Chances are, this year’s Valentine’s Day plans didn't involve a candlelit dinner at the trendy new restaurant in town or a ticket to see your favorite band. Though the experiential element of holidays may be on a bit of a pause right now, there are still infinite ways to show your loved ones you care at any time of year.
At Grasshopper Goods, we’re passionate about sharing stories of artists, makers, and dreamers—and for all your gift-giving endeavors, we’d like to spotlight four of our (many!) favorite makers from the Midwest, so you can shop small and surprise your loved ones near and far with something totally unique and so very them.
The Midwest Girl®
Started in Wisconsin by two sisters born 12 years apart, The Midwest Girl® shop is a must for t-shirts, sweatshirts, jewelry, and more that are perfect for proclaiming your love of the Midwest. The founders grew up learning to honor tradition and their roots, and you’ll find this in their products. Whether your loved one feels Midwesty, seeks a retro vibe, or wants to put their affinity for a fish fry and an old fashioned on a t-shirt, we’ve got a gift for that.
Ruff House Print Shop
Since 2009, Ruff House Print Shop has been creating the letterpress-style stationery of our dreams, with original artwork created delicately by hand in the form of planners, greeting cards, and calendars, along with pencils, enamel pins, and more. This shop based in Lawrence, Kansas, is woman-owned-and-operated, and similar to Grasshopper Goods, it was created when the founder chased her dream after seeing the signs in a 1915 antique letterpress. We recommend this pencil set that will keep everyone inspired, a lined journal for your friend who always has wanderlust, and this succulent enamel pin for the lover of everything funky.
Now more than ever, self-care is crucial. So get your loved one a gift that will leave them feeling pampered and loved, whether they live near or far. Woman-owned Luminous Rose provides natural, affordable products that are environmentally healthy—meaning in turn, they’re good for you, too. With a Wisconsin upbringing, Luminous Rose's creator, Maria, is an expert in herbalism, crystal healing, and organic skin care. Send your loved one off into a blissful night’s sleep with Maria's Dreamy Sleep Balm, or opt for the Perfect Body Cream, formulated with calendula sourced right from the farm, and the Strawberry Body Scrub made with organic strawberries.
Based in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Adorn is one of our absolute favorite shops for classic, beautiful jewelry. Handcrafted by duo Jess and Adam, each piece is reflective of their overall mission to dream big and enjoy all of the moments that make life precious and sacred. While you can’t go wrong with any of their coveted pieces, we recommend the delicate Satellite Chain Gold-Fill necklace, the chic Peak Cuff, and these timeless horseshoe earrings.
At the end of the day, it’s all about who you’re with and how you show them you care. We hope this year, you can spread love and joy in a time that needs it most.
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