The day of love – Valentine’s Day – is about showing appreciation for a special someone usually by way of chocolates, flowers or love letters.
But just how South Australian is your gesture going to be on February 14? Well, we reckon it should be fully and passionately South Australian. Just like we encourage you at Christmas and Easter to shop local – we’re doing it for V-Day as well.
Why? Because shopping local keeps jobs here in our state, it supports small businesses, producers and craftspeople. So we’ve scoured the SA online marketplace – Shop South Australia – for a few gifts for him and her that are sure to be cherished this Valentine’s Day.
And remember, if you’re not loved up this Valentine’s Day, who cares! Treat yourself (or your friends) to a little something special too! After something ultra luxurious? Check out our top suggestions for local luxury Valentine’s Day experiences.
Swap the typical red roses for something a little wilder. East End Flower Market, based on Grenfell Street in Adelaide’s CBD, has a passion for wildflowers, which are sourced direct from growers in the Adelaide Hills. Vibrant and pastel-coloured flowers are also sourced from markets each day, resulting in bright and longlasting bouquets that can be complemented with a card and personalised message.
A card is the simplest of gestures. But depending on the message inside it can also mean the most! A good option for those wanting to express their love in the written form. Adelaide-based illustrator Doris Chang is behind Little Sister Co, designer of greeting cards, art prints and textiles. The ‘cheesy’ card, below, is illustrated by hand in watercolour and ink. Everything is better with cheese on it.
Alongside flowers, jewellery tends to be another Valentine’s classic. Glenelg jewellery maker Vanessa Stephens is behind Ocean Haze, a collection of delicate pieces inspired by the beach and the environment. Her earrings and necklaces are contemporary in style, featuring recycled sterling silver, fine silver, and freshwater pearls. They’re crafted with both traditional and contemporary techniques and packaging is made from recycled products! Ocean Haze donates 10% of its profits to the Australian Marine Conservation Society.
“A sparkling opening of pink grapefruit and spiced pink peppercorn with a soft rose heart and a delicate skin-musk dry down”. The description of this Freedom Eau De Parfum is romance in itself! One Seed Perfume is made in Adelaide using all natural ingredients with at least 80% organic content – so better for the environment and those with sensitive skin. Natural fragrances tend to create more complex scent profiles that change slightly depending on the skin it sits on. So each perfume will be slightly different depending on its wearer!
A good gift for the gin connoisseur. 5Nines Distilling is a small-batch distillery in Uraidla in the Adelaide Hills. These guys are relatively new, establishing the distillery in 2016 and have since been trying to achieve perfection, more specifically 99.999% perfection (hence the name). At the moment they stock three spirits, a rare dry gin, a sticks and stone (navy strength) gin and a wild citrus gin. To create, the base liquor is blended with Adelaide Hills spring water and gently infused with indigenous botanicals sourced from bushland in the Flinders Ranges, and around the globe.
Suit-wearing gentlemen will appreciate these traditional leather cufflinks made with a personal touch. Craftswoman Pauline Van Houten is behind Vantler Leather, a leather accessories brand that was inspired by Pauline’s own love for gift giving. Read her story here. Vantler Leather pieces are handcrafted in Pauline’s home studio using full grain leather, with the cuff links available in five different hues. They can be engraved with the wearer’s initials, offering a personal touch and a gift to keep for the long haul!
The perfect timepiece for stylish gents, Blaax watches are minimalistic in design and range from the more casual tan genuine leather straps to sleek black leather bands. Watches are not only practical (obviously) but they can add life to every day outfits and allow the wearer to express a little something about their personality.
Chocolate is a no brainer for those with a sweet tooth or those looking for a small and simple gift. From boxes of assorted truffles to chocolate covered almonds, caramels and fruit and nut assortments, there is plenty of choice. Haigh’s also has a special Valentine’s Day collection featuring special packaging.
Shop South Australia is home to a unique collection of over 300 South Australian gifts and goods from more than 70 local makers and producers. Choose local and Shop South Australia.