Valentine’s Day is not just for couples – it’s for everyone. You can indulge yourself, get a gift for your bff or your sister or the love of your life. Everyone likes to know that someone out there is thinking of them and a gift is always a welcome pick-me-up.
I love this line of jewellery that happens to be another great Canadian-owned and operated company and I own quite a few pieces already. How cute are these gold heart earrings from Melanie Auld? She has four different earring designs in the new Hearts Capsule Collection. The line also includes beautiful necklaces and bracelets and would make anyone happy to receive.
A high-tech Pregnancy Facial at Formula Fig would be a fantastic indulgence for a mother-to-be. This core facial treatment is designed to be gentle for skin during pregnancy. Nourishing products and a focus on manual techniques and pregnancy-recommended technology make this a safe and relaxing experience. Lymphatic drainage, diminished imperfections, and a reduction in facial puffiness await.
I was pregnant 24 years ago and I can still remember how amazing these types of self-care gifts were for me.
Looking for a fun alternative to traditional V Day roses? Rosewater Mist with Witch Hazel ($32) from Boscia is a perfect little pick-me-up for dry winter skin. This refreshing, alcohol-free hydrating toner mist is powered by Rosewater & Witch Hazel. It delivers a dewy, healthy-looking complexion and can be used any time. It works under maker or over or just as rejuvenating hit mid-day.
ROSES ARE LAME…THIS VALENTINE’S DAY WE PREFER…
How about a little something from The Nookie, a women-owned, women-centred sex shop right here in Toronto? Owner and former healthcare executive with a Master’s in Social Psychology, Veronica Kazoleas, has put together a warm, welcoming space. From pleasure products and lingerie to wellness items, The Nookie’s got you covered. If you are too shy to buy something, give the woman in your life a gift card so she can pick something out herself
Knix’s new Lace Longline Bra is a wireless, full lace bra with a deep-v neckline, adjustable straps, non-removable foam cups and sheer mesh above the cups & in the under band. Knix always delivers on the support that’s comfy and flattering and this hot pink is gorgeous and so feminine!
Sonya’s Valentine’s Day Picks:
Take the stress out of Valentine’s with a visit to Othership (Toronto) together! This popular social bathhouse experience is not like the others. Join in a guided breathe work and meditation session while absorbing the benefits of a sauna and then an icy cold plunge. The classes are incredible, the space is gorgeous, and the people are super friendly and welcoming. No judgement zone. You’ll both come out feeling energized and focused.
Massages are great but have you been stretched? Located in downtown Toronto, the StretchLab Studio is the first of its kind in Canada (there are over 400 locations in the US). Expertly trained “flexologists” will help with better mobility in their customized stretch sessions. Start with an assessment to see where points in the body need addressing. Then enjoy a 30 or 50-minute session (go for 50, it’s worth it!). Great for everybody and every body. Go together or as a gift for your love!
The day has expanded in recognizing those we love in our lives — our partners, our kids, our friends, and ourselves. Petit Lem has the sweetest heartful pyjamas perfect for our nights in. We adore the soft, and cozy matching mommy & me sets too!
More Valentine’s Day inspo from Sonya:
If your love has everything and asks for nothing then perhaps time together is the ideal gift? We love a fun experience together and just about an hour outside of Toronto a visit to Friday Harbour for their Skate Escape is a fun outing. Stay the night or visit for the day to experience outdoor nature, explore the shops, and enjoy chalet-style cabins and warming lounges. Live entertainment and DJ happen every weekend. Harbour skating experience on Lake Simcoe. Skate rentals are also available.
Of course, we cannot forget about our fur-balls. Yorkdale Shopping Centre’s Pet Photo Studio returns with a brand new setup just in time for your Valentine’s photo opps. Bring your pup to this dedicated pet-friendly space and have your photos taken at the multiple staged photo sets. Located on the north side of the mall with its own dedicated entrance. Visiting times must be booked in advance here.
If you’re one of the lucky ones who are planning to jet away to escape everyday life and head to Toronto’s Pearson Airport, then surprise your boo with VIP service at one of the Plaza Premium Lounges. Passes offer a variety of perks to start your vacay just right not to mention a more relaxing and comfortable experience. Or how about a visit to the Wellbeing Spa at YYZ. Grab a massage for two before that long-haul flight. Didn’t have time to grab that mani/pedi? You can get an express one here too!
My hubby often remarks on how glowing my skin is, and I know he’s not full of it since I am so loyal to my Stoic Skincare routine. This Valentine’s Day, the focus is on comfort and care, with Stoic’s brilliant lineup of water-safe beauty finds. For the big V-Day, opt for a simple and functional gift. Stoic’s kit is dubbed the LoveTO Valentine’s Bundle. In this $88 box, you’ll snag Steven Tran’s Strawberries & Cream chocolate with freeze-dried strawberries. Lavish loved ones, or yourself, with Stoic’s Ousia Bath & Body Oil + Agape Mini Body Butter. Both absorb easily into the skin and leave the skin hydrated and supple. Add Apothegeri’s Sexy Time Candle as a backdrop to set the mood.
Elita was my go-to sports bra when I was growing up, so it’s nice to see them back again with some fancy finds. The pretty rose colour for their Silk Magic + Mesh line combines super lightweight fabrics with comfortable straps for a body-hugging design. Available in both soft cup bras, panties and camisoles. Count this as self-love in the form of comfort and function. (LEAD PIC)
Shake things up in the bedroom, or wherever you dare, by introducing a new sex toy or game in the bedroom! There’s something for every comfort level and even beginners at Lovehoney. Have a little fun with their Fantastic Foreplay Board Game, try the latest Womanizer vibrator, discover new couples toys, learn how to talk dirty, or boost your confidence with fresh new lingerie!
If the way to your Beloveds’ hearts is through their stomachs, come home or arrive at dinner with a selection of sweet treats. Even better, treats that come from a beautiful partnership! Soma Chocolatemaker has teamed up with Eataly to offer a range of housemade treats, available until February 14. From gelato to cookies to canolli, there are so many ways to tempt. Tour the counters at Eataly and hit all of the sweet stations of the heart! You can see the full range here.