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This Valentine's Day, give cupid the day off and romance your S.O. with a gift from some of Los Angeles' best online brands. Botanical perfumes, basketball planters, bespoke baked goods, and more – our list has something to make anyone feel loved, whether it's a new flame or your ride-or-die soulmate. Single Angelenos and besties, fret not, you've been accounted for. And did we mention you can shop these Valentine's Day gifts without leaving home? Scroll on to secure the bag that'll hopefully give them butterflies.
Bougie Bakes – the gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, and keto-friendly dessert company that makes goodies fresh in L.A. – teamed with Little Words Project to deliver a Besties bundle ($60) perfect for your Galentine. Inside the reusable tin are 16 cookies, a Little Words Project besties bracelet, and a card. Ship it to your bestie anywhere nationwide via Bougie Bakes' carbon neutral shipping.
The Bouqs Co.
No time to fetch flowers from the florist? Bouqs got you covered. The flower delivery service offers over 40 different Valentine's Day flower arrangements you can send straight to their door. Purple lovers will swoon over the You Had Me At Merlot ($54) bouquet featuring purple mums and mini calla lilies. The Queen Bee ($64) springs to life with sunflowers, spray roses, and chamomile. Add a signature vase for $10 more. Need flowers and a gift? Select Bouqs bundles include a Homesick candle, Sugarfina candies, and Kendra Scott necklace.
Chocovivo deserves a special introduction. The woman-owned company is not only L.A.'s first bean-to-bar chocolate factory, it's also the creator of the first woman's coop in the largest cacao growing region in Mexico – Tabasco. Chocovivo uses vegan, organic, and natural ingredients and a traditional Mayan and Aztec stone-ground method. That means the chocolate isn't processed, conched, or tempered. Plus it gives back to the farmers by paying more than fair-trade price for a sustainable future. Satisfy your S.O.'s sweet tooth with the 15 Piece Tasting collection ($41.99), Fantastic Five chocolate bars ($45), or Chocolate Covered gift collection ($30).
Flour and Heat
Sugar artist and east coaster turned Altadenian Kim whips up bespoke cookies and cakes decorated with an unparalleled level of precision. Get creative and personalize some sweets for your sweetheart – the sky's the limit with Kim's talent. You can pick up your order in Altadena, have them delivered, or shipped for a fee.
From chef Heather Wong, Flouring LA's desserts are like a flower arrangement, work of art, and sweet treat in one. The pre-order pop-up bakery serves up round and sheet cakes in lavender lemon marble, devils buttermilk chocolate, passion fruit, and more ($75-$240). Signature desserts include floral citrus shortbread cookies and salted Belgian chocolate chip cookies by the dozen ($54-$85). Order a Cake Bar box with a seasonal cake assortment ($45-$85). Info on the bakery's current flavors of the week can be found on its Instagram @flouringla. Flouring LA offers delivery Wednesday through Saturday and deliveries must be scheduled 72 hours in advance with a $65 minimum. Pick up on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at its DTLA Arts District curbside pop-up. And don't forget to look out for its cake shop coming to Chinatown this year.
For celeb-approved jewelry made right here in L.A., look to Jennifer Meyer. We're loving the simplicity of the Inlay Heart cuff ($1,800-$2,625) available in turquoise, mother of pearl, and lapis without diamonds; and onyx and opal with diamonds. The 18-karat yellow gold Medium Edith link bracelet with nameplate ($2,850) makes it pretty and personal while the Wide Ellen band with open heart detail ($3,575) suffices as a Valentine's Day gift all on its own. Jennifer Meyer is currently offering complimentary gift wrapping and ground shipping on U.S. orders more than $100.
Ever accidentally eaten too much of an edible? Same. Kiva creates precisely dosed gummies, chocolates, mints, and chews delivered straight to your door. Treat them to a tin of the brand's mouthwatering fresh fruit flavored sativa, indica, or hybrid Camino Sours ($18), or a tin of its award-winning Terra chocolate-covered bites ($22) that take over 10 hours to create.
For your anti-flowers flame, may we suggest roses in candle form. Handmade and assembled in L.A., Lait's Saint-Valentin candle ($12-$36) features delicate notes of freshly cut aromatic roses, white grapes, and patchouli essential oil (an aromatherapy aphrodisiac). Each Last candle uses hand-poured fragrance oils, American grown soy wax, and a cotton, lead-free wick. Plus the candle's glass vessel is made in the U.S.
Lingerie shouldn't be reserved for special occasions or the last drawer of your dresser. So in 2017 designer Shiara Robinson decided to do something about it, launching her own lingerie line Lasette. Born in New York City and bred in L.A., the label offers transitional pieces for real bodies. Spice things up with Lasette's Leopard Ada slip ($250) or the Strapped In Thong Luxe ($75) with cutouts made to flaunt and accentuate curves.
Give them the gift of glowing skin from algae-infused skincare brand Mara and they'll love you forever, pinky promise. The brand's Sea Vitamin C Sérum ($96) is made with chlorella and reishi to brighten and defy age. A triple award-winning masque with an IG-worthy green-toned formula, Mara's Volcanic Sea Clay Detox Masque ($54) calls on spirulina and four natural cleansing clays to ward off blemishes, firm, and refresh. Our personal favorite is the Sea Kale Sunscreen Sérum ($52). This first-to-market sunscreen face oil uses non-nano zinc oxide for Broad Spectrum UVA / UVB PA +++ SPF 30 sun protection and nourishes skin with blue sea kale, hemp seed, and moringa to leave skin dewy without greasiness. What's more, Mara's proprietary algae blend shields skin from blue light, pollution, and photo-aging.
Ol' Dirty Planters
Got an old basketball lying around? Black-owned Ol' Dirty Planters can transform it into the coolest custom planter we've seen and guarantee your lover doesn't already own. After leaving their corporate jobs, Karissa Allen and Justin Cox started the business during the pandemic in an effort to introduce plants to those who typically wouldn't own them and to upcycle basketballs given their synthetic rubber can be difficult to decompose. Fast forward to fall 2021 and Ol' Dirty Planters secured an exclusive with Urban Outfitters. Today you can shop its full-size and mini basketball planters and football planters ($40-$70) online and at Millennium Shoes' Slauson and Inglewood locations.
Take the spa to them. Akin to a full-body treatment, Osea Malibu's Body Glow duo ($60) includes the brand's seaweed-infused Undaria Algae Body Oil and a plant-based body brush to slough away dead skin and renew. For the skincare-loving traveler, try the line's Gua Sha Ritual ($68) bundle, featuring a gua sha sculptor, Sea Minerals Mist, and Undaria Organ Oil in a vegan leather bag.
Short & Suite
Worn by the likes of TikTok's big sis Tinx and Gen Z YouTube sensation Emma Chamberlain, Short & Suite makes playful, posh pieces so visually delish you'd think they were Jolly Ranchers. Get your mani-obsessed bestie or bae the label's Chunky Bezel Square Gem ring ($125), a large Swarovski stone illuminated by 14K gold plating over brass. Or the Chunky Gem choker ($165) featuring micron gold plating over silver with a large Swarovski gem.
Strange Invisible Perfumes
Strange Invisible Perfumes makes botanical fragrances using a proprietary method called "hydro distillation," which predates the Industrial Revolution. The perfumery distills its essential oils in glass or copper stills, yielding the full spectrum of the plant's aroma molecules. Each fragrance is blended in small batches and aged for six months in a base of Strange Invisible Perfumes' pesticide-free grape alcohol made in Napa Valley by a 12th generation master distiller. None of its perfumes contain synthetic essences, isolates, or flavorings of any kind.
Make them swoon with the Black Rosette perfume ($210) featuring notes of rose, black tea, and leather. For a Sunday kind of love in Paris, the Dimanche perfume ($210) is scented with iris, rose, honey, amber, and cacao. Astrology aficionados will appreciate Strange Invisible Perfumes' zodiac-inspired perfumes ($90-$240).
For some sweet ear candy, we're lobe-ing Studs' new Valentine's Day collection of statement huggies and dangles inspired by Dolly Parton, vintage jewelry, and Western motifs. Think Longhorn studs, Butterfly cuffs, Rhinestone Heart huggies, and more (ranging from $22 to $34 per earring). Cute for keeping your Valentine's 'scapes stacked is the brand's Dagger Through the Heart set ($98), Desert Rose set ($108), and Howdy set ($68). Available to shop at Studs' Melrose Place and Westfield Century City locations and online.
Natural wine delivery shop Unfined Wines – which satisfies Angelenos' palates with same-day delivery 365 days a year – whipped up a Valentine's Day Date Night box ($75). This romantic evening starter kit includes two bottles of the label's wines – one red and one rosé – two chocolate bars from L.A.-based bean-to-chocolate brand Letterpress, and the Love Lingual card game. Get the box delivered to your door anywhere in L.A.
Founded by mother-daughter duo Ani and Zara, Via Florelle makes fairytale-romantic luxury rose boxes you can ship straight to their door. The Be My Valentine box ($255) features 18 or 24 premium fresh-cut, long stem roses sourced from Ecuador. Customize a box with your photo or artwork of choice with the Design Your Way box ($265) of fresh-cut roses. For a show of your love that'll last years without water or maintenance, go with the Le Grand Red Heart ($255), a heart-shaped box of 10-15 large forever roses. Browse the florist's full Valentine rose collection here.
The Wooden Palate
For those tired of flowers, chocolates, and hearts, there's always wood. Eileen O'Dea and her husband Ryan Silverman convert fallen trees into some of L.A.'s most beautiful homeware. Upgrade your boo's bar cart or hosting kit with The Wooden Palate's ice bucket ($590), a usable piece of art sustainably made in L.A. from locally fallen walnut. Or the Mod Tray ($345), available in black walnut, ebonized oak, or white oak with solid brass inset. The duo uses North American white oak, Ohio River Valley Black Walnut, and all-natural oils like beeswax, palm oil, and mineral oil. Check out The Wooden Palate's collab with author and interior designer Athena Calderon, aka @eyeswoon, which includes super chic dog bowls and bathtub trays.