Roses are red, violets are blue, Valentine’s Day is coming up and #SorryNotSorry but there’s nothing you can do. Let’s face it: Valentine’s Day is one of those ‘hallmark holidays’ that we either love or hate, mostly depending on the current status of our love lives. We’ve always taken the day of love as an opportunity to treat ourselves, our boos, and our besties to a little gift that shows just how much we care. After all, if your Valentine’s Day can’t guarantee a romantic date or getting lucky, at least you can take control of your own pleasurable payoff in the form of material goods, right? Like, hello, if Cher Horowitz can send herself flowers and chocolates without shame on any given day of the year, we’re pretty sure you can do whatever the hell you want on February 14th! This year, we’ve got you covered for gift ideas that not only encourage #SelfLove, but help spread that local love too.
Keep reading for our Valentine’s Day gift guide 2018 featuring some of our favourite Canadian brands from Toronto and beyond!
The Soul Chocolate x Minim Designs Collab
Toronto-based (and ethically sourced) bean to bar chocolate makers, Soul Chocolate, have teamed up with nature-inspired wedding florists, Minim Designs, to create the most adorable bundle of chocolate and flowers we ever did see. We love their limited edition gift that features a mini dried bouquet and 3 chocolate bars wrapped in Soul’s signature vibrant wrappers. The Soul Chocolates x Minim Designs gift retails for $35, head to Soul Chocolates at 583 Gerrard St. E in Toronto to shop!
Red Earth’s Lipstick Matches
The perfect gift for the badass gal-on-the-go is Red Earth‘s #SorryNotSorry Lipstick Matches. These lil’ babies pack a lot of pigment in one small package to help you serve all the sass when you ‘strike a match’ to touch-up your pout. The Red Earth brand may not be Canadian, but it’s brand new to Canada and we’re obsessed. Lipstick Matches retail for $18, click HERE to shop!
Cadette Jewelry’s Freya Mobile Earrings
Described as ‘playful, eye-catching and light’, treat yourself to the Freya Mobile Earrings on Valentine’s Day if only to remind yourself of your best qualities (or at least the ones your want to portray) every time you wear them. Handmade right here in Toronto by Cadette Jewelry, we love that each earring in the pair is different with one featuring a Mashan Jade gemstone, and the other a Natural Fossil. The Cadette Jewelry Freya Mobile Earrings retail for $190, click HERE to shop!
Lush Cosmetics’ Tisty Tosty Love Potion
Heat things up (quite literally) with a hot bath and give it some love with a bath-friendly love potion in the form of one of Lush’s special Valentine’s Day bath bombs. Our top pick? The heart-shaped, hot pink, rose and jasmine scented Tisty Tosty that features whole rosebuds. Lush Cosmetics Tisty Tosty Bath Bomb retails for $6.95, click HERE to shop!
Nadège Patisserie Valentine’s Day Macarons
If Valentine’s Day isn’t the best excuse to break your New Year cleanse and indulge in some sweet treats, then we don’t know what is. Toronto’s famed patisserie, Nadège is known for their decadent French desserts and their infamous macarons. Call up your honey, or your gals, and dive into their delectable 12-piece macaron box that includes their new limited edition Valentine’s Day flavours and a decorative box to match. Nadege Patisserie’s 12-piece Maracon Box retails for $30.75, click HERE to shop!
(Calyx Wellness Calm CBD Spray)
The Calyx Wellness’ Calm CBD Spray
If love has got you down (or stressed TFO) it might be time to ease your mind and chill this Valentine’s Day with help from Calyx Wellness‘ Calm CBD Spray. The peppermint oil and pure hemp extracted cannabidiol (CBD) is bound to bring a much-needed sense of peace to your life and it’s a product that our Contributing Editor, Ama Scriver, has already raved about. Keep your eyes peeled for their soon-to-be-released CBD Massage Oil for your sexy times ahead! The Calyx Wellness Calm CBD Oil retails for $89.99, click HERE to shop!
Fortnight Lingerie’s Ivy Seamless Bodysuit
Bodysuits are all the rage right now and we’ve got all eyes on the Ivy Seamless Bodysuit by Fortnight Lingerie. Made in Toronto’s very own Parkdale neighbourhood, the Ivy guarantees to serve you double duty by looking just as good with nothing else on, as it would with a low-buttoned blouse worn over top and a great pair of jeans. The Fortnight Lingerie Ivy Seamless Bodysuit retails for $185, click HERE to shop!
Tonic Blooms’ The Ginger Bouquet
Be a hero this Valentine’s Day and surprise your bae or BFF with a bouquet of gorgeous flowers from Toronto’s favourite on-demand flower delivery service, Tonic Blooms. This hot ‘n’ spicy bouquet consists of Calla Lilies and Ginger for an exotic look that’s sure to spice up the day of any receiver. The Tonic Blooms Ginger Bouquet retails for $76, click HERE to shop!
Province Apothecary’s Natural Sex Oil
This all-natural, chemical and fragrance-free lubricant will keep you and your partner going all night without worrying about synthetic ingredients entering your bodies. Made with coconut oil and sunflower seed oil, this also makes for an amazing moisturizer for your most delicate body parts. The Province Apothecary Sex Oil retails for $28 for 120 ml, click HERE to shop!
CXBO’s Rose Petals Collection
Only Chef Brandon Olsen could take the concept of a dozen roses and turn them into an edible work of art. For Valentine’s Day 2018, CXBO (aka Chocolates by Brandon Olsen) has released the ‘Rose Petals Collection’ featuring a box full of four stunning chocolates made of caramel-based flavours in unexpected combinations such as Passionfruit Caramel, Rose Caramel, Cinnamon Caramel and Pink Salted Caramel. The CXBO Rose Petals Collection retails for $45, click HERE to shop and click HERE for more info on the February pop-up at Union Station in Toronto!
Greenhouse Juice Co. Subscription
Ready to go steady with your sweetie pie or not, we recommend at least trying to commit to something consistent with help from your favourite juice delivery. This Valentine’s Day, prove you can give the gift of a real commitment by signing up for Greenhouse Juice Co.‘s doorstep delivery every week, other week, or every month (no pressure to commit more than you’d like to in case you’re already getting the sweats). Click HERE to ease into getting started.
(Stephanie Cheng ‘Fries Before Guys’ & ‘Cutie With A Bootie’ Pins)
Stephanie Cheng Pins
For the ultimate Galentine’s Day gift idea, it’s obvious why these cheeky pins are perfect for your #squad. Made in Toronto by designer, illustrator and screen printer, Stephanie Cheng, we love that we can turn the old-timey tradition of asking a gal (or guy) to wear a pin into the chance to share our favourite relationship mantra: FRIES BEFORE GUYS. The Stephanie Cheng ‘Fries Before Guys’ and ‘Cutie With A Bootie’ pins both retail for $10, click HERE to shop!
Gold Apothecary’s Steam Facial
With #SelfCare being more popular than ever (it’s about time!) we’re all about treating ourselves to some ‘me time’. Make it happen with help from an easy at-home spa experience using Gold Apothecary‘s Steam Facial that’s hand made in downtown Toronto with 7 different herbs like lavender, rose and chamomile. The Gold Apothecary Steam Facial retails for $20, click HERE to shop!
Spinco’s 5 Class Starter Pack
Sure, a gift card to work out may not seem like the most romantic gesture, but, TBH working out is expensive AF these days so it’ll likely be better received than you might think. Treat yourself or your besties to a class start pack at downtown Toronto’s hottest new spin studio, Spinco, that recently opened up on Spadina. Trust us, it’ll be the ride of a lifetime and a workout you’ll never forget. Spinco’s 5 Class Pack retails for $110, click HERE to shop, and click HERE to learn more about the 26-year-old founder of Spinco!
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY