This Valentine’s Day, things are going to be different. And by different, we mean not cheesy. You’re not going to the drugstore for a quick teddy bear, pot of gold, or a bouquet of bad flowers with a red mylar balloon. You’re not even going to the grocery store, (unless your partner’s idea of fun is a big basket of exotic fruits and veggies). No, this year, you’re planning ahead with thoughtful, unexpectedly romantic gifts… at least if you’re reading this list you are! You know, the stuff she actually wants! We’ve rounded up our top picks for the holiday of love for everyone on your list, from heavy hitters to those in the just friend category.
Check out our guide below.
It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without the romantic aroma of fragrant roses. We absolutely adore this Rose Blush candle to set a most charming tone with the scent of perfect pink rose petals suspended in jelly for a summer party. Juicy lychee and fresh basil liven up the traditional rose scent in this candle for a soft yet sophisticated vibe sure to enchant anyone you’re gifting (yourself included) this Valentine’s Day.
Give the gift of warmth, that last longer than one embrace this Valentine’s Day. Canada Goose and Reformation have teamed up for the collaboration to end all collaborations. It’s totally sustainable, recycled, reversible, and built to last as long as the compliments don’t run out. Their Mila Puffer will have her thinking of you every time she pulls it on and turning heads all winter long.
Nothing says love like this cutie pink heart! This Pop My Heart pouch is an exclusive release from Louis Vuitton and is just the thing to really make her melt this Valentine’s Day. Made from soft quilted calf leather embroidered with the Maisons iconic Monogram pattern in a striking Dragon Fruit colour. It also comes with a removable gold chain and a small top handle so it can be worn as a shoulder bag, and Crossbody. Win some really big points for this one.
Collina Strada never fails to hit the mark on the unexpected. Instead of opting for a traditional diamond ring or tennis bracelet this Valentine’s Day, show her you know what’s cool and trendy with this pink crushed chain necklace with speckle detailing. We love the handmade recycled look of it, which would layer well with the rest of her jewellery collection, no doubt. The price point is pretty approachable as well.
Everyone loves a black forest cake, but Soma chocolate takes it to the next level wild hearts, black forest cake. Made from a combination of dark chocolate truffles and wild amarena cherries from Bologna, Italy, sour cherry syrup, brandy, chocolate sablè, cherry cream covered in dark chocolate flakes, this cake is sure to send anyone to the moon and back this Valentine’s Day. It even comes wrapped in a plastic free box, using a beeswax wrap that you can reuse over and over again.
This one’s for the fashion and art lover on your Valentine’s Day gift list. Inspired by the 1930s surrealist art movement, these ankle boots are anything but ordinary, elevated by red rose heel that’s at once playful as it is unexpected.
This limited edition Diptyque fragrance is sure to melt anyone in the seat of their chair this Valentine’s Day. A delicious floral journey inspired by childhood memories of Yves Coueslant, one of Diptyque’s three founders, eighteen years in the making. This scent bewitches like a summer’s day with spicy tuberose, orange blossom, jasmine, and amber wood wafting in the salty winds of Indonesia. While we’d usually choose to celebrate with the obvious choice of rose, this year we’re going for unexpected elegance.
The perfect gift for your friend, your lover, or yourself this Valentine’s Day is a little orange box. The cult classic Hermesistible lip collection has quickly become a favourite in the beauty world, and for a good reason. Made from almost entirely natural ingredients, this lip oil is at once nourishing as it is softly pigmented in Rose Pitaya, with a glossy finish. It’s giving shine without going overboard; the perfect kissable lips.
Is there anything more luxurious than a beautiful blood-red bouquet of ranunculus? You can give the long-stem red roses a pass this year (you can give them a pass forever, actually), and instead opt for these beautiful Ontario-grown petal-packed stems that not only last longer than roses but are even more romantic.
No question fresh breath is a must when trying to impress anyone and we’d be remiss if we didn’t elevate it just a little this year in honour of Saint Valentine with one of our favourite oral care brands Selahatin. This new deep cleansing toothpaste features unexpected notes of citrus verbena, bergamot, and cardamom sure to hook a new friend or old partner in for an invigorating lip lock.
This one’s for your bestie or maybe just for yourself. We love star faces hydro stars and they’ve got a new limited edition set of Hydro hearts just in time for the season of love. Made with the same 100% hydrocolloid that helps fade pimples and dark spots -available in packs of 32 for a limited time