AMĒNAH | 2022 Valentine’s Day - Our favorite Gifts & Activities to do in Laguna Beach

Get your itinerary ready for a day, or weekend, of romance and gift buying all in Laguna. 

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and there is no place more romantic to spend the holiday than Laguna Beach. We have picked some of our favorite luxury gifts from the shop as well as some Valentine’s Day activities for a weekend you won’t forget. To kick off the holiday we are hosting our Be Mine Sip n’ Shop on February 10th with treats, drinks and gifts on sale for your loved ones. Stop by and we can help to curate gifts for anyone on your list with free gift wrapping. Here are some of our favorite Laguna Beach gifts for Valentine's day from AMĒNAH and other incredible downtown shops.

#1 AMĒNAH Pineapple Gold Coin Necklace

Nothing is more thoughtful than a gift with significance, and each of our 14k gold filled jewelry pieces are handmade to last in our Laguna beach boutique by cofounder Hannah. This necklace was designed from a coin in her Dad’s coin collections and turned into a stunning pendant necklace that features a pineapple on one side. 

#2 AMĒNAH exclusive DiGiusto Design Laguna Beach Print

This gorgeous print is the perfect gift to remind you of the iconic downtown Laguna Beach lifeguard tower that stands in the center of town. Friends of Amelia, our co-founder, specifically created this artwork for our boutique to remind visitors of their time in Laguna. Dan and Alex, the artists, created this work from a photograph they took and beautifully transformed into a tonal print that embodies the gorgeous coastline of Laguna. 

#3 Ancient Hearts Silver Necklace

photo credits: @michemcclendon

Jewelry designer Miche McClendon creates unique one of a kind pieces inspired by the sea, forged in silver.  She uses ancient metalsmithing techniques and makes all her designs out of her downtown Laguna beach shop, so stop by and maybe you can catch her creating a piece.  This heart necklace is one of our favorite gift ideas for Valentine’s day because what better way to show your love than a hand forged heart made by the sea. 

#4 Jedidiah Coffee 

photo credits: @jedidiahcoffee

If your partner is a coffee lover Jedidiah coffee is the perfect gift to mix into a weekend away here in Laguna. The Crescent Blend is delicious and each bag is locally roasted here in the canyon by owners Steve and Embry.  Pick up a bag to brew for a cup of coffee in bed over your romantic Laguna Beach Valentine’s getaway. Or stop by Fridays and Saturdays to their pop up open at the Marine Room from 8am-11:30am, and grab our favorite Vanilla Rose Latte before your morning beach walk. 

#5 AMĒNAH Bergamont, Amber, Tonka + Oud Candle

Whether you are having a sunset picnic at Heisler park or relaxing in one of the incredible boutique hotels one of our hand poured candles are essential and make the perfect gift.  Each scent is designed by founders Amelia and Hannah and each candle is hand poured by refugee women in the U.S. 

#6 Box of Chocolate from La Rue du Chocolat

photo credits: @larueduchocolat

You cannot celebrate Valentine’s Day without a box of chocolate and La Rue du Chocolat makes the best treats in town.  The Peanut Butter Caramel is a shop favorite but you truly cannot go wrong with any of their hand made confections from lollipops to truffles. The owner is so sweet and hand dips chocolate strawberries on the spot for you that are incredible. 

Now that we have given you the holiday must haves for gifts let’s dive into all the romantic things to do on Valentine’s day in Laguna. 

If you are looking to chill, plan a luxury spa day at Spa Del Rio located in the heart of downtown only a few blocks from the beach. They have Valentine’s day packages for couples massages, facials and more. After a relaxing day at the spa, drinks at sunset at the Montage could not be better to go into a romantic evening. The Montage has live music from 1pm-midnight as well as various Valentines Day weekend activities, making this the perfect stop before dinner to enjoy a cocktail overlooking the glistening Pacific.

photo credits: @spa_delrio, @montagelaguna 

If you’re an outdoorsy adventurer, start the day off with a coffee from another local favorite Laguna Coffee Co., and go for a hike at Crystal Cove State Park or Top of the World for stunning ocean and canyon views. For an afternoon activity stop by ARTime Barro and take a ceramics class to dive into the arts community here and make a piece to take home. If you’re an animal lover the Marine Mammal Center that rehabilitates Sea Lions and Seals is a one of a kind stop. You can go and see these animals at their facilities in the canyon and hear all about what they are doing to protect wildlife and the ecosystem of Laguna. After adventuring nothing is better than relaxing by the beach, and we have some good ones!  Victoria Beach features a picturesque pirate tower that you won’t forget, and Thousand Steps Beach is a personal favorite because it’s tucked away and boarded by gorgeous sandstone cliffs.

photo credits: @lagunacoffeeco, @visitlagunabeach, @arttimebarro, @pacificmmc

For a laid back evening, Orange County has some of the most beautiful beaches in California and a picnic at Heisler Park in North Laguna does not disappoint with its incredible coastline views. Pick up take out from any of the amazing restaurants in town and bring a blanket to watch the sunset. Some of our go-to take out favorites include Rasta Taco for some Jamaican inspired Tacos, Slice for a delish customizable thin crust pizza, and Moulin for yummy french desserts.  

photo credits: @slicepizzandbeer, @rastataco, @moulin

We have some unforgettable options for a Valentines dinner in Laguna Beach! Rooftop drinks are a must to kick off a night out during a weekend here. Some of our favorites include the Rooftop Spritz at the Rooftop Lounge above the La Casa Del Camino Hotel, the Laguna Sky at Mozambique in South Laguna and the Silver Surfer at The Deck located right on the beach. Whether you're looking for chill or to splurge, dinner options are endless.  Downtown Laguna is home to Harley, a local favorite,  where chef Craig Daniels frequently switches up the menu with fresh farm to table seasonal bites. The Drake in South Laguna has a New York supper-club feel with live entertainment each evening and delicious made from scratch desserts. If you are looking for an upscale dinner Selanne offers the best steak in town with a perfectly curated wine list for an intimate evening.  Lastly Splashes at Surf and Sand Resort offers seaside dining with so many land to sea options. 

@roodtoplounge, @thedrakelaguna, @harleylagunabeach, @selannesteak, @surfandsanlaguna, @deckonlaguna

A Valentine’s day weekend in Laguna will surely be one to remember, so whether you’re here for a day or the entire weekend check out some of our recommendations! xo