By Alexandra Christopoulos
Jan 30, 2013
Finding the right gift for your Valentine can be daunting, but shopping for that perfect token of affection need not come with added worry. Whether you want to say “I love you” with flowers and candy, a handwritten note or are looking for a one of a kind gift, Toronto’s shops have you covered.
Load the deck in your favour by showing up with a sweet gift. Dates always go better with chocolate, so a stop in at Moroco Chocolat, is a must. Their decadent selection of truffles and assorted treats come in a variety of flavours and they’re known for their macaroons. If the lines there are too long, give Chocolate Addict or The Chocolate Factory a try.
It’s pretty stereotypical to show up with flowers, but then again it’s almost an expectation. Give your sweetheart a beautiful bouquet from Pink Twig, a flower boutique run by two friends with a passion for putting together creative and chic floral designs. Or try Stemz, Lady Bug and The Rose Emporium, for some aromatic floral gifts.
Anniversaries are easier to remember when they occur on an auspicious day, so if you’re planning to propose, you may want to stop in at Tiffany and Co. or Birks. Better yet, get creative and opt for the artistry of independent jewelry makers, like Made You Look, Studio 1098 and Leif Benner when looking for a perfect, custom made piece.
If you want to win over your sweetheart with the right words, a hand-written letter will be sure to work magic. Paper Things and The Paper Place carry a broad range of stationary and cards, to help channel your romantic voice. You don’t have to spend a lot to give a lot of sentiment.
Secrets from Your Sister and Linea’s Intimate Lingerie are havens for fine lingerie enthusiasts and are stocked with both men and women’s apparel. Crème de la Crème and Premier Jour carry some of the best sleepwear and visit Tryst and Avec Plasir for intimates. Everyone loves something silky!
For gift ideas that reach outside the box, try Pistachio, for soy candles and eco-friendly items, especially if your beloved is smitten with taking care of the environment. Outer Layer has an impressive selection of men’s grooming items, perfumes, hand-bags and accessories or visit Red Pegasus for lovely journals, bath and body products and home décor.
Don’t let surprising your loved one with the perfect Valentine’s Day gift become stressful. After all, Toronto has no shortage of places to begin looking. From the caring and thoughtful, to the fun and amusing, you’re bound to find the ideal present that expresses how you feel in one of these great spots. And maybe even a little something for you too!