Local Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

If you’re stuck in a bit of a gift-giving rut this Valentine’s Day, we’ve got a few thoughtful and uniquely notable ideas that are guaranteed to put a smile on her face this coming February 14th. Whether you’re trying to figure out where to go for a memorable bite or are looking for something a bit more laid-back and simple, take a peek at our list below that’s bound to make you warm the heart of any West Coast gal.

Bejewel her with a stunningly hand-crafted piece courtesy of Vancouver’s own Sancha Tatlock, owner of Sancha Jewelry Design. Each piece is painstakingly made by hand using pieces that are carefully sourced from sustainable suppliers and often echo this in their final, sparkling state (we love her shoreline pieces featuring white shells with edges dipped in gold).

Or, how about surprising her with a gift card that translates to an escape to Whistler this season? Scandinave Spa is offering a great selection of services just in time for Valentine’s Day. Whether you just want to enjoy the pools or partake in a couples massage, the serenity of this mountainside spa is guaranteed to make her day (and score you a spot in the good books for months to come).

Help unleash her inner Martha (Stewart, that is) and gift her a beautifully crafted Le Creuset Heart Casserole. It’s the perfect gift that will constantly add an extra romantic touch to future dinners for two. Find it at a variety of Vancouver foodie-boutiques such as Cookworks and The Bay.

Is your special lady not quite the cooking type? Then treat her to a divine dinner at one of these noteworthy places, bound to help create a memorable evening without breaking the budget. We love spicing things up Thai-style at Maenam almost as much as we adore grabbing an zesty bowl of ‘Spaghetti Quattro’ at Quattro or Q4. Another notably elegant suggestion for excellent eats and prime service guaranteed to impress her is Market by Jean-Georges at the Shangri-La Hotel.  

Still unsure? You’ll always find a way to her heart when you pull out that eponymous little blue box. We’re talking Tiffany & Co. and, just in time for Valentine’s Day, they are featuring a stunning Tiffany Hearts collection (available in 18 karat rose gold and sterling silver). Inscribed with those three simple words, this is one worthwhile investment that won’t break the bank (lockets start at $110).

And finally, what girl doesn’t love the gift of sweetly scented, organic fragrances that can be mixed and matched? Vancouver-based company DeservingThyme has found a way to do just that as part of their ‘Just Born!’ collection featuring individual fragrance oil roll ons. Perfect for gifting, they’ve introduced a trio of scents just in time for Valentine’s Day a great last minute, affordable find (under $30).

Now, it’s up to you.

Photo courtesy Scandinave