Not everyone has a valentine or, even if they do, chooses to celebrate Valentine’s Day with all the commercialism. However, it seems to us there is never a wrong time to tell someone they are loved and show them so with a gift that says you care, even if that person is you! Treat yourself or someone else to some of these gift ideas. It doesn’t have to be a lover. Maybe it’s your best friend or a family member. There are valentines all around if you look for them.
ETSY — A treasure trove of LGBT gifts that also support LGBT small businesses. Just go to etsy.com and do a quick search to provide you with a plethora of gift options for your sweetheart and loved ones, many of which can be customized. Put your special “secret phrase” on a card, a piece of wall art or even coffee cups to make something completely unique and special just like your love.
Mujjo — CUSTOM LEATHER TECH STUFF: Looking for a special gift for your tech-loving lover? Known for using only the best materials and attention to detail, Mujjo products protect your devices in premium-quality materials while ensuring ease of use. They aim to bring you products that make every trip more comfortable, more convenient, and more enjoyable — whether it’s around the corner or around the world.
Twinkle In Time — STAR MAPS FOR WHEN AND WHERE YOU MET: Create a star map that shows the stars exactly as they were on a specific date and location with a personalized message!
Babeland — ENJOY SOME SEXY TIME WITH YOUR SEXY MATE: The first Babeland store was opened in 1993 in response to the lack of women-friendly sex shops in Seattle. The store offers top quality products, a pleasant place to shop, and most of all information and encouragement to people who want to explore their sexuality.
Love and Pride — Thinking of popping the question? Then find the perfect ring for your forever valentines at L&P. Exquisitely designed jewelry by Udi Behr. Their motto: “Love and Pride is about looking good and feeling good. Loving who you’re with and being proud of who you are with.” loveandpride.com
. . . and here’s a bonus link for LGBT Wedding florists:
VforVibes — feel the vibes with your honey: V For Vibes was founded to empower women, men, and non-binary folks to take control of their sexual pleasure and overcome the social stigma surrounding sensual gratification. (Pictured: the Erotically Enticing Cockring from Chloe).
Aunt Charlotte’s Candies & Gifts — You can’t go wrong with chocolate! Aunt Charlotte is in Merchantville, with a storefront that will make your sweet tooth, and heart, pound with excitement. They are also happy to send their delicious treats to your faraway love.
K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid!) — FLOWERS: Flowers are a great option. Who doesn’t love getting flowers? The doorbell rings and you are greeted with a bouquet of colors and smells, and your first thought is always, “Aww, isn’t that nice?” Here are some LGBT+ or LGBT friendly florists in the Garden State:
Peter James Floral Couture in Asbury Park: peterjamesfloral.com
Mahwah Florist in Mahwah: mahwahfloristnj.com
Aster’s Floral Shop in Haddon Township: astersfloralshop.com
Sweet William & Thyme in Jamesburg: thymeforflowers.com
Gilded Lily in Flemington: gildedlilyflorist.com
Dinner and a Movie — Going out to dinner on Valentine’s Day could be fun, but isn’t your love deserving of something a little more special?
Step 1: Find a movie that has some sort of food theme. Think of something sexy like Chocolat or funny like the big Italian family in Big Night or even sweet like Lady and the Tramp for the Disney fans out there.
Step 2: Put a menu together that is inspired by your movie selection.
Step 3: Get your cooking skills to work or order from a local restaurant.
Step 4: Set the mood and queue up the movie and the food.
Step 5: Snuggle up on the couch and enjoy your romantic evening.