Eek! Valentine's Day is TOMORROW which means it's too late to get anything shipped. But never fear: there are some great gifts available from local makers, brands, and stores for anyone on your list, whether you're someone looking for a big-ticket gift for your spouse, or someone who wants to spend $2 on a kiddo! Here are some of my top recommendations for Valentine gifts you can buy here locally in Sioux City and Siouxland:
Local favorites (including my book!)
Sparkle and shine from Ambrosia
|my earrings from Ambrosia's Simplistix line|
This super-talented jeweler has tons of items in stock already made at her South Sioux store for any taste. If you're looking to spend thousands on a one-of-a-kind gemstone, she's got what you need, but she also has a budget line called Simplistix and I personally have and love some of her $40 earrings and wear them all the time. While they are plated and crystal rather than solid gold and gemstones like her more expensive pieces, I think they're beautiful and they seem durable so far. Definitely perfect for everyday wear for me!
Her website is here, and her store is at 600 A Street in South Sioux City, Nebraska
Romantic reads (and fun books for kids!) at Book People
Book People is Sioux City's only independent bookstore and whatever your valentine's fave genre is, they probably have it! Besides a wide selection of the hottest new books and beloved classics for adults, they also have great books for kids, including Valentine's themed ones, and activity books like Paint By Sticker Books starting at $9.95.
Book People's website is here, and the store is at 2923 Hamilton Boulevard in Sioux City, Iowa.
Sweets from bulk to bespoke at Palmer's Candy
This Sioux City legend has a huge variety of delicious treats for all budgets and palates, and even gift cards if you want to let kids have the fun of choosing for themselves! One of my personal favorites for Valentine's Day is the chocolate covered sea salt caramels, but there are also boxes of Bings, and tons of bulk options including candies and nuts, plus gourmet truffles that all look so delicious.
Poppin' treats at Koated Kernels
Furry Friends from LaunchPad
|Some of LaunchPad's cute plushes! Photo used with permission from LaunchPad|
The Odyssey Gift Shop at the Launchpad Children's Museum is the perfect place to find a cuddly and heartfelt gift for your Valentine this year. And, by shopping at Odyssey, you're not only giving a thoughtful gift but also supporting the museum! Odyssey also has a variety of other great games and toys that might be unconventional for Valentine's Day but are sure to be a big hit.
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