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Valentine’s Day has a bit of a reputation. Some adore the holiday -- stale Sweetheart Candies and all --while for other, it’s just another day.

No matter which side of Cupid’s Arrow you may fall on, many people will spend a pretty penny on their sweetheart(s) while celebrating the holiday of love. In fact, the average American will spend just over $130 on their Valentine.*

Valentine’s Day is so much more than a holiday meant for two. It’s a day of love, and really, what’s better than that? So whomever you are celebrating with on February 14th, “Keep Love Local” this year with one of these of local Valentine’s Day gift ideas.

  • Satisfy Their Sweet Tooth – A time honored Valentine’s Day tradition, a simple box of chocolates from local chocolatiers and candy makers is sure to be a hit.
  • Buy a Beautiful Bouquet - Who doesn't love an artfully arranged display of fresh, colorful flowers? Locally owned florists offer attention to detail and quality customer service with the same goal in mind as you: To make your Valentine feel loved and remembered. 
  • Expand Your Palate – Enjoy a cooking class, a wine tasting, or even a chocolate & cheese pairing class. If you’re looking to expand your palate, and spend some quality time with your Valentine, classes like these are a great gift.
  • Stay In for the Night – No need for reservations, or even dressing up, spend your Valentine’s evening at home, perhaps renting a movie from Tower Theater or picking up a lovely book of poems from any of a number of wonderful locally owned bookstores.
  • Learn Something New – check out the Utah Natural History Museum, Clark Planetarium, or the Living Planet Aquarium and learning something new, together.
  • Dine Out – Utah is home to a growing food scene, and a number of independent restaurants offer Valentine’s Day specials featuring the best elements of their diverse menus.
  • Enjoy the Arts – Utah is home to a thriving arts community, so check out Ballet West, the Capitol Theater, the Symphony or the Reparatory Dance Theater.

When you “Keep Love Local” you boost our economy, and commit to our community. For every $100 spent on a Valentine’s Day gift in a locally owned business, $55.40 stays in our Utah economy!** That’s four times more than if that same money was spent at nationally owned retailer. 

Published in Local First Utah Blog

Valentine’s Day has a bit of a reputation. While some adore the holiday -- stale Sweetheart Candies and all -- others scorn it, deriding its commercialization of love.

No matter which side of Cupid’s Arrow you may fall on, many people will spend a pretty penny on their sweetheart(s) on the holiday of love. In fact, the average American will spend just over $130 their Valentine this February 14th.*

So, whether shopping for your husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend, the kiddos in your clan or even man’s best friend, remember to “keep. love. local” this Valentine’s Day.  On average, for every $100 spent at a locally owned retailer, $55.30 stays in our Utah economy.** When you buy your Valentine’s Day gifts from local, independent retailers, you show your sweetie not only how much you care for them, but how much you care for the community and economy of the place you live.

* “Valentine’s Day, By the Numbers” from CNN.com

** The Utah Study Series, by Civic Economics

 

Published in Local First Utah Blog