Whatever your situation, single, coupled or complicated, I created a mini gift guide to help get your Valentine's Day plans underway. Since this is also Black History Month (much to Stacey Dash's dismay), all of the shops are black/people of color owned, so you can spread some love to the businesses as well. All of the shops also have even more great, gift worthy selections in addition to the items I chose. If you own a black business or know of one, please leave a link to the shop in the comments.
Enjoy the gift guide below, and hopefully you'll be ready for Valentine's Day long before February 14, and not standing in a crowded, barren shelved Walgreens on Saturday night at 11:45 p.m. with Brain McKnight's "Shoulda Woulda Coulda" playing on repeat in your head.
PRIYA Giclee print from original artwork by Michelle Robinson. 13x19 inches. $50
White and Gold "Loved" Jewelry Dish by BeFreeDesigns handmade with polymer clay. $14
Sweetheart Collection by Phillip Ashley Chocolates with six unique flavors, including apricot gorgonzola dolce, bourbon pecan, black currant caramel with Fleur de Sel, caramel macchiato, framboise and raspberry jam, and sour cherries and brandy (cordial). $39
Randy Watson novelty concert tee from the Hillman College Bookstore. $19.99 - $22.99
"Grown Woman Ballie" Ballie by Beads by Aree is a remix of the classic girlhood barrette with beads from Kumasi, Ghana. $35
Bevel shaving system specifically designed to reduce razor bumps and irritation for those with course and curly hair. See Web site for pricing.
Vee + Co Apothecary "Mellow" aromatherapy roller. A mix of energizing and refreshing essential oils and sweet almond oil to elevate your mood. $18
"KeKe" Leather Bucket Bag in fuchsia pink by Love, Cortnie. Only available until the end of February 2016. $235
Black Girl Magic Notebook by Effie's Paper. $18.50
HRDCVR, a hardcover culture magazine created by a diverse team for the "newevery1." $25
Red Earth - Celestial Perfume Oil from The Hood Witch with a spicy, earthy, and citrusy blended scent. $35
Writing the Many Layers Self-Discovery Workbook from GG Renee Hill. $10
Bamboo Wood Time Piece from Enbois by Maxim. $64
Balm & Co. Flower Oil for face and body with blends of peony, bergamot, and blood orange. $30