With February freshly upon us, the inevitable air of panic amongst men has begun to set in. As the shops and media remind us on the daily that the countdown to Valentine’s Day is on, the hopes of romance for women are high and the pressure is on for partners to find the perfect gifts to express their love.
Rather than resorting to the last-minute standards of chocolates and flowers, I’ve rounded up a few picks for gifts that not only will add some serious style to your Valentine’s life, but also keep that reminder of love going year round.
Classic Little Kiss sculpture by Kelly Wearstler
Available at Peridot Decorative Homeware, 1512 West 14th. Inquire in store for pricing.
Available in classic marble or semi-precious materials like rose quartz, these glamorous little lips are a love note that even the most discerning minimalist will appreciate. Inspired by Wearstler’s love for classical sculpture and figurative work, this piece is sure to add a sense of sultry style and elegance to your Valentine’s decor, whether displayed in the bedroom, the coffee table or even the office.
Heart Mylars by Zoe Pawlak
Available at ZoePawlak.com. Inquire online for pricing.
Receiving art is always a special occasion, and the collection of heart-shaped Mylars that Pawlak has created are ideal tokens of romance. Simplistic and ultimately chic, these pieces are a perfect blend of femininity and modernity; graceful yet abstract, the hearts send a message of love with the use of palette, finish and silhouette. No words required.
True Grace Moroccan Rose candle
Available at Provide Home, 1805 Fir Street. $55 each.
After a month travelling Morocco, I have become especially keen to the importance of scent to an experience. This Moroccan Rose candle, created with natural wax, evokes memories of lavish teahouses and warm environments with its floral and woody undertones. Offering both ambient light and seductive scents (and a 40-hour burn time), this is the perfect gift to set your romantic scene and light her fire.
Available at Mayhew Sherwood Florist, 3691 West Broadway. Inquire in store for pricing.
Let’s skip the expected bouquet of “Valentine’s Special” cut flowers that last only a week (at best) and let’s move toward something that shows a little thought behind the choice. Mayhew Sherwood florist offers a Terrarium Bar in store, allowing you to custom create an air plant terrarium, complete with the vessel, sands and stones, uniquely for your Valentine. Or, if your green thumb is a little lacking, you can also purchase a gift certificate for your beloved to go in and create their own special creation.
Muse Pitcher by Jonathan Adler
Available at MINT Interiors, Shop.MintInteriors.ca. $139 each.
In classic Jonathan Adler style, this piece incorporates high-gloss glam with quirky elements. Inspired by Adler’s love affair with Dali and Misia, the white porcelain pitcher features raised lips on one side and a moustache on the reverse, offering up a kiss from both genders. Whether you’re serving up a Valentine’s breakfast in bed or looking for a vessel to deliver flowers, this pitcher serves functionality with a smile.