Valentine’s Day might be a manufactured holiday, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth celebrating. This year, more than ever before, our loved ones need to hear how much we truly care about them. Consider one of these thoughtful gift ideas to show those closest to you just how much you adore and treasure them.
This two-toned red quilt from EQ3 is exactly the sort of gift that will actually get used by loved ones, thanks to the chilly nights we’ve all become accustomed to. Made in India from a blend of cotton and linen, it’s perfect for the TV room, the bottom of a bed or even your home office. Booker Quilt, EQ3, $300.
Handmade in Ottawa, these 100 per cent beeswax “Love Bear” candles are the perfect way to show your love without words, as words don’t always come easy. Love Bear Candle, Etsy, $15.
Cool Catch Alls
If your loved one is a little forgetful, this stunning pink and white catch all dish might just be the perfect solution. Handmade in Toronto, each piece is completely one-of-a-kind and would look fabulous perched on a console by the front door. Large Catch All in Dust Rose, Mary Ratcliffe Studio, $118.
Give your significant other the gift of a better sleep with these incredibly soft and breathable muslin cotton sheets by Maison Tess. Their New Neutrals collection is inspired by nature and truly evokes a sense of calm. Everything is produced in Portugal at a family-owned mill that only ships their product twice a year by boat (to reduce their carbon footprint), so you can feel good supporting a company that’s making a difference. Moss Muslin Cotton Sheet Set, Maison Tess., from $130.
No Ordinary Cup
Made by ceramicist Caitlin Prince out of her Vancouver studio, these striking cups are an excellent option for anyone who takes pride in their dishware. From taupe marble to white speckle, you’ll surely have trouble narrowing it down to just one pattern. Dimple Cups, caitlin prince, $34-36.
Mad for Rattan
Handmade in Vietnam, this rattan hanging planter puts all those plastic ones to shame. It’s perfect for the plant lovers in your life who’ve run out of space for all their plant babies. Pair it with a trailing Pothos or String of Hearts for bonus points. Floreo Hanging Planter, Viridi, $50-60.
A Cup Worth Keeping
Is your sweetheart a coffee fanatic? Help them get their daily cup of Joe in a more sustainable way. The durable glass KeepCup is designed to mimic a disposable coffee cup, so you can keep enjoying your coffee on the go and feel good about all the cups you’re diverting from a landfill. 12oz Medium Latte Brew Cup, KeepCup, $28.
Love You So Matcha
If your loved one is more of a tea drinker, introduce them to matcha – a form of green tea that’s beloved by many in east Asia and picking up steam in the west. This organic ceremonial-grade matcha starter kit, sourced directly from Japan, is the perfect way to get started and see what all the hype is about. Modern Matcha Bundle, Tenzo, $80.
That Loungewear Life
Living in loungewear has become the norm, so why not gift your sweetheart with a set that’s not only comfortable but stylish too? This Is J’s harem pants and long sleeve top are made in Canada from a blend of bamboo and spandex and come in a variety of unique patterns and colours. They’re perfect for lounging around the house, sleeping in or better yet, both! Bamboo Relaxed Long Sleeve Top + Harem Pant, This Is J, $153.