Best Orange County-Made Valentine’s Day Gifts of 2021

Valentine’s Day is only a few days away! You might be thinking of celebrating heart’s day with your significant other, your family, or even just yourself (and hey, that’s okay!). We know how stressful it can be to find something that’s both thoughtful and useful, that’s why we have listed some local businesses here in Orange County that have awesome options for you! There are some classic gifts as well as unique ones. Excited to find some cool stuff to give out on February 14th? Read ahead!

Adams Wine Shop

First up on our list is the specialty boutique Adams Wine Shop. This shop is headed by Certified Sommelier Ruben Morancy who has years of experience in the beverage industry. He has worked with Michelin-starred restaurants, wineries, and retail, and he used his knowledge of the wine market to offer a more intimate experience for customers.

He wanted a place where clients could have a closer interaction with a sommelier rather than the usual waiter-customer conversation in a typical restaurant. He also wanted to focus on products created by women and BIPOC to emphasize their presence in the market. He built this small specialty wine shop to bridge those gaps. If you or your Valentine date are into wines, this would be a great spot for you!

This is a perfect gift for wine lovers while also supporting a great cause.

Our Top Pick(s): Skylark-Orsi Vineyard | O.P.P-Pinot Gris

The Dirty Cookie

If you’re a cookie lover who’s looking for a unique experience, try out The Dirty Cookie. Enjoy this shot glass cookie treat with the person you want to spend Valentine’s Day with. If you want to be more creative with your cookie date night, they even offer DIY kits! You may build your own cookie shots with lots of supplies. That’s if you’re still not satisfied with their assortment of cookie and milk flavors.

Even if you order the goods online, expect a soft and fresh cookie out of an airtight container. The experience can be made even better by popping the treats for a few seconds in the microwave. You can enjoy a warm and flavorful dessert made with love. The Dirty Cookie offers a satisfying experience for people who love to dunk their cookies in milk.

Our Top Pick(s): Valentine’s DIY Cookie Shot Decorating Kit | Galentine’s Day Assortment x Van Gogh

Littlejohn’s English Toffee House & Fine Candies

This next shop has proven its place in the market and has been around since the 1920s. Littlejohn’s English Toffee House & Fine Candies offers mouthwatering treats for anyone with great taste and is sure to satisfy anybody who receives it as a Valentine’s gift.

The candy-making tradition has been passed on by Mr. and Mrs. Littlejohn themselves to their apprentices. This helps ensure the highest quality of delightful holiday treats. To this date, everyone in the Littlejohn kitchen continues old practices combined with the use of only the freshest ingredients. The result? Decadent fudge, English toffee, caramel, and more.

Some customers love their products so much that they consciously book flights that have a layover in LAX to sample their fresh goods. If that’s not testament enough to the quality of their products then we don’t know what is.

Top Pick(s): World Famous English Toffee | Chocolates Heart Box

Fleur de Lys

If you want to purchase a gift from a store that takes pride in the quality, uniqueness, and purpose of all its products, check out Fleur de Lys. They believe that life is a special occasion and we must always use the good stuff. That’s why they are proud to curate merchandise for people who are hard to please.

They only select items with great stories so they can be significant to the people who receive them. They also feature things that enhance one’s home and lifestyle. Fleur de Lys touts itself as the modern mercantile who connects neighbors and friends. If you’re interested in gifting someone with something practical, you’ll definitely find it here.

Our Top Pick(s): It’s honestly hard to choose. A gift card, maybe?

Oliboli Donuts

Ending our list with Oliboli Donuts! You might think donuts are a bit too simple, but not Oliboli. Some customers drive long hours just to eat fresh products from this shop. The key here, as patrons say, is to eat your order within 20 seconds of receiving it. So if you have the time to take your significant other here for a quick date, it might be worth the shot!

Oliboli claims itself to be the place for serious donut and coffee lovers. That’s a pretty strong claim being surrounded by many other pastry and coffee shops as well. But don’t worry, they aren’t all talk. Ask someone who’s been here and they’ll probably tell you that it’s worth the visit.

If you want to give a gift that comes with a simple but awesome experience, choose Oliboli for that yummy donut goodness.

Our Top Pick(s): Burnt Butter Bourbon Bacon | Cherry Cake Heart | Full menu here

We hope you were able to get some inspiration for your Valentine’s gift hunting. No matter what you decide to give, just remember that it’s the thought that counts.

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