Valentine’s Day is almost here! Have you thought about what you are getting for that someone special, maybe even for the royal “we”. Yes, I mean you! Treat yo’ self! While grocery store hearts and flowers are alright, why settle when you can amaze your love (or yourself) with a unique locally made Valentine EXPERIENCE?? We have curated a plethora of items that you can order in Austin in advance locally to support our small businesses while staying safe and COVID cautious. Here are our local Austin favorite businesses we are highlighting for you to check out their fun Valentine’s day specials! Plus, we don’t like to brag, but we have some mad gift giving skills over here! You will totally get lucky...or at least earn some points with our gift items and suggestions! Have a fun safe Valentines Day and most importantly treat yo self and your quarantine mate/friend! They deserve and so do you.
Here is our local Austin buyer guide:
Send a GOAT GRAM!! Yes! Ship Party & Return partnered up with Goat Shenanigans to bring you the Goat Gram! Surprise your Valentine with a baby goat! Goat Shenanigans will bring a baby goat to their home or office for a 20 minute visit. The goat will deliver a personalized Valentine's Day card created by Ship Party Return! Don’t forget to check out the “Yoda One For Me” gift, it’s sure to make any Star Wars lover ecstatic!
Of course we have to start this list with a floral find. Meet The Floral Studio Austin! Coby Neal started The Flower Studio over 20 years ago and has been working all of his life as a Texan Florist, accumulating over 50 years of experience. He is very passionate about what he does and is always trying to infuse art into everyday arrangements. They have unique orchids, plants, bouquets, delivery, jewellery, and unique Austin finds. These works of art will be the perfect loving addition to your home
You don’t have to go too far for this sweet treat. Located right across the street from The Floral Studios, Tiny Pies is home to the cutest valentine’s baked goods. With a special Valentine’s Menu of cherry hand pie love letters, chocolate tarts, and heart shaped creme brulee, who can resist?? Galentine’s Day dessert is officially covered. Order now in time for a February 14th pick up!
Wanting to take your date on a romantic picnic? Step up your charcuterie skills with the help of Spread & Co. We ordered their Valentine’s Day cheese & chocolate pairing for 2 that includes edible flowers and fell in love at first bite. (We’re flower people, how could we not try this?!) Plus, the cheese board is recyclable. Eco-Elegance for the win! V-Day orders must be placed 24hours in advance so head to their menu soon!
For the more hands on couple, we recommend attending a virtual tasting class from Antonelli’s Cheese Shop. Antonelli’s Cheese Shop is at the heart of Austin’s cheese scene. Their bustling cut-to-order cheese shop invites you to “taste the case” since they usually carry up to 100 different types of cheese. As Austin’s first specialty cheese shop, Antonelli’s takes pride in partnering with local businesses and committing to sustainable practices. RSVP now to their Stinky Cheese Valentine’s Day tasting.
You may have seen us raving about this local shop on our instagram, but we just can’t get enough of Dream Bakery! This bakery caters to the health conscious crowd, offering gluten free and keto friendly treats. Cakes, chocolate covered strawberries, cheesecake, cookies, you name and they can make it according to your dietary needs. Their Valentine’s menu is to die for. They’re even offering a bacon bouquet. Let me repeat that, a bacon bouquet. Ron Swanson’s of the world rejoice! Order online before these goodies go away!
Is your partner not so fond of flowers? Allow us to introduce you to East Austin Succulents. They are Austin’s one stop shop for the most unique plants and pottery. Did you know you can make arrangements out of succulents? East Austin Succulents can even create custom arrangements as well! This is the perfect alternative to flowers, plus their location is so enthralling. You could make a whole date out of the shopping experience.
Turn Valentine’s day dinner up a notch with a themed dinner at L’oca D’oro! They’ve got the best food and the best theme!! The special theme returning again for the second year: The Sex Pistols vs The Carpenters, where The Love Menu does battle with the Hate Menu. So exciting. Each course consists of 2 dishes, served for sharing, and inspired by a different song. Fun and delicious for all Austin music lovers and foodies alike! Call (737) 212–1876 or head to their site for more info. L’oca D’oro is pick up only, so make sure you place your order ASAP.
Valentine’s Day is also about self love! Treat yo’ self to some luxurious soaps from Springdale Handmade. These soaps are made in Austin using homegrown/local herbs and flowers. Plus you don’t even have to leave the house to place an order! We recommend the lavender geranium scent. Products are seasonal and also available in many local shops. Check out their website for more info.
Wanting to break out of your quarantine couple routine? Get out of town and head to Camp Lucy for an all inclusive hill country resort experience. Located in Dripping Springs, Camp Lucy takes remote and romantic to a whole other level. Full of fun activities and upscale dining options, you’ll never want to leave. Camp Lucy is the ultimate place to reignite the romance. Book your stay ASAP!
This fun balloon gang can do it all! ...and WOW, their balloons! Pop & Drop’s creative balloon art installs are perfect for photo props, stairwells, railings, front doors, even a corner to spruce up every area with love and plenty of color! The garlands last for days, are budget friendly, and compact enough to fit in your car. Beats a gigantic singing balloon any day!! They have 3 Valentine’s Day options to choose from that you can check out on their Facebook. Install can be picked up starting February 12th, and they’re perfect for celebrating someone you love for under $60. Want to turn it into a surprise? Request a ‘Pop & Drop By!’ and they’ll deliver your balloon garland to your home or your loved one’s place of work within 20 miles of zip code 78664.