When you think of Valentine’s Day – what do you think of? Your special someone, romance, sparks, dinner, flowers and chocolate right? Well, you had me until the “flowers and chocolate”. Flowers and and chocolate has been the “go-to gift” for years!!! And I’m kind of tired of it. Its been over done, to the point that its now boring and unimaginative. When I am looking to give my “Valentine” a gift, I know he’s going to appreciate something aside from the standard thing. Something that’s thoughtful and creative, something that he’ll instantly know I took the time and invested more into it! Well look no further, I have LOTS of gift ideas in this post, lots of DIFFERENT ones brought to you by small businesses! Now I would consider that a win-win; getting a creative, handmade gift WHILE also supporting small business!!!
Did you know that (worldwide) over 50 million roses are given each year on Valentines Day? That each year men shell out (on average) $130 on cards, candy, flowers, jewellry etc? That more than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold each year on Valentine’s Day? That 189 million stems of roses are sold each year (in the USA) on Valentine’s Day??? And given the outrageous prices of these popular, go-to item; can you imagine what an impact on our economy and small business it would have, if we ALL purchased handmade for Valentine’s Day??? And don’t forget, you’re getting a hand-crafted item, made with love by someone, not an item made in a factory by “something” – (a machine)~!!!
So to inspire everyone to shop with small businesses this Valentine’s Day, I’m bringing you this article featuring several businesses each with their own specialty. And each one made with love. <3 Here they are, in no particular order:
1. SunyIslandBlu Soap Company
2. Purple Cupcake Soaps
3. Aqua Dragonfly Creations
4. CremeBruLove Bath Products
5. Passionfruit Island
6. Bath Sweets and Body Treats
7. Lisie’s Pieces
8. Soap Much Love
9. Her Best Apple Cold Process Soap
10. Four Seasons Natural Soaps
11. Lagniappe Couture-Spa
12. Swallowtail Soaps
13. Heffernan’s Little Craft Shop
14. Table-This Cheesecakes
15. Clean By Ali
16. Creative Concepts By Kristen
17. Candle Scents
19. Stc & Company
20. Oak Street Soaps and Candles
21. The Burtley Soap Co.
Wow! Lots of amazing, creative and different gift ideas here, right??? I’d like to thank all these businesses for sharing their talents with us and inspiring us to shop HAND MADE~!!! Let’s all make the effort to shop with small businesses this Valentine’s Day and support each other AND our economy~!!!
Well, in the ongoing Valentine’s Day themed series, the next article will be all about different Valentine’s Day Makeup Looks~!! So stay tuned for that~!!!