January 19, 2015

When I was in University, I lived in a house with three other girls and on Valentine's Day, like clockwork, bouquets of flowers arrived at the house one by one. Since some of the girl's boyfriends lived in other cities it was nice for them to still get a gift on Valentine's Day. Each time the door rang, we would all race to see who would get the next set of flowers. I was wondering what my boyfriend--now husband--would get me. When he came over that day, he presented me with this incredible shortbread cookie creation. He had handmade all of these petals with shortbread and made the whole thing into an amazing flower. As nice as it is to get flowers sometimes, I thought the time and effort he put into the gift was wonderful. Valentine's Day is a little different when you are married and not dating. It is still a special occasion--and I always appreciate a well-thought gift.

Here are a few of my picks for this Valentine's Day:

polymer clay pears "love lives here" engraving, Etsy

Like I said, something handmade is always a nice gift and you know the person has usually put a lot of thought and time into it. In the case that you don't want to make something yourself and still need a special gift, then try something from Etsy where someone who is super talented makes it for you, like these engraved polymer clay pears, $39.29.

Steam Whistle Pilsner gift pack with chocolates

This is something that would be a great gift for girls or the special man in your life. Steam Whistle Brewing and Toronto chocolatier Dufflet have teamed up to bring a limited-time beer and chocolate gift pack to LCBO stores for $24.95. The pack includes 6 bottles of Steam Whistle and a collectible tin of chocolates infused with Steam Whistle pilsner: Pretzel Beer Bites and Beer Ganache Truffles. Sounds like an interesting combination.

Flora 2000 flowers

There is nothing wrong with sending flowers either. According to Flora 2000, the estimate number of roses sent for Valentine's Day last year was 257 million. They are a perfect go-to gift for someone special and it's even easier if you can order them online. Flora 2000 serves and ships to more than 190 countries and also has a few good deals on their site right now, including $15 off a dozen roses and a complimentary box of chocolates.

Beauty Box 5 subscription

I only buy beauty products for myself once in awhile and usually when I have saved up a lot of Shoppers Optimum points. If I'm trying a new product I usually research it quite a bit first. I love this idea of having a beauty product subscription where you can try different products and see what you like before committing to something. I am frugal like that, however, I like indulging once in awhile.

Beauty Box Five is a monthly beauty box subscription of beauty accessories, skincare products and fragrances that are high quality, luxury and even eco-conscious. You receive samples and sometimes full products for a fraction of the cost of buying them new and get to try a bunch of things you might not have tried before. Guys, if you're reading, this would be something you could order if you're clueless about what products your lady likes. You can also get a free box of the previous month when you sign up for the first time. Subscribe to Beauty Box 5.

Minted Valentine's Day cards

I still love sending and receiving cards in the mail and Valentine's Day is another occasion to send beautiful photos and messages. Minted.com lets you easily design a custom design and send it to your Valentine or anyone you choose, really. I used Minted for my wedding invitations and they were speedy, reliable and well-designed. Right now you can save 15% on all Valentine's Day cards until Jan. 29th, 2015.

What are you giving this year for Valentine's Day? Do you usually make a big deal about it every year? Check out more of my gift ideas on Pinterest.
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