It should come as no surprise that Des Moines has all that and more when it comes to accommodating your Valentine’s Day needs. From local goods, shops, restaurants and events, we’re here to help you navigate Valentine’s Day in our lovely city, Des Moines. Forget the big box stores this Valentine’s Day, show Des Moines some “local” love.
Valentine’s Day Gift For Her
Don’t worry about venturing far for your Valentine’s gift for her this year. Des Moines has you covered. Here are a few female-friendly ideas for Valentine’s Day.
Instead of buying the same old card for your lovely lady this year, find a witty yet charming card from a Des Moines native. XO-LP is a Des Moines-based greeting card company headed up by Laura Palmer. Known best for her witty renditions on traditional greeting cards, you are certain to get a laugh out of whatever you choose.
Pampering from Eden
This East Village gem is best known for its wide variety of bath, beauty and home products. From luxurious perfumes to local goods, Eden has all you need to spoil your loved ones this Valentine’s Day. Eden’s founder, Jennifer Hansen, recommends the Diptyque candle ($60) or Kiehl's original musk ($42) for either him or her this season.
If you’re in the market for something extra special for her this Valentine’s Day, stop by Bruce Owen's Jewelry Design in the East Village. Known best for his custom jewelry design, Bruce Owen's work is one of a kind. While it might be too late for a custom piece, you can still peruse additional unique items from both Bruce and other Midwestern designers.
Valentine’s Day Florist in Des Moines
Skip the 1-800 Valentine number this year and opt for a local Des Moines florist instead. Get your orders in NOW to make sure your arrangement can be picked up or delivered in time for the big day. Boesen’s, Doherty's Flowers and Gateway Market have a wide variety of Valentine’s Day flower arrangements available to order or pick up in store.
Valentine’s Day Gifts For Him
Shopping for the male in your life can be challenging. Especially around a holiday that society primarily focuses on gifts for women. Let’s not leave the guys out this time. Here are a few local goods that will make your man feel the love he deserves!
Men’s Style Lab
Think food delivery, but instead of Chinese food, you get stylish clothing that you can try on, keep or ship back. Sounds too good to be true right? Thank goodness for the Des Moines-based virtual stylists at Men’s Style Lab. Simply submit your man’s “style DNA” and their stylists will handpick items that will ship directly to your door. Take five days to try them on, keep what you love and send back the rest. Pick to receive shipments every 30, 60 or 90 days. Easy peasy.
If you haven’t already noticed, Des Moines and its surrounding communities have become a bit of a hub for a wide variety of brewmasters. Valentine weekend or not, schedule an Iowa Brew Tour with the beer enthusiast in your life. Either join a public tour of three local breweries or schedule a private tour where you get to pick your favorite route.
A gift from Bozz Prints is perfect for any Des Moines native or transplant. Artist John Bosley helps to bring a little style and Midwestern flare to any apartment or home through his printmaking. From cityscapes to notable landmarks, there is a print that will display your man's love for his city while you show your love to him.
At this point, RAYGUN is a household name to any Iowa native. Keep this trend alive with a quirky gift. Best known for their witty t-shirts, RAYGUN has done well by capitalizing on all things Midwest. Find the shirt, socks or beer mug that perfectly depicts your man. Trust me when I say there is something for everyone at RAYGUN.
Women aren’t the only ones that deserve a spa day. Treat your gentleman to a massage, manicure or pedicure to help relax the day away. If you’re closer to downtown, try the East Village Spa, or the Spa at West Glen if you’re further west.
Family-Friendly Valentine Events in Des Moines
Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival Jr.
Yup, you heard me. Baconfest Jr has arrived. If you’re not familiar with Baconfest at this point, I might question whether or not you’re a true Iowan or simply living under a rock. Either way, Baconfest is an event you don’t want to miss, and we’re certain the pint-sized edition will be just as fun. With help from the Science Center of Iowa, Baconfest Jr is helping educate young ones about all things bacon.
Quick...cancel the babysitter. Whether you want to spend the time with or without your kiddos this Valentine’s Day, Kids Circus at the Des Moines Social Club has you covered. Consider this to be a (very) affordable babysitter or a fun evening spent with the kids. Your children will enjoy learning all things circus with or without you!
Start a new and healthy tradition this year with your whole family by participating in the YMCA of Greater Des Moines’ Red Flannel Run. Dress up in your best flannel fare and either walk or run your choice of a 5- or 3-mile loop around downtown Des Moines. Prizes are awarded for best times as well as best costumes!
Des Moines Events for Valentine’s Day
If you’re looking for an experience to share with your friend or loved one, here is a quick list of fun Valentine’s Day-themed dinners and events.
Enjoy a feast prepared by the Des Moines Social Club’s Culinary Director, Amanda Phillips. Your ticket includes appetizers, dinner and dessert. If that isn’t appealing enough, they’ve got your babysitting covered for a mere $20!
One of Des Moines’ latest additions, NOCE, is celebrating Valentine’s Day in style. Noce is welcoming the Max Wellman Quintet for an evening of jazz. Tickets are available for Friday, Feb 12 through Sunday, Feb 14 at 7 pm.
Eden - Valentine’s Day Pop Up Shop
This Valentine's Day pop-up is perfect for a romantic afternoon date or a day out shopping with your girlfriends. Eden is hosting Plum Event + Design February 12th and the 13th for a Valentine’s Day weekend. Plum Event + Design founders, Maya Boettcher and Jen McDonald-Ill will be making flower arrangements for your loved ones all day. Either call ahead, (515) 249-8600 or place an order in person while perusing Eden’s vast selection of goodies.
Spend Valentine’s Day with your girlfriends this year. The Basement Bar is hosting a special Galentine’s Day event Friday evening. Take the gals out on the town for an evening with an all-female lineup of both national and local comedians.
Celebrate Valentine’s (all day) with help from Firetrucker Brewery and everyone’s favorite chocolate shop, Beaverdale Confections. Bring $20 and you get two 10oz beers paired with a specialty chocolate. Cheers!
Take a “tropical” spin on the year's Valentine’s Day by visiting the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. The Trellis Cafe will be hosting a very special cocktail hour and a three-course meal.
Staying in for Valentine’s Day?
If you’re like most, you’ll find that some of the best nights are spent in with your friends or loved ones. Keep in mind, this doesn’t mean you can’t share the love with our local Des Moines businesses. So top off your growlers at your favorite brewery and order your go-to local takeout or delivery food. Either your night is going to get REAL crazy or you’ll fall asleep on the couch like I always do. Happy Valentine’s Day, Des Moines.