It’s that time of year again when we celebrate love in all its forms: love for a significant other, love for friends, love for chocolate, self-love, etc. While many argue that Valentine’s Day is a manufactured holiday to boost sales in the post-holiday retail lull, those in the grips of the winter doldrums might defend Cupid’s day for its cheer and cheesiness.
In downtown Dayton, love must be in the air because there are so many gift shops and boutiques full of sweet gifts to show your valentine how much you care.
Thanks to the great boutiques and shops in downtown Dayton, Valentine’s shopping doesn’t have to be a pain. With cute, creative, and sometimes campy ideas for your beloved, you’ll have no trouble celebrating Valentine’s Day with local flair.
438 E. 5th St., Dayton
When it comes to Valentine’s shopping, you can’t go wrong shopping at Heart. After all, hearts are kind of a big deal this time of year. Plus, Heart Mercantile offers some of the best gifts around with trinkets your loved one will cherish. Featuring coffee mugs, Dayton-themed shirts, cards, books, and so, so much more, Heart has something for anyone you’re shopping for.
Grace Lane Boutique
133 E. 4th St., Dayton
If your valentine loves stylish clothing, accessories and jewelry from ethical sources, you are in luck. Grace Lane Boutique is committed to offering items sourced from ethical manufacturers. Plus, their offerings are the perfect additions to your lady’s wardrobe.
464 E. 5th St, Dayton
If you’ve ever looked at your partner and thought, “this cutie would look fantastic in a hat,” there’s a Dayton shop for that. BRIM offers hats for every occasion for guys, gals, and your non-binary pals. They offer accessories as well like jewelry, beauty products, and gloves to complete the look.
Luna Gifts & Botanicals
261 Wayne Ave, Dayton
Plants are the perfect pre-spring gift because this is definitely the time of year when a little green can make all the difference to perk us up on dreary winter days. Luna Gifts & Botanicals offers succulents, plants, and cacti in so many varieties, plus all the accessories you could need to keep your new babies alive like pots, soil, watering cans, spray bottles, and more.
Agnes & Orson Gifts and Goods
514 E. 3rd St, Dayton
When you aren’t sure what to get your sweetheart, try a whole gift basket! Agnes & Orson offers the opportunity to turn a few gifts into a basket of joy for your loved ones. This boutique offers accessories, gifts, décor, and more – plus their items are cute, sassy, and full of fun.
beck + call
504 E 5th St, Dayton
Do you have your Valentine’s cards picked out yet? If not, you need to head over to Beck + Call as soon as possible to pick up some of the best ones out there. In addition to perfect cards for the occasion, this awesome boutique features clothing, accessories, jewelry, and bath and body items.
Bonnett’s Book Store
502 E. 5th St, Dayton
Do you know someone who loves comics? What about books? How about all things vintage? Then you should definitely plan a stop at Bonnett’s Books, which offers anything and everything your kitsch-loving friend craves. Bonnett’s offers well-loved comics, 100-year-old hardcover books, pulpy paperbacks, and so much more.