Valentine’s Day is one of those occasions where I like to spoil the people I love. Whether you’re a last minute gift buyer, or someone who puts a little bit of planning into the romance of February 14th, I have gathered together some of my favourite gift ideas for those of you who live or are visiting Toronto this month. Take a look and get the inspiration you need to make this year the best Valentine’s Day yet!
What is the one thing that comes to mind first and foremost when I think about Valentine’s Day? Why flowers of course! As you would have seen, we are partnering with Tonic Blooms this year to showcase their amazing variety of products. If you are planning ahead of time here are some options for you to pre-order before the big day:
Of the beautiful options available (click here to see them all) we are excited about ‘The Rosie’ because it features a special gift from our friends at The Chic Canuck! Beautiful flowers and amazing gifts are always a good combo. And of course if you miss the pre-order deadline, other bouquets by Tonic Blooms will work just as well. The best part is the small delivery window you can choose and the incredible options available for order all with a few clicks on their beautiful website.
It may seem like a simple idea, but chances are we’ve all had a bad box of chocolates before. I trust Purdy’s with special occasions because I have come to understand the quality that goes into every piece of chocolate they produce. Not to mention the HUGE variety of flavours and fun packages they can create for that special someone. One of my favourite memories of being a child was getting chocolates, so why not continue that tradition with those I love this year? Click here to see which box I’ll be picking up for Catherine!
3. Items for the kitchen
Yes, items for the kitchen get me excited. As I’ve gotten older, it is more and more important that I have good knives and cooking tools because I am the kind of person who loves to be in the kitchen. Obviously I always recommend items from ZWILLING J.A. Henckels Canada because they are the best in my opinion. So why not give something of quality with a bit of a romantic twist? I mean I know that I personally would love to receive:
- STAUB Heart Cocotte
- STAUB ceramic mini cocottes
- ZWILLING Predicat champagne glasses
- Ballarini Bologna Granitium fry pan
Just to name a few… Someone tell Julio for me, okay?
Back in April a food blogger we work closely with, Ronny from @primal_gourmet proposed to his girlfriend using Staub. Today they tie the knot and we couldn’t be happier for them. Ronny actually recorded the process of his elaborate proposal and we thought today would be the best day to share it. Warning: very romantic! #proposewithStaub
Is there anything better in the world? I think not. Whether it’s a bottle of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2005, or a beautiful bottle of Moët & Chandon Brut Rosé (two of my personal favourites) from your local LCBO will help to bring a certain level of sophisticated elegance to an evening with that special someone or your group of girlfriends.
5. A romantic stay for two
Sometimes you just need a stay at a hotel for a change of scenery. Click here to read about how I am taking Julio away for Valentine’s Day using my Marriott Rewards at one of our favourite Marriott properties. For those of you looking for an option in Toronto, The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto has several romantic options including:
- 1. DEQ Lounge’s Sweetheart Tea, which includes a menu of such mood-enhancing foods as grilled oyster mushroom bruschetta; truffle, spinach and gruyere quiche; Guajillo chili and Mayan chocolate pralines, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus with straciatella cheese, and banana custard eclairs.
- 2. At Spa My Blend by Clarins, pamper that special someone with one of six Valentine’s Day experiences. Indulge from head to toe with the It Takes Two package, or the ultra- luxurious All You Need is Love treatment which includes a relaxing body wrap, re-balancing massage, exclusive My Blend facial, manicure and pedicure.
So there you go. Five options to help you get into the romantic spirit on one of my favourite holidays of the year. Make sure to tell us which one (or five) of them inspired you the most by following along with the #DoTheDaniel Instagram account. We would love to have you join on our adventures! AND yes. we’re on Snapchat too! – click here to follow us!
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