With the pandemic raging on and back-to-back snowstorms, maybe Valentine’s Day hasn’t been foremost on your mind.
But that’s OK! You can pick up an array of gifts this weekend and feel good in a bunch of ways: by surprising your loved ones with thoughtful treats, and showing love to local businesses.
And who couldn’t use an extra dose of delight these days? Whether you’re spending V-day with your romantic partner, your BFF, your mom or your sibling, it’s never too late to nab a little something to show your closest pod mates you care.
Before you balk at spending bank on berries, hear us out: These Oishii Omakase Berries ($50 for eight) are grown at an indoor farm in New Jersey that’s temperature-controlled to mimic the chilly conditions in the Japanese Alps where they are usually found in the wild. The results are epically juicy and sweet strawberries all yearlong. Michelin-starred restaurants use them for their elaborate dishes, but you can savor them at home now, too.
Deliveries via OishiiBerry.com are sold out for the holiday, but you can reserve a tray of eight for pickup at Eli’s Market, 1415 Third Ave. by calling 212-423-0129. There will also be stock on hand.
Easy as chai
Brooklyn-based brand Dona Chai’s Valentine’s Chai Hot Toddy Kit ($28, plus $6 for a custom gift box), contains a 16-ounce bottle of masala chai concentrate, a jar of single-origin honey, dried orange-slice garnishes and a recipe so you can whip up a barista-worthy beverage.
Order online first for pickup at 236A 6th St., Brooklyn, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.; available for citywide delivery when ordered online at DrinkDona.com
Lace ’em up
For the lingerie-loving lady in your life — or someone who loves the fabulous frills of “Bridgerton” — an elegant face mask by Cosabella ($18).
Available at Journelle, 14 E. 17th St., noon to 5 p.m.
Get buzzed and stay busy
If you’re attached, every recent date has probably been about takeout and TV. Kings County Distillery’s Date Night Set ($59) will help you mix it up. You’ll get a 200 ml bottle of the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s finest Straight Bourbon and Spiced Whiskey, a 165-piece puzzle of their very own Barrel Room, a whiskey-scented Joya Studio candle and some bourbon-flavored lip balm. Sip, solve, smooch, repeat.
Call 347-689-4180 for pickup at 299 Sands St., Brooklyn, from noon to 8 p.m.; available for citywide delivery when ordered online at Kings County Distillery
Fan the flames of love
Light things up for your lover with the Potion Votive Candles Gift Box Set ($68) at Wanderlustre, an eclectic Cobble Hill boutique. It comes with four scented candles that represent love, protection, fortune and seduction — who wouldn’t like a little bit of each? All four scents come in bubble bath versions, too, if you feel like splurging on the sensuality.
Pick up at 262 Court St., Brooklyn, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; available for citywide delivery when ordered online at Wanderlustre.com
Cheers to you
If you’re not quite ready to toast anywhere but your living room, then the bottled cocktails from Dante will make you feel seen. “The Rose” special ($120) comes a bottle of their Parisian-inspired drink made with Lillet Rosé and raspberry, as well as two gold-rimmed cocktail glasses and a Negroni candle.
Pick up at Dante West Village at 551 Hudson St.; available for citywide delivery when ordered online at Dante-NYC.com
Give it a rest
Who couldn’t use an indulgent moment to recharge? The Bath Bomb & Turkish Towel Duo ($62), from Stay Forever, a supersweet shop in Ridgewood, boasts a set of bath bombs — which can also be used as shower fizzers for those who don’t have a tub — and a double-weave towel that gets even softer with use.
Pick up at 818 Woodward Ave., Queens, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; available for citywide delivery when ordered online at Shop Stay Forever
Get in the game
Vintage board games that actually look cute? Do not pass go — head straight to Woods Grove, a Cobble Hill boutique that sells vintage 1948 Scrabble sets ($39), as well as classic Hasbro editions of Scattergories, Chutes and Ladders and Monopoly.
Pick up at 302 Court St., Brooklyn, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; available for citywide delivery when ordered online at WoodsGrove.com
Be a smart cookie
Change up your conversation hearts game with these kitschy pastel-colored sugar cookies ($8.50 for three, or $36 per dozen) from BCakeNY in Prospect Heights, embossed with amusingly apropos messages, such as “Stay Home Together,” “Quarantine Bae” and “Single AF.”
Pick up at 702 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. when ordered online at BCakeNY.com
Scrub up nice
Upgrade your sweetie’s home hand-washing station with Wild Lather’s ethereal triangle-shaped soap ($14), infused with lavender and bergamot essential oils.
Available at Jill Lindsey, 370 Myrtle Ave., Brooklyn, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and at JillLindsey.com
It’s not the same as getting together IRL, but a girls’ night in that involves making a necklace using materials sourced by Saskia, a jewelry design studio in Industry City, while noshing on nonpareils from Li-Lac Chocolates and sipping wine from Moore Brothers doesn’t sound half-bad.
Pick up the Girls’ Night In Kits ($60) curbside at the Makers Guild, Building 5, Industry City, Brooklyn, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; available for citywide delivery by ShopInNYC when ordered online at Shop Saskia
Bring home the bacon
Fans of the beloved yet discontinued chocolate-covered bacon from Roni-Sue’s Chocolates, take heart: There’s more sweet joy to be had at the Lower East Side chocolate shop via their “This Little Piggie” maple bacon caramels, BaCorn — bacon caramel popcorn — and maple/bacon lollipops.
Pick up at 148 Forsyth St., from noon to 5 p.m.; available for citywide delivery when ordered online at Roni-Sue’s Chocolates