The ultimate Valentine’s Day gift guide
The Valentine’s Day Gift Guide
HIP HOP COOKIES
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
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.
Handmade in Toronto, this crunchy kosher salt is infused with a burning blend of cayenne, garlic and bright red Rooster sauce. Stiffsalt.com.
SMART SEX TOY
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.
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
Otter Wax’s sweet-smelling soaps, salves and oils are handmade in Portland from plant-based ingredients like beeswax and Shea butter. Australianboot.com.
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.
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
Anti-pod people will appreciate the elegance of this stovetop system from Brit designer Tom Dixon. Shop.medullaco.com.
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
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
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.
for nine. It’s the analog alternative to a flirty Facebook message. Brika.com.
PORTUGUESE BIKE BAG
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
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.
A textured herringbone strap gives this unisex watch a vintage, Sherlock Holmesy vibe. Parkprovince.com.
BLINGY FACE MASK
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.
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
Because even buttoned-up suits can be enormous Star Wars nerds. Nordstrom.com.
CHOCOLATE LOVE LETTER
Hand-moulded Belgian chocolates are an edible gift and a corny card in one. Oneofakindonlineshop.com.
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.
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.
The triple-pronged constellation, featuring rose-cut diamonds in a yellow gold setting, looks best paired with a simple stud. 6bygeebeauty.com.
This bivalve bible includes a gastronomic history of the slippery aphrodisiac, plus dozens of libido-boosting recipes. Amazon.com.
RECYCLED FUR CLUTCH
Toronto stylist Nicole Manek handcrafts her fuzzy clutches from vintage rabbit, fox and raccoon fur. Lifeofmanek.com.
Potter Meredith Metcalf’s ceramic smokers are inspired by smoggy L.A. sunsets. Easytigergoods.com.
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
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
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
The ingenious tool extrudes heated plastic that cools almost instantly, letting users “draw” intricate sculptures in thin air. Chapters.indigo.ca.
CANVAS WATCH ROLL
With room for up to six timepieces, the cotton canvas pouch is a chic storage solution for jet-setting watch collectors. Shop.gotstyle.ca