Love starts with you first!
Valentine’s Day may be a time for romance and couples in love, but why can’t it also be just for you? We believe that a little self-love helps create a healthier you… for everyone! And, there are some health benefits that come with giving yourself a treat now and then! So, we put together a small list of gifts $30 and under that make it easy for you to splurge on… you! Because you really are worth it!
With SportPort headquarters in Charlotte, many of the gift ideas we choose are found locally in the Queen City, but you can certainly take these ideas and shop in your own neighborhood or find all of these easily online too!
Go Out or Stay In: Functional & Comfy Athletic Wear
Charlotte Owned & Operated Women’s Athletic Wear from SportPort
First and foremost, we have to start by letting you know about our special Valentine & February sale at SportPort! Everything is currently marked down 50% (no coupon needed)… just for you! This has SportPort offering you some of the best women’s athletic wear for $30 and under, and more!
What better way to love yourself than to invest in something that will make you want to get out there and get your heart pumping or stay comfy at home relaxing… enjoying your day!
Our popular favorites (even though they are priced on sale a dollar over $30) are our women’s sports bras with pockets. They offer you the most health-conscious value. They are designed with a patented built-in pocket that holds your cell phone securely in place and close to your body while properly blocking potentially harmful EMF radiation that may be linked to breast cancer issues. Our collection of specially designed athletic wear is original, best quality fabrics, and made in the US.
Shop online: https://www.sportportactive.com
Tasty Treats for Your Sweet Self: Chocolates & Baked Goodies
Charlotte Made Chocolates from The Secret Chocolatier
We love the Dark Chocolate Caramels with Sea Salt, because dark chocolate is good for you right? The caramels are always a favorite, but if you really want to feel romantic for the day, they also make beautiful chocolate roses for Valentine’s Day. These are so pretty, and what could be better than beautiful roses other than the fact that you can eat their lovely white petals! As a bonus, this shop also offers classes to learn how to make sweet treats on your own.
Dark Chocolate Caramels – $20.25/box of 9 | White Chocolate Roses – $15/per stem
Shop online: https://www.thesecretchocolatier.com/
Charlotte Made Baked Goods from the Sweet Boutique Bakery, including Vegan, Gluten Free, and Paleo Options!
If you are feeling especially decadent, we say go for the Red Velvet Cupcakes with White Truffle Filling or the Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Brownies. If you are looking for a vegan option, the Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Oatmeal Bars are perfect. We also love the Paleo/Gluten Free Raspberry Orange Breakfast Cake. This may be called a breakfast cake, but we would be happy with it any time of day!
Red Velvet Cupcake – $3/per cupcake | Red Velvet Brownies – $35/dozen | Vegan Bars – $24/8 bars | Raspberry Cake – $12/mini loaf
Shop online: http://sweetboutiquebakery.net/
Special Scents to Touch Your Senses: Candles
Candles from The Outer Banks Candle Company made in North Carolina
Ever have trouble deciding which candle scent you want to buy and end up just buying all of them? We get it, and so do the people at The Outer Banks Candle Company. So, they made a special Valentine’s Trifle candle with “Pink Grapefruit”, “Grapefruit Vanilla” and “Island Gardenia” layers. The other super cute Valentine’s offering is the Valentine’s Gift Basket which includes an 8oz jelly jar, 1 medium pillar candle & 1 votive candle. To top it all off, you get a free votive candle with every order by using the code FREEVOTIVE at checkout! Who doesn’t love free!?
Valentine’s Trifle – $24.95 | Valentine’s Gift Basket – $24.95
Candles from Southern Elegance Candle Company made in North Carolina
These small batch candles are super elegant and perfect to light in your bathroom for a nice bath. This company loves to support small local southern businesses, so they do their best to source supplies from South Carolina, Georgia, and North Carolina. Even better, is they make a Charlotte themed scented candle that smells like Sage & Sweetgrass. What better way to treat yourself and be proud of your city! If Sage & Sweetgrass aren’t your scent of choice, the Southern Elegance Candle Company also offers a line of Traditional Southern Scents like Sweet Tea, Magnolia, and many others. The candles in the mason jar have a burn time of 50-55 hours.
Tumbler Candle – $26 | Mason Jar Candle – $20 | Travel Tin Candle – $15
Get Under Your Own Skin: Face Cream
Oasis Super Hydrating 16 in 1 Face Moisturizer by Era Organics on Amazon
Now, this cream may not be locally made in North Carolina, but it is an Amazon find we have fallen in love with. This pH balanced face moisturizer is made with Manuka Honey, Cocoa Butter, Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, and is non-greasy. The company says it can be used day or night, but we prefer to use it at night as it does not contain SPF. The cream is made in the USA with natural, healthy ingredients meant to soothe and hydrate your skin, and it is animal-cruelty free! The price makes this product an even better one to treat yourself.
2 oz jar Face Cream – $16.99 on Amazon
At the end of the day, us women put a lot of time into the ones we love because that makes us happy. But, sometimes putting yourself first for a moment is well worth it. Show the ones you love by showing yourself some love this Valentine’s Day. A happy woman makes those around her happy as well! You deserve it.