5 Valentine’s Gifts that Aren’t a Boring Box of Chocolates

Posted on February 8, 2017 - This is a public service announcement: Valentine’s Day is right around the corner!

Which means it’s time for you to start thinking about what gift you want to give your loved one. Whether you’re celebrating with a significant other, good friends or family, Valentine’s Day is a great time to tell the important people in your life how much you love and care for them. And you know what doesn’t say love and care? A boring box of chocolates. We can do better than that for our loved ones, can’t we?

This year we challenge you to think outside the box (literally) and gift something personal and heartfelt. And while you’re at it, why not purchase a local handmade gift? That way you can support a Vancouver small business and show off your love for your special someone and your city.

Check out five chocolate box alternatives that will make your Valentine swoon. Best of all, these swoon-worthy gifts are all made and sold in Vancouver!


What says cute better than an amigurumi crochet stuffie? Pretty much nothing! We can’t get enough of the adorable creatures by Momomints such as their wedding peas in a pod or starfish plushie. If your loved one isn’t so into stuffed animals, Momomints also makes cute polymer clay key charms, tote bags and pins. All Momomints products are designed and handcrafted right here in Vancouver!

Ativo Skincare

We could all use a bit of help in the skincare department after this brutal winter weather. What says “I love you” better than a little jar of goodness for the skin? Practically nothing!

Check out Vancouver brand, Ativo Skincare, for organic, plant-derived products that work to nourish, heal and protect. Put together a lovely gift box for the special someone in your life with bath bombs, body scrubs, essential oils, face soaps and face masks. We can’t think of anything we’d rather receive in the middle of February!

Bath products to nourish and protect your skin. Made with whole all natural ingredients that are good for you. ??

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Milaya Designs

If you really want to spoil your loved one, it might be time for something a little shiny. We’re talking about jewelry! And no one does shiny better than Vancouver’s own Milaya Designs.

Milaya’s jewelry features beautiful, one of a kind crystals with simple metal accents. Since each crystal is one of kind, every piece of jewelry from Milaya Designs is unique. We’re loving the Blue Agate pendants, Aquamarine necklaces and triangle-shaped Labradorite stones.

Karla’s Specialteas

A great gift for a good friend, romantic partner or even your mom is a warm cup of tea on a chilly winter day. Take that up a notch with a selection of loose-leaf teas from Karla’s Specialteas.

Karla’s specializes in using local and organic products in their teas, many harvested on site or in partnership with producers from around BC. We love the herbal infusion teas, like pink grapefruit and midnight mint, or healthy green teas, like genmaicha and cherry blossom. In addition to tea, you can also buy accessories like tumblers, infusers and even teapot-shaped earrings.


Sometimes the perfect Valentine’s gift is a simple handwritten card where you can express yourself on paper. It doesn’t cost very much but the sentiment is priceless. If you’re going to write down your feelings, we suggest you do so in one of Papermain‘s beautiful handcrafted cards.

Every card is designed, printed and foiled by a husband and wife team from their Vancouver apartment. We love their adorable drawings, sassy sayings and awesome pop culture references. Looking for a card that references Friends, Beyonce, Harry Potter or The Office? You’ll find that card at Papermain!

It's only Monday….but we can make it if we try! #sharks

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Feeling inspired by our local shopping list? Tell us what you’re planning to give your loved ones on Valentine’s Day and what you’re hoping to get!

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