There’s no need to stress about finding the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, especially if you’re shopping a little last minute this year, because we’ve curated a list of thoughtful and original gifts to impress your S.O.
Covering the basics and then some, here are a few ideas on where to shop and gifts to buy for Valentine’s Day 2023. Follow along to guarantee your best Valentine’s Day yet.
Old Port Candy
What’s Valentine’s Day without a box of chocolates and/or chocolate covered strawberries?
Keeping Valentine’s Day as sweet as ever, Old Port Candy, a small, family-owned candy shop located in the heart of the Old Port, is offering a Build-Your-Own Box of Chocolates, a Truffle Heart Box, Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries and more for the holiday. Shop online or visit their location at 422 Fore Street Monday – Saturday 11 AM – 6 PM, Sunday 12 PM – 5 PM.
Eighty 8 Donuts
If they don’t like chocolate covered strawberries or chocolates, maybe you can woo your Valentine’s Day date with a delectable box of Eighty 8 Donuts.
One of Portland’s finest donut shops, Eighty 8 Donuts is a welcomed alternative and a delightful way to start your Valentine’s morning. Keepin’ it hot ‘n fresh out of Portland, you can grab a box of gourmet bite-sized donuts featuring flavors like Maine Maple, Bam Bam with Fruity Pebbles, Boston Cream, Cookies ‘n Cream and more. Served by the 6 pack (per flavor) or our “Sugar Rush” variety pack of 25 donuts.
View flavors online. Stop into their Old Port location at 225 Free Street seven days a week starting at 8 AM Monday – Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9 AM.
Offering bouquets of flowers that are as bright and beautiful as your love, Electric Flora is going retro this year with their I Dream of V-Day, a nod to I Dream of Jeannie, the 60s space, and of course, the magic!
You can order the “floral love explosion for maximum vibrations” online. Orders must be in by end of day on February 8th for pick-up on February 11th and the 12th.
Scribbles & Doodlez
Sometimes the easiest way to say, “I love you” is with an adorably cute and punny card! Born and raised Mainer Courtney Andrews, AKA Scribbles & Doodlez, is offering a collection of original 5×7 watercolor greeting cards printed on eco-friendly paper.
Because who doesn’t feel date night ready after a day at the spa? Providing relaxing and effective massage, skincare, beauty and wellness services to help live your best life, treat your lover to a spa day at Health Resonates located in the West End.
Customize something special this year with CHART Metalwork’s unique selections of handcrafted jewelry and accessories. Made to capture life’s special moments, CHART Metalworks offers pieces that are individually designed and made with options to engrave.
Need a gift ready in time for Valentine’s Day? CHART Metalworks currently has a wide variety of standard graphics to find the perfect one for someone you love, including the Pewter Mini Expandable Bangle and the Wine Stopper-Heart perfect for a date night in.
Shop online or visit their shop at 1 Pleasant Street, 3rd floor open Monday – Friday 9 AM – 3 PM.
Portland Trading Co.
Looking good for date night! Portland Trading Co. in the Old Port is a one-of-a-kind, well-curated, modernized, lifestyle-themed general store with featured collections for men, women, home and more. Showcasing handmade products from the very best around, have your partner looking, smelling, and feeling their best this Valentine’s Day when you shop their shirts, perfume oils, hand creams, hats, socks and more.
Shop online or visit Portland Trading Co.’s shop at 83 Market Street daily from 11 AM – 6 PM.
Every great date night outfit needs a great date night accessory. Kurier clogs and leather goods in Portland’s East End has a special hand painted heart edition of The Rose Tote, handmade from the finest Italian and American leathers, industrial strength thread, and premium antique brass and steel hardware.
Order online or visit Kurier at 247b Congress Street Wednesday – Saturday from 10 AM – 5 PM.
So it’s a date night in this Valentine’s Day? No worries! In addition to home goods, leather accessories, button down shirts and more, Loquat in the Old Port has gifts for a cozy Valentine’s night in, including the Rose Jasmine Hand Rolled Incense (also available in Myrrh Cinnamon and Frankincense Chamomile), and a selection of shirts and hoodies made by local and global artists, many of which are collaborations and contributions selected to directly benefit and empower marginalized people, causes and aesthetics.
Shop Artist Sarah Elewald’s “Everyone You Have Every Loved is A Part of You” shirt here. Shop The Loquat x Soul Euphoric hoodie here. Visit Loquat’s location at 58 Exchange Street daily from 10 AM – 6 PM.
We don’t mean to make you blush! For the right individual, lingerie and a silk chemise is the perfect gift to set the mood for Valentine’s evening. Aristelle in the Old Port has been helping women love what’s underneath with their incredible line of fine lingerie, perfectly fitted bras, loungewear and everyday basics.
You can shop online on their website or visit their shop at 92 Exchange Street Monday – Sunday 11 AM – 6 PM.
Designs by CC
A person can never have enough jewelry! A timeless Valentine’s Day gift option, if you’re looking to sweep your sweetie off their feet this year with a statement earrings, necklaces, rings, bracelets, brooches and more, then look no further than Designs by CC, a local jewelry business of 30 years located in the Old Port.
At Designs by CC you will find a fabulous array of creative and unique jewelry designs consisting of diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, pearls, garnet, amethyst, all types of quartz and more.
Psst: Designs by CC is currently running a Valentine’s Day Sale. 20% OFF Heart Collection and Red + Pink Stones. Shop sale online. Visit Designs by CC’s location at 7 Pleasant Street daily from 10 AM -5 PM.
Portland Harbor Hotel
If physical gifts aren’t your love language, opt for the gift of quality time with a loved one.
Portland Harbor Hotel, a boutique hotel located in the Old Port, is offering a luxury Valentine’s Day Package. Enjoy a chilled bottle of champagne waiting for you in your luxury accommodations upon arrival, a $50 dining credit to Harbor Bistro + Terrace, for either a romantic dinner or decadent brunch the next morning, and a late checkout of 1:00pm. Book online.
Maine Day Ventures
Do you and your partner love to explore the city? Love to take in the historic sites? Try new foods and restaurants? If you’re more apt for a date out, why not try a walking tour with Maine Day Ventures?
Offering an array of tours, including a foodie tour and a history tour, each is kept small, highly interactive and authentic so that you’ll get to explore Portland feeling like a true Mainer! Special for Valentine’s Day, Maine Day Ventures is offering a special Culinary Tour. Enjoy all sorts of original creations with a Valentine theme throughout, and even a special poem read to you by your guide. Book a tour online here.