Plus: An update on Sweethearts candy.
Valentine’s Day is less than a week away. But don't panic if you haven't found the perfect present for that special someone! We've got you covered.
Three years ago, we put together a list of 10 Made in America gifts for Valentine's Day. We decided to update the list this year with a new collection of amazing Made in America products. From mouth-watering chocolate to divine wine, this list has something that will surely entice you and your loved ones.
1. Eat Chic Chocolates: Looking to indulge yourself in sweet, smooth, decadent, handcrafted chocolates this Valentine's Day? Then look no further with Eat Chic Chocolates! The woman-owned Brooklyn-based confection brand produces vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free chocolates in dozens of flavors.
2. Manoa Chocolate Hawaii: Manoa Chocolate Hawaii prides itself as a bean-to-bar chocolate factory. The company sources single origin cocoa from across the Hawaiian Islands and then creates a special blend of chocolate. These exotic treats will certainly entice that special person in your life!
3. Aluma Flowers: These aren’t your average flowers; they’re handcrafted aluminum flowers that will be sure to amaze. There are a variety of flower styles to choose from and a range of brilliant colors. Former electrical engineer Scott Hartrick and his team make all of the flowers at a 9,000 square-foot facility in Emmaus, Pa., located about 10 minutes south of Allentown.
4. Bloomia: Did you know many of the flowers you find at your local flower stand are actually imported? That's why it's so important to make sure your flowers are American-grown. Bloomia flowers are one option, as they are harvested in Virginia without the use of any toxic chemicals. These lovely flowers can be found at your local Kroger, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe’s.
5. Larceny: Founded in 1870, Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon has a long and colorful history, filled with numerous awards and accolades. Nothing better than spending your evening enjoying quality brewed Kentucky bourbon with your significant other.
6. The Prisoner Wine Company: Sourced from Napa Valley, Calistoga, and Yountville, The Prisoner Wine Company has partnered with various vineyards across California to produce some of the most unique and flavorful wines that have garnered several achievements.
7. New Balance: If you're looking for a more practical gift this holiday, we'll always give a shoutout to the Made in America sneakers produced in New England by New Balance. Available both in men’s and women’s sizes, New Balance offers a striking sneaker that blends fashion and comfort in just the right way. The company employs hundreds of people in five New England factories and sources locally whenever possible, supporting about 7,000 more workers.
8. Hanky Panky: Looking to really spice things up this Valentine's Day? Hanky Panky has you covered with a variety of lingerie, from sleepwear to undergarments. Manufactured in the USA since 1977, Hanky Panky aims to provide its customers with the best quality (and comfort!) in mind.
9. Vermont Teddy Bear: "Designed with love, made with love, and sent with love" are the main principles of the Vermont Teddy Bear company. Crafted in Vermont, a wide selection of Teddy Bears are available, and there's even a special assortment tailored for Valentine’s Day.
10. Big Plush: These aren’t your average stuffed animals! They’re massive and oversized, up to 9 feet tall! Designed, sourced, and manufactured in the USA, Big Plush toys are a fantastic way to shower your loved one with affection.
Bonus: Remember Sweethearts? The iconic candy disappeared from store shelves after its parent company, the New England Confectionery Company (NECCO), went bankrupt in 2018. Fortunately, Ohio-based Spangler Candy brought the brand and pledged to begin selling the chatty candies this year… but there's a hiccup. It seems Spangler had a tough time getting all the old school equipment out of the NECCO factory (they even needed a crane!) and couldn't get everything online in time. So while a limited supply of Sweethearts are still available at your local drug store, chances are most of those little hearts will be blank.