Valentine’s Day Gift Guide ~ downtown edition

Valentine’s Day is this weekend, Sunday, February 14. And, while these unusual times are certainly changing our traditional plans to celebrate with our special someone(s), that doesn’t mean you have to forget about the holiday entirely. In fact, plenty of simple gestures and small gifts exist that you can send to your special someone to show your love and appreciation for them from a distance. 

When shopping for your loved ones this Valentine’s Day, give your favorite downtown small businesses a little extra love by shopping locally.   Here are a few gift ideas to consider gifting to the special love in your life.

Takeout or gift cards from your loved ones favorite downtown restaurants

Whether or not the special someone in your life likes to cook, it is sometimes fun to change it up with some take out from their favorite local restaurant! You can find a listing of many takeout and delivery options available at  Gift cards for dining are also a nice gift, too, since they can be used at a later time. 

 A bouquet of flowers from Bool’s

It is lovely to receive flowers at any time during the year, but especially now for Valentine’s Day. Instantly brighten your loved one’s home with a fresh and vibrant bouquet from a local reliable institution, Bool’s Flower Shop. This local floral shop is providing contactless deliveries and curbside pickups. Call them to place an order, 607-2

Bool's flowers

Bool’s flowers


Self-care products and treatments

Perhaps your loved one could use some self-care during this time in isolation? It is easy to help them feel good about themself with the help of trusted downtown favorites like The Bloomwell, Adrina Dietra, Sparks and Embers, Mane and Wigs, Home Green Home, Alta Spa, and Bramble offer some fantastic skincare and other beauty products that will make your loved one feel fabulous. Shopping online for your convenience is offered at all these establishments and most have special collections perfect for Valentine’s Day available!

Handcrafted apparel, wearable art 

Your loved one will love receiving one-of-kind handcrafted gifts such as fashionable and fine jewelry, pottery, ceramics, stylish silk scarves, handbags, and more from 15 STEPS, Handwork, Ithacamade, Sunny Days, One World Market, Ithaca Sheepskin, American Crafts by Robbie Dein, Schooley’s and Mansour Jewelers.  You can shop at most of these stores online. To shop at Ithacamade, email for personal virtual shopping.  

Treat them to their favorite beverages

Does your loved one enjoy sipping on glasses of wine, ciders, or craft brews? 

There are a couple of perfect gift ideas for them available at Cellar d’Or, Lucky Hare Brewing Company, and Ithaca Mini Mart, or purchase gift cards from Sacred Root Kava Bar, Bike Bar, or Nowhere Special. 

A fantastic date night option is Argos Inn where you can enjoy its extended outdoor bar and patio. Cozy up near a fire pit or lounge in a cabana. 

Or, if they don’t drink alcohol, how about fresh cups of coffee? We suggest gift cards from Press Cafe, Alley Cat Cafe, and Nothing Nowhere

Cellar d’Or wine clubs offer truly artisanal wines & ciders, from off-the-beaten-path regions and producers that you will never see in other large, nationally advertised monthly clubs.  For more info., visit 

Lucky Hare Brewing Company sells a grand selection of locally crafted brews and they will deliver them to homes in Ithaca, Watkins Glen, and Corning. Your loved one can try its gold-winning Falcon Punch or its award-winning London Gentleman / ESB or check out its other brews at  To have your order delivered, simply call (610) 613-8424 or email 

Ithaca Mini Mart offers an extensive collection of regional craft beers and Press Cafe is selling a variety of Luminous coffee beans and offering delivery while  Alley Cat Cafe is selling e-gift cards and providing pick-up service.

A gift card to their favorite boutique

Help your special someone dress in eye-catching fashions and accessories for their next Zoom or Facetime chat by purchasing gift cards to Breathe, Petrune, Sparks and Embers, and Benjamin Peters. At these shops, your loved one is sure to find stunning classic and modern outfits that will make them the most fashionable among their family and friends. And each of these locations offers personal virtual shopping opportunities.  Call or email them to set up a time to see what they offer if you would like to personally pick something out!

Show them your love through greeting cards and books 

Sometimes it’s hard to verbalize your feelings; cue in the greeting cards! At Mockingbird Paperie and Buffalo Street Books you’ll find an incredible selection of sentimental and funny greetings cards offering messages of love and appreciation.  For the avid reader in your life, books are also a hit! You’ll find many titles at Buffalo Street Books, Odyssey Bookstore, Autumn Leaves Used Books, and Comics for Collectors

Movie night with a loved one (or the whole family)

We all know how much fun it is to grab the fam and head to the movies. Well, Cinamapolis is now bringing its indie films direct to your home.  You (or your mom) can pick from a selection of the latest films available for streaming. You can find the selection of films at  If you don’t see any films on the list that will strike your loved ones fancy, then buy them a Cinemapolis membership that they can use to choose a movie when the theater reopens. 

Need a gift idea for the kiddos in your life?

Alphabet Soup, Cat’s Pajamas, and The Brain Shoppe have games, puzzles, toys, and more they will enjoy! 

A Downtown Ithaca Gift Card ~ Perfect for everyone on your list 

Can’t decide what gift to get your loved one? The Downtown Ithaca Gift Card is a great choice for those who are hard to shop for, and it is redeemable at more than 100 shops and restaurants in the downtown community. You can purchase a gift card from $11 – $500 so it’s an affordable gift no matter what your budget!  Shop for downtown’s gift card at

For more ideas on where to shop for Valentine’s Day visit There you will find a directory of stores and restaurants open for shopping and dining.