Friday, February 6, 2015

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Looking for that perfect Valentine's Day card or gift? The Nutmeg Collective has you covered. Skip the malls and factory-made gifts, and show your loved ones you care with handmade goods made right here in Connecticut!

If you're a regular consumer of greeting cards, you may be at the point where you're seeing the same cards on the shelves year after year. Or perhaps you want a truly unique card capturing the sentiments not often found in commercially-made paper goods. Below is just a sampling of what our talented artists have to offer.

Send affectionate thoughts to your pooch-loving spouse or significant other with this adorable card from RiverDog Prints. River Dog Prints combines illustration and a love of pets to create beautifully-made, eco-friendly cards.

RiverDog Prints

This colorful small desk print by Patti Murphy Boutique is sure to bring some cheer wherever you place it. This print measures 5.5 inches by 7.5 inches, and would look lovely on a mantel or in a frame on a desk.
Patti Murphy Boutique

Perfect for Valentine's Day, this handmade card by frecklepaper features a high quality printing of her original watercolor painting.

frecklepaper

This set of 12 heart cards by Laura's Paper Creations are perfect for weddings, showers, and Valentine's parties. Each heart image is stamped by hand.

Laura's Paper Creations

Not sure what to get your Valentine? You can never go wrong with jewelry.

These red rose earrings by Evelyn Pelati are individually colored by hand and the copper is oxidized to create an antique finish.
Evelyn Pelati

These stunning citrine chandelier earrings by Petite Maus feature hand formed and hammered 14-karat gold filled teardrop hoops.
Petite Maus

This eye-catching red rose limited-edition cocktail ring by Juliana's Creations will add a pop of color to your wardrobe.
Juliana's Creations

Handmade of rare, cherry red sea glass found in the Abaco Islands, this bracelet from Sea Glass Designs will make the perfect gift for the sea glass enthusiast.
Sea Glass Design

Now that you've found the perfect piece of jewelry for your sweetie, get your home ready with these beautiful finds.

The sweet scent of fig and vanilla is featured in this soy wax candle, handmade by Cottage Wicks.

Cottage Wicks

Handmade of rope and thread, this large red and white basket by Rhymes With Smile makes a perfect gift in itself, or filled with other treats.
Rhymes With Smile

What better way to decorate for Valentine's Day than with this uber-cool heart shadow box by The Octopress. Handmade from screen-printed and hand-drawn hearts, this shadow box would look fabulous on a shelf or sunny windowsill.

The Octopress

Don't forget the little ones on Valentine's Day! 

Handmade with organic fabric, this red and white knottie baby hat by tinymack will make a soft and cuddly gift for even the newest of arrivals. Available in size 0 - 6 months.

Tinymack 
Got twins on your shopping list? Two bodysuits that spell out love is available from WhimsyOnes.
Whimsy Ones
Kids will love these Valentine-themed push cake pop containers from Queen Vanna Creations. Just add candy or other treats!
Queen Vanna Creations

Is the arctic winter weather wreaking havoc on your skin? Pamper yourself or someone you love with these luxurious skin care products.

Completely vegan and free of harsh chemicals, Poor and Pretty's rose clay facial mask is like a spa treatment in a jar.
Poor & Pretty

Make your lips kissably soft with Pure Naked Soap's Cocoa Kiss tinted lip balm. Made with organic unrefined cocoa butter, the lip balm has a light chocolate scent and is deeply moisturizing.
Pure Naked Soap

Relax and unwind in a bath with a bar of Lumbini's Natural Soaps chamomile lavender soap. Handmade with chamomile extra and French lavender essential oil, this soap has a creamy lather that will leave your skin soft and moisturized.
Lumbini's Natural Soaps



Jennifer Knapp is the owner of Nutmeg Naturals, LLC and The Felt Haus.  She is a native Nutmegger, and lives in Haddam, Connecticut with her husband and daughter. 

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