4 Locally Made Valentine’s Gift Ideas

These Minnesota makers celebrate love with goods that nourish the heart
Nikkolette's Macarons
Nikkolette’s Macarons

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Nikkolette’s Macarons

Nikkolette Krumheuer, of Nikkolette’s Macarons, specializes in one thing, the macaron—and she knows how to do it. Each macaron is hand-made by Krumheuer using fresh, high-quality ingredients in the classic French technique. Her Valentine’s flight includes Red Hot Cinnamon, Raspberry Rose, Pink Champagne, Red Velvet, and Lavender.

$26 per dozen; nikkolettesmacarons.com and two locations, in Plymouth and St. Paul

Love Your Melon
Love Your Melon

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Love Your Melon

Love Your Melon started in an entrepreneurship class at the University of St. Thomas in 2012 with the simple mission of putting a hat on every child battling cancer in America. Today, Love Your Melon has donated over $9.4 million to fight pediatric cancer and donated over 230,000 hats to kids battling cancer by founders Zach Quinn and Brian Keller. What started with a simple beanie design has grown to a full line of accessories. They have partnered with some of the biggest brands in sports and entertainment to bring iconic brands together with our own homegrown heroes. (And the company was reportedly purchased recently by a New York retail platform.)

Beanies start at $35; loveyourmelon.com

Heart Soul Heat
Heart Soul Heat

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Heart Soul Heat

The Ghost Pepper honey of Heart Soul Heat is a passion project that combines Raoul Benavides’ love of cooking, beekeeping, and his Mexican culture. Raoul describes the honey and its heat: “I am not into heat that will hurt you, but I want to open up your taste buds to another level.” Perfect on meats, fish, and even ice cream.

Ghost Pepper Honey $14.99; heartsoulheat.com

Melinda Wolff
Melinda Wolff

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Melinda Wolff

Melinda Wolff makes her upcycled jewelry with reclaimed wood scraps from her husband’s wood shop. The jewelry is brought to life with a resin coating that magnifies and accentuates a spectrum of colors that spans deep blacks and browns, warm reds and purples, and rich whites and yellows.

Necklaces starts at $25; melindawolff.com

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