The ultimate Valentine’s Day gift guide

The Valentine’s Day Gift Guide




HIP HOP COOKIES

$3.50

each. It was only a matter of time before Drake’s face showed up on a sugar cookie. Bake Shoppe, 859 College St., 416-916-2253, bakeshoppeto.com.

Tickets to Ripley’s Aquarium’s Deep Sea Soirée

$50

each. The 19-plus event features a live DJ, fondue stations and more. It’s the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day—whether you’re hooked or still fishing. Ripleyaquariums.com/canada.

SRIRACHA SALT

$9.50

Handmade in Toronto, this crunchy kosher salt is infused with a burning blend of cayenne, garlic and bright red Rooster sauce. Stiffsalt.com.

MADE-IN-TORONTO CANDY

$40–$75

Available in two sizes, these gift boxes (a collaboration between Toronto Life and foodiepages.ca) are packed with twee hard candies, splatter-painted chocolate bars and other locally made confections. Torontolife.com.

SMART SEX TOY

$189

Long-distance lovers may want to consider the We-Vibe 4, a remote-controllable vibrator that can be operated from afar via smartphone app. Comeasyouare.com.

SEDATE SLIP

$225

For reluctant exhibitionists: a 100 per cent silk slip that’s demure enough to pair with a cardigan. Loversland, 215 Ossington Ave., 416-551-3321, shoploversland.com.

ALL-NATURAL LEATHER CARE KIT

$50

Otter Wax’s sweet-smelling soaps, salves and oils are handmade in Portland from plant-based ingredients like beeswax and Shea butter. Australianboot.com.

VEGAN CAVIAR

$10

for 100g. Created with a molecular gastronomy tool called a sphericator, the calcium-rich kelp beads have the glossy texture and salty tang of natural fish roe. Caviarkelp.com.

HEALING CRYSTAL

$10

and up. Alleged supernatural powers aside, sparkling hunks of quartz, amethyst and citrine look super-pretty on a coffee table. Ardith, 373 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-878-7088, ardithstyle.com.

ART DECO COFFEE MAKER

$225

Anti-pod people will appreciate the elegance of this stovetop system from Brit designer Tom Dixon. Shop.medullaco.com.

PUG PILLOW

$54

For non-committal pet lovers: all the puppy eyes without an ounce of obligation. Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor St. W., 416-922-2333, holtrenfrew.com.

ORGANIC COTTON CANDY

$12–$30

Forget the sickly stuff you buy at ball games: this floss is made with all-natural ingredients and comes in fresh flavours like watermelon, lychee and pineapple. Lolascloud.com.

CUSTOM BAGEL CLOCK

$60

Each kitschy wooden clock is cut, sanded and hand-painted by Toronto artist Charlotte Ficek. Clocks can be ordered closed or open-faced, with a choice of three toppings. Bageloclock.com.

EGO-STROKING PENCILS

$14

for nine. It’s the analog alternative to a flirty Facebook message. Brika.com.

PORTUGUESE BIKE BAG

$280

Handcrafted by European design duo Ideal and Co., the canvas and leather bike pannier has sturdy straps and a padded laptop sleeve. Saudade, 1191 Dundas St. W., 647-352-1191, saudadetoronto.com.

3D LEGO HEAD

$61

Photographs of faces are transformed into tiny toy heads with a choice of hairstyles—the perfect gift for any serious AFOL (i.e., Adult Fan of Lego). Funky3dfaces.com.

TWEED TIMEX

$80

A textured herringbone strap gives this unisex watch a vintage, Sherlock Holmesy vibe. Parkprovince.com.

BLINGY FACE MASK

$18

There’s real science behind the anti-inflammatory properties of 24-karat gold. This sheet mask, created by Yorkville cosmetician Victoria Radford, is laced with peptides, antioxidants and sparkling specks of the yellow stuff. Victoriaradford.com.

TIE-DYE UNDIES

$20

Made with super-soft spandex and lycra, these seamless underthings are the sporty girl’s alternative to lacy lingerie. Ardith, 373 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-878-7088, ardithstyle.com.

MILLENNIUM FALCON CUFF LINKS

$89

Because even buttoned-up suits can be enormous Star Wars nerds. Nordstrom.com.

CHOCOLATE LOVE LETTER

$27

Hand-moulded Belgian chocolates are an edible gift and a corny card in one. Oneofakindonlineshop.com.

BARTENDING MULTI-TOOL

$35

The pocket-size gadget contains a lemon zester, a fruit muddler, an ounce measurer and seven more implements for drink-mixing on the fly. Bestbuy.ca.

SPICE SUBSCRIPTION

$36

for six months. Each box contains three freshly ground spice blends from a different corner of the world, plus cards with tips and recipe suggestions. Rawspicebar.com.

MONO EARRING

$1,200

The triple-pronged constellation, featuring rose-cut diamonds in a yellow gold setting, looks best paired with a simple stud. 6bygeebeauty.com.

OYSTER COOKBOOK

$36

This bivalve bible includes a gastronomic history of the slippery aphrodisiac, plus dozens of libido-boosting recipes. Amazon.com.

RECYCLED FUR CLUTCH

$99

Toronto stylist Nicole Manek handcrafts her fuzzy clutches from vintage rabbit, fox and raccoon fur. Lifeofmanek.com.

PRETTY PIPES

$110

Potter Meredith Metcalf’s ceramic smokers are inspired by smoggy L.A. sunsets. Easytigergoods.com.

NEIGHBOURHOOD TUQUE

$38

The acrylic hats have a great retro aesthetic, and there are over 40 available designs—including ones paying tribute to under-hyped ’hoods like Don Mills and Long Branch. Tuckshopco.com.

HANDMADE BATH BOMBS

$40

for four. The beautifully scented balls are packed with skin-friendly ingredients like Epsom salts, eucalyptus oil and kaolin clay. Bathorium.com.

CASSETTE TAPE NECKTIE

$120

The denim-textured ties, woven with 50 per cent cassette tape, emit a record-scratchy sound when rubbed across the head of a tape deck. I Have a Crush on You, 51 Jefferson Ave., Unit 201, 416-880-6369, ihaveacrushonyou.ca.

3D PRINTING PEN

$130

The ingenious tool extrudes heated plastic that cools almost instantly, letting users “draw” intricate sculptures in thin air. Chapters.indigo.ca.

CANVAS WATCH ROLL

$42

With room for up to six timepieces, the cotton canvas pouch is a chic storage solution for jet-setting watch collectors. Shop.gotstyle.ca