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Valentine’s Day is a holiday where you want to show the ones you love just how much you care. While sending flowers or candy may be a nice gesture, these kinds of gifts are a bit plain and outdated. Instead, visit one of these independent shops in Seattle and find your sweetheart a gift that says, “I went out of my way to find you something unique and perhaps even, one-of-a-kind.”

Westlake Center
400 Pine St. #106
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 682-6462

The Fireworks store features a variety of gift ideas, including one-of-a-kind jewelry items, cards, clocks, collectibles, decor and more, made by independent artists from various locations around the world, including the Pacific Northwest. It even sells a variety of gag gifts, making this a fun location to shop for any occasion. Valentine’s Day items to consider for your loved one include a Hearts Hanging Photo Holder, made of beads and carefully placed, miniature photo frames to display your favorite pictures. Another fun item for your significant other is a Love Token, made of pewter. It displays the phrase “Love Token” on one side, and “Good for one roll in the hay” on the other. The I Love You set of stackable, heart-shaped dishes is also a cute gift idea. Each dish displays a different word to spell out the phrase I Love You and it comes in a stylish gift box. Lastly, the Here Is My Heart Ring is a unisex band made of sterling silver. It displays the 14th century French phrase, “A Vila Mon Coeur Gardi Li Mo,” which in English means, here is my heart, guard it well.

Seattle Gift Basket Company
802 NW 67th St.
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 310-6472

The Seattle Gift Basket Company offers numerous gift baskets for any occasion. Some are created with products strictly from the Pacific Northwest, while others are made for special events or holidays, such as Valentine’s Day. Two popular gift baskets that are perfect for your loved ones include the Wine and Chocolate pairing and the Chocolate Lover’s Gift Box. The Wine and Chocolate can be custom made to your specifications and include your choice of wine, sparkling cider or champagne, with a box of Dilettante Chocolate Truffles. The Chocolate Lover’s Gift Box includes chocolate-covered espresso beans, Seattle’s Own chocolate chip cookies, chocolate-covered peanut brittle, white chocolate popcorn and chocolate-covered cherries. Any gift basket order can be custom-made to suit the customer’s wants or needs.

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3406 East Union St.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 518-9071

Glassybaby is an independent company founded in 2001. It produces hand-blown glass votive candle holders in more than 400 different colors. According to the company website, it takes four individual glassblowers to create one of the Glassybaby votives. Each is stamped with the official Glassybaby insignia, making them a genuine, one-of-a-kind gift. Valentine’s Day sets offered include the Naughty and Nice set of one deep, vivid red and one brilliant, white votive, or the XO (hug and kiss) set of the love votive, which is similar to a scarlet red, and the peony votive, a fusion of fuchsia and lavender. For each Glassybaby votive that is sold, a donation goes to cancer and food bank charities.

Made In Washington
Pike Place Market
1530 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 467-0788

Located within the world-famous Pike Place Market, the store Made in Washington sells some of the most unique gift items, made in the Pacific Northwest. For Valentine’s Day, it offers a tasty Chocolate Tour Gift Basket that features chocolate truffles and other sweets from some of Seattle’s best candy manufacturers. Another romantic way to celebrate Valentine’s Day would be to give your loved one a bottle of Chocolate Shop Wine. It is a red wine blended with natural dark chocolate for a sweet and smooth, cocoa-tasting finish.

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Sweet Anthem Seattle
6021-B California Ave. SW
Seattle, WA 98136
(206) 937-1415

Sweet Anthem Seattle has been creating one-of-a-kind fragrances since 2007. In the fall of 2011, Sweet Anthem opened its first retail store in Seattle and ever since it has had had an overwhelming response to their handmade items. Customers can create their very own formulated scent by adding their preferred base note, heart note and head note to the fragrance. Sweet Anthem will label it depicting your personal choices and wrap it in their company packaging.

Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.