The List’s Loving List of Gifts

We really don't need a major holiday to give a little, and we do love how even the tiniest of things can totally brighten up someone's day. You see where we're going here? Valentine's Day is around the corner and we've already picked out sweet nothings to send to good friends, our families, and event our pups. The lovelies from TheList have assisted in curating this year's Gift Guide:

Aphrodisiac Food & Wine Pairings
Beginning February 9th at 5:00 p.m., All Set will host Aphrodisiac Food & Wine Pairings with Artisans & Vines on Wednesday evenings throughout the month of February.  For $22, guests can enjoy the following pairings: Raw Oysters with Pineapple Jalapeño Granita with Vinovator Mish Mash White Blend; Applewood Bacon Rosette with Puerto Del Monte Mencia; and aChocolate Covered Strawberry with Zonte’s Footstep Chocolate Factory Shiraz. 8630 Fenton Street, Silver Spring, MD;

Manifest Love with Appointed
Appointed is a DC-based, AAPI, female-founded American-made brand of elevated everyday paper products designed to inspire productivity and creativity.  Shop local and select from Appointed’s Heart Notebook in blossom pink or Heart workbook in strawberry red ($28), part of their limited edition Valentine's Collection. Order online or visit the Appointed District Shop to personalize your notebook with a monogram at The Notebook Bar™.  1500 Okie Street NE;

Valentine's Day Calls For Breakfast In Bed
This Valentine's Day weekend, enjoy breakfast in bed with a romantic take-home brunch from Baker's Daughter. And you don’t have to lift a finger. Serving two, their Breakfast In Bed package is available for pickup on Valentine’s Day Weekend, February 12th through 14th, from the Eaton DC location. $56 per package (serves two), plus add-ons. 1201 K Street NW; 

Cupid's Cave at Boxwood: A Valentine Celebration
Experience a romantic chocolate and wine pairing in the cave. Enjoy delicious chocolate truffles hand-crafted by local chocolatier Robert Kingsbury presented in a box with a bow, expertly paired with 4 Boxwood wines. Reservations are 90 minutes and the full menu will also be available. Tickets are $35 per person. Come from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from February 11 through February 13. 2042 Burrland Lane, Middleburg VA; 

Local Spirits For The Cocktail Lover
Give the gift of Virginia in a glass with Catoctin Creek Distilling Company's Rabble Rouser Bottled in Bond Rye Whisky. Preorder before their February 21st release dates, and make big plans with your whiskey-loving love.

Chards of Glass
Whether your Valentine is a music lover, a wine lover, or both, City Winery has the gift for you. This special commemorative bottle of Chardonnay celebrates Philip Glass' 85th birthday. The label features an iconic photograph of Philip Glass taken by the esteemed photographer, Danny Clinch, and only 50 cases were produced. This superb Sonoma Chardonnay was harvested in the world-famous Scopus Vineyard. Scopus Chardonnays are distinguished by vivacious acidity, incredible complexity and mineral notes. $70 per bottle. Limited to 2 bottles per customer. For each bottle purchased, $10 will be donated to, a national organization that empowers visual, literary and performing artists to pursue a life in the arts.

Come Fly Away
Let your taste buds soar from Burgundy to Bordeaux and learn about the different corners of the wine world. Cork Wine Bar's monthly wine club takes you to small-production wineries and female winemakers with unique grape combinations and vineyards located in towns you can’t find on a map, and makes the perfect Valentine's Day gift. Members will have the opportunity to create their own at-home wine tasting experience with the help of accompanying tasting notes, backstories, vineyard notes, producers, and more. This monthly experience is perfect for nights in with friends and family or pairing with your favorite meal. Available for nationwide shipping.

DC Brau x YOCO Gift Packages
This year for the beer lover in our lives, DC Brau has partnered up with YOCO Confections, a local gourmet gifting company, to put together two tasty and thirst quenching packages  The ‘Hey Sweety’ pack is perfect for snuggling up with your favorite person and sharing snacks of gourmet white chocolate popcorn & white chocolate pretzel sticks, or bring home the  'Oh So Good!' assortment tray with dark chocolate covered cherries, pistachios, prosecco gummy bears, salted cashews & gourmet white chocolate popcorn. Wash it all down with an assorted 6 pack of DC Brau’s core beers for only $6. Order now on the DC Brau website - pre-sales for both packages will end on Tuesday, February 8th at 5:00 p.m. and pickup will begin on Friday February 11th at 4:00 p.m., directly from DC Brau. 3178 Bladensburg Road NE; dcbrau-webstore.square

Love is Magical
Enchanted Botanicals hand makes magical elixirs, healing candles, cooling crystals, and special cleansing salts.  Enchanted Botanicals founder, Deb Schaffer, gathers items from her garden and batches them together to make gifts with real intention. Take a page out of Deb's book and live like you are magic and give magically as well. Get lost in her website here,

Valentine’s In-Room Dining Is So Suite
This Valentine’s weekend, Fairmont’s Executive Chef Jordi Gallardo is offering a three-course and five-course romantic dinner for two for hotel guests in the privacy of their own guest room or suite. The Romantic Escape Package offers the option to add Valentine’s Dinner to the reservation. Locally sourced with love and devotion, Executive Chef Gallardo’s three-course Valentine’s Dinner, along with desserts by Executive Pastry Chef A.J. Thalakkat, includes dishes like the plant-based bolognese rigatoni, surf & turf, asparagus bisque, and more. Chef’s three-course Valentine’s dinner for two is $135 and, the five-course Valentine’s dinner for two is $160. Both dinners include a 750 ml bottle of Chandon sparkling wine. Tax and gratuity is not included. Reservations for Valentine’s dinner may be added to the hotel reservation for a guest room or suite. Valentine’s dinners will be available on Friday, February 11th through Monday, February 14th via in-room dining for those who are staying at the hotel. 2401 M Street NW; 

Feel The Love With Foxtrot
A few easy yet equally thoughtful gift ideas for your special someone. Wonderful bottles of wine, bubbly and plenty of self-care items to treat yourself and all your Galentines. Check out the "Love You Lots Box" or the "Dinner Date Box" among others. All available to order via Foxtrot’s app for in-store pickup, and there's delivery nationwide through Foxtrot Anywhere
Ice Cream Jubilee launches a Make-Your-Own Valentines Cookie Kit and a new super-indulgent vegan chocolate flavor - Mocha Run Truffle - for Valentine’s Day. And by popular demand, Ice Cream Jubilee’s Lunar New Year Flavors will be extended through the end of February, after which, look for the launch of a new line of boozy ice cream flavors for March. The Valentine’s Cookie Decorating Kit can be picked up in each of the three Ice Cream Jubilee stores or ordered online for nationwide shipping. Full details at

Award-Winning Sweets For Your Sweetheart
What is your loved one’s favorite treat? Is it warm chocolate chip cookies? Or do they love a freshly baked scone? You can surprise your loved one this year with a handful of edible treats from nationally acclaimed Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery with delicious treats that ship nationwide. Choose from their DIY scone-making kit, brownie kit, cookie dough kit, or try the bake-at-home cinnamon rolls or croissants if they love baking. If baking isn't their forte, play it safe and get a cookie trio box where they can sample some of the best cookies NYC has to offer. You can find all baked goods available for national shipping on the Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery website.

Valentine’s Romance Experience At Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C.
Take time to relax and enjoy the winter views of the nation’s capital at Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. Treat your special someone and yourself to an intimate escape for Valentine’s Day complete with a champagne welcome and a special in-room dinner. Make reservations for February 11 through February 14. 1330 Maryland Avenue SW; 

Better Than Milk & Cookies
With the season of love quickly descending upon us, the return of a sweet fan-favorite, Milk Bar’s Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake. To kick things up a notch, also available for the chocoholic in your life, Fudgy Frosting Squares - a decadent spin on your classic box of chocolates. For more info,  click here..

Lovely Bubbles from Moet
This Valentine’s + Galentine’s Day, Moët Hennessy’s site has you covered for all your gifting needs providing a luxury experience so you can wow your loved ones. Choose the perfect pink rosé bottle or go with the Veuve Clicquot Arrow Box Set which is ready to customize with a destination that means the world to them. Not to mention, the premium packaging that comes with any Our Cellar purchase will blow your Valentine or Galentine away before they even open the gift. For more information or to order, visit

RĀKO Coffee Valentine’s Day Gift Sets
RAKO has created special Valentine’s Day gift sets in partnership with some of their favorite local small businesses to share the love for some of the local products that they just can’t get enough of and to create an immersive gifting experience that feels as luxurious as it does personal. Their Valentine’s Day gift set includes the best of three RĀKO direct-source coffees (Txol Witz, Miramundo, and Limu), a special edition raspberry cheesecake chocolate bar from Harper Macaw, and a handcrafted soy candle from Poze Candle Co. Details on pricing and purchasing coming soon.

All That Sparkles
For Valentine’s Day this year, RdV Vineyards wanted to bring a little extra sparkle. They asked their winemaker (and Master of Wine candidate) Joshua Grainer to select a few additional, delicious bubbles to feature on the Tasting Salon menu. Join them February 11-13 and 18-20 to try these decadent wines in a flight, by the glass, or to purchase them by the bottle. These wines include Besserat de Bellefon Bleu Brut, Gonet-Medeville Premier Cru Extra Brut Rosé, and Drappier Cuvée Charles de Gaulle Brut. The flights are $55 each and the perfect addition to your Tour & Tasting Experience. 2550 Delaplane Grade Road, Delaplane, VA;

All You Need Is Love From The Ritz Carlton & Santé
The Ritz Carlton, Pentagon City offers a nearby romantic getaway with Ritz-Carlton service and amenities. Whether you are looking to get out of town and travel to the nation’s capital or just out of the house this Valentine’s Day, The Ritz Carlton Pentagon City has all you need for Valentine’s Day weekend. The hotel is offering an All You Need Is Love package for the Valentine’s Day holiday for stays Friday through Sunday, now through February 26th. The package includes luxury accommodations, chocolate-covered strawberries, champagne, rose petal turndown service, and a breakfast credit and late check-out, in addition to the exceptional on-property amenities like the fitness center and sauna. The hotel is also home to the new Mediterranean-inspired dining destination, Santé, which will feature a Valentine’s Weekend prix-fixe menu. For $125 per person, lovers can enjoy dishes including local oysters on the half shell with caviar, Champagne mignonette and roasted lamb tenderloin, chocolate and wine dessert, and more. For those who partake in this delicious pre-fixed menu, a complimentary pastry gift will be offered. Dinner will be offered from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Valentine’s Day weekend, February 12th through February 14th. Additionally, there will be a $60 wine pairing available for the prix-fixe menu, as well as a $100 bottle of Veuve Clicquot special. 1250 S Hayes Street, Arlington, VA;

What's Your "Tea" Sign
No matter how you celebrate Cupid’s Day of Love, 
Stash Tea has provided you with the perfect tea for you and your Valentine. Brew up the perfect cup and watch the stars align with Astrolo-Tea: Tea for your Zodiac Sign. Over 150 different teas to choose from ranging from loose teas to tea bags, Stash looked at its varieties of blends and flavors, evaluating ingredients, spices, types of tea, and the amount of caffeine or lack thereof when matching the perfect tea for each unique sign. For more information or to order, visit 

Valentine’s Day Offerings From Sticky Fingers
The plant-based Valentine’s Day offerings from Doron Petersan are available to order online for pick-up from Sticky Fingers or nationwide shipping. Options include seasonal decorating kits, cake pops, and more. Use code THELIST for 15% off your first order. (Nothing But Love cake pops; Hot Heart cookie decorating kitChocolate Covered Strawberry sandwich cookies)

Plan A Getaway This Valentine’s Day To St. Michaels, Maryland
Plan a getaway for your loved one this year to St. Michaels, Maryland. Under two hours from the heart of DC you can escape to the Eastern Shore for a romantic getaway at the newly opened Wildset Hotel. Expect thoughtfully designed rooms with clawfoot tubs, personal fireplaces, and balconies as well as outdoor firepits with complimentary s'mores, and an outstanding restaurant and bar at Ruse located inside the hotel. Dine with Ruse this Valentine’s Day Weekend and receive 20% off your stay at the Wildset Hotel. If you plan to stay Valentine’s Day only, then you will receive 20% off your first night stay and a special gift upon arrival should you dine with Ruse. An optional pre-fixe Valentine's menu will be available all weekend. February 11th through February 14th. 209 N Talbot Street, St. Michaels MD;