Shop Local | Last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow… but don’t despair! If you haven’t secured a gift yet, here are a few ideas

Local favorites for jewelry and gifts:

Philipa Roberts at 4176 Piedmont Avenue has a beautiful selection of jewelry, cards and gifts. And they are having a Valentine’s day sale through 2/14! They’ve curated a selection of gifts to give you a headstart before you shop at the store HERE. Learn MORE.

Nathan & Co has two locations nearby 4025 Piedmont Avene and 5636 College Avenue. The store always has a fun variety of gifts including jewelry, cards, candles, health and wellness items, cookbooks, kitchen items, etc. Learn MORE.

For a special bottle of bubbly or your Valentine’s favorite beverage: 

Alkali Rye at 3256 Grand Avenue is a small shop that has a wonderful selection of spirits, wines, non alcoholic choices as well as some fun and unique home items such as a gold cocktail shaker set. Learn MORE.

The Wine Mine at 5427 Telegraph Avenue has a nice selection of wine, beer and champagne with a knowledgeable staff and good prices. Learn MORE.

But of course, chocolates…

Our very own Mulberry’s has a great selection of chocolate treats on display and for purchase at the very front of the store. Learn more: MORE.

The Chocolate Dragon Cafe at 5427 College Avenue has gourmet marshmallows, hot chocolate bombs, big kisses, specialty chocolate bars and more. Or take your valentine on a date! Learn more: MORE.

The Xocolate Bar recently opened a location at 5854 College Avenue (in addition to their location at 1709 Solano Avenue). The owners have backgrounds in arts and crafts and make creative chocolates that are as beautiful as they are delicious. See a selection of their Valentine’s Day chocolates HERE.

For a little bit of everything…

Market Hall on College Avenue. could be one-stop shopping for your Valentine’s Day needs in a single location. Pick up dinner and chocolates at Market Hall Foods or a special treat from the bakery. Wine is available from Paul Marcus wines and flowers from Wildflower and Fern. Learn MORE.


Give the gift that keeps on giving. Sign up for a CSA box with Boxcar Flower Farm for beautiful flower arrangements 2x month, delivered or picked up. Learn MORE.

For the DIYer, go to Trader Joes on College Avenue or Lakeshore Avenue and buy a couple of floral bouquets and make your own beautiful arrangement.

Living plants

Crimson Horticultural Rarities at 4268 Piedmont Avenue has a verdant selection of living plants and containers as well as bouquets for Valentine’s Day. Learn MORE.

Broadway Terrace Nursery  at 4340 Clarewood Drive select from their wide selection of outdoor plants, hand picked house olants, and ready to gift plant designs. Learn MORE.


Everyone loves a spa day! Purchase a gift certificate to The Fairmont Spa at the Claremont Hotel. Learn more HERE.

For a last minute date night:

A local favorite ramen shop, Mensho Ramen at 4258 Piedmont Avenue, does not take reservations, so you may get lucky and find a table for two! Learn MORE.


Pick up a copy of Secret Stairs East Bay and take your loved one on one of the many local and interesting urban hikes in the book. Learn MORE.


Buy tickets to Berkeley Rep’s Cult of Love… The SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE says “Boisterous…funny…family dysfunction soars.” Learn MORE.

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