This Valentine's Day, why limit showing your love to your significant other? Show your love to the whole community by supporting local businesses for your Valentine's Day gifts, activities, and more! When you spend your money at local businesses rather than national chain stores, up to four times more money stays and circulates in the local economy, creating more jobs, funds for public safety and schools, and overall more vibrant neighborhoods. Here are 9 ways to Go Local for Valentine's Day:
1. Purchase a unique piece of jewelry from a local jewelry artist or store
Image via Twisted Sisters' Designs, Mesa
Find the most unique pieces (and at great prices) when you visit local and independent jewelry artists and stores. Click here to start shopping.
2. Spend a romantic evening enjoying dinner at a local restaurant
Image via Agustin Kitchen in Tucson
If the one you love is a foodie, treat him or her to an amazing dining experience at one of the best local restaurants. Many are offering special Valentine's Day menus, so get your reservations in before spots fill up! Check out our roundup of Local Valentine's Day Dining Events. (If you can't make it out to dinner, give your love a Devour Phoenix or Tucson Originals eGift Card!)
3. Choose Arizona-made wine or beer when eating out, or pick some up for enjoying at home
Image via Arizona Stronghold, Cottonwood
Did you know that Arizona is home to some highly ranked and nationally recognized wineries and breweries? Drink local for this special day and taste what Arizona has to offer.
4. Select locally made candy or sweets to really please your sweetie's sweet tooth
Image via Wei of Chocolate, Phoenix
Who doesn't love chocolate? Avoid the big boxes and bland flavors by going with the local sweets producer.
5. Head to your local florist to get the freshest bouquet of flowers
Image via Atelier Lafleur, Tucson
Go local? Grow local! Go with the local florists (and perhaps some native Arizona succulents?) to pick a bouquet that will really impress your significant other.
6. Choose a local business for other gifts and cards
Image via Made Art Boutique, Phoenix
Show your love by getting him or her a one-of-a-kind card, many local boutiques carry handmade ones and offer other great gifts.
7. Head out of town for a romantic getaway
If you and your honey like to travel, think local! There are many great romantic getaway options right here in Arizona, from the artists community of Bisbee to the snowy landscapes of Flagstaff. Check out our video travel guides for some great ideas.
8. Gift local personal care products (for men, too!)
Image via SlatherLotions, Chandler
Treat your loved one to some luxurious personal care with locally made lotions and beauty products! Many are made with natural ingredients to minimize chance of irritation and maximize self confidence.
9. A spa day makes a great gift for the both of you
Image via Sedona's New Day Spa
If your loved one has seemed a bit stressed lately, a local spa day will make a great gift for the both of you! He or she will return to you rejuvenated and relaxed, ready to celebrate your love together. You could even do a couple's massage!
BONUS: So your sweetheart you are devoted to him or her (and the local community) with a Localist membership! Just $20, this annual membership is your pass to local fun all year long. Get one for each of you so you can enjoy these behind the scenes activities, events, opportunities, and more together!
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