A Local Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Him + Her

Gift giving for any occasion can be tricky, but gift-giving for your loved one can be somewhat of an enigma. It’s seemingly impossible to shop the person who seems to have everything or to find something special for someone who has a very particular taste. Oh, and then add the stress of finding something special on Valentine’s Day – it can add up to a lot of pressure. Luckily, we’ve rounded up a few local businesses that are sure to carry something special for whomever you’re shopping for this year. Read on for our local Hoboken + Jersey City Valentine’s Day gift guide for him + her this year. 

For Him 

A Suit from Genuardi Master Tailor {300 Observer Highway, Hoboken} 

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Clothes make the man, according to Joseph Genuardi, the mastermind behind the custom suits that have gone on to dress the likes of former president Barack Obama. Owning an outfit that was created to fit his body is the epitome of unique. A beautifully crafted suit that was custom-made is a gift that won’t ever disappoint. 

A Bomber Jacket from Vintage on 1st {257 1st Street, Hoboken}

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All one-of-a-kind pieces live in vintage stores. There’s something special about being the only person to own something. For throwback graphic tees or a snapback hat that would go perfect with his wardrobe, shop at Vintage on 1st. One of our top picks is an item from their ‘80s – ‘90s bomber jacket collection — unique and functional. 

Air Max 1 China Town Sneakers from the Sneaker Room {410 Central Avenue, Jersey City}

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For sneakerheads and streetwear collectors, or those who love limited-edition sneakers and handpicked clothing, check out this neighborhood favorite. If he’s looking to step up his wardrobe, or just add sought-after classics, look no further than the Sneaker Room. Their Air Max 1 China Town sneakers, inspired by the Lunar New Year, are the hottest new release and would make for a wow-worthy gift this Valentine’s Day.

A Watch from Hoboken Gold & Diamonds {115 Washington Street, Hoboken}

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Aside from jewelry, Hoboken Gold & Diamonds has one of the best watch collections in town. If he is more of a minimalist, opt for a Skagen design. If he likes to be flashy, consider a Movado design. If there’s any trouble finding the perfect one, the staff will gladly work to discover and order the one that does. If he already has the perfect watch but it needs some TLC, they can repair it to its former glory.

A Membership at UFC Gym {316 Frank Sinatra Drive, Hoboken} or CrossFit {38 Jackson Street, Hoboken}

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Start the year off on the right foot by joining one of these high-intensity training gyms. Not only could this be the ideal gift for him, but for both of you,  as the sessions are typically partner-based. Regardless of age or athletic ability, professional trainers can teach anyone how to train like a world champion.

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For Her 

The “Straws Suck” Sweater from Dune + Salt {1200 Washington Street, Hoboken}

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Relatively new to the Mile Square, this boutique has a coastal vibe with merchandise inspired by travels to seaside destinations all around the world. There are ocean-blue throw pillows and recycled cotton tees. Their “Straws Suck” sweater with the words boldly placed on the shell of a turtle is the must-have item in the shop. For the climate-conscious and environmentally aware, this sweater is the perfect gift. 

A Dress from Another Man’s Treasure {195 Montgomery Street, Jersey City}

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Another Man’s Treasure is a vintage haven that has been featured in USA Today and Elle.com’s ‘best places to shop vintage in America’. With the owners’ years of experience and detailed-eye for treasure, they handpick the best pieces the country has to offer. Their dress selection is something to take note of. They offer endless styles from the disco era, ‘60s shift dresses, rare kimonos, and more.

Ceramics + Crystals from Love Locked {353 Grove Street, Jersey City}

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Love Locked is a jewelry shop that offers pieces for the bold, the simple, the intricate, and everything in between. Beyond jewelry, Love Locked also boasts an amazing ceramics and crystals collection. Discover soothing vases to compliment a neutral design palette and vibrant amethysts to manifest spiritual healing for the lady in your life.

A Food + Drink Making Kit from Kanibal & Co {197 Montgomery Street, Jersey City}

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Kanibal & Co is a local gem that sells Jersey City apparel, wardrobe-staple accessories, home furnishings, and jewelry. The bulk of the merchandise is locally made and curated. Their food/drink kits are perfect for a fun activity at home. K + Co has various kits including a beer making kit, kombucha making kit, a hot sauce kit, and more. 

A Membership at Work it Out {603 Willow Avenue, Hoboken} or Jane Do {160 Newark Avenue, Jersey City + 720 Monroe Street, Hoboken}

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For kicka** women-based gyms, these are the best in the area for creating a motivational and confident environment for women to flourish into the best versions of themselves. Either of these gyms would be the perfect place for her to reach fitness goals, all while making new friends in town. 

A Gift Box from The Happy Box Store {Online}

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Send your best gal {or gals} a treat in the mail this year. The Happy Box store curates a gift box that’s designed to inspire, well, happiness. Build a box for Valentine’s Day or one for Galentine’s Day and treat the girl or girls’ in your life to something truly unique and special.

For Him and Her

A New Book from Word Bookstore {123 Newark Avenue, Jersey City}, Symposia Bookstore {510 Washington Street, Hoboken}, or Little City Books {100 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken + 1405 Adams Street, Hoboken}

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A book is the gift of imagination, travel, and escape all wrapped up into a few pages. From the comfort of one’s home, ride in a hot air balloon, visit the Bermuda Triangle, or peek into the mind of a genius inventor. A book is a gift that keeps on giving. Treat someone to a newly-released read from either Word Bookstore or Little City Books or search the shelves of Symposia Bookstore, the only used bookstore in the area. 

A Travel Bag or Cheese Board + Knife Set from Washington General Store {509 Washington Street, Hoboken}

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For those who can’t simply decide on the perfect gift, step into this uniquely stocked shop where there is something for everyone. For him, a sleek Hershel travel bag might be in order. For her, a decorative cheese board and knife set to bring her hosting skills to the next level. The options are endless at this local favorite. 

Artwork from Deep Space Gallery {77 Cornelison Avenue, Jersey City}

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For someone who has a wall that could use some life, or a hallway that could use a breath of fresh air,  a piece of art will do the trick. Worry not, those who aren’t well-seasoned collectors, the artwork available at this gallery speaks for itself. Deep Space serves as a venue for local artists to showcase their work. Shoppers will find raw, edgy, relatable art that can pull any living or workspace together.

A Float in a Flotation Pod at om.life {18 Park View Avenue, Suite 2A, Jersey City}

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This wellness spa is best known for its flotation therapy. For a life-changing, muscle relaxation experience, float in one of their pods filled with ten inches of Epsom salt. For a deeper experience, they offer a stick of hemp honey before a float or CBD infused massage. Their CBD products include CW Hemp Oil, Colorado Hemp Honey, and a full line of CBD Care Garden beauty and skincare products.

A Card from Hudson Paperie {312 Washington Street, Hoboken} or Paper Source {501 Washington Street, Hoboken}

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For Valentine’s Day cards with original designs and hilarious puns, these shops have it covered. Aside from their cleverly designed cards, each location has fun gift bags, books, art, stickers, garland, treats, craft kits, stamps, and so much more. The girlfriends celebrating Galentine’s Day can find festive cups, cards and other fun trinkets to complete a party.

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Cupcakes from Baked By Melissa {Online}

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New Jersey’s very own Melissa Benisha is offering a special same-day delivery package in Hoboken and Jersey City for Valentine’s Day. There are over fifteen holiday-themed packages, including gluten-free, vegan, and bundle options. We’re loving the “Love & Cupcakes 25-pack Gift Box” for only $37. It includes six flavors and is available until February 19th.

Hudson County has no shortage of local businesses that offer creative and unique goods and services. These are a few that might be selling just what you’re looking to gift your loved one on Valentine’s Day.

What will you be buying this Valentine’s Day? Let us know in the comments!

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Victoria is HG's Editorial Assistant. She is a fourth-generation Hoboken native, BNR in the Mile Square, and Jersey City. Through playing softball in town for fourteen years, playing the trumpet for the Hoboken High School Redwings Band, and graduating from New Jersey City University, these two cities have a special place in her heart. When she isn’t Style Assisting or volunteering at Symposia Bookstore, Hoboken Fire Museum/Hoboken Historical Museum, she’s exploring everything the Concrete Jungle has to offer. You can catch her at art exhibitions, local festivities, traveling, diving into a new book, thrifting, or indulging in some form of arts and crafts.