Valentine's Day is fast approaching and if you've exhausted every chocolate box and floral bouquet combination in years past, it might be time to look a bit closer to home for something for your sweetie. For the discerning locavore in your heart, here are some made-in-Canada ideas:
Toronto-based home and lifestyle goods maker Xenia Taler prints her adorable cards in Canada with sentiments that are just the right amount of cutesy.
Xenia Taler greeting card, $4.50 through xeniataler.com.
"Red Delight," a creamy rouge from Montreal's Lise Watier, was made to be worn on February 14.
Lise Watier lipstick, $25 through lisewatier.com.
Designer Christina Remenyi is known for her flattering pieces that max out sex appeal without compromising comfort.
Fortnight Ivy Longline Bra, $120 through fortnightlingerie.com.
Made in Toronto in flavours such as orange blossom and tangerine, strawberry cheesecake and crème de violette with raspberry, this chocolate selection is just right for a special someone with an elevated palate.
CXBO The Talking Hearts Collection, $22.50 through cxbo.ca.
It's oil good
The natural ingredients in Province Apothecary's all-natural massage oil aren't the only things you'll be wild about on Valentine's Day.
Province Apothecary Lover's Kit, $34 through provinceapothecary.ca.
Coming up roses
Toronto perfumer Brennan Michael created this hand-poured soy candle, which burns for 40 hours, to smell like roses.
Brennan Michael A Rose Candle, $55 through brennanmichael.com.
Featuring yellow gold, white diamonds and a champagne diamond, this stackable ring from Erin Tracy's Deco collection is sure to set your sweetie's heart aflutter.
Erin Tracy Gatsby Ring Stack, $1,100 through erintracy.ca.
This space-saving porcelain piece does double duty as a vase for your V-Day flowers or as a water pipe.
Castor Voong, $335 through tokyosmoke.com.
Halifax-based fragrance house The 7 Virtues has recently expanded its offerings to include a new line of scents made with ethically sourced ingredients such as Madagascan vanilla, said to be an aphrodisiac.
The 7 Virtues Vanilla Woods Eau de Parfum, $88 through sephora.ca.
THIS WEEK'S STYLE HAPPENINGS
Swedish furniture giant IKEA is celebrating a milestone this month: the 50th birthday of Ivar, its humble pine shelving system. The line was originally designed as garage storage but gained popularity in the home as it was reimagined for living room, office and kitchen use. For more information, visit www.ikea.ca.
Dior is expanding its retail presence in Vancouver with the recent opening of a new leather-goods boutique. Located inside the main entrance of Holt Renfrew, the space features a wide range of women's luxury products including bags, shoes and small accessories. For more information, visit www.dior.com.
Brooklyn home design store West Elm is moving north in Toronto with a second location at 2434 Yonge St. Opening Feb. 15, the new store will feature a selection of merchandise from Toronto makers such as illustrator Claire Manning and soap brand The Good Bar. RSVP for the preopening party on Feb. 14 to enjoy drinks, snacks and 15 per cent off all in-store purchases, with a portion of proceeds going to the Design Exchange. For more information, visit westelmtoronto.splashthat.com.
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