23 Jan Downtown Lewiston Valentine’s Gift Guide
There’s no shortage of amazing, unique gifts to be found downtown no matter the occasion, but for Valentine’s Day the selection is especially abundant. Whether you’re in the butterflies-in-the-stomach stage of a new romance or in the second (or third, or fifth) decade of wedded bliss, you’re sure to find something for your sweetheart. Here’s what we found at our favorite BDL shops:
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries : Brava’s
Everyone loves chocolate dipped strawberries, so these are a can’t miss gift. Designs and toppings are customizable so you can tailor it to your Valentine’s liking, and they even come in a cute little tin! Available in quantities of 6, 24, or 48 by presale only, so act fast! Call (208) 413-6468 to order.
One Dozen (Cookie) Roses : As You Like It Cakes
If your love has a serious sweet tooth, these are sure to please. Tracy’s amazing almond sugar cookies take the standard dozen roses and gives it a fun twist. Stick with the red for romance, or change them to yellow for a fun friends gift. Preorders are suggested to ensure availability, which you can do on their website: http://bit.ly/2jjjKPV
Kai Organic Teas : The Blue Lantern
Organic, Fair Trade loose-leaf teas come in a variety of flavors to choose from including: Chocolate mint chai tea which is a blend of black tea, Peruvian dark chocolate, peppermint and Indian spice; English Breakfast is a popular blend of Ceylons, Assam, and Tanzanian black teas; Peach Assam is black Assam tea with real peach and calendula petals. Makes a great iced tea, too.
Gifts for the Foodie : Ampersand Oil & Vinegar Tap House
If you haven’t visited BDL’s newest shop, you need to hustle on in there. Besides the amazing wall of oil and vinegar kegs (a sight to behold on its own) there is awesomeness in every nook and cranny. It was really hard to pick just a few items to feature. Keely pointed out a delicious looking bottle of Olivelle strawberry white balsamic vinegar, which is good on just about everything from spinach salad to braised chicken. Speaking of braising, cook your honey a delicious Valentine’s dinner in the Staub cast-iron Coq Au Vin and it’s like two gifts in one! And if you stopped by The Blue Lantern to grab some Kai tea, snatch up this fun little gnome mug, throw in an infuser and some honey and you’ve got yourself a sweet little gift bundle.
Citizen Eco-Drive Silhouette : The Diamond Shop
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and The Diamond Shop is the dude-looking-for-a-gift’s best friend. You can’t go wrong with this romantic rosy-hued ladies watch, made even schnazzier by the Swarovski crystal bezel. I’m actually kind of hoping my husband reads this newsletter and gets the not so subtle hint.
Brighton Accessories : The Diamond Shop
Just a hop, skip, and a jump across the way is the home décor and gift side of the shop where you can find these festive Brighton items. The Love Beat pill box or card holder come with an embossed leather exterior and a sweet little sculpted silver heart. The French Kisses mini box is perfect for all the little whatnots floating around a handbag, and the Mingle wallet can hold all the important stuff with its bazillion slots, pockets, and compartments.
Unique Gifts Galore : The Fourth Wall Gallery
If you’re looking for something that is that is way better than your average big box store gift, this is the place to go. The funny (and sassy, in some cases) cards are all designed and printed in house, with a slew of new designs coming out this week. Amazing crystal jewelry from local maker Disco Gems, art prints, unique home decor, and OF COURSE the famous Art Uncorked classes. Take your babe and a bottle of wine down for a date night class to paint one of the sweet lovey-dovey designs they have planned for the month of February. Sign up for classes online: http://bit.ly/2jCZrea