Valentine's Day gifts for and from your beloved are lovely, but they don't mean you can't also show yourself some much-needed appreciation. In the spirit of self love as well as love, here are some of our current favourites.
Forget lingerie. The satin we want is a Cilque Silk Pillowcase, which may sound Marie-Antoinette-frivolous, but silk has such a smooth surface that it helps to maintain blowouts, subdue frizz, and turn that morning poofy-head you'd get with an ordinary cotton pillowcase into mere memory. I was once deeply skeptical of silk pillowcases, thought they were foolish and gimmicky, but I received one as a gift and boom! I'm a convert! I bought two more. Okay, three more, because they're worth it.
$79 CAD at thebay.com; $79 CAD and $59.35 USD at cilque.com*
With their wonderful gilt amber tortoise tones, these Bastide Ambre d'or Potpourri Scented Crystals, scent-infused chunks of hardened sap, are a jewel-like addition to any room. And the warm scent of patchouli, sandalwood and musk is coziness personified at a time of year when nature is taking her nap.
$105 CAD at holtrenfrew.com* and $80 USD at neimanmarcus.com
A plump Pen Jar Productions Spring Branches print throw pillow by Toronto artist Alison Garwood-Jones injects your home interior with graphic life and much-needed springtime happiness.
$64 CAD at penjarproductions.com*
A 100% pure Mongolian cashmere throw from Canada's Wiley Avenue weighs just under three pounds each (definitely our kind of weighted blanket!) and measure 120 x 180 cm so that every last bit of you can stay cozy underneath.
$330 CAD and $248 USD at wileyavenue.com*
Gucci Guilty Love Edition draws your quarry in with a comforting powdery vibe courtesy of narcissus, violet and jasmine. Then, once your target's guard is down, the fragrance throws down some earthy, definitely sexy notes of patchouli musks and amber notes, and next thing you know, your paramour's all tied to the bed with leather straps, wondering what happened.
From $117 CAD and $96 USD at sephora.com; also available at thebay.com, Holt Renfrew* and Shoppers Drug Mart*
Kusmi Tea partnered with Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse to create a delicate White Tea (first leaves from the tea plant, handpicked only in Spring, doncha know) blended with seasonally appropriate notes of rose and raspberry.
$59.90 CAD and $49.90 USD at kusmitea.com*
Viva Scandinavia Nicola mugs come in a pair, so keep one and give one to your best friend (along with the gorgeous tea above). A pure white in a gently organic shape, they go with any decor (hey, in an Insta-directed world, such details are important).
$34.95 CAD for two at shopviva.com*
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Have you ever bought yourself a Valentine's day gift? If you were to give yourself a present this year, what would it be?