I recently read that nearly 40% of women report that their boyfriends or husbands are “not very often” or “never” romantic. And it got me thinking, why?! Romance is so important in a relationship and doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. With Valentines Day just around the corner I’ve come up with ten amazing locally made gifts that are sure to make her swoon! Listed in no particular order…
Elleon Collection offers handmade turbans, head wraps and headbands for the fashionista that isn’t afraid to wear something that will turn heads every time she walks into a room. Made from various fabrics, Elleon Collection is the perfect accessory to hide a bad hair day or to dress up a look for a special night out on the town. All styles are made in low quantities so the probability of seeing another woman with the exact one on is low. Turbans start at $10 and can be purchased online atelleoncollection.com or at several local boutiques listed on their site. Follow them on Instagram @Elleon_Collection, Facebook @ElleonCollection and Twitter @ElleonAccessory.
Make an experience with your sweetheart this year by handcrafting your own wine at Camelot Cellars. Don’t get intimidated because your wine handcrafting experience is guided by their skilled staff ensuring that your wine is just perfect. After handcrafting your wine, it must ferment for 6-12 weeks and you return to bottle, cork and label it essentially turning your gift into two date nights. Pricing starts at $199 for 15 or 30 bottle orders. Camelot Cellars is centrally located at 958 N. High Street in the Short North Art’s District. Visit their website at camelotcellars.com. Follow them on Twitter @CamelotWines
Scented Sugars Soy Candles and More are 100% soy hand poured candles made with no toxins or additives with a twist. What’s the twist? The scents are all of your favorite sweet smells from the kitchen that we love! Like warm apple pie, sugar cookie, fruit loops and new scents oatmeal milk and honey, blueberry cheesecake, strawberry mimosa and more! In addition to amazing smelling candles, they offer bath bombs that are sure to help you relax and stimulate your senses. Products start at $5.00 and can be purchased online at scentedsugarsandmore.com. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @scentedsugars
Bryston Walters Design makes accessories, bags and luggage with very a unique esthetic. Their collection offers everything from chic fanny packs to luxurious totes accented with various furs and high-end leather that you won’t find just where. A personal favorite of mine is a triangle shaped cow hide back pack trimmed in bright yellow leather called “The Sport”. I’ve never been a fan of a back pack but this design is so chic and different it caught my attention. Bryston Walters Designs start at $55.00 and can be purchased online at brystonwaltersdesign.com. Follow them on Facebook @BrystonWaltersFashion, Instagram @BrystonWaltersDesign and Twitter @BrystonAWalters
Lubna Designs will have your sweetheart feeling extremely special when you get a custom dress made for her. Not feeling confident enough to design a dress? No worries, Lubna Designs is an expert at making the perfect look to accentuate a woman’s body. From a causal look to the red carpet Lubna Designs can make whatever one of a kind look your heart desires. Visit them online at LubnaDesigns.com. Follow them on Twitter @LubnaDesigns, Facebook @LubnaDesignsand Instagram @LubnaDesigns.
Why buy a box of chocolates that come off the shelf when you can order her customizable cookies from The Sweet Tooth Cottage! All their butter cookies are made fresh and decorated by hand. Whatever your imagination can think of they can make it into a cookie. The Sweet Tooth Cottage is located at 10211 Sawmill Road in Powell. Visit them online at sweettoothcottage.com. Follow them on Twitter @Swttoothcottage and on Facebook @SweetToothCottage.
As much as I enjoy a bouquet of flowers, I have to recommend a beautiful succulent plant from Planthropy that would last longer than a dozen roses. Planthropy pairs succulents in up-cycled containers making one of a kind arrangements. Succulents are low maintenance so it’s a perfect gift for anyone that loves nature but might not have the greenest thumb. Planthropy’s up-cycled containers offer a wide array of styles to match any one’s decor. Everything from mercury glass lanterns to antique mason jars are filled with different succulents sure to make her smile. Even better a portion from each arrangement sold goes back into our community to help making them a “Plant with a Purpose.” Planthropy arrangements start at $18. Visit their website and find out where you can purchase yours at planthropy.co. Follow them on Instagram @Plantropy and Facebook @Plantropy
One thing that has taken over in Central Ohio is the t-shirt game and Pebby Forevee has made a niche just for the ladies! Pebby Forevee is comfortable and customizable for the confident woman that wants to make a statement without saying a word. Pebby Forevee tee’s have fun and bold statements printed on them such as, ‘Columbus is for Hustlers’, ‘Thick Thighs Thin Patience’, ‘I Love Jesus But I Cuss a Little’ and many other fun sayings. When ordering a Pebby Forevee tee you can pick from a wide array of styles from crop tops to crew neck shirts making it our own comfy style. Most tees are $34.95 and can be purchased online atmypebbyforevee.com. Follow them on @Pebby-Forevee, on Twitter @PebbyForevee and Instagram @PebbyForevee.
Cool nail polish colors have become the new accessory for every outfit and James Robert John, also known as JRJ, nail polish has been keeping women in Central Ohio in style with the latest nail color trends. Not only does JRJ offer the must have colors, but they are also guilt free! All of their polishes are 5-free, vegan and cruelty free. And for Valentines Day JRJ has shared their top picks “Red Delicious’, ‘You’re Sweet’, and ‘Love Is Everything’ offering the trio in a special Vday combo. Polishes are $14 and can be purchased on their websitejamesrobertjohn.com and various botiques around town. Follow them on Facebook @JamesRobertJohn or on instagram @JRJPics.
In my eyes jewelry is the crown to complete an outfit. Even if you have on the exact same outfit as someone else, your jewelry can set it apart and Nicki Marie Jewelry does just that! Nicki Marie Jewelry is made from eclectic materials like mirrors, copper, sterling silver and more. Nick Marie designs are focused around ‘joie de vivre of color, light, and angles.’ Styles start at $15 and up. Visit them online at nickimariejewelry.com. Follow them on Twitter @NickiMarieJewel, on Facebook @NickiMarieJewelry and on Instagram @NckiMarieJewelry.
Whatever locally made gift you choose for your sweetheart this Valentines Day, pair it with a short and sweet hand written note. Store bought cards are great but there’s nothing like a handwritten affirmation to go with the perfect handmade gift.