Here are 14 gifts that any sweetie would love to receive this February
The best part of Valentine's Day is the gifting. In a perfect world, you'd have planned your presents weeks ago—but in case life got a little hectic, we've got you covered...
1. Espro Press P5
This rose-gold French press has both beauty and brains. Firstly, there's no denying that this is one beautiful coffee maker in gleaming copper, ready to get your Valentine's morning off to the perfect start. Secondly, it's made with German-made Schott Duran glass that's 40 percent thicker than traditional French presses, meaning your morning brew will stay hot and steamy a lot longer. And, like all Espro presses, this one features their patented double micro-filter for clean, grit-free coffee. Still unsure because you hate how French presses always slip out of their cages? I promised brains, so get this: the P5 has a patent-pending "safety lock" that secures the glass carafe preventing it from slipping out when pouring.
Available at Williams Sonoma and online, starting at $119.95
2. Roger & Gallet Thé Fantaisie Extrait de Cologne
What could be more romantic than a French brand with roots that go back to Napoleonic days? But don't worry—this isn't your grandmother's perfume. Roger & Gallet asked five famous perfumers to create a whole new line of contemporary colognes last year. Thé Fantaisie was crafted by Alberto Morillas, the perfumer behind the iconic CK One, Giorgio Armani Aqua di Gio and others. It features notes of black tea, cardamom and vetiver—nostalgic and modern all at once.
Available at Sephora, $80
3. Sea to Sky Gondola & Dinner Experience
Tara O'GradyTake your sweetie out of the city and up beyond the clouds with the Sea to Sky Gondola. Spend the day strolling down a serene and snowy Lover's Lane, or wander the Spirit Trail and discover fanciful decorations and scenic spots to Instagram your love. Finish off your day with the three-course Westcoast Dinner for two in the Summit Lodge, which ends with raspberry chocolate torte, chocolate cake and assorted truffles.
Set menu $43.36 per person, including tax and gratuity; reservations strongly recommended
4. Pyrrha Hearts Talisman Necklace
Make your Valentine (or Galentine) feel like a superstar with a Pyrrha Hearts talisman. This accessory is a favourite amongst A-listers, including everyone from Lena Dunham to Lady Gaga. The charm is handcrafted using an authentic wax seal from the Victorian era and is cast in reclaimed sterling silver or bronze. It reads, "Forever," and the ribbon tied around the hearts symbolizes the bond between two souls.
Available at Blue Ruby and Pyrrha, $154
5. Thierry Romeo and Juliet Cakes
Available only for Valentine's Day, chef Thierry Busset is bringing back this decadent duo of cakes: Romeo and Juliet. Choose between Romeo, which features a trio of pistachio jaconde, chocolate mousse studded with Kirsch-infused cherries and pistachio buttercream; or Juliet with almond jaconde, vanilla cream and raspberry. (You know the correct thing to do is order both, right?)
Available for in-store pick-up only on February 14th at Thierry Chocolates, $21.95 each
6. Love from the Very Hungry Caterpillar
Anyone with a beating heart will melt over this charming caterpillar. People over a certain age will be filled with warm nostalgia, millennials will respect his you-do-you attitude, and young kids will fall in love. A beautiful book with a simple message: "You are the cherry on my cake; you make the sun shine brighter; you make my heart flutter."
Available at Indigo, $10.99
7. Coach Soft Wallet with Love Leaf Print
Technically, this is a wallet, but it's so pretty you'll want to flaunt it as a clutch. Featuring the Love Leaf print done up in an American patchwork-inspired motif, this coated canvas wallet with room for notes, coins, cards and more is every bit as functional as it is beautiful.
Available at select Coach stores, $175
8. Blush Peony Fireside Slipper Socks
The ultimate in coziness, these gorgeous twist knit, fleece-lined slipper socks are like a blanket for her feet. And if she's always chilly, they're even great to wear to bed. The soft pink shade makes them especially perfect for Valentine's Day.
Available online, $38
9. Saje Rose Hydrating Euphoric Mist
Sweet, luscious and deeply romantic, this mist is pure rose without any soapy notes. Spritz some into the air to be immediately transported into an English rose garden or spray lightly over pillows before bedtime to set the mood for the sweetest of dreams... or other activities.
Available at Saje stores and online, $14.95
10. Silk Road Chocolate Pear Tea
For a decadent Valentine's treat without the calories, this chocolate pear tea is impossibly rich and fragrant, made locally with fresh, organic ingredients including cocoa, vanilla, ginger and pear. To take it up a notch, brew this black tea at double strength and mix with equal parts of your favourite dairy (or non-dairy) product for a treat-y latte. Want even more? Add a splash of brandy or dark rum.
Available at Silk Road Tea stores or online, $4.99
11. Stole My Heart Affection Embroidered Balcony Bra & Affection Thong
Delicate and dainty, this lingerie looks so pretty... until you put it on, when it becomes irresistible. Made from an innovative "invisible" Italian tulle that disappears against any skin tone, it will look as if the pale pink matte embroidery is second skin. This bra also features partially adjustable straps that are encased in silk and a second layer of invisible tulle lining the underwire cups for added support. The matching thong features bespoke embroidery, barely-there Italian tulle and silver hardware.
Available online; bra, $229; thong, $179
12. Cacao 70 'Be My Berry' Pizza
You read that correctly: pizza. And berries. And lots of chocolate. I predict this dessert to be one of the top trending images on Instagram come Valentine's Day. It's a pizza, but it's topped with shaved raspberry chocolate as well as fresh raspberries, topped with a generous drizzle of Earl Grey chocolate.
Available at all Cacao 70 Eatery + Sweet Houses (but not the Dip Shop) from February 5th to 18th, starting at $15.95
12. Vichy Neovadiol Rose Platinum
Valentine's Day is for everyone you love, including moms, aunties, grandmothers... If the more mature women in your life need a little help to restore the glow in their cheeks, Vichy's latest cream is the perfect treat. Made with 57 percent pure rose extract, this rosy-hued, rosy-scented cream will nourish aging complexions, promoting supple, even-toned glowing skin. It features beeswax to naturally soothe and protect, and calcium to defend skin's protective barrier.
Available in drugstores and online at Vichy, $56.95
14. Tiffany T Wire Bracelet
It wouldn't be Valentine's Day without at least one little blue box involved. The T Wire bracelet is a modern classic with its graphic angles and clean lines. Perfect for stacking, it comes in a variety of finishes and embellishments. The one we've chosen (pictured) comes in 18k rose gold with diamonds.
Available at Tiffany & Co., $4,350