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Boston’s Best Places To Get Valentine’s Day Gifts

January 28, 2014 6:00 AM

(Photo from Amaranth & Rue Handmade Soaps)

Ah, Valentine’s Day. Love is in the air and panic is striking the hearts of lovers everywhere as they try and come up with a gift idea. While tried-and-true mementos of love like roses and chocolates are always safe bets, some are scratching their heads trying to take it up a notch this year. If you’re looking for something that you haven’t given a million times before, check out our guide to the best places in Boston to buy Valentine’s Day gifts.
(Photo from Yawkey Way Store)

(Photo from Yawkey Way Store)

Red Sox Team Store
19 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 421-8686

Got a sports fan in your life? The Red Sox Team Store is the place to go. The shop offers absolutely everything you could imagine in licensed sports team merchandise. And it doesn’t just stop at the Red Sox. You can find a good amount of items bearing the logo of all of your favorite Boston sports teams in this one store. If you really want to step it up a notch, head away from the licensed clothing and home goods and check out the selection of signed collectibles.

(Photo Credit: Lulus)

(Photo Credit: Lulus)

Lulu’s Sweet Shoppe
57 Salem St.
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 742-0070

Lulu’s Sweet Shoppe has a wide selection for the person with a sweet tooth. It makes delicious cupcakes and baked goods if you’re looking for a freshly baked treat to surprise your beloved this season. But it also offers a wide array of packaged candies that are sure to please. The best part of the offerings is the retro candy department. If you’re looking for a bit of nostalgia or to surprise someone with an old favorite that you have trouble finding these days, try the retro candy selection at Lulu’s Sweet Shoppe.

(Photo from Amaranth & Rue Handmade Soaps)

(Photo from Amaranth & Rue Handmade Soaps)

Amaranth & Rue Handmade Soaps

If your love goes for small, everyday luxuries or enjoys being pampered, check out the offerings at the Boston-based company Amaranth & Rue Handmade Soaps. As the name implies, it offers wonderful handmade soaps made from natural ingredients that are animal friendly, and come in several dozen different scents. Along with soap, you’ll find a full selection of bath and beauty products that include bath salts, body butters, lip balms and candles – basically everything you need for a little pick-me-up. Gift sets, gift cards and all kinds of other goodies are available from the online shop seasonally so you can be sure to find a Valentine’s Day-themed gift set that is sure to please.

Related: Boston Area’s Best Places For Handmade Gifts

(Photo from Facebook)

(Photo from Facebook)

Katrina Hess Makeup Studio
105 Newbury St., Suite 301
Boston, MA 02116
(781) 710-6865

Speaking of pampering, how about a trip to Boston’s premier make-up artist? Katrina Hess gift certificates make a wonderful gift. Katrina Hess has been Allure magazine’s Best Brow Artist for two years, is a multiple Best of Boston award-winning make-up artist and has been featured in nearly every major beauty magazine in the country. What could be better than getting the same treatment that A-list celebrities experience before heading off to the red carpet, getting beautifully shaped brows or learning the newest make-up trends for the season? There’s also a wide selection of some of the most luxurious skin care and cosmetics available for purchase in the studio.

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Small Pleasures
142 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 267-7371

If you’re thinking of going the jewelry route, check out Small Pleasures. The shop offers fine jewelry with a vintage feel. And it also has a wonderful selection of antique jewelry so you can be sure to get something that’s both timeless and unique. If your Valentine already has a piece of jewelry they love but no longer fits or has been damaged, getting it fixed and resized for a surprise is a thoughtful gift and can be done at Small Pleasures as well.

Related: Boston’s Best Jewelry Stores

Renee Mallett is the author of several books about art, culture, and New England. She was the owner and director of an art gallery and has written about arts and entertainment on a national level for several print and online journals. Her work can be found at

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