Conversation hearts are cute if you’re in middle school. A heart-shaped box of Godivas is cute from your grandmother. And Mozart marzipan may just be the cutest of all. But let’s say you still want to commemorate Saint Valentine’s day without buying into consumer culture entirely. Etsy is a trove of handmade jewelry, art, and ceramics, and it’s possible to find things on the site that aren’t overly twee or cutesy. As an Etsy frequenter, I went and found all of the gifts that say “I love you” or “I like you” or even “I know you” in an altogether hipper way.
Your valentine’s favorite air plants and succulent clippings suddenly look interesting in a non-terra-cotta vessel. Each little cube is hand-painted and etched.
Cast in gold-plated brass, a floppy bouquet of tulips has a rugged (and everlasting) appeal.
Don’t let the fact that these little beauties are papier-mâché throw you. They’re dainty — and sturdy — little catchalls for keys, coins, and, well, anything that isn’t liquid.
Remember when everyone had a chevron print in their apartment? If your one true love still does, this will be a welcome Memphis upgrade.
Speaking of Memphis, check out these earrings — squiggly, dangly, and even sculptural.
Get you a girl or guy with asymmetrical ear piercings, then get them one (or, two, or three) 14K-gold letters to fill them out.
The black heart is the coolest emoji, and this black-and-white-hearted box is the coolest place to keep pot or pills.
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