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Local Valentine’s Day gift guide for Raleigh, NC

Vita Vite Gift Basket | Photo courtesy of Cherith Andes

Are you staying in this Valentine’s Day? We’ve rounded up some of Raleigh’s best experiences, gifts + goodies to help you create a fun evening at home — whether you’re more DIY or Have-It-Done-For-You, we’ve got you covered. 👇

🍷 Vita Vite date night wine basket

Curate your favorite date night into a take-home basket. The team at locally-owned wine bar + art gallery Vita Vite will personalize a collection of goodies to make your heart content — such as a bottle of wine or bubbly, a cheese and charcuterie plate to-go, a wine-themed candle, cocktail recipe books and more. ProTip: You can also grab a single item to brighten your friend’s day. Visit in person to select or email [email protected] to place your orders, and be sure to peruse the gallery of local art for sale as well.

DIY Cocktail Kits

💕 DIY cocktail kits

Downtown gift shop DECO offers a Camp Craft Cocktail kit — add your own spirit to these pre-made Mason jars brimming with dried fruit, sugar cubes, and garnishes to create your favorite sangria or cranberry martini. Bonus: you can also pick up a Cultures for Health cheese-making kit (yes, it’s a thing) to pair with your favorite wine. 

🧑‍🍳 Virtual cooking class

Cook up your own chef-inspired Valentine’s dinner together with friends, roommates, or your SO. Join a two-hour virtual cooking class hosted by HL Catering with Chef Houston Loper to create a chorizo carbonara and chocolate cobbler. Check out the details here.

Customized jewelry from Quercus

🍽️ “Sweetheart Meal” to-go

Don’t feel like cooking? Order a French-influenced Valentine’s dinner for two from Farmhouse Café in Wendell. The menu features French cheese and charcuterie for two, beef Wellington, salmon en croute, and chocolate pots au crème. Get the details on their Facebook page or website (ProTip: scroll to the bottom of the page).

💍 There’s no such thing as too much bling

Put a personal twist on a traditional Valentine’s Day favorite — gift one of Audra Style’s sassy-meets-classy jewelry items, commission a personalized piece from Quercus, or take home one of the shop’s delicately-detailed gemstone rings, necklaces or earrings.

Contributed by Cherith Andes, Communications Leader
Clairemont Communications