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Find Your Valentine a Gift in the Neighborhood

Mar Vista Patch’s guide to Valentine’s Day shopping close to home.


With Valentine’s Day right around the corner it’s time to think about what you are getting for your honey. Luckily, we’ve got answers for where to get fun and unique gifts locally.

American Flowers
What: American Flowers has high quality 2-3 foot long stem roses with prices “too good to print.” The store has hundreds of arrangements for Valentine’s Day with different combinations of flowers for any budget.
Why: A dozen long-stem roses is the classic Valentine’s Day gift.Your Valentine will be certain to swoon for these.
Where: 12404 Venice Blvd.


What: Hotcakes Bakes has a full of assortment of beautiful and mouthwatering treats, like cupcakes in flavors like red velvet and tres leches spicy mango, which won The Food Network’s 2009 Cupcake Wars contest. You can get 12 mini cupcakes, 12 for $15. Macaroons come in packages of 4 or 9 with flavor including choclate, coconut strawberry, pistachio, lemon, coffee and s’more.
Why: Everyone loves a delicious dessert and nothing says “I love you” better than something sweet and fresh.
Where: 4119 South Centinela Ave.


What: Everything you need to make a home-made treat for your sweetie yourself. From heart-shaped bake-ware to tools, ingredients, cake decorating supplies, and cook books. Gloria’s will get you cooking. Or sign up you and your Valentine for a cake or candy making class at Gloria’s as a unique gift. Spend time together learning to make delicious treats for anytime of year.
Why: It’s a little more work, but doing it yourself means you can tell your Valentine you made their gift with love.
Where:12453 Washington Blvd.


What: Soaps in every imaginable scent, especially for Valentine’s Day, you might try: “Chocolate Makes Me Thorny” or “Jabon de Mi Corazon”, at $6.95 a bar. You can also get a package of 10 assorted heart-shaped soaps for $32 or the R-r-r-romance Big Bath Gift Box including four big bars of soap, a soothing “Good Rub Skin Polish” an “Oil Body Slather”, a large natural farmed sea sponge and a small  heart soap for $84.
Why: Walk in the door of this neighborhood emporium of handmade all-natural soaps and you will be transported with the smells of lavender, vanilla, cinnamon and more. Take home some of that good stuff to your honey and share the love.
Where: 12228 1/2 Venice Blvd.


What: Honey from local beekepper and Mar Vista Farmer’s Market vendor, Harry Stein makes a sweet gift. Try the varieties of honeys from different flowers, all raw and unfiltered and unpasteurized. Or pick up and assortment of honey sticks, lip balms or soap make from honey.
Why: Honey for your honey is sure to please for Valentine’s Day.
Where: , Sundays only, 8 am - 1 pm, 3826 Grand View Blvd.

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