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Gift ideas for Valentine's Day in Toronto this year

Valentine's Day is February 14 and if you're thinking of getting your loved one a gift this list should get your started. Gifts can be tough. You want to be original but sincere; sensible yet sexy. Or you can scrap all that and just buy your partner something you secretly want for yourself. If they really love you they'll share it with you later. 

Here are some ideas for Valentine's Day gift ideas you can buy in Toronto for the lover in your life.

Gifts for guys
Egyptian cotton boxers

Every time he slips a pair of these on, he'll be thinking of you. Or maybe he'll be too busy enjoying how comfortable his nether parts feel. Whatever the case, a pair of boxer-briefs or boxer-shorts from Kotn will make for a very saucy gift.

A camera strap

Turn his hobby (or profession) into a fashion statement with a sturdy cow hide camera strap from Varsity Brown. It'll free up his hands for more important things like hugging you (or bringing you food?)

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A classic poster from Darrell Kobza on Dundas West is a thoughtful gift for nostalgia lovers. Photo by Jesse Milns.

A vintage poster

Nothing says love like an original 1970 Rolling Stones poster. Darrell Kobza on Dundas West has a collection of studio-released music and movie artwork that will have your favourite film buff swooning.  

Beard oil

Want to go in for a kiss but deterred by that prickly shrub on his chin? Get your lumberjack some beard-taming tonics from The Cure Apothecary and save the both of you from some chaffing. 

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The Dupe Shop sells a big selection of classics on cassette. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

Deadstock cassette tapes

There's nothing that says puppy love more than playing nostalgic tunes on an old cassette. Dupe Shop has a great selection of classics from the likes of Lionel Richie and Metallica, depending on what genre gets you both in the mood. You might need to buy a cassette player, too. 

A cozy Toronto skyline sweater

You are definitely going to "borrow" this sweater one day. Run to the Variety Shop inside the Beverly Hotel and grab one before all the other loyal Torontonians do. 

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A gift that keeps on giving

Monthly subscription boxes are so hot right now and local company ESTBLSH has one that will keep your man's wardrobe current. Sign your giftee up for one month, three months, or all 12 to get a new pocket square, neck tie and socks delivered to his doorstep every 30 days.

Japanese lifestyle magazines

This is probably resonating strongly with a small subset of significant others. It's a niche gift, yes, so you better hurry to Haven now. He knows the March issue of Popeye is out already – make it there before he does.

Gifts for her
Perfume with a custom engraved case

Scent is one of the best ways to trigger memory. A hand-blended perfume from Le Labo is a sweet-smelling way to keep you in her thoughts. Depending on the size you can either get one or even two of her initials engraved on the case. 

A skincare set

A box set from Decium is a luxurious way to pamper your lady while still going easy on your wallet, as far as skincare goes, with a set that includes a moisturizer, emulsion, and serum.

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Lipsticks made of natural ingredients from Bit Lip Lab come in healthy colours. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

Edible lipstick

If she loves wearing lipstick, she's probably tired of accidentally ingesting all the toxic ingredients that come with it. Luckily Bit Lip Lab offers lip colours made of all-natural ingredients, so you don't have to worry about eating lead and parabens every time you both kiss. 

A pourover kettle

A sleek Stagg Fellow kettle from Tokyo Smoke makes a beautiful gift for your barista boo. With a long spout for extra control, it holds one litre of water and comes in three different colours. 

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Dinosaur-shaped succulent planters come in different species at Bastone & Co. Photo by Jesse Milns.

A dinosaur-shaped succulent holder

Just like your relationship, succulents are resilient and pretty low maintenance. Gift her a special Triceratops or Brontosaurus planter, or both, from Bastone & Co. 

Super unique folding stand

Help her declutter her space with a very special three-panelled Folding Vessel from Average – its one-of-a-kind design is the ideal size for vinyls, books, and magazines.

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A cozy throw is great way to keep you both warm this winter. Photo by North Standard Trading Post.

A warm blanket

Make sure she stays cozy for the rest of winter with a soft blankie from the North Standard Trading Post. Perfect for cozying up on the couch for Hulu and Hang. 

Something Harry Potter-related

Wingardium Leviosa her heart with some merchandise from her favourite fantasy series. Curiosa carries some Hogwarts-branded items like letter wallets and Ollivander-inspired wand necklaces. Take her for a drink at The Lockhart right after to really keep the evening on-theme. 

by Tanya Mok via blogTO

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