Gift Guide

14 Great Local Valentine's Day Gifts for Every Loved One on Your List

Our editors share the gifts they're giving to loved ones this Valentine's Day (and some they want for themselves).

By The Editors February 9, 2022

Charcuterie and Cheese

Lakewood Ranch-based Charcuterie & Cheese makes beautiful cheese boards—and if you're in Sarasota, Bradenton or Lakewood Ranch, you can have them delivered right to your door. Ingredients vary, but in addition to meats and cheeses, each box includes sweet and savory treats like olives, nuts, chocolate, pickles, fruit, jam, honey and more. (They're a great option for that big football game that's happening on Feb. 13, too.) Prices vary; order at

A Glow Up at The Ritz-Carlton

It's been a stressful few years—why not give your loved one the gift of total relaxation? The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, offers a bevvy of treatments and experiences, from massages to facials to nail and hair care. Choose from a package or customize your own; afterwards, enjoy a waterfront cocktail at Jack Dusty and admire your glow. The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, 111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota, (941) 309-2090,

A Bottle of Champagne

A bottle of bubbles is a Valentine's Day classic for a reason, and the experts at Michael's Wine Cellar can help you find an excellent option, whether you're looking for a fun pink sparkler or a capital-C Champagne. Michael's Wine Cellar, 1283 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 955-2675

A Fancy Wine Decanter

A decanter helps separate wine from the natural sediment that you'll find at the bottom of your bottle and helps aerate the liquid, resulting in what wine aficionados say is a smoother, more flavorful liquid. (If you've ever been the victim of a broken cork, decanting helps filter out those pesky cork bits, too.) Malbi Decor in downtown Sarasota offers some truly unique Italian-made decanters that will add personality to any table—including one in the shape of a hippo. From $275, 1931 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, (941) 953-3113,

Happy & Humble owners Ellie Campbell and Lisa Grabisch

Happy & Humble owners Ellie Campbell and Lisa Grabisch

A Thoughtfully Curated Gift Box

Sarasota-based Happy & Humble takes the guesswork out of gift-giving by putting together perfectly curated gift boxes for anyone in your life—they'll even ship to your loved ones. There's a Sarasota-themed box, plus boxes for better sleep, at-home spa treatments, babies, coffee lovers—even pups.

A Crop Juice Gift Card

Valentine's Day is often seen as a holiday for indulgence—but for the health-conscious person in your life, try a gift card from Sarasota's Crop Juice, which has locations on Stickney Point Road and University Parkway. Crop is even offering a Valentine's Day menu right now, with items including a gluten-free, vegan Strawberries and Cream smoothie and a Heartbeet latte that's pink due to, you guessed it, beets. Crop Juice, 2480 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota, (941) 923-8640, or 8211 Tourist Center Drive, Bradenton, (941) 358-8182,

A Pretty Athleisure Set

If nearly three years of a pandemic have taught us anything, it's that we needed to up our athleisure game. Enter: this cute pink set from Splits59. The high-waisted, ankle-length leggings ($128) are cute and comfortable, with a fun stripe up the leg, and the matching sports bra ($78) completes the outfit. Lotus Boutique, 1464 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 906-7080,

A Bath Bomb (or Three) from Soap Sarasota

Think of these as a different kind of bubbly. Soap Sarasota's bath bombs are the perfect way to end a long day—just drop one into your bath, watch it fizz, and breathe in the essential oil-based aroma. Available in grapefruit-tangerine, lavender, eucalyptus or lemongrass options for $7 a pop.

A Romantic Candle from Astatula Candle Co.

Set the mood with these beautifully scented candles from Seminole Heights-based candlemaker Angela Ellis. For Valentine's Day, try Radiant Heart, Rose Noir or the Twin Flames Spell Kit ($23), which includes pair of hand-dipped, intertwined beeswax candles; a small vial of St. Pete-based Bodhi Basics' sultry aphrodisiac oil; a powdered herb blend of rose petals, damiana, lavender, cinnamon, and other specially selected Venusian and traditional herbs for love, connection and sensuality; paper for writing your Valentine's Day intention; and full instructions for how to cast your love spell. (For more info, click here.)

Selby Gardens will create and deliver a bespoke orchid arrangement

Selby Gardens will create and deliver a bespoke orchid arrangement

An Orchid from Selby Gardens' Gift Shop

There's something truly special about an orchid—the delicate petals, the stunning colors, the way it makes any space look more elegant. Selby Gardens' gift shop and plant store sells a variety of these special plants and will even create a custom arrangement for your loved one—and deliver it, too. For information and pricing, call (941) 366-5731 ext. 242.

A Bottle of Bourbon!

Not a wine person? Go for a great bottle of bourbon, like Angel's Envy, and enjoy it on the rocks or in a cocktail like an Old Fashioned. Dive Wine & Spirits offers an excellent selection of bourbons, whiskeys and more, and the helpful team can advise you on the best bottle to buy. Don't forget to stop in for a creative concoction at the store's experimental cocktail bar while you're there—one of our favorite discoveries this year. Dive Wine & Spirits, 2881 Clark Road, Sarasota (941) 888-0382,

A Romantic Picnic (That You Don't Have to Pack)

Full disclosure: It's probably a little too late to reserve a picnic for Valentine's Day—but you could put a sweet "IOU" in your Valentine's Day card and reserve a date with Sarasota Picnics for sometime in the future. This local company offers "pop-up picnics" in spots all around town, from the beach to a park, complete with charcuterie, cheese and other light bites, utensils, seating and more (just BYOB). The company handles set-up and clean-up, too.

A Pair of Tickets to Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Exhibit

There's a lot of hype surrounding this traveling exhibit, which opens at University Town Center next month and allows visitors to walk through an interactive display of more than 300 of Van Gogh's pieces, but tickets still remain. Dinner and Van Gogh sounds like a perfect date night.

Sea Cup and Up offers a variety of lingerie in a wide range of sizes.

Sea Cup and Up offers a variety of lingerie in a wide range of sizes.

A Piece of Lingerie from Sea Cup and Up

This sweet shop on Osprey Avenue is filled to the brim with beautiful pieces that run the gamut from sweet to sexy for a huge range of sizes—plus, men's items, too. Owner Cheryl Burke and her expert team will help you find the perfect gift and get the perfect fit from brands like Simone Perele, Lise Charmel, Saxx, PrimaDonna and more. 1810 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, (941) 95i-2727,

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