It doesn’t matter what your current standing is with the one you’re boning, you should know better than to shop at the box stores when it comes to his or her Valentine’s Day gift. Cozy up to the local joints to find something as interesting and freaky as your partner. With all these options, you’ll have no excuse for giving your boo a bad gift.
If your girl has expensive taste, treat her to something sparkly from Concrete Polish. Low on the cash flow? Not a problem, order jewelry online by Jan. 17 using the promo code “BEMINEORELSE” and you’ll get 20 percent off. 716 N. Third St., 267-324-5201, concretepolishjewels.com.
For those who dig the shabby-chic look there’s the Clover Market. Typically located in Ardmore, the market this month will sneak into the 23rd Street Armory for convenience and warmth. Got a honey who digs vintage? They got it. Antiques? Please, there will be tons. In addition, there will be gorgeous décor from Olde Good Things and furniture from Spotted Horse Textiles. You can also get your paws on vibrant scarves or striking socks from Jay McCarroll Accessories, as well as gifts from the beloved Art Star. Sun., Jan. 27, $5, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., 23rd Street Armory, 22 S. 23rd St., theclovermarket.com.
If you prefer to wait until the last minute, but still long for something handmade, there’s the debut of the 30th Street Craft Market, put on by VIX Emporium. Set the mood with all-natural beeswax Mellifera Candles, and get frilly with lace and tulle mashups by Nicole Rae Styer. Check out kids, gear by Tadpole Creations for the little snugglebots in your life. Sat., Feb. 9, free, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., 30th Street Station, 2955 Market St., 215-471-7700, vixemporium.com.
The newest shop on the block is fetish and fantasy boutique, Kink, in Old City. You’ll have to stop in to get a load of the sales and specials, but your valentine will thank you for it. 126 Market St., 267-908-5465, kinkshoppe.com.