Books To Bags: Lock Down These Handmade Gift Ideas For Valentine’s Day
Notebooks & Jotters
You can’t go wrong with these pretty handmade ikkat notebooks. Finished with coconut shell buttons, embroidery, and rustic binders, these notebooks, jotters, and diaries are perfect to start a new chapter in your lives together. You can get them in A4, A5, and A6 sizes and the prices for these start from INR 50. The Phoenix Company’s quirky diaries and coasters too are sure to make people happy. You can get them customised as well.
These pouches and bags are hand-woven by Melanie and stand out because of their indie designs. Made from traditional Indian fabrics, their little elephant pouches and flamingo bags are a winner. Check out Terku for minimalistic and elegant bags made by handloom weavers. Hotch Potch's sassy bags too can make your #OOTD goals awesome! And their bags for men are smokin’. All these brands are unisex, yay! You can also check out this list for other bag stores in Chennai.
- Upwards: ₹ 900
It’s not a popular gift, but these curated terrariums by The Plantsman are the definition of off-beat Valentine’s day gift ideas. You can pick from flowers like purple orchids, red Bromeliads, the Desert Rose, Passion vines, and Wild Onion Weed. They have all kinds of terrariums too - hanging terrariums, fish tank terrariums, and the tribal jungle theme with gemstones, shells, and snails! Hit up Maple Gardens for hundreds of handmade terrarium designs which can be customised for Valentine’s Day. These start at INR 500.
Lights & Home Decor
Light up bae’s life this V-day with handmade lights by Chittaara. Their USP is the very Chennai and Indian designs with auto rickshaws and maamis! If funky, boho dream catchers are their thing, check out Warpworks. For dreamy candles, cutlery, and unique home decor pieces, Grey Matters is perfect - they’ve got all kinds of cement-based planters, bowls, holders, and plates. Redefine quirky with hand-painted ceramic clutches and bookends by Beyond Canvas. Wild Rose in Alwarpet also has handmade home decor like designer mirrors, fabulous wall clocks and is super cute overall.
Shoes & Accessories
This one is especially for those who find shopping for men tricky. Practical and stylish, these Italian leather shoes by Kethini will jazz up your boyfriend’s outfit. You can also choose from tan lace-up shoes, black slip-on formals, black patent sneakers, loafers for casual affairs, available in different colours like deep red and blue. Ladies, don’t feel left out - they’ve got wedges, ballerinas and bold gladiators. If bae isn’t a big fan of shoes, get them a wallet or belt by Kethini. Find more shoe stores for men here. For a complete list of the best shoe stores in the city, click here.
Handmade jewellery never goes out of style, and these stunning boho neckpieces by Thulika are proof. This Valentine’s Day, buy these one-of-a-kind neckpieces and gift them to bae. If you're looking for something super quirky, this pixellated jewellery by Something Different is perfect. For amazing beaded and threaded jewellery, check out Sreevee Handmade Jewellery in Velachery. Kavin Art Gallery also makes jewellery from coconut shell and it's entirely zero waste. Pretty cool, eh?
- Upwards: ₹ 300
Andalt makes dreamy, colourful scarves by employing people from disadvantaged communities. They are naturally dyed organic scarves and come in subtle yet attractive colours like navy blue, green, yellow and more. Scarves & Glitters too has quite a collection of scarves and is housed inside Phoenix Market City.
- Upwards: ₹ 20
This cute shop in Grand Square Mall, Velachery has various options of handmade wooden and brass wall hangings that come in all sizes. If you dig vintage designs, you can check out Madras Prop which also offers brass wall decor. Patio Galerie in Alwarpet makes metallic wall hangings with floral patches, human sketch figures, circular mirrors, vintage cars and more. If you are someone who likes more vibrant designs, go for Pachisi that makes wall decor with felt.
Soaps that smell lovely and are cutely packed can make great gifts! For drool-worthy artisanal soaps, check out Rain Touch soaps that come in different shapes and are made of mango butter. Their 'At The Beach' soap is our fave! They have also released Valentine's Day themed soaps and you should totally check them out! If you are looking for high-end soaps, shop from Vilvah, a Coimbatore-based brand that makes them with goat milk that is ethically sourced. You can get offbeat flavours like orange cinnamon and avocadi from The Soap Factory. Sugar Myy Love's African soaps and red wine soaps are known to have great reviews too! For a longer list of handmade body care products, click here.
Valentine's Day is never complete without greeting cards. Get handpainted greeting cards from Callidsign that offers a range of tropical floral designs that you'll love. Check out Weird Style Women for quirky cards that have a 3D effect. If you love doodles, you can get a customised greeting card from Doodled Art.
Check out more brands that sell greeting cards online here.
- Upwards: ₹ 200
If your partner dabbles in cooking, we have some amazing crockery recommendations. Essential Traditions By Kayal is one such store in Besant Nagar that makes copper tumblers, bottles, pans and more with terracotta, bamboo and coconut shell. Mayan Arts & Potteries makes earthenware vessels that start from INR 800! Kavin Art Gallery also makes storage vessels made of coconut shell that you might like. For utensils made out of clay, soapstone and iron, check out Annam Traditional Cookware.
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