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Love Is In the Air

by Sandra Y. Lee on 29 Jan, 2019


The good news is love is all around — if you know where to look. These marvelous Valentine’s Day gift ideas all have something in common. Besides being made right here in America, they’re made with love, literally. Go ahead—browse our love-ly finds. Handmade in the USA, there’s something special here for all the loved ones in your life. 


“Love Park” Photo/Memo Holder from mkc photography

“Love Park” Photo/Memo Holder, $29*. Free shipping. Handmade in USA.


In her studio in Elkins Park, PA, award-winning artist Michelle Ciarlo-Hayes handmakes every one of these photo/memo holders from 3.5" x 3.5" salvaged wood and paper reclaimed from damaged library books. They make wonderful personalized gifts when you pair them with a special photo or note. This one features her original photograph, “Love Park,” and because the reclaimed paper on the sides and back is different for every holder, each one is a true original. You can also purchase “Love Park” as a keychain or an art block (top, left), to hang or place on a shelf or mantel.


“Love Is Patient” Framed Art from Carpentree

“Love Is Patient”, $24.99*. Handmade in USA of U.S. and imported material.


Here’s a beautiful reminder of love’s many virtues (and perhaps your own wedding!). The lovely watercolor artwork of Ruth Chou Simons, author of Graceland: Discovering Timeless Truths Through Seasons of the Heart, is featured in this inspirational barn-wood style framed art. Assembled and framed by Carpentree Gifts and Decor in Tulsa, OK, it features the Biblical verse: “Love is patient…” (1 Corinthians 13). 


Loved Pendant from Everyday Artifact

Loved Pendant, $42*. Handmade in USA.


Powerful, poetic, personal: Handcrafted in Santa Fe, NM, Everyday Artifact’s sterling silver pendants display meaningful words (like the one above) or images. Each pendant is finished with resin, which protects the disc, and comes on a nylon cord with sterling clasps. If you prefer, you may also purchase an oxidized sterling chain to go with the pendant.


“Love You to the Moon” Wall Decor from BE Creations & Design

“Love You to the Moon and Back” Wall Decor Sign, $35*. Handmade in USA.


Who knew steel could be sentimental? Designed and created from scratch by Brandon and Erin Spangler, a husband-and-wife team in rural northwest Georgia, this charming rustic sign is crafted with love from recycled raw steel. If you have another favorite quote or saying that you’d like to see immortalized in steel, the Spanglers would love to hear from you!


Large Star Necklace from Bottleblond Jewels

Large Star Necklace, $26*. Handmade in USA of U.S. and imported material.


Each dreamy star necklace from Bottleblond Jewels in Los Angeles, CA, comes with a single-word charm to brighten her day. (Choose from a hot pink star with “love,” aqua with “dream,” and yellow with “wish.”) Pendants and tassel hang on a gorgeous gold metallic cord (22"). The nifty necklace also comes with a handmade card, making it perfect for gifting.


Love Letter Soy Candle from UnCommon Scents

Love Letter Soy Candle, 16 oz., $20*. Handmade in USA.


What does love smell like? To the folks at UnCommon Scents in Avondale Estates, GA, it smells like a fusion of citrus, cherry blossom, hydrangea, apple, and peach — with a hint of blondewood. This all-natural, U.S.-grown soy candle comes in three sizes (4 oz. to 16 oz.). Want to show how you really feel about him? Also, check out The Perfect Man soy candle.


Words-Series Fused-Glass Photo Frame from Me 2 U

Love Fused-Glass Photo Frame, $49.95*. Handmade in USA. 


How’s this for a truly memorable gift? Surprise your loved one with a framed photo of a treasured moment. Made-to-order from hand-rolled artisan glass, this beautiful Love frame is designed, assembled, and kiln-fired by Kathy Hudson in her Jonestown, TX, studio. Because the frames (available in three sizes) are handmade, no two are exactly alike. Consider other pieces made by Kathy in her Words series, such as the Together frame and Love plate.

There’s still time to find the perfect token of your love. But friendly word of advice: Don’t procrastinate. For more Valentine’s Day gift ideas, check out our entire Valentine’s Day Collection at anytownusa.com.

*All prices listed are before shipping and taxes.


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