A heart-shaped box of chocolates? A dozen red roses? C’mon now, you can do better than that for the man or woman you love. For something Cupid would classify as next level, head to one of these shops that prove Valentine’s Day gifts need not be tawdry and flowers need not be cliché.
Alison Westlake (a.k.a. Coriander Girl) is an artist, and flowers are her medium. The owner of this Parkdale boutique creates stunning floral arrangements that take on even more elegance in one of the beautiful vases available in-store. 1531 Queen St. W., 416-532-3333.
Few gifts say “I love you” quite like edible underwear. For a little added spice to your St. Valentine’s Day, pick up a sensual gift from this store. Dedicated to all things intimate, it’s well stocked with lingerie, massage oils and body lotions, and much more. 2200 Dundas St. E., 905-276-5772.
Sweet-scented gifts abound in this boutique for skin and bath products, perfumes and home fragrances, and men’s grooming items. Should you opt for a more glittering gift, the store also offers a selection of Canadian-made jewellery from the likes of Foxy, Chula and Filou. 430 Bloor St. W., 416-324-8333; 577 Queen St. W., 416-869-9889.
You can count on Amy Saleh and Tanya List to craft a beautiful flower arrangement for your special someone. Create a custom bouquet of whatever size you desire, or get expert advice on piecing together an on-trend, contemporary floral design. 711 College St., 416-537-7465.
Your environmentally conscious Valentine will swoon over the eco-friendly gifts, beauty and paper products from this shop. Pharmacopia Natural Bath Salts, 3400 Phinney Organic Chocolate, and 100 per cent post-consumer recycled paper cards printed with soy or vegetable inks are just some of the options available. 2433 Yonge St., 416-322-9451.
Head to this loaded Yorkville gift shop for creatively designed presents that boast stunning colours and cool packaging. Ceramics, bath and body products, fragrances for the home, and sweet treats all make for memorable Valentine’s gifts. 128 Cumberland St., 647-340-7294.
Playful, unique and sometimes wacky gift items are loaded into this Little Italy shop—everything from handmade jewellery, bath and body products, home decor items and even lovely journals. Once you’ve picked out the perfect gift, the staff can take care of the wrapping to help you score points for presentation. 628 College St., 416-536-3872.
Owner Leah Eyles has done all the legwork to ensure you’ll have a fantastic gift to offer your beloved. All that you have to do is head to Eyles’s Roncesvalles shop and choose from her trove of jewellery, bags, ceramics, vases, tea towels and stationery. 405 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-546-6922.
Sexy books and board games, novelties and negligees, wigs and warming oils—it’s all available in this 15,000-square-foot store, staffed by friendly folks who are at the ready to offer advice and answer any questions. 577 Yonge St., 416-966-6969.
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Avant-garde Valentine’s Day gifts await in this second-storey shop in Leslieville. Here you’ll find internationally designed gifts, housewares, journals and cards selected by the brother and sister team of Bill and Dimitra Doufekas. 1483 Queen St. E., 416-778-6487.
*Of course, if you are inclined to fall back on the cocoa bean as a Valentine’s present,
check out our list of favourite chocolatiers here.