Top 10 Ways to Go Local for Valentine's Day

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. Local businesses will also have the most unique items and services that will sweep your sweetheart of their feet.

Skip the chain stores and show your sweetheart some local love. Here are our Top 10 ways to go local for Valentine's Day: 

1. Purchase a unique piece of jewelry from a local jewelry artist or store

Earrings from MAST in Tucson, Arizona.

Earrings from MAST in Tucson, Arizona.

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

This delicious dish is served at Maynards Market & Kitchen in Tucson, Arizona. Butter braised scallops, herb polenta, chiltepin and cranberry gastrique, Willcox apples, radicchio and arugula salad.

This delicious dish is served at Maynards Market & Kitchen in Tucson, Arizona. Butter braised scallops, herb polenta, chiltepin and cranberry gastrique, Willcox apples, radicchio and arugula salad.

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 Events & Dinner Specials. (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, beer, or spirits when eating out, or pick some up for enjoying at home

Sampling of local wines at Four Eight Wineworks in Clarkdale, Arizona. Photo: D'Elia Photographic

Sampling of local wines at Four Eight Wineworks in Clarkdale, Arizona. Photo: D'Elia Photographic

Did you know that Arizona is home to some highly ranked and nationally recognized wineries, breweries, and distilleries? 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

Zak's Chocolate is a gourmet chocolate shop based in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Zak's Chocolate is a gourmet chocolate shop based in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Who doesn't love chocolate? Avoid the big boxes and bland flavors by going with a local sweets producer.

5. Head to your local florist to get the freshest bouquet of flowers

Flower Shop on 4th Avenue in Tucson, Arizona, will put something beautiful together for your sweetheart.

Flower Shop on 4th Avenue in Tucson, Arizona, will put something beautiful together for your sweetheart.

Go local? Grow local! Go with the local florists to pick a bouquet that will really impress your significant other. Be the ultimate Localist and choose some native Arizona succulents to give! 

6. Choose a local business for other gifts and cards

MADE Art Boutique in Phoenix, Arizona, always has a great card selection. 

MADE Art Boutique in Phoenix, Arizona, always has a great card selection. 

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

There are lots of great options for wine tasting in the Verde Valley. Photo: D'Elia Photographic.

There are lots of great options for wine tasting in the Verde Valley. Photo: D'Elia Photographic.

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.

READ MORE: 15 Romantic Getaways in Rural Arizona

8. Gift local personal care products (for men, too!)

Slather Lotions is just one of many Local First Arizona members making all natural and local lotions and personal care products.

Slather Lotions is just one of many Local First Arizona members making all natural and local lotions and personal care products.

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

Sedona New Day Spa offers a relaxing environment to get away from it all. 

Sedona New Day Spa offers a relaxing environment to get away from it all. 

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!

10. Declare Your Love for Local

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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!

Looking for more? Head to our Valentine's Day HQ for events, dinner specials, gift ideas, and more: