From jewellery to oysters to chocolates, embrace the best of Valentine's Day with a special gift for a special someone (yeah, even if it's you!)
Everyone needs to be spoiled once in a while and we have a lineup of gifts that all say, "You're amazing and I'm lucky to know you." Here are 10 no-fail, splurge-worthy ideas for your guy, your girl or yourself...
1. Tiffany & Co., Elsa Peretti Open Heart Pendant
Tiffany & Co.Inspired by the open, negative spaces of Henry Moore sculptures, the Elsa Peretti Open Heart Pendant similarly captivates with its fluid, sensual lines. This piece of jewellery has reached iconic status adored equally for its everyday wear simplicity as much for its sophisticated elegance. For Valentine's? It's got to be rose gold.
Tiffany & Co., Elsa Peretti Open Heart pendant in 18k rose gold with diamonds, starting at $6,250
2. WonderBra, Meant to be Seen Bra
WonderBraWho says pretty can't be functional? The Meant to be Seen bra from Wonderbra marries romantic lace details with practical comfort and a contemporary racerback. It also features WonderBra's new X-Temp technology, designed to keep you cool when things heat up.
WonderBra Meant to Be Seen bra, $48, available at The Bay
3. Medium, Debut Rose Gold Watch
MediumFrom brand new, Calgary-based watch company Medium comes this thoroughly modern and beautiful timepiece. Available in a variety of metals and faces, the combo of rose gold leather band and crisp white face seems a perfect fit for Valentine's Day—and every other day when style matters.
Medium, Debut Rose Gold watch, $200 + free shipping. Available at mediumwatches.com
4. Handmade Bath Treats, Lush
LushLooking for a thoroughly fun and indulgent Valentine's Day gift? Lush has got you covered... in bubbles. Everyday Lush is always fun, but Holiday Lush is always spectacular. Pop in to take a look at some of their limited edition items like the pretty-in-pink Rose Bombshell bath bomb ($7.95), the Love Spell massage bar ($8.95) or the Two Hearts Beating as One luxury bath melt ($10.95). Better yet, load up on the goodies with one of their wrapped gift boxes.
Available at Lush stores and at lush.ca. Gift boxes starting at $24.95
5. Chocolate Love Birds, Thomas Haas
Thomas HaasWhen it comes to chocolate, there's no one more masterful than Thomas Haas. For Valentine's Day, he's created a small selection of limited edition chocolate treats, including these whimsical love birds. Send your special someone on a flight of fancy with this display of beautiful chocolates and truffles.
Thomas Haas, Love Birds, single $39, double $59
6. TWG Tea, Mon Amour Caviar Tin Tea
TWG TeaEmbrace the cozy, romantic side of Valentine's Day with a luxury cuppa from TWG Tea. Mon Amour tea is a magical potion of black tea blended with yellow blossoms and sweet notes of quince, the sacred fruit of the Goddess of Love. Perfect for a leisurely breakfast in bed.
Mon Amour Caviar Tin, $47, TWG Tea Salon & Boutique. Canadian orders can be made online at www.VanSingDG.com
7. CLEAN Reserve Blonde Rose Perfume
Clean Reserve/SephoraOf course it has to be roses for Valentine's Day! For something longer lasting than the long-stemmed variety, capture the essence with CLEAN's Blonde Rose perfume. This is a modern classic, combining sensual rose notes at the top with delicate sandalwood and sprightly cedarwood at the base. The result is a warm, simple and well-balanced floral that could be unisex.
CLEAN Reserve Blonde Rose Perfume, $125/100ml, available exclusively at Sephora and sephora.ca
8. J. P. Wiser's Union 52 Canadian Whisky, Limited Edition
J.P. Wiser's/BCLSTwo reasons why you need to buy this now: this unique Canadian-Scottish hybrid whisky is delectable and it's in very limited quantities available only in BC. Lucky us. Just over 4,000 bottles were produced and once they're gone, that's it. This uncommon blend is made up of 96 per-cent 15-year-old Canadian whisky blended with a smidge of luscious 4 per-cent 52-year-old Highland single malt. For any whisky connoisseur, this is a remarkable treat with subtle smoky notes rounded out with easy caramel and vanilla notes.
Available exclusively at BCLS, $64.95
9. Valentine's Day Dinner, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar
Amy HoOn Valentine's, dinner needs to start with oysters and end with chocolate. For this night only, Boulevard's Executive Chef Alex Chen has created a West Coast-inspired Valentine's Day four-course feast. Begin with slow-poached Sawmill Bay oysters with Northern Divine caviar, progress to a main of Atlantic lobster tail or prime New York striploin and end with a dark mangaro chocolate mousse.
Check online for the complete menu. Reservations are recommended and can be made online at boulevardvancouver.ca/reservations or by calling (604) 642-2900
Valentine's Day dinner, $99 per person plus tax and gratuity. Optional wine pairings available for an additional $59 per person, while premium wine pairings are on offer for an additional $99 per person
10. Birks, Bee Chic Carnelian Ring
More than just a pretty flash of ruby red, this eye-catching ring will give your Valentine confidence, joy and courage—all properties associated with carnelian. Featuring 18K yellow gold and an accent diamond, it's also simply beautiful.
Birks, Bee Chic Carnelian Ring, $875, available in Birks stores or at birks.com