Yikes! January flew by and it looks like the month of love is creeping up on us. This year, skip the cheesy last minute gifts and get something meaningful for your significant other. For this Valentine’s day, I’ve been browsing Etsy and there are tons of amazing gifts straight from Canadian sellers to suit everyone! From handmade lingerie & personalized necklaces to handcrafted knives & patterned bow-ties, the specialized shops below are sure to score you brownie points with your significant other on the day of love.
For the man whose beard and skin are always on point, I’d suggest the Montreal based shop, ELUCX. All products are handcrafted using organic oils, butters, essential oils and botanical extracts. The brand has even been featured in LOULOU magazine! So grab some beard serum or organic aftershave because from now until February 5th, the shop is offering 15% off all purchases using the code ELUCX15.
They say a way to a man’s heart is through is stomach, but if your loved one is anything like my boyfriend, a handcrafted knife to play with is even better. Atelier Tréteau is a workshop based in Toronto that combines traditional woodworking techniques, handcrafting knife work techniques, artisanal rough rustique and modern functionality. The results are beautiful knives to use for camping, hunting or even just eye candy.
Skip store bought chocolates this year and try the organic and fair trade chocolates from Cocoa and Honey! Though I’d definitely suggest trying the Halifax based shop’s Sea Turtles (I can’t stop drooling), they’ve also got a unique selection of other flavours such as peppermint pink grapefruit, chilli and ginger, lavender honey earl grey tea and more. To make your gift extra special, you can even get personalized boxes!
While big jewelry and statement necklaces are trendy, simple dainty necklaces and bracelets are forever! This Montreal based shop has an array of different accessories perfect for Valentine’s day including personalized initial pendants and infinity charms. How cute would it be if you got your loved one a necklace with both your initials on it?! Absolutely adorable!
Hallmark cards ain’t got nothin’ on these guys! GreenBeenThings is a Toronto based shop that specializes in handmade cards, illustrations, bookmarks and art prints. The cards feature funny sayings like ‘We pick(l)ed you’ and even come in 3-d!
Spice up your Valentine’s night or surprise a loved one with some hand sewn lingerie! With Love Lingerie is a Toronto based line that brings glamour to the top drawers of modern women by capturing the timeless aspects of feminine elegance, grace, and mystique. Our favourite pieces are the leg garters!
Those are just a few of our favourite stores, but there are tons of other Canadian and international stores that have exactly what you need to make this Valentine’s day a day you’ll never forget!