Looking for unique gifts for that special Valentine? The Indiana Artisan Online Marketplace www. Shop.IndianaArtisan.org offers a wealth of one-of-a-kind local gifts.
Give your Valentine your word. Write your thoughts on a Love Note, handmade letterpress note cards from Carrie Strange, Ari Press, Salem, Ind. A red heart is framed in a chocolate brown border. Six cards packaged in a clear plastic box with red envelopes: $15.99.
Boxed to please. Present that sparkling engagement ring in a hand-assembled and embellished wooden jewelry box. Black and burgundy patterns dominate the outside. Round pink feet add height and contrasting color. A mirror fills the inside of the lid, and two pink trays lined in black velvet -- one with two compartments -- lift out for easy access to everything underneath. Made by Carolyn and Don Madvig, Sleeping Dogs Studio, Bloomington, Ind.: $64.99.
Celebrate your good fortune to have each other as valentines with chopstick bowls. Large enough to hold a full meal and designed to fit comfortably in your hand, the assorted colors (dark blue, green and brown on white clay, green and brown on speckled clay) make them beautiful for décor and practical for everyday use. Handcrafted by Jan Arbogast, Jan Arbogast Stoneware, Bloomington, Ind.: $30.99.
Someone special will know you care, especially when the Pure Indulgence gift basket is opened. An oval tray made in the traditional Shaker process cradles a selection of fine soaps, a handcrafted candle, a pottery soap dish and moisturizing lip crème. Your valentine will remember you each time the tray is used as a bureau organizer, table centerpiece or catch-all for most anything: $80.
Artisan chocolates offer tradition with a special twist. The selection in our e-store includes Beauty Bark from Chocolate for the Spirit (Julie Bolejack, Indianapolis), Almond Toffee from Brooke's Candy (Brooke Schmidt, Dana, Ind.) chocolate-covered popcorn from Sweet Poppin's (Tashia Johnson-St. Clair, Kokomo), and a variety of hot fudge sauces from Best Boy & Co. (Wayne Shive, Roanoke, Ind.): $5.95-$10.50.
Dress up her hand with a three-stone ruby ring set in sterling silver and hand-fabricated by Laine Benthall, Laine Benthall Jewelry Designs, Mount Vernon, Ind. Like your love, the glossy finish will not tarnish. The same ring can be custom made in any birthstone: $87.99.
January special: Get a free box of Frittle candy (a $7.50 value) with every order placed in January. Something extra for your Valentine. Or to share. Or for just for you.
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