Valentine’s Day is a time to express your love for the people closest to you. It’s often hard to think of original ideas every Valentine’s Day, but a visit to any of these shops will have you walking out with great gifts any recipient will love.

Clean Your Plate
937 N. 6th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 284-9586

A cooking lesson from Clean Your Plate, featuring Christina Dimacali, is the perfect gift for the foodie couple. You can choose from group classes or private classes all taught in Christina’s beautiful family kitchen in Northern Liberties. No need to bring anything, Christina has all of the supplies you need. Just enjoy the evening and leave with some great tips and a full belly. Classes fill up quickly so be sure to sign up ahead of time.

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1329 Pine St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 732-7711

Halloween jewelry store is a unique shop filled with both modern and vintage jewels. Repurpose an old setting, or have something custom designed for your loved one this Valentine’s Day. Halloween carries jewels set in various metals, as well as precious and semi-precious stones. Vintage jewelry runs from the 20s to the 80s and beyond. The dark, luminous setting at Halloween will make the experience even more special — you’ll want to explore for hours.

Heads & Tails Beauty Boutique
265 S. 19th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 875-8343

We all want to make Valentine’s Day romantic, and that takes preparation. Why not include the prep and pamper time within your Valentine’s Day gift? Heads & Tails Beauty Boutique is Philadelphia’s first blowout bar and wax salon. The charming atmosphere is relaxing, and the whole waxing process is surprisingly gentle. Heads & Tails Beauty Boutique offers eyebrow, lip, bikini, Brazilian and eyebrow and eyelash tinting. The salon offers waxing for males, too. Blowout services include straight and sleek, beachy waves or full volume.

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Hope Chest Lingerie Store
1937 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 665-9169

The Hope Chest has a 20-year history in fine lingerie. Hope Chest has been on Travel and Leisure Magazine’s list for top lingerie stores, as well as Best of Philly lists, many times. It has a wide selection of everything from fine lingerie to casual sleepwear. The boutique will happily special order items for you, too.

Philly Cupcake
1132 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 625-4888

Walk into Philly Cupcake and you’ll be transported back to the turn of the century. The vintage decor and colorful environment feels more like a movie set than a storefront. This bakery is sweet, charming and the perfect place to bring your date for a Valentine’s treat. Of course, Philly Cupcake doesn’t just stop at cupcakes; you can find other delicacies to satisfy a sweet tooth here as well. Chocolate treats, drinks, pastries, candies and more are all available in house. For Valentine’s Day, be sure to try the bakery’s chocolate-covered strawberries and rose cupcakes.


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