Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Sweet Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Valentine's Day is a few days away and I've got some thoughtful gift ideas—to give and to receive!

I was on CTV Morning Live talking about these great gifts. You can watch the segment here.

Here are some great gifts for Valentine's Day:

Romantic Trip For Two: Who needs diamonds if you can escape to a warm, sunny destination? The memories of a great vacation are better than diamonds! I just got back from the Ritz-Carlton, Bal Harbour, Miami, and it's the perfect place to escape to if you're looking for a little romance and fun in the sun, if even just for a weekend. Besides, Miami is only a three hour flight from Ottawa. You'll be greeted with a glass of champagne when you arrive, and from there, you'll get lost in a world of luxury and romance, with bedrooms boasting gorgoeus views of the Atlantic Ocean, a heated pool, amazing service and food, and a personal driver to take you to the Bal Harbour Shops. Perfection, no?

Sweet Cupcakes: Cupcakes are always a good idea. I love that Valentina's Sweet Treats delivers cupcakes so you can surprise your loved one, and I especially love that these yummy cupcakes can be custom-ordered and designed. It's such a sweet, personal idea!

Chocolate Love: Sure, chocolate is a typical gift to give on Valentine's Day, but it's not so ordinary when it comes from Purdy's Chocolatier. Who doesn't love Purdy's Hedgehogs, or their delicious Himalayan Pink Salt Caramels? Best. Chocolate. Ever. Purdy's has a variety of special Valentine's Day tin boxes to choose from, and they also gift wrap with pretty pink or red wrapping paper... with hearts, of course.

Books To Love: Books are my favourite gift to receive—for my birthday, for Christmas, or for Valentine's Day. I'm currently lost in the book Lost and Found, and here are some other great reads by Penguin Books Canada to add to your must-read list: Etta and Otto and Russell and James, The Raven, and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? Curling up with a good book in front of the fireplace is a most excellent way to spend a winter day—even on Valentine's Day!

Beauty In A Box: A unique and lovely gift to give (and receive) is the Cupid box from BeautyGram. I love this Canadian company, because they create such unique, adorable boxes, packed with so many special treats! I featured the Cupid box on CTV, but you'll notice on the website you can choose from a variety of boxes and themes, and you can even make your own box for that special someone. The  Cupid box includes a Kutula Kiss Friendship Bracelet, a Lucia candle, Barefoot Venus Ruby Red Bath Bliss, SpaRitual Nail Polish, BeautyGram Pink Heart Sweets, and the Signature BeautyGram Chocolates.

The Gift Of The Body Shop: I've always loved The Body Shop, and I love that with each season or occassion they come up with new gifts to give. For Valentine's Day, The Body Shop has put together some yummy-smelling packages featuring The Body Shop Smoky Poppy collection. It's sexy and seductive!

Spa Day: I can never get enough of spa days, and I'm very fortuante to be a  Brand Ambassador. I love giving and receiving WaySpa gift cards, because these gift cards can be used at thousands of spas and salons, so you're sure to find the perfect spa for you or your loved one. Everyone needs a good massage once in a while!

Show A Friend You Care: I love to surprise my closest friends with gifts, and the new L'Oreal Professional Mythic Oil and L'Oreal Professional Vitamino Color Shampoo and Conditioner make great little gifts that show you care... about hair care! If you're having a great hair day, you'll surely have an excellent Valentine's Day, right? Also a cute gift idea? A MYTAGALONGS Beauty SOS Kit, which contains everything you'd need to bring with you on your Valentine's Day date! Inside the cute case, you'll find 2 black hair elastics, dental floss, cleansing wipes, bobby pins, bandages, earring backs, nail polish remover wipes, double sided tape, a comb, a nail file, tweezers and a sewing kit. Consider yourself date-night ready!

Fashion Forward: Why not pick up something pretty from Shepherd's (locations in Rideau Centre, Trainyards, and Tanger Outlets) to wear on Valentine's Day? Shepherd's has a huge selection of designers to choose from, and excellent service to help you put together the perfect look for the special night.

Happy Valentine's Day! xoxo

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