that scream passion and love.

Hammered Love Knot Rings by Rachel Calhoun of Wind Blown Jewelry (Raleigh), available in 14K gold-fill or sterling silver, $17 each, Indio, Durham.

Give your darling one or five of these delicate rings to say  “I love you” so sweetly.

Bud Vase by Gem Ceramics (Durham), $20 each, Retro Modern Furnishings.

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A single flower for your flame in this simplelocally crafted bud vase is a good go-to. Flowers wilt, but are de rigeur still… and like your love, this one-of-a-kind vase will last forever (and as a perm reminder of how sweet you are. Win-win).

Anchor Beads Necklace (10 percent of sales are donated to childhood cancer research), $65, The Flourish Market.

The ultimate statement piece for your date night out on the town—with the added bonus of using your purchasing power for good

Coupe (Hummingbird) Iris/Graphite, $124, Holly Aiken.

For your special someone… set your Valentine’s heart aflutter.

Tears of Joy Leather Teardrop Earrings, $22, Designed for Joy, Raleigh.

When tears = #winning

15-piece box of assorted bonbons, $43, Videri Chocolate Factory, Raleigh.

Everyone loves chocolate (sans Fido). ’Nuff said.

Handstamped “no I am not married, and… I do not have kids” solid brass necklace, $32, Edge of Urge, Raleigh.

If anyone asks…

Montpellier “love you more” necklace. $48, Moon and Lola, Raleigh.

The ultimate end to that argument.

Six Week Kids Yoga Series, starting in March, $75, Little Guru Kids Yoga, Raleigh.

Swap chocolate hearts (or supplement) with stretching. Those mini-me’s need love too.

“Letters to my Love” – A paper time capsule, $12.95, Read With Me, A Children’s Book & Art Shop, Raleigh.

Pen the most romantic love letter of all. Oh, and it was one of Oprah’s “favorite things.”

Tote bag filled with six original works of art by local artists, $250, Artspace, Raleigh.

That’s amore… perf for any love—from sweetie to sin-laws.

Humunga Lips, $13.99, Unleashed City Market, Raleigh.

Perfect for planting some sugar on the bowwow boo.



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