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What I Really Want For Valentine's Day

Gifts for when you don't like chocolate or flowers

I am girl who doesn't like chocolate or flowers or most jewelery. 

Yes, it's true. No chocolate. 

But, I'm also a girl who is easy to please, mostly because I adore practical gifts. You want to buy me a vacuum cleaner? Go for it! A coffee maker? Yes please. Lights and umbrellas for my photography studio? Nods head in giddy anticipation. 

I have also been eyeing these lovely things lately, that are a good mix of practical, pretty, and just downright I will kiss you so hard if I opened a box and this was in it. Ahem. 

Here are 8 Gifts I Really Want For Valentine's Day:

1. I Heart Umbrellas umbrella, $29.99, ModCloth

2. Ixora Blossoms Necklace, $48.00, anthroplogie

3. Infinity chevron scarf in red, ONLY $5.95!!, Etsy

4. Pad printed bowls, $9.38, West Elm

5. First-edition Franny and Zooey book, $250.00, Brian Cassidy, Bookseller. This is my all-time favorite book. Is there anything more romantic for a book lover than a first-edition? NO THERE IS NOT. 

6. Lazypants sweatpants in red, $80.00, Comfy and cozy enough for these freezing Toronto days—Un-shlumpy enough to wear if someone were to drop by unannounced. The red color is gorgeous. 

7. Ribbon heart dishtowel, $18.00, anthropologie. 

8. Red bird case for iphone, $50.95, zazzle


Spill It: What do you have your eye on for this February 14th?

Whether you embrace the romance of or refuse to partake in forced declarations of love, our Valentine’s Day page is filled with articles, crafts, activities, and food to fit your mood.