Vancouver Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Round One

That’s right, Notable readers, Valentine’s Day gift giving-induced anxiety is soon to follow…(we joke).

Fear not, we’ve rounded up a well-crafted list of thoughtful suggestions (for those last-minute types) that all but guarantees you a sweet spot with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. From a hands-on, gourmet cooking experience you can both partake in, to a solo spa escape, to stunning sparklers guaranteed to wow you into the good books, we’ve got the low-down on gift giving musts. Read on to see what made our Notable list this year.

For those that are hungry for love, we suggest you pay a visit to either C Restaurant or Raincity Grill (both offer stunning waterfront seating and an equally stunning menu). They will feature special Valentine’s Day menus for the weekend of February 14 to 17 (“Fire and Flame”) and (we’ve heard) perhaps live entertainment courtesy of a fire performer.  

Planning ahead for something a little more special and lasting? Be sure to consider the exclusive Tiffany & Co. Central Park Picnic Basket and Wine Carrier that houses all the summer fun essentials you and your special someone might need. We love the unique and classic English-style wicker basket that contains a stunning array of sterling silver picnic proper utensils (cheese knife, corkscrew, stopper), napkins, Merino blanket, cutting board and elegant glass wine tumblers – it all but begs for a jaunt to Kits Beach, if you ask us!

If you’re more inclined to give the gift that keeps on giving (or at least one that has an expiration date later in the month), why not pre-purchase tickets to this year’s always-popular Vancouver International Wine Festival (takes place after Valentine’s Day). Keep the romance alive as you and your significant other peruse table after table of the good drop – sip bubbles, toast to Tempranillo and marvel in a plethora of Malbec. There are plenty of seminars, private wine makers dinners and more sure to suit all your fancies.

Another gift-giving option that is perfect for him or her is definitely a trip to the spa. In this case, we’re talking Skoah Spa in Yaletown. A recent visit turned us onto their ‘Love Thyself’ Facial. a mere $60 and definitely worthwhile. Send your partner off on a 45-minute escape from the everyday – and they will thank you for it. Part of the package includes a personalized consult, scalp, face and upper body massage and then full-on customized facial treatment that will leave them glowing. As an added perk, they’ll leave with a little Skoah gift and thank you for it.

We’ll have another batch of sweet ideas worthy of wooing your significant other a bit later… so stay tuned!