Forget about red roses, boxes of chocolates and stuffed teddy bears. It’s time to take Valentine’s Day past the clichés with a little gift guide help from lifestyle expert, Julia Black.
The gift of poetry
Few things are more romantic than a good poem. These options are all part of Indigo’s #NoFilter campaign, which features a wide range of poetry and memoirs. These books were chosen for their ability to spark laughter, incite tears and propel reflection.
BENEFIT COSMETICS 'I Pink I Love You' Makeup Kit, $42
This brightening makeup kid features four miniature products for the complexion, lips, and eyes—plus a makeup bag for on-the-go touch ups.
Best I Ever Had Garland ($18) and mug ($5)
Whether you’re celebrating your S.O. or giving a shout out to our favourite Toronto rapper, these items have you covered.
Birks Starry Night Heart Shaped Diamond Cluster Ring with Single Halo, $2,295
This beautiful ring will definitely make a statement this Valentine’s Day.
Teapot Smiley Face ($30) and Heart Tea Leaf Strainer ($10)
This thoughtful gift will please any tea-lover.
ALDO Cuppidd Heels, $100
These limited edition Valentine’s Day heels are perfect for date night.
Personalized Box, $110
Who doesn’t love a personalized gift? The one featured in our segment was custom made for Anne-Marie. It was made of glass and soldered with brass, and the personalization was completed in vinyl. It’s sized to fit cards, jewelry, and other keepsakes.
Stila Glitterati Lip Top Coat, $22
This mega-sparkle top coat is specially formulated to wear alone or over matte liquid lipstick.
Ted Baker overnight bag, $319
These bags are crafted with 100% genuine leather and are both luxurious and practical. Slip a note inside with a hotel and/or date-night booking, and your Valentine’s Day will be one to remember.
His and Hers pedicure at The Ten Spot, $70
The Ten Spot is all about selfcare, but in Februarym they want you to grab your sweetie and book each other a pedicure treatment. You can spend a relaxing, self-indulging hour getting a superior pedicure and then walk out with a free scrub or lotion.
Vinyl, prices vary
Bring back the old-school with classic Vinyl records.
Charcoal soap, $30
The Charcoal Cleansing Bar detoxifies and absorbs impurities in your skin without drying it out, resulting in a smoother, brighter complexion. Made with antioxidant-rich, organic green tea and hydrating organic coconut oil, the gentle formula can be used daily on your face and body.
Cheese Board, $75
Give love with this cheese board handmade from exotic woods. Every purchase also helps artisans support their families.
John Varvatos scent, $89
John Varvatos Artisan Pure is a crisp, woody, citrus scent inspired by the lush hills of Xalapa, Mexico and its vast coffee and citrus groves.
Star Map, $28
This Custom Star Map, where constellations take center stage, is drawn by hand with love. This is a printable creation, custom to your love. You choose any text you like, whether it be a poem, am anecdote or favourite quote, and the map is made for you to print out and give this Valentine’s Day.
In My Heart by Jo Witek, $20
Celebrate your toddler's emotional development with this sweetly stated book that lyrically guides children on a journey to identify their new feelings
Fresh Vibes bath bombs, starting at $10
Soak in these deliciously scented bath bombs by Fashion Angels! Tubes include three multicolor, fruity or sweet scented bath bombs.
Me to We Valentines sticker box, $22
Each box gives school supplies to an entire classroom of kids overseas! Each card comes with a code for kids and parents to enter at WE.org to learn about where their gift makes a difference.
Bouncy Unicorn Animal, $40
This toy is great for developing coordination and balancing skills.
Because everyone loves a good pair of pjs.
Lips Neon Desk Light, $90
The soft pink neon glow will make any room look beautiful.
Design Your Own XOXO 8-piece Bento Box, prices vary
Pick your favourite candies to fill your custom candy Bento Box.