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Valentine’s day will be here before you know it! Don’t wait until the last minute to buy your lover a gift! Below we have listed some of our favorite Queer-Owned businesses that have the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day! This list is full of unique ideas and gifts from a variety of small businesses! We love the creativity that is displayed from all of the shops! Remember, when you shop small, you are investing in someone’s life! Check out all of the amazing Queer-Owned Valentine Gifts below in our Queer Owned Valentine Gift Guide below!
Queer chocolateer is a super yummy bakery in Bloomington, Indiana! They have THE perfect Valentine’s gift to give to your significant other! What’s better than getting a rainbow colored box of assorted truffles?! Starting at $45.00, you’ll be able to give the gift of yummy excellence plus you’ll be supporting a queer-owned business! Click HERE to buy yours today!
Automic Gold is queer-owned business that is revolutionizing fine jewelry with sustainability + transparency. They are based out of NYC and offer minimalist designs made from 100% reclaimed gold! If you are looking to propose to your significant other this Valentine’s Day, you do not want to miss out on the jewelry from Automic Gold! Plus, it is for ALL genders and is size-inclusive/diverse!
Untamed Supply offers some of the best candles around! Better yet, with each purchase 3% of their earnings go back to National Parks! Candles + nature = amazing! They have assorted gift crates (my fav being the coffee lovers one!) and a variety of nature inspired candles that will make you wish your were hiking!
Sis Got Tea is a highly recommended black-owned and queer-owned tea cafe out of Louisville, KY! They serve + ship super tasty tea from their super cute cafe! They have a variety of loose leaf tea blends ranging from fruity, to herbal, to spicy, and to sweet! Plus they have the cutest apparel! Sis Got Tea is the perfect addition to our Queer Owned Valentine Gift Guide!
If you ask me, plants are a love language! My wife always loves getting (and giving) plants! So of course when we found this super cute queer-owned plant shop, we HAD to share it! YourQueerPlantShop is out of New Haven Country, CT and they have tropical indoor plants for everyone! I’m so in love with their variety of plants! Check out their restocks + enjoy some beautiful plants!
Another great candle company on the list! Queer Candle Co. specializes in a variety of amazing-smelling candles (including flameless ones!) for those of you that can’t burn a candle! They are based out of Brooklyn, NY! I love that each candle is topped with a visual representation of the scent (like herbs, dehydrated fruits or salt rocks). They use soy wax to ensure a longer burn and they use only non-toxic fragrances! Plus 10% of each purchase goes back to the Sylvia Rivera Law Project!
Allie + Sam are one of my favorite couples to follow on IG! They are such a cute, down-to-earth couple + they just so happen to own a super adorable clothing and accessory shop! My favorite shirt they have reads “we’re not sisters.”. HA! My wife and I always get asked this at every wedding we shoot together! Plus they partnered with Sam’s mom to make the most amazing coffee mugs. Once you see them, you’ll have to have them! The mugs are restocked and sold through HERE!
I’m sure we had you at coffee! Well you are in for a real treat! Helen and her partner Brooke are the co-founders of Equator Coffees, which has coffee for all kinds of coffee lovers! They are a coffee roaster, retail operator, and coffee farm owner! They are known for their commitment to crafting sustainability and more. So, stop by today and order a coffee subscription box for your love!
Noto Botanics is a gender-neutral skincare brand that focuses on plant-based, high-performing products. With sustainable packaging, they are famous for their agender oil and color sticks. They clearly know how to stand out in an industry that is so heavily gendered! Get your lover some environmentally friendly skincare products for Valentine’s Day!
Books are also one of my love languages (aside from coffee). What better business to support than a black-owned, queer-owned, bookstore by Hannah Oliver!? Loyalty Bookstore is working to diversify the publishing industry with her permanent location in D.C. and now they have an online shop too! Instead of buying your books from Amazon, shop small + local!
Where are all of my downtown Indy friends at?! This store is RIGHT in your neck of the woods! Pumpkinfish is a gifts and goodies shop that is open 7 days a week on Mass Ave. They don’t ship, but we promise it’s worth a trip! They pretty much have a gift for any of the special people in your life!
Gender Gems provides gender-affirming apparel + original art for all kinds of folks! If you take a scroll through their Etsy shop you’ll find beautifully constructed pins, prints, patches, and stickers! We love the thought and creativity behind their designs! Plus you can put these cute pins on everything you own!
Alright, you know this Queer Owned Valentine Gift Guide would not be complete without a queer-owned coffee shop! Bloom & Plume Coffee is as they put it “your favorite neighborhood coffee shop!” In their online shop, you can buy coffee mugs, accessories, and even apparel! If you ever get to LA, you NEED to visit this coffee shop! It’s def. on our bucket list! Now, who wouldn’t want to get coffee for Valentine’s Day?
Alright Chi-town friends, this one is for you! But don’t worry, they ship too! Foursided is a small biz in downtown Chicago that has vintage gifts and cards for everyone! HERE is a link to their Valentine’s gift section sure to WOW your lover! The cards are probably my favorite part of their shop! Plus they also carry Pride Candle Company candles (see below) and 10% of all proceeds are donated to a different LGBTQ+ organization!
We hope you enjoyed our Queer Owned Valentine Gift Guide! Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays and I love that we can shop small and queer for this special day! Do you have a favorite Queer-owned business that you think we should add to this list? Let us know in the comments below!
Sam + Bryt
Sam + Bryt are elopement and intimate wedding photographers and LGBTQ+ activists. They also help other wedding vendors become LGBTQ+ Friendly businesses. If you’d like to read more about inclusive education, check out the other articles in their blog HERE!