Something for every Valentine on your list, from bagels to bouquets, cocktails to cookies.
Honey & Butter, $2-3
Preorders for the heart-shaped macaron set have already closed, but rest assured that more will be available for walk-ins. We suggest arriving by 10 a.m. for regular cookies, noon for shapes and characters.
➜Irvine Spectrum Center, 633 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine (between Old Navy & Skechers), 949-536-5556
Anaheim Hills native Sheena Yaitanes studied chemistry and biology at UC Irvine and earned an MBA at Chapman before launching this line of hydrating lipsticks.
➜Buy on kosascosmetics.com, or at Camellia Boutique in Dana Point.
A cupcake from Frosted (cherry chocolate chip or strawberry) is paired with a bouquet.
➜Order here for pick-up Feb. 13 to 14 at 214 Main St., Seal Beach; Pacific City in Huntington Beach; or delivery via Postmates.
Recipes by the Huntington Beach High School grad and all-around awesome gal. (Bonus gifting points: pick up ingredients for hubby John Legend’s breakfast sandwiches from page 27.)
➜Buy on Amazon
Perfect for a weekend getaway, by Costa Mesa-based Sally Bartz.
➜Buy on halsea.com
Take your sweetheart or besties to this DTSA standout, which will offer a lineup they refer to as “cocktails for sweethearts and singles.”
➜Mix Mix Kitchen & Bar, 300 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714-836-5158
Serious sweets from Orange County’s only bean-to-bar chocolate maker.
➜Available at ChocXO’s factory store at 9461 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949-825-5781; and Hidden House Coffee locations in San Juan Capistrano, Lake Forest, and Costa Mesa
Call to confirm availability or ask about custom colors.
➜Order here, shop in person at Pacific City, 21046 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 949-291-0090; The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714-545-2420
This shop, known for its rainbow-colored “unicorn” bagels, offers this pink-swirl variation Feb. 9 to 14
➜Preorder here for pickup in Aliso Viejo, Lake Forest, or Mission Viejo
Award-winning chocolatier Amy Jo Pedone is churning out this and other sweets for her annual Valentine’s pop-up, Feb. 10 to 14 at The Hood Kitchen Space.
➜350 Clinton, Costa Mesa, 714-549-2430
The book is billed as “The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour,” by Irvine’s own burlesque superstar.
➜Buy on Amazon
An idea that works for him or her, from the legendary Cypress-based company.
➜Buy on Vans.com, or multiple locations throughout O.C.
Because nothing says I love you quite like fried and frosted dough.
➜18011 Newhope, Fountain Valley, 714-277-3656
From a whimsical line by Newport Beach-based design twins Jennifer and Amy Hood.
➜Buy online (and check out more styles) or in-person at Thalia Surf Shop, 915 S. Coast Hwy Laguna Beach
By the bottle or in cocktails, Orange County’s only distillery offers gin, vodka, and aquavit at a gorgeous tasting room.
➜802 E. Washington Ave., Santa Ana, 714-542-5928
This new shop inside Union Market at The District imports chocolate from all over Europe. You’ll also find large selections of Milka, Ritter Sport, and Kinder Surprise.
➜2493 Park Ave., Tustin, or sweetschoice.com
Grab this limited-edition product, a collaborative effort between the Irvine-based brand and Kat Von D.
This timeless piece from the Laguna Beach-based brand will set the bar on gift-giving.
➜Available in three metals here.
Grab a beer (or two) from this award-winning brewery, walking distance from Honda Center and Angel Stadium.
➜1621 S. Sinclair St. Ste B, Anaheim, 714-634-7239
Your special someone will be beach-ready with a pair from this San Clemente-based footwear company.
Heat things up with this soy candle, hand-poured into a one-of-a-kind, silver-infused glass bowl.
➜Available in different colors here.
Frost your valentine with this satin strap diamond watch.
➜South Coast Plaza, 714-549-4700, or online
By your sweetie a bold lip with this new line of liquid lipsticks from the brand co-founded by a Newport Beach native.
Add some kick to your V-day gift with this alchohol-infused cupcake from the Downtown Fullerton bakery.
➜105 W. Amerige Ave., Fullerton, 714-576-4272
Your love will take flight with these winged earrings.
➜South Coast Plaza, 715-754-7895, or online.
Get something as sweet as your valentine from this whimsical confectionery.
➜3100 E. Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar, 949-675-3910 and Pacific City, 21058 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach
➜South Coast Plaza, 714-754-1366, or online
Here’s a gift that keeps giving from this shop connected to ST Patisserie Chocolat at SoCo. Choose from many classes, where your loved one will learn how to make your favorite pastry.
➜Register here. 714-825-0180, 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa
Make her spring wardrobe pop with this bold piece from the Irvine-based brand.
➜Available here. Shop different styles at St. John’s, South Coast Plaza, 714-662-6888
They say the best gifts are experiences. Choose from a selection of wines at this Los Alamitos winery’s tasting room and then bring your favorite bottle home.
➜Make your reservation here.
BONUS idea!: ORANGE COAST MAGAZINE
February issue, $6
Bonus gifting points: crack the magazine open and find a coffee shop from our list so you can present the issue with a hot to-go cup.
➜You can buy the February issue on newsstands for $6 (Barnes & Noble, Whole Foods, Sprouts, Gelson’s, Bristol Farms, Ralph’s, and many more retailers), but why not get the whole year? Available at here.