Support local this Valentine’s Day with these top five gift ideas

valentine's day presents

V-Day is one month away, and with everything happening this past year wouldn’t it be nice to do something extra special for local retailers and loved ones at the same time? You can do just that by shopping small — here are some great gift ideas from Canadian retailers.

tonic blooms fun winter farmboy

Fun Winter Farmboy

For those in the Toronto area, Tonic Blooms is an on-demand florist makes sending flowers to bae a click-and-easy task. The Fun Winter Farm Boy pictured above ($63) is a colourful 15-stem bouquet with a mix of fresh seasonal flowers — no two are alike — wrapped up in the brand’s signature denim.

Objects Collection

Featuring one-of-a-kind pieces from the Mary Ratcliffe Studio, items like the catch all ($55) and candlestick pair ($125) are designed to give space and hold treasured things. Handcrafted right here in Canada.

eight kilos virtual wine tasting

Virtual wine tastings

The Ontario-based wine subscription service Eight Kilos is providing the experience of an intimate tasting right at home. For a fee of $200, plus the cost of a wine box (available in two, three or four bottle options and highlighting conscientiously-produced offerings) and delivery, an in-house sommelier will walk you through a 45-minute session exploring the finer points of your selection.

thic daily hair perfecting oil

Daily Hair Perfecting Oil

The Hair Inspired Company (THIC) specializes in 100 per cent vegan and cruelty-free products that bring hair back to life by promoting hair growth and stopping breakage. Its Daily Hair Perfecting Oil ($49), containing a custom blend of hemp, argan and grape seed oil, smooths and repairs while being light enough to use daily.

vb scrunchie dusty rose ai toronto seoul

Velvet Bow Scrunchie

Family-run and female-led business ai Toronto Seoul is a sustainable fashion brand carrying affordable luxury accessories. Everything is made in Korea and imported, like this comfortable and stylish one-size-fits-most VB Scrunchie in the Dusty Rose colour.

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