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February is the time to stop and smell the roses, so ShopMyNorth put together a bouquet of fresh ideas for you and your Valentine. Make February 14th special with these Northern Michigan gift ideas for her and him.
Send Her Heart Soaring…
What’s more romantic than a hot air balloon ride over the lake-studded land of Northern Michigan. Mark a date on your calendar that works for the both of you to take a ride, then surprise her with a gift certificate from Grand Traverse Balloons—offering beautiful flights since 1987.
Jeweler Elizabeth Blair knows the way to the fanciful heart. Check out Elizabeth Blair’s collection of timeless pieces made with freshwater pearls including chic bracelets and earrings she’ll want to wear for extra special occasions.
Great chocolate is a must on Valentine’s Day. Each Michigan cherry is generously dipped in rich dark chocolate right here in Northern Michigan. Satisfy her craving with Benjamin Twiggs Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries—available in 8 oz. or 1.25lb bags.
For the lovely lady who is smitten with the mitten, this comfy-cozy tee will quickly become a favorite. Smitten with the Mitten is available in navy, evergreen, and heather plum, and is made by Michigan Awesome—a business that celebrates hometown love with high-quality American made shirts.
Melding together Petoskey Stone and Northern Michigan Leland Blue, Korner Gem’s Unity Bead makes for a unique and altogether unforgettable gift. Crafted by a team of jewelers in Traverse City, each Unity Bead is inspired by the shoreline and the natural beauty of the Great Lakes. Unity Beads are available in various sizes and styles, encouraging you to design a timeless piece of jewelry to match her personality. If you’re unsure what Leland Blue is, get the backstory here—it’s one you’ll want to share.
Make her the best hot cocoa she’s ever had and snuggle up on the couch, or head out for a winter walk with The Mug O’ Love Gift Set. From the organic farmers who know cocoa best to your MyNorth “I’d rather be Up North” mug, you’ll enjoy the rich flavors of Just Good Chocolate with every sip.
For the Northern Loving Man…
Watch sailing races from a pub deck. Climb a lighthouse tower. Check out the Warehouse District’s hip vibe. Kayak the bay. These and 95 more ideas will steer you to Traverse City treasures guaranteed to ramp up the free-time fun factor, whether you’re vacationing, keeping guests entertained or simply enjoying a place you call home, keep 101 Ways to Love Traverse City close to his heart—or in the glove box, for impromptu romantic adventures.
Finally there’s a pillow guys can get down with, and rest their head on a favorite Northern Michigan roadway, M-22. Bring his love for the Leelanau Peninsula indoors with this sharp pillow from the creators of M22, a Northern Michigan business passionate about the natural wonders of the great outdoors.
Men who live and love the outdoors lifestyle of Northern Michigan will enjoy sharing a beverage in M22 Sili Pints, also available in glass. These unbreakable sili pints are perfect for outdoors enjoyment on beach or boat.
A vivacious Valentine for the dark chocolate lover, Just Good Chocolate Bars melt in your mouth. Not only are they organic and free trade, each velvety rich dark chocolate bar is hand-crafted in Leland, Michigan, where the beans arrive fresh from the best cocoa bean regions of Belize, Peru and Madagascar.
Some guys find their heart out on the trail, so we’re giving him 50! Get inspired with author Jim DuFresne’s 50 Hikes in Michigan. Explore trails throughout the Lower Peninsula’s system of state parks and wilderness areas. Access detailed maps and gorgeous pictures to plan quality time spent hiking with your partner.
If you’re looking to warm him up this season, outfit him in MyNorth’s zip-up fleece. This three-season zip-up is light enough to wear under a ski jacket but warm enough for crisp mornings and perfect for evening bonfires.