Valentine’s Day doesn’t always have to be about flowers and chocolates. This year, scrap the usual go-to gifts in favour of a thoughtful present your S.O. will actually want. Single? We’ve got you covered, too. Who says you can’t treat yo’ self?
Listen up fellas: If you’ve ever found yourself playing out the infamous ‘What do you want?’ scene from The Notebook, we’re here to help. This year, scrap the flowers and chocolates for a gift your special someone will actually want and enjoy. Since Valentine’s Day is all about spending quality time together, we’ve rounded up a list of gifts that will have you doing just that - infamous Notebook scene averted.
Your lady needs - nay, deserves - a good pampering, and you know what? So do you. Romantic, sensual and relaxing - it doesn’t get better than that. We recommend hitting up the spa at one of Canada’s finest luxury hotels, such as The Shangri-La, Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton. We think you’ll agree, it’s worth the splurge.
Price: $200-$300 depending on services
Bath bombs are seriously the gift that keep on giving. She’ll enjoy bath time bliss over and over again with the Love Hearts Valentine’s Day set. If you’re too busy to hit the town on Valentine’s Day, surprise her in the evening by running a bath. Drop in the Love Boat bomb, filled with groovy pastel colours and sweet lemon-orange scents. It’ll be smooth sailing all night long.
If she’s just about over winter like the rest of us and needs an escape, aromatherapy will do the trick. Who says you can’t bring the spa to her? Aromatherapy’s therapeutic benefits help eliminate stress which will leave her feeling refreshed. The limited edition Saje Aromatree doubles both as a diffuser and humidifier. Pick a scent you know she'll love like Intimate diffuser blend or sensuous diffuser blend.
It’s personal, sentimental and every time she wears it she’ll be reminded of you. Instead of a bouquet of roses, give her a scent that embodies Valentine’s Day itself (and won’t wilt after a week). The ambiguity of the entifoia rose, mixed with the chorus of warm, spicy and woodsy notes such as cumin, olibanum, cedar and a touch of amber makes for a fragrance you won’t forget.
She’s accumulated enough heart pendants throughout the years. This year, opt for something more original, like this geometric honeycomb charm, inspired by nature’s master craftsman, the honeybee. Timeless is always the way to go.
Give her another reason to hit snooze. Made from 480 thread count, 100% sateen weave cotton, The Endy Sheets are silky smooth, luxe-but-light, super soft, and wrinkle-resistant. Pajamas might be out of a gig.
When it comes to buying gifts for men, sometimes it’s a guessing game. Guys can be just as hard to shop for, because they rarely give out hints. This Valentine’s Day, show Bae you know him better than he knows himself with gifts he’ll use on the regular.
This whiskey sips smooth, and has got swagger and soul. The creator of DeLeón Tequila teamed up with award-winning Canadian rapper Drake to bless us with this devine drink. It’s @champagnepapi approved, so your boo is bound to love it too. Drink up!
This little gadget is all the rage. It’s small, simple, and powerful. The Google Home Mini is a voice-activated smart home speaker powered by Google Assistant.
Basically it can give you real time info on everything you need to know - from weather to sports and traffic to finance. “What can’t it do?” is the real question.
These days, there’s a subscription for just about everything. You know your partner best, so take your pick - Yo Sox for trendy socks delivered to his door monthly, Me Undies for underwear (can’t have enough of those!), or a music subscription to Spotify because no one deserves to go through rush hour in silence - plus to make things extra special, you can create a playlist dedicated to him.
Price: $9.99-$20 depending on subscription
Made in Canada from premium leather, the Roots Banff bag is the perfect size for anything from a weekend getaway, a carry on, or a sleek gym bag. In the colour Africa, the bag will stand out from the rest, yet is still neutral enough to go with any outfit he pleases.
This gift is as much for you as it is for him. With this vintage looking set, he’ll actually want to shave, and you know what that means - no more stubble! The best part? Fendrihan makes it super easy to find the best blade suited for different skin types. Simply opt into the blade sampler on your first order, and you’ll get a variety of blades to test out before committing to one long term.
Give him the gift of sleep. Does he like it plush or firm? Well, with the Endy Pillow, he can have it any way he likes because it’s easily adjustable. Control the feel by removing handfuls of bamboo charcoal memory foal. The cover is 100% cotton and machine washable with a hypoallergenic microfiber fill. No more waking up in the middle of the night to fluff or flip your pillow!
Not in a relationship and think you can’t celebrate on your own? Think again. The relationship you have with yourself is more important than any other. So go on and treat yo self!
Ok, so maybe we said skip the chocolates this year. But, if you’re a die-hard chocolate lover, you know there’s nothing better, and Purdy’s tops the list. Each of these gift boxes holds a selection of milk chocolate caramels, creams, soft centres and nuts, all crafted with top-notch ingredients from around the world and only 100% sustainable cocoa.
Self-care is super important. In this day and age, people are often so busy trying to balance their work and personal lives, that they forget about themselves. Meditation has been shown to help reduce stress, increase focus, you guessed it, enhance sleep. Developed for every and anyone, it’s an app that helps you train your mind for a healthier, happier life.
Cost: $96 USD/year
You need this in your life. Time is money, so why waste it on things that don’t matter? With the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer, say goodbye to spending hours trying to achieve the perfect comb over or tousled waves. This hair dryer has has intelligent heat control technology, which helps prevent extreme heat damage to protect hair’s natural shine. Also, your wrists will thank you - it’s super light since the motor is in the handle.
Everyone is in need of a better sleep, and that includes you. You can’t be your best self, if you haven’t slept through the night and constantly wake up tired. The Canadian-made and manufactured Endy Mattress comes with a 100-night trial, so you’ve seriously got nothing to lose!