Spoil your Special Someone with local valentine’s day gifts ❤️
Valentine’s Day, February 14, is quickly approaching and you don’t want to be scrambling the day before to get your loved one the perfect gift. Aside from planning ahead, think about shopping local to show a little love to area businesses while spoiling your loved one at the same time. The Mesilla Valley abounds with locally owned boutiques and artisan shops that have just what you are looking for. From traditional gifts to unique do-it-yourself experiences, you are sure to end up with the perfect gift to celebrate the day of love.
The Traditional Flowers and Chocolates ❤️
When thinking of Valentine’s Day, flowers and chocolates instantly come to mind. From large bouquets of roses to heart-shaped boxes of uniquely flavored chocolates, there are many different ways you can execute this classic gift. How about supporting some of the great places around town for delicious chocolates, stunning flowers, and other sweet treats? Check out The Chocolate Lady in Mesilla for their signature chocolate-covered strawberries. If pastries are more fitting for your loved one, head on over to Indulgence Bakery for their delicious cupcakes, brownies, and so much more. Those who want to add a little Mesilla flair to their Valentine’s sweet treat can give Legacy Pecans a visit and get chocolate-covered pecans for their special someone. For lovely blooms, you can count on Flowerama, but that’s not all they have to offer. Flowerama can fulfill your flower and sweet gift all in one package with their to-die-for fruit bouquets. Also, check out Las Cruces Florist for custom bouquets that will say “I love you” for you.
The Gift of Sparkle and Bling ❤️
Another classic Valentine’s Day gift is something flashy your loved one can wear every day. Whether it’s a new watch, a ring to pop the question, or a symbol of your love, our area has amazing stores that surely have the perfect piece. Austin’s Fine Jewelry has been the go-to place for all things jewelry since it opened in 1988. Some other places to explore are Baquera Jewelers, Silver Assets, Matteo’s Jewelry, and Julienne Jewelry. Wherever you go, you are sure to find the perfect gift that will have your loved one thinking of you every time it is worn.
A Warm Cup of Love ❤️
For some, the classic Valentine’s Day gifts just don’t cut it. There is nothing that feels closer to a hug than a hot cup of your favorite coffee or tea. Whether your loved one prefers whole coffee beans, raw tea leaf mixtures, or freshly ground coffee ready to be brewed, local shops have you covered. Milagro Coffee y Espresso has a wonderful selection of great-tasting beans that will have your loved one’s heart going pitter-pat. Other local places such as The Bean, Beck’s Coffee, and Old Barrel Tea Company have many options from which to choose. Don’t forget to include a cute mug!
LOCAL SPIRITS ❤️
Nothing makes a romantic night classier than a bottle of locally produced wine, beer, or spirits. You can pick up a growler of their favorite Las Cruces-brewed beer from Icebox Brewing Co. or Spotted Dog Brewery. How about some of the amazing wines from Rio Grande Winery or Mesa Vista Winery Tasting Room? You can even drive to the vineyards together and make it a romantic day trip. Sometimes homemade cocktails are what hit the spot. Get your loved one a delicious bottle of Dry Point Distillery’s Dry Spell Whisky or Little Toad Creek’s Silver Rum; you won’t be disappointed.
The best and most romantic memories come from special experiences. There are so many different and unique ways you can surprise your loved one for the night. One way is to book a stay at any of the popular hot spring hotels in Truth or Consequences. The Firewater Lodge has a room with its own private hot spring that you can use at your leisure. Another great idea is to arrange a stargazing date. For those who live away from light pollution, you can set up a picnic in your backyard. For others, you can find some nice parking spots by the mountains. Make sure the night is going to be clear, then gather some candles, your Valentine’s favorite food, some blankets, and you’re good to go. Another romantic date idea is to go on a sunrise hike. With all of the great hiking trails around, this is an easy idea to execute. All you have to do is time it right. Make sure you’re reaching a spot where you can stop when the sunrise is at its most colorful. That moment is the perfect time to either give them a gift, whip out their favorite snack or sweet, or maybe even pop the question!
No matter what you do this Valentine’s Day, just make sure you cherish the ones you love and let them know it. Your gift is sure to make them feel warm, fuzzy, and loved. Be creative, have fun, and have a happy Valentine’s Day.
Written by Olivia Belcher • Photos by Cheryl Fallstead and Olivia Belcher
Originally published in Neighbors magazine | 2021