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Top 8 Local DC inspired ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

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Looking for some locally sourced gifts for the sweetheart who put up with you through quarantine?

Whether you’re looking for IRL (in Real life) or URL Valentine’s and Galentine’s ideas, we’ve got 8 locally sourced V-day solutions that’ll be sure to make you look like the DC expert you are (or want to be!)


Igloos, Huts, and cabins- In Real Life Cabin Fever for all the couples out there!


  1. Cabin fever takes on a whole new meaning this year. If you’re itching to actually leave your house to celebrate V-day, look no further. These amazing igloos, huts and cabins can be seen outside of some of our favorite spots across DC, including Le Diplomat, Bresca, Belga Cafe, and even Fiola Mare.  

Reserve early, as these cute cabins will go quick for the big day!

Looking for some locally sourced gifts for the sweetheart who put up with you through quarantine?

2. Move over Russell Stover- Ashleigh Pearson at Petite Soeur has a gift for sweets like no other. Beautifully hand crafted, colorful chocolate bonbons are a win for sure! Head to Glen’s Garden Market or order online.



3. Or if you happen to have a partner (like me) who doesn’t like chocolate (?!?), Cadence Candle Co.’s amazing aromatics are a must! And not only do they take your olfactory senses on a wonderful journey, Taelor has included a playlist on each candle to truly set the mood. So, scan the QR code, sit back and let Cadence do the rest. 


For the Ladies,  Galentine’s Day Options- in URL format!

4. You don’t need to be coupled to enjoy this greeting card manufactured holiday! Grab your ladies, and sign up for a virtual drag queen brunch! Drag queen brunches are a staple of DC, and now you can enjoy straight from your home!

5. If you are looking for a district-centric event, to show your DC love, check out Blue Fern Travel’s virtual events! Focused on DC booze history, you’ll learn some creative cocktails using district flavors, while your host weaves in fascinating stories of prohibition, and those who didn’t abide. 


Galvanize your gals this year with some female focused gifts (all local of course!)

6. Our fave swag shop, Bailiwick Clothing Co. is crushing the game this year… and has even branched out, creating the MVP (Madam Vice President) mug, that any lady would love to sip from.  Head to their Wharf pop-up store (49 District Square, Southwest) to grab yours today!

7. I can’t say enough good things about Sio Ceramics. If you didn’t know her yet, you’re welcome! Makeda launched her shop just this year, but her taste, colors and craftsmanship say she’s an old pro! Every piece is handmade, full of personality and bound to be in heavy rotation for anyone who receives it!


8. Lastly, what Valentines would be complete without a Love Potion. Not the tired number nine, we’re talking about Love Potion #10, straight from our favorite fifth generation herbalist, Sunyatta Amen at Calabash Tea and Tonic! Her grandmother’s recipe is the best Chai you’ve never had! Seep in Almond or Oat milk, and thank me later!



Whether you’re shopping for your sweetie, or the gals that got you through COVID, I think we can all agree it’s time to log off Amazon for the day, and send some local district love to your valentine! 

We hope these ideas inspire you to explore the best DC has to offer. For more ideas and to keep up with our latest, sign up for our email list!