While we’re willing to search far and wide for the perfect gift for the one we love, this year we’re keeping it Canadian with our gift picks. Whether looking for something that makes a grand romantic gesture or something to add a bit of sparkle, here are some Canadian favourites for this Valentine’s Day. —Vicki Duong
maylyn & co. While spending more time at home may look different than we envisioned it would, that doesn’t mean we have to compromise on style and comfort. Spoil them this Valentine’s Day with a Maylyn & Co. vegan silk slip dress ($319, marked down from $371 for Valentine’s.) With a soft-touch fabric that is highly breathable, rest assured that this cruelty free silk is just as luxe as the real thing. Made from lotus plants that are organically farmed and free from chemical sprays, this slip checks every box. Sexy, sustainable and stylish.
link & chain. Buying for someone who likes to mix their metals? We’ve been loving the two-toned hoops ($135) from Vancouver brand Link & Chain. Made with high-quality 10K white and yellow gold, the hoops feature a diamond cut for additional sparkle while offering versatility of wearing both colours at once! Perfect for loved ones with multiple ear piercings looking to mix it up.
beta5. When in doubt, go with chocolate. The Beta 5 collection for Valentine’s Day is almost too cute to devour, with tie-dye chocolates and limited-edition bars. Support two Canadian brands in one with the Mumgry collab, Nuts About U Polygon Bar ($11), made of 66 per cent dark chocolate, Mumgry peanut butter filling and a sprinkle of flaked salt.
feeka candle co. Set the mood with a Feeka Candle Co. Love soy candle ($25) hand poured in Vancouver. Formulated with romance in mind, the Love scent features notes of jasmine, ylang ylang and bergamot while a crackling wood wick mimics the sound of a fireplace. With an impressive 30-hour burn time you won’t have to worry about reserving the candle just for special occasions.
callia flowers. A Valentine’s Day classic, flowers always impress. Delivering to six different provinces throughout Canada, Callia has a selection of seasonal, subscription-based and Valentine specialties for the perfect bouquet. With prices starting from $49 and online ordering made easy.
mod studios. For a custom gift that will be displayed well after Valentine’s Day ends, we are loving the custom portraits by Matt Osborn starting at $100. Printed on high-quality 100 per cent fine-art archival paper, you can display your love as a work of art. Whether looking for a solo, pet or couple portrait each piece is custom designed sure to be loved for years to come.