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The Spa Box ($94) from Colorado Crafted. Courtesy of Colorado Crafted

5 Gift Boxes That Are Cooler Than Flowers and Chocolate

If you're looking to break away from ordinary Valentine's Day gifts, these gift boxes might just win over your sweetheart.

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They may be tried and true, but rose bouquets and boxes of chocolate can seem like an exhausted option when it comes to a gift for that special someone on Valentine’s Day. Instead, consider a more creative option, like one of these gift sets from local makers. From pasture-raised meats to pine-scented candles, your valentine will surely feel the love.

For the Colorado Enthusiast

Customizable gift box from Colorado Crafted. Photo by Victoria Carodine

Rather than ditching chocolate altogether, Colorado Crafted assembles themed and customizable gift boxes that allow you to include delicious chocolates from Colorado makers like Daydream Dessert, Cultura Craft Chocolate, and Nanga by Nature. In addition to sweets, Colorado Crafted features beanies, soy candles, hot sauces, and other Colorado-made goodies. If your secret admirer is a fan of indulgence, be sure to gift them the Spa Box ($94), a new addition to Colorado Crafter, which includes face and body care from Formulary 55, candles, lotion, and a soap deck.

For the Food Lover

Photo courtesy of Cured

For many, the way to a person’s heart is through their belly. Luckily, Boulder-based Cured assembles charcuterie boxes for your cheese-loving Valentine. The Colorado Flagship Box ($150) is packed with locally sourced meats and cheeses, gluten-free crackers, a peach bourbon chocolate bar, Colorado honey, granola, hot sauce, and sriracha. And while there’s no doubt your secret admirer will enjoy the box on their own, add some wine and you’ve got a romantic picnic for two.

For the Mixologist

Photo courtesy of Dram Apothecary

These might be on the other side of the sweets spectrum, but this set of adaptogenic bitters ($30) from DRAM Apothecary will add a unique flavor to most teas, juices, or alcoholic beverages. The six bitters in this set—which include flavors like lavender lemon balm and wild mountain sage—boast healing benefits that can ease indigestion, an upset stomach, or even a hangover.

For the Minimalist

Photo courtesy of Manofatto

 

Denver-based Manofatto, which is slang for handmade in Italian, prides itself in assembling simplistic gift sets filled with local, handmade products. The Succulent Love gift box ($100), which is designed for anyone who prefers plants, wine, or skincare over flowers and chocolate, is carefully packaged in a birchwood keepsake box, includes seasonal wine, a handwritten card, a coconut milk bath soak from Herbivore Botanicals, and a potted succulent plant.

For the Both of You

Photo courtesy of Juju Be Gone

If you’re planning a low-key Valentine’s Day this year, Juju Be Gone‘s Spice It Up gift box ($145) is intended for you and your partner. The Denver-based company curates feel-good gifts made to transform your energy and mood. This set, which includes Kama Sutra’s Honey Dust, handmade bath salts, chocolate, a soy candle, palo santo, and more, is designed for couples looking to set the mood for a romantic evening.

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