Life in KC

Valentine’s Day Gifts for every (awkward) stage of your relationship

Hearts from Laura Little’s Candies For this gift, all you need to know about your valentine is the person’s name. And if you’re not sure, get creative. It doesn’t get any easier (or more delicious) than that. This adorable Prairie Village candy shop puts a charming spin on a typical Valentine’s Day treat with customized names on a variety of chocolate hearts. And items come in a shiny box, so it looks like you really tried. Items available in dark truffle, caramel, pecan caramel, sugar-free, marshmallow and peanut butter crispy. Well hello there. $7.99-$13.99 at Laura Little’s, 2100 W. 75th St., Prairie Village, lauralittlecandy.com
Hearts from Laura Little’s Candies For this gift, all you need to know about your valentine is the person’s name. And if you’re not sure, get creative. It doesn’t get any easier (or more delicious) than that. This adorable Prairie Village candy shop puts a charming spin on a typical Valentine’s Day treat with customized names on a variety of chocolate hearts. And items come in a shiny box, so it looks like you really tried. Items available in dark truffle, caramel, pecan caramel, sugar-free, marshmallow and peanut butter crispy. Well hello there. $7.99-$13.99 at Laura Little’s, 2100 W. 75th St., Prairie Village, lauralittlecandy.com tljungblad@kcstar.com

Love is in the air in Kansas City.

Go ahead, look around. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it seems like smitten couples are suddenly everywhere, gazing into each other’s eyes.

There’s also another type of love all around you. It’s hot and sweaty hometown pride. Kansas City has been dubbed the coolest city in America and let’s be real, we’ve earned that title. The Kansas City Royals made us world champions, emerging startups are gaining national attention, and our local artistic and culinary talents are putting us on the map.

So this Valentine’s Day, we ask only one thing of you: Think outside the box of chocolates. Step away from the chain stores and embrace local businesses.

To help you out, we’ve put together a guide to find just the right Valentine’s Day gift, no matter what type of relationship you’re in.

Click through to the photo gallery for images and descriptions of the gifts.

Thank you for swiping right … yesterday

You just started dating, and that might make Valentine’s Day seem a little awkward, since you barely know each other. But it doesn’t have to be. Before you reach for that generic teddy bear with the red bow at the drugstore, check out this list first.

Personalized hearts from Laura Little’s Candies

Barley Bus Brewery Tour

Experiments in Gin Making workshop by .POP! Shop

Acts of Good Journal

I love you like I love Kansas City

We get it. You’re that couple. You wear matching Charlie Hustle KC T-shirts. You’re familiar faces at Children’s Mercy Park. You know the Kansas City barbecue scene like the back of your hand. Here are a few KC-obsessed gift ideas you can thank us for later.

Made in KC gift sets

KC skyline necklace by the Jeweled Gypsy fashion truck

KC art print by The Curious Nickel

Roses are Red Violets are Blue Sugar is Sweet And I want to see you naked

We’d write a description about your relationship here, but we can see you’re, um, busy.

Lavender Zum Smooch bed and body mist and bow bar

Beard & Body products by the Calico Beard & Mercantile

Espiritus del Ande sacred plant incense at Hammerpress

Tia Lyn bralette and panty set from Birdies

I want you to meet my dysfunctional family

Congratulations, you’re out of the “are we or aren’t we?” stage of dating. You leave your toothbrush at his place and he doesn’t freak out. You call her “baby” in public. It’s adorable. Here are a few gifts to solidify that transforming stage of your relationship.

Old timey motel key rings by Mash Handmade

Hammerpress love cards

Open Heart Agate necklace by Feather Springs Art

“You’re a schmoopie!” “No, you’re a schmoopie!”

You two are so sweet you give us a toothache. You finish each other’s sentences. You snuggle while binge-watching all the hottest shows on Netflix. We might roll our eyes at you, but we secretly want to be you. You might think you know each other so well, you don’t need the slightest advice on gift-giving this year. But these gems might change your mind.

Tanzania Trio Mini Bar Gift Set by Askinosie

Laser-cut wood cards by Cardtorial

Men’s stainless steel cuff by Coki Bijoux

6 for 60 Wine club at Underdog Wine Co.

You know it’s serious when you want to share wine with someone for the next six months. Show your commitment by signing up for the 6 for 60 Club, which offers a variety of wine, whether you’re into white or red.

Underdog also features several other club options, such as Champagne, whiskey or chocolate.

$60 at Underdog Wine Co., 319 E. 55th St., underdogwinekc.com

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