The holiday of love is approaching and it is time to think about how to express your heart. Valentine's Day gifts can be over the top or below the radar, but this year, avoid the clichés and find presents that will truly inspire your loved ones. Los Angeles boutiques are the best spots for gift buying and will have something for everyone on your Valentine's Day list.
820 E. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
When this boutique opened in 2012, Los Angeles natives flocked to see what was in store and they were delighted with the exclusive product categories. A goldmine for local and international artisans, Poketo is a whirlwind of gifts. Everything customers see online can be found in the store and the retailer frequently holds workshops and public art events. For a more serious love expression, the Knot Ring is created by hand from reclaimed metals.
Moondance Jewelry Gallery
1530 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Known for featuring a variety of unique jewelry designers, Moondance offers a shopping experience like no other. Nestled into the beachy scene of Santa Monica's Montana Avenue, Moondance is your go-to for all Valentine's Day shopping. The adorable tongue-and-cheek Zoe Chicco Diamond Heart & Arrow Studs will incite a giggle or two once she opens the box. A delicate initial necklace is always appreciated. The handcrafted Ariel Gordon Initial Pendant is a subtle love statement, but one that goes a long way.
9632 S. Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
What started out as a simple trend amongst the West L.A. mom circuit, Helen Ficalora has garnered praise from anyone who appreciates a delicate piece of jewelry. Ficalora translates her passion for nature and all that it kindles into each piece she creates. For the new mom, initial charms for each child's name will be worn forever. For a simple love gesture, enchant your mate with the Victorian Rose Ring or the "love" charm with one diamond.
Plush Puffs Gourmet Marshmallows
3811 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
When Valentine's Day plans fall on a weekend, sometimes snuggling on the couch is the perfect celebration du jour. Pick a romantic comedy and cozy up with a nice cup of hot cocoa featuring one of Plush Puffs Gourmet Marshmallows. When thinking of a romantic gift package, walk into the deliciously scented marshmallow shop and discover a world of sweetness perfect for your evening of love. One of Plush Puff's secrets is that each of the marshmallow flavors are accentuated once they hit a hot, steamy drink. For Valentine's Day, sweeten the deal with the Caramel Swirl, made with old style caramel or the Chocolate Chipetta marshmallow featuring mini chocolate morsels for extra flavoring and mouth-watering crunch. All of the Plush Puff mallows are great when used for making s'mores over a hot fire, and this Valentine's Day, Plush Puffs is selling a limited number of Valentine's Day Cocoa Box Sets which include a box of Chocolate Chipetta Plush Puffs, a pack of Peppi-Mint MugToppers, three packets of cocoa mix, and a mug.
912 S. Barrington Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
It is as rare these days to actually witness chocolate being made as it is to find authentic handmade chocolates. At Compartes Chocolatier, you will be transported back in time when you watch these master chocolatiers create this old-fashioned, sweet treat. For more than 60 years, these chocolate artisans have created truffles, chocolate bars, chocolate-dipped fruit and gourmet pieces for their Los Angeles customers. Every day is Valentine's Day for chocolate lovers and Compartes Chocolatier is the hot spot for buying your Valentine a true gift from the heart. Bring home the Almond Love Nuts, which are caramelized with vanilla beans, dipped in Compartes' chocolate and then sprinkled with brut cocoa powder for the finishing touch. Your Valentine might also "love" the Gourmet Artisan Chocolate Heart, which highlights organic fruit, spices and nuts as well as the luxuriously indulgent chocolate heart.
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