Valentine's Day is our favourite day at Giving Gifts! It's a time to celebrate LOVE - for your partner, your kids and, yes - love for yourself. At Giving Gifts, we absolutely believe in self love as much (or even more) for yourself as love for others. After all, you can't love anyone else fully if you don't love yourself! Many of our customers treat themselves to a little something while shopping for other people, and we adore seeing the the smile on their faces when they find something they love!
In this post we've chosen a few of our favourite Valentine's Day, and of course, Galentine's Day, gift ideas for kids, guys, moms, best friends, and you! Keep reading for local, fair trade or eco-friendly gift ideas that you can find in store at 4570 Main St. and online. Be sure to head over to our extensive Valentine's Gift Collection as well, for more ideas.
For Your Boyfriend/Husband:
It doesn't have to be hard to shop for the man in your life! We have a selection of body care products, accessories, tasty treats and homewares. Here are a few highlights:
Elegant yet fun with a combination of rich walnut and colourful acrylic, these cufflinks come in a variety of colours. Mokajade Designs creates beautiful wooden magnet boards and tie clips as well. See their full collection of items in our shop here.
Formulated with their signature Dry Base of premium carrier oils, and subtly scented with only choice essential oils, Peregrine Supply's family of beard oils are the best! These beard oils will condition and detangle all beards, as well as keep your man's face free of dryness and itchiness. Fatty acids will nourish and promote circulation, leading to a fuller beard and stronger, healthier skin.
Not into the beard? Peregrine makes a full line of self care products for all men, even those without a beard! Check out their guy-approved line here!
Waste-free living just got easier with these U Konserve double-walled multi-colored stemless tumblers, designed for hot and cold beverages. The perfect alternative to breakable glass and wasteful plastic, they’re great for parties, camping, beach days, poolside, outdoor dining, and everyday waste-free sipping. Multiple colors give you the option to mix/match and easily tell guests’ drinks apart at parties. Keep wine, iced tea and cocktails cold while you sip. Also great for hot tea, coffee and cocoa. (These are the perfect gift for you and him in one!)
For Your Kids:
Keep your little one nice and cozy with one of these gorgeous modern hand knit heart baby blankets. Draping perfectly over the crib, this is the final piece to your nursery that will complete the tranquil and modern look. They also make an amazing throw for an armchair or sofa. Kids will love curling up on the couch with these thick comfy blankets.
Give a Book! Did you know that Valentines Day is also International Book Giving Day? Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2 - $40 is an entirely new collection of 100 more bedtime stories about extraordinary women from all over the world. From Nefretiti to Beyonce and Oprah, you'll find stories to inspire throughout this beautiful book!
I Am a Rebel Girl: A Journal to Start Revolutions - $25 is filled with activities that challenge perspective, induce thought, and prompt action. Write love notes to your body parts, draw yourself climbing a mountain and interact with the beautiful, original artwork on every page. It is an action plan that creates space for BIG ideas and it helps girls develop the tools they need to lead the revolution of our time!
TREATS! We have plenty of sweet somethings to choose from, including these cute Amore mallows from Tout de Sweet. Other treats from this Victoria-based company include caramels, popcorn, chocolate chews, and gumdrops. We love how all of their products are made with organic ingredients, are gluten-free and are made in a nut-free environment!
For Your Girlfriend/Wife:
Make her smile with one of these gorgeous items or treat her to the ultimate gift, a LOVE Giving Crate!
These elegant and everlasting oil candles are every candle lover's answer to keeping a candle glow going all the time! Available in stainless steel, copper, black and gold, just add them to a pretty glass vessel with some odourless mineral oil (easily available). The wicks never need replacing and they burn as long as you have oil!
These simple and beautiful tools not only feels amazing on the face and neck, they also have a long list of benefits including better absorption of serums and creams, reducing puffiness, increasing circulation, and reducing toxins under the skin which results in brighter, tighter, more radiant skin. We recommend starting your day with the roller and using the Gua Sha massager before bedtime for a deeper massage. The Gua Sha also works great on tight shoulder and neck muscles. View all K'pure Naturals products here.
Bring on the love with Gabriel's Light collection of love centred products. Add some drops of Love Essential Oil to a diffuser, roll on some Unconditional Love to help nurture your self confidence, or enjoy an uplifting vibrational essence spray. We also have Heart Chakra soap and several other products by Gabriel's Light that can help make your day that much more full of love, warmth and joy. Gabriel Light products are created by a pranic healer (energy healer) along with an alchemist. We are huge fans of the entire line and the sexual healing products smell (and work) incredibly well!
Dim the lights, and run the bath… light the candle and pour the bath salts into the running water. Then follow the instructions for the 4 step facial using your favourite Helena Lane organic skin care products. This Spa in a Box contains everything needed for an at-home spa experience. What doesn't say Valentine's Day like a spa retreat? Also available in Balancing and Sensitive sets. View our full line of Helena Lane here.
Traveling to distant vistas and worlds of the imagination, The Starchild Tarot is a tribute to the medicine and magic that evolves through self-reflection and meditation. Inspired by sacred symbology, The Akasha, and the fabric of our universe, each card functions as a tiny gateway into new worlds and insights for you to explore. You'll love the energy and art on these cards. Each one is truly special.
This LOVE Giving Crates makes the perfect Valentine's Day gift. Giving Crates are truly the BEST gifts! All items included in our Giving Crates are locally made, eco friendly and/or fair trade made. Your special someone will truly feel special. View all our Giving Crates here.
Valentine's Gift Sets - $15 to $45
We've put together some special Valentine's Day themed gift sets to make it super easy to spoil your love! They also work for friends or why not show yourself some love? Each one is full of beautiful locally made natural body care products, and more! (Can you spot the BETA 5 chocolate bar in the corner? Yum!) There is a limited supply of these adorable sets, complete with heart boxes, so be sure to pop by soon and grab your favourite! Prices range from $15 - $45, available in store only or email us to arrange courier delivery.
For Your Mom and Close Friends:
Celebrate Galentine's Day, showing love doesn't have to only be for couples!
These heart-shaped soaps by Pukalily make the cutest and most practical gift! They are a simple daily reminder of your love. They are luxurious and great for your skin, and there is LOVE stamped right into them!
These elegant perfume oils contain safe, non-toxic, simple ingredients in six unique scents. Valentine's appropriate scents include: Date Night: lime, rose, vetiver. Secret Garden: cedar wood, sweet orange, patchouli, lavender, bergamot, ylang-ylang. Spring Fever: geranium, sweet orange, bergamot, cedar wood. Wildfire: clove, bergamot, silver fir, lime. Come into the shop to try our testers!
GOLEM heart mug (in store only) - $40
These seasonal mugs are a customer favourite. We love the pretty pastels that Ann brought us this year. These mugs are full of love! They are one of Lisa's favourite gifts for girlfriends and kids alike. They will bring smiles and brighten everyone's day. Don't wait too long though, they are all one of a kind and limited run.
A perfect gift for self-love, Fluorite is said to bring order to chaos and helps you stay calm, cool and collected. Shopping can be stressful - but it doesn't have to be with a little intention (and some help from your local gift shop!) We also have lots of rose quartz necklaces and pieces of raw rose quartz (the stone of love, especially self-love) at the store. Let the energy of the universe work with you as you set loving intentions this year.
BETA 5 Chocolates are world famous and we are so lucky that they are made right here in Vancouver! The Queen of Hearts is the perfect Valentines flavour - 35% white chocolate with freeze-dried raspberries and candied earl grey tea. They are delicious as is every single bar in BETA 5s collection! Treat yourself or someone special to the best chocolates this Valentines Day!
Love is all you need! The Spiritual Gangster Love Muscle Tank features a classic crew neck, rose gold foil ‘Love’ front graphic and relaxed fit. Made with love in Los Angeles from the softest fabric ever! We LOVE everything about Spiritual Gangster and you will too! See our full collection here - lots of new arrivals too!
Valentine's Day Cards:
You'll find every type of Valentine's card you can imagine at Giving Gifts! They are all created by local artists. We have a few of our cards online, but if you live in Vancouver be sure to come by and have a look at our full collection. We guarantee that you'll get a smile, and likely a kiss or two too!
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There are so many gift ideas at the store, so if you live close by, we'd love to see you at the store and are ready to help you choose the perfect gift. Be sure to check out our online collection here as well. Don't forget, you can order online and pick up in store at your convenience.
Thanks for Giving Gifts this Valentine's Day!
From the team @givinggiftsca