So you’ve been eyeing all that pink and red drugstore candy since basically the first week of January. It’s safe to say Valentine’s Day isn’t creeping up on anyone; coupled or uncoupled, everyone loves an excuse to eat heart shaped candy, but why not go the extra mile this year and get them something totally and completely awesome.
We’re never one to turn down an excuse to shop, and Valentine’s Day is an ideal time to take advantage of exclusive limited edition drops, and perhaps still snag a sale or two if you’re lucky. If you’re shopping for your girl and aren’t sure what to get her this year, we’ve rounded up eleven totally rad and somewhat unconventional gifts she’s going to love.
If you really want to show her the love this Valentine’s Day, a handbag is the way to go, especially one from Gucci. We love this Dionysus Bucket Bag in classic red hibiscus suede, complete with a gold-toned chain shoulder strap and tiger head hardware. It’s the perfect style to wear as a shoulder strap or as a handbag, and is timeless enough that she’ll surely wear it for years to come.
This Valentine’s Day Toronto-based lingerie designer Mary Young is celebrating all love, (not just heteronormative love) with a campaign focused on disrupting the narrative what love really looks like. Check it out on her homepage now. To mark the occasion, she’s designed the super sexy bondage-inspired Caden set which mixes sheer mesh with elastic details and is also made in Canada. Imagine yourself or your partner looking oh-so-fine in this set this Valentine’s Day.
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This special collector’s edition of Byredo’s Leather Travel Case was designed specially for Valentine’s Day this year. Made of luxurious scratch-resistant grained leather in a gorgeous-beige colour, the container, adorned with ‘I <3 U’ across the front, fits a miniature 12ml bottle inside. Pair it with one of their eau de parfum selections for extra points.
Every girl loves to steal her bf’s t-shirts, so why not gift her this cute Rodarte embroidered tee. It’s super comfy and a relaxed boyfriend fit so it’ll basically feel like it’s your shirt, but like not actually.
If she doesn’t already own the Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint, you’re definitely going to score extra points for gifting her this on Valentine’s Day. This matte liquid lipstick wears for twelve hours with continuous highly pigmented coverage. Plus it’s the perfect item to gift if you don’t want to break the bank and it’s cruelty free.
We love local Toronto designer Biko for their simple yet modern pieces. This Rhodium plated Wave Ring (that’s also made in Canada, yay!) won’t break the bank but it sure will melt her heart.
Lingerie is always a lovely gift, if that is, you’re at a point in your relationship where you’re comfortable enough to be gifting it to her, AND you actually know her size. If you do, may we suggest straying away from traditional red sets this Valentine’s Day and instead opting for this perfect Paprika Lena Bra and High Waist panty set.
We’re big fans of newbie cool girl outerwear brand Biannual. It’s still so frigging cold outside in February, who wouldn’t adore getting this cozy AF faux fur sweater. Gift it to your bestie, your girlfriend, or better yet yourself!
Even someone with the most discerning tastes can have trouble settling on a new fragrance for their significant other, let alone themselves. Show them you love them by showering him or her with this amazing Le Labo Discovery Set this year. That way they can try all their scents and decide from there which is their favourite, and you literally cannot disappoint.
Air Jordan brings the heat with their female-focused ‘Summer of High’ collection. The perfectly pastel range features ten tonal colourways, with decidedly girly detailing including faux satin and suede, a luxe embroidered swoosh, and matching satin laces.
An awesome gift for your sneakerhead girlfriend, your bestie, or better yet, yourself!
Tropical Flowers, $50-$250
During the Winter months in North America, there’s nothing much growing locally, so much of the flowers available are imported. This means specific types of flowers have to travel longer and have decreased availability, meaning they’re not always the most fresh. Skip the traditional red roses this year and opt for some magical tropical Mokara Orchids in a vibrant pink af colour instead of boring red. Available for pre-order at most good florists.