In the fast-growing digital world of NFTs and blockchain technology, shopping for gifts in person at your neighborhood bricks-and-mortar store may be the most romantic thing you can do for your loved one this Valentine’s Day. Sure, you could send them a Cameo video greeting from their favorite “Office” character, or buy something online and hope it arrives by Monday, but why not go old school this year and support local businesses in the process? Think about it: No one is going to be shopping on Super Bowl Sunday. So get out there and get shopping. (And if even that level of retail interaction seems daunting, many stores are set up so you can order a gift online and pick it up curbside.)
If you’re serious about supporting small businesses in Los Angeles beyond the immediate holiday, we’ve got you covered there too. You can consult our list of 45 places to shop for gifts during the winter holidays as well as our guides to Black, Latino, AAPI and female-owned businesses , must-see pot shops, plant shops and thrift stores for zero-waste gifts. Many of our Valentine’s Day resources can be found on those lists as well.