The C.Y.A. Last Minute Guide To Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Yeah, yeah…we know the feeling. Valentine’s Day is THIS WEEK and you haven’t done your shopping yet!

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s your “Last Minute C.Y.A. Valentine’s Day Shopping Guide” for great gifts that can be found at local merchants!

Let’s start with the fundamentals:

Get a Unique Card

Don’t settle for Hallmark; find a card that shows some personality and feels like it was created for that special someone.

Pick Up Good Wine…

We have several local urban wineries to choose from, as well as some great shops with endless selection.

And Good Cheese…

A really good cheese is one of the best things ever. Don’t skimp.

…And GOOD Chocolate!


And Of Course, Flowers!

You can’t go wrong with Allen’s Flowers.

A Warm Candle…

Now, let’s get a little more personal and find something that shows a little more creativity.

After all, the best gift is the one that shows that you put some thought into it!

Personalized Jewelry

A Hard to Find Book For Your Bookworm…

…Or Some Vinyl For Your Audiophile.

A Custom Watch From Nixon

Nixon recently opened a custom watch counter at their Encinitas headquarters…very cool.

A Good Local Booze

Yes, everyone knows that San Diego is the craft beer capital of the world, but our city also has amazing distilleries. A good bottle makes a great gift, and many of them sell memberships that have cool benefits.

A Personalized Work of Art

Is that special someone a photographer? Here’s a way to create a really personal gift out of their favorite snaps. Pixelonwood in Encinitas has a really cool service – they’ll transfer any picture onto recycled wood. The result is a beautiful work of art that makes a great gift!

Hand-Made, Small Batch Beauty Products

Owned by local Lady Boss Lacey Haegen, this beauty brand is getting rave reviews and has a powerful mission that any woman will love.

A Subscription to Really Good Local Coffee

Does that special someone love good coffee? Here’s an easy way to win their heart: make sure it’s automatically available to them every day!

Pamper Them…That Always Works!

When all else fails, spoil them. Send them to AquaVie Spa in the Westgate Hotel for the day and they’ll come back refreshed and loving you! Better yet, go with them. Ask for their Valentine’s Day specials.

There you go…pick a few of the fundamentals at the top of the list, then one or two of the more personalized gifts from the bottom of the list, and you’ll look like a Valentine’s Day gift-giving genius!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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