5 Whimsical Minnesota Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Sweet treats and sweet sentiments combine to say “I love you”
Agape bracelet

Courtesy Jesus Rivera


Greek for “love,” Agape Leather crafts timeless leather goods that are heritage quality for generations of use. Founder Jesus Rivera began leather smithing when an accident left him looking for a creative outlet. He has taken his craft from basement to dedicated studio and shop. The double-wrap, leather agape bracelet makes a bold statement of love for both men and women. Agape Bracelet shown here $40 each, agapeleather.com

Heart collection

Courtesy Debbie Wolk


For over 25 years local artist Debbie Wolk has left her mark on ceramics to celebrate every mood we have. Her Valentine’s collection is full of gilded hearts and lovely sentiment. In addition to her ceramics,  Debbie was also part of the Minnesota Monthly family for 17 years before answering the call of the artist’s studio. Heart collection starts at $24, debbiewolkdesigns.com

Love shirt

Courtesy Susan Elwer


It’s not just a T-shirt. It’s a proclamation of your spirit, and each one sold creates 27 meals that feed kids right here in Minnesota. Susan Elwer started Spoonful Apparel when, as a teacher, she was confronted with childhood hunger in her preschool classroom. She knew there was a way to help in the fight against childhood hunger. Each collection is designed on a theme of happiness, kindness and love. T-shirts start at $28 each, spoonfulapparel.com

Love medals

Courtesy Camille Hempel


Now you can truly wear your heart on your lapel. Local jeweler Camille Hempel has added Love Medals to her exciting line of bench-made jewelry. 2020 may have kept many of us from our loved ones but we have emerged stronger in love of self and neighbors. One part vintage French coquette coupled with military stripes and a hand-wrought, brass heart hanging from a velvet ribbon the medals bestow the wearer as a true ambassador of Love! Uptown Love Medals start at $50 each, camillehempel.com

Thumbs Red Velvet Cutie Pies

Courtesy Thumbs Cookies


Robyn Frank started her company on a love memory of her mom Barb making tiny thumbprint cookies. Today, these bite-size morsels of love and goodness are made with Barb’s approval and the same care of Robyn’s childhood kitchen. This year Robin has brought back her Red Velvet Cutie Pie cookies and a special Love Cookie Bark. For the day of love, Robin has introduced “LOVE” boxes for everyone from your galentine to your one true love. Love Boxes start at $25, thumbscookies.com

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Jerrod Sumner is Minnesota Monthly’s aesthetic editor. His work covers all things local in the maker community. He is sought after for his understanding and promotion of the modern, American-made maker movement, and is a contributor on FOX 9 Good Day, sharing stories and goods. Follow him on Instagram @mrjerrodscott.