Unique gifts for your Valentine

Flowers, candy, lingerie, dinner out and jewellery… While we wouldn’t say no to these gifts, sometimes tradition can become a little monotonous. Why not try something new this year? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Martini Cocktail Masterclass for two – available in Toronto

Ever wanted to learn how to make the perfect martini? From a classic vodka martini to a cosmopolitan, this class will teach you the history of a drink and how to create a unique garnish that is sure to impress your guests.

You will sample 24 different martinis while learning that the proper glassware does make a difference.

This experience takes place in King West Village Toronto and is available twice a month on a Friday evening.

Cost – $165. Book online at perfectday.ca

Couples Dance Lessons – available across Canada

Salsa anyone? Why not give the gift of dancing. This gift allows you to spend quality time with your loved one while having a great time and getting some exercise.

There are many types of couples dance classes that you can take part in from ballroom to swing. Costs for dance lessons generally range from $75 to $135 per person.

The best way to find the type of class you are looking for is to contact your local community centre to see what they have to offer.

Shall we dance – Toronto

Dance addicts studio – Vancouver

Studio 88-Swing – Montreal

City of Calgary Recreation – Calgary

Shoot for the stars

Give that special someone the universe this Valentine’s day – well maybe not the universe, but a star would be nice.

At the International Star Registry, you can name a star after your significant other to let them know you care. You will receive a parchment certificate with the name of choice, dedication date and the telescopic coordinates of the star. In your package, you will also receive an informative booklet with charts of the constellations plus a detailed chart with the star you named highlighted in red.

Prices start at $54 for the Custom Star Kit and can go up to $489 for the Heirloom Ultimate Star Kit. For an addition $70, you can even add a customized silver heart shaped pendant. (Prices are in U.S. dollars).

Visit starregistry.com for more information.


What better way to spend time with your sweetheart than a day at the spa. Many spas offer couples packages that allow to you relax and get rejuvenated together.

Elizabeth Milan Hotel Spa – Fairmont Royal York Toronto Romantic Treatments & Programs:

Lovers Dream (3.5 hours) Includes one hour sensual aromatherapy body massage together, aphrodisiac scented steam session, perfect pedicures and manicures for both of you.

Love is in the Air (2 hours) – 1 Balinese Beauty Ritual for ladies, 90 min, massage and Buff&Shine Manicure for gentlemen plus Spa bubbly surprise. ($375.00)

Only for You and Me (1 1/2 hours) – Two – European Pedicures and Two – 30 minute Body massages plus a Spa bubbly surprise. ($250.00)

Sweet Escape (1 hour) – A Romantic Ritual Chocolate Massage for two. ($210.00)

(Check the website for current prices.)

Spa Utopia – Vancouver

The VIP Suite Getaway (3 hours) is more than just treatments, it’s all about the setting. The suite features amenities like heated floors, private change rooms and personal service from a hostess. The treatment package includes a half hour waterfall shower, side-by-side full body Swedish massages, 50 minute facials and some relaxation time in front of the fireplace with complimentary drinks and a fruit platter.

Many spas offer couples packages, just be sure to check prices before you book anything. Be aware that specialty suites may have an additional charge on top of the treatment prices.

Colourful tech

It’s not just about the latest tech toys, but rather what’s on them. For example:

– Pick up a pink or red music player like an iPod Nano — and load it up with some of his or her favourite songs and your favourite romantic hits. Create a custom play list and use a picture of you and your loved one as the “album art”. (Hint: free engraving is included if you order directly from the manufacturer’s online store).

– Digital photo frames are perfect for digital camera lovers — and you can pre-load your favourite picture of you as a couple or your family photos.

In addition, companies that make the latest gadgets are getting wise to marketing to women — and it’s all about colour. Look for items and accessories in pinks and reds — like controllers for game systems, cameras and laptop cases.

Whatever gift you choose to give your loved one this Valentine’s Day, just remember to make sure it comes from the heart.