A beautiful holiday of love is around the corner. Some people criticize it saying that all the Valentine’s Day gifts have made the holiday commercialized and we should celebrate love any day we want instead of February, 14 exclusively. Well, WOWnGO agrees that Valentine’s Day is not the only time when you can or should express your romantic feelings, however, it often happens that because of all the duties of daily life we sometimes forget to show love. Thus, we believe that it is so great to have a reminder, which in this case, is Valentine’s Day.
While most of you probably already know the history and reasons behind this day, we’d like to give some hints on how to make this holiday special. Gifts certainly aren’t the most important things in a relationship but it is one of the thoughtful ways of expressing love.
In this article, we’ll give you some gift ideas for Valentine’s Day and some recommendations on how you can spend this day.
Intrigued? Keep on reading.
Valentine’s Day Gift for Her
Valentine’s Day Gift for Him
Affordable Valentine’s Day Gifts
Things to Do on Valentine’s Day in Toronto
What is Valentine’s Day About?
Does V Day count as a Holiday?
Can Valentine’s Day be for Friends?
Valentine’s Day Without a Boyfriend
What can I do on Valentine’s Day for a low budget?
Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her
If you were going to give her a box of chocolate and a bunch of flowers again, forget about it! Here are a few unique Valentine’s Day gift ideas for her that she wouldn’t even expect!
Fashion Shopping Tour in Toronto with a Local Stylist: not every woman gets a kick out of shopping but every woman wants to look fashionable and comfortable in her attire. Rings a bell with you? Personal styling will be a perfect gift for her for Valentine’s Day then. A professional stylist will give her some piece of advice and help her get a look so that she doesn’t regret the money spent.
Dining Experience in Darkness: a delicious dinner sounds like a classical Valentine’s Day tradition. Well, traditions are good but we can always make them even better. What about a dining experience in total darkness? They say that when you cannot see anything, your other senses (including taste) sharpen and so you can feel the true taste of your meal.
Spa treatments: seasonal change and diverse weather conditions affect our skin, body and even well-being. A gift card for spa day sounds like an amazing Valentine’s Day gift for girlfriend or wife. They’ll have a professional massage, will be pampered and relaxed. This Valentine’s Day gift for her might be easily turned into a Valentine’s Day Gift for two. A romantic retreat for two is a perfect option if you want to spend this day together in an unusual way.
Makeup workshop: Is she interested in professional makeup? maybe she just wants to learn to do her perfect everyday makeup and find out more about skincare? A makeup workshop or a series of makeup classes is the kind of Valentine’s Day gift which ticks the box.
Spa to get a facial: all females would love to have healthy skin face. Giving your wife or a girlfriend a Valentine’s Day gift card for facial treatment will make her glow with happiness. A gift card can be used for skincare advice, relaxing elemental and advanced facials and some other health services like makeup, hair tinting, hair waxing and many more.
By the way, don’t take it so seriously with flowers. While some women might be skeptical about chocolate, most of them love flowers a lot. So, one of the experience gifts from the list above along with a bouquet of flowers will make this Valentine’s Day perfect.
Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him
We know you’re looking for something that will show how much you care about him. Well, try to choose a gift that matches his interests or is symbolic in your relationship. For example, if your husband or boyfriend loves traveling, a plane ticket to the city he’s never been to will become a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for him. I bet, the gift will be even better if you go there together. So, you got the idea but if it happens that he literally has everything or you just ran out of ideas (after you’ve given him so many gifts), WOWnGO is here to lend a helping hand.
Food-Tasting: ever heard of the saying “A way to a man’s heart is through his stomach?”. However arguable it might be, men are never against some delicious food. We bet you already know his taste preferences and will be able to satisfy him. This amazing international food tour at Kensington market is a great Valentine’s Day gift for him. He will not just be full; he’ll be full of joy after having tried so many delicious dishes and beverages. Besides, this is a guided food tour where he also gets to find out about the history of the bohemian district.
Bike Tour across Toronto Islands: is he a backer of an active lifestyle? What about a cycling tour across Toronto Islands? To make it more romantic, we suggest booking the evening cycling tour. To make this Valentine’s Day gift for him perfect, go cycling together. Some physical activity, scenic Islands and the two of you. I bet, nothing else is needed for a perfect Valentine’s date.
Immersive Virtual Reality Experience for one hour: It is Christmas that is usually associated with wonders. Well, this Valentine’s Day gift for him will make it possible to do things he’d never be able to do in the real life and to go to places he’d never go to. If he loves games and has fun escaping from the real world, stop dithering.
Craft Beer Tour through Niagara: not every man gets a chance to sample some of the best beer sorts from some of the best breweries in the Niagara region. Amazing beer, scenic Niagara on the Lake and a yummy 3-course lunch. Can you resist the temptation?
Distillery District Segway Tour: gazing at the same old buildings of the Distillery District that you’ve seen so often seems boring? Well, maybe it does to the naked eye. However, doing this on a Segway with the wind in your face is much more fun! The moment he learns to ride a Segway (our instructors are real experts in their field), he can kick off the adventure
Affordable Valentine’s Day Gifts
We believe that it’s always about attention and thoughtfulness rather than the amount of money you spend on your gift. Here are some great Valentine’s Day gift ideas for any budget.
Gift Card for Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada: explore astonishing galleries that feature the underwater world from different parts of the world. Come close and see some amazing fishes, discover new jaw-dropping species, learn more about ocean wildlife and just feel as if you were a real ocean explorer. By the way, if you feel like staying at home on V-Day, you can explore the Aquarium through the screen of your laptop.
Paint Pouring Session: if your partner is far away from being a die-hard romantic and you want him/her to pour out their feelings more often, give an experience that helps open and unwind. Paint pouring is an unconventional painting method where you just let the paint flow, mix the colors and get a unique flowing pattern at the end.
Ticket to Museum of Illusions: we’re strongly convinced that anyone who’s never been here yet, should do it! This is the place where you can pause the reality and challenge your brain because your eyes will see something your brain will not understand. As a matter of fact, the Museum of Illusions is not only a fun place but also a place where you get to know some amazing facts and learn to better understand the world around you.
Pottery Painting Class
At this pottery painting class, your better half will learn to paint and glaze a pottery piece and will be able to experiment with colours. A fun and calming experience that helps you get creative and improve your concentration.
Indoor Skydiving (Take-off experience): an equally great Valentine’s Day gift idea for him and for her. If your partner loves thrilling experiences, thinks that he/she was a bird in their previous life, floating in the air is the best experience gift idea.
Have a look at the Gifts for her and Gifts for Him, many of Valentine’s Gift Ideas there are still affordable.
Things to Do on Valentine's Day & Valentine's Day Experiences for Couples
If you agreed on sharing an experience together instead of giving gifts and want something more than a romantic evening with pizza or sushi, then these Valentine's Day experiences for couples are just right for you. Read below and make your celebration memorable.
Floating: Ever wondered how it’s like to lie in the dead Sea and not sink at all, even for a second? While flying on a Vacation to Asia sounds impossible right now, here’s a viable alternative. Thanks to the big amount of Epsom salt and high content of magnesium sulfate in the floating bath, you’ll be able to float for 60 minutes and relax your body and mind. A perfect way to escape from routine and celebrate the Day of Love in a special way.
Romantic Tour in Toronto: You are probably not new to the city but do you know the romantic stories that hide behind so many places which you pass by on daily basis? Immerse in the romantic atmosphere of Toronto, listen to stories, take pictures and fall in love with each other again.
Romantic Photoshoot: love is in the air on this day, so capture these moments with a professional photographer. It’s great to have some pictures that will trigger warm-hearted memories of saint Valentine's Day sometime in the future.
Take a Dance Class: don’t be afraid to go dancing together if neither of you has any experience. They say, while dancing we are not only physically close to each other but also spiritually. Besides, such a passionate dance as bachata will surely ignite a spark in your relationship.
Royal Ontario Museum: things to do on Valentine’s Day should not necessarily be romantic. If you are history buffs or simply would like to get better acquainted with world history, you should visit the largest museum in the whole North America! While spending the whole day there might be too much, begin on the V-Day and see if this is something for you. By the way, you'll keep warm on such a date.
We have more ideas if you're looking for other indoor date ideas in Toronto for Valentine's Day.
What is Valentine’s Day About?
To put it briefly, Valentine’s Day is aboutlovers showing affection and love. While the origins of the holiday remain vague, several legends tell us of the martyr St.Valentine after whom this holiday was named. As one legend goes, priest Valentine sent a letter to a jailer’s daughter and signed it “from your Valentine”. According to another legend, St. Valentine was a priest who secretly married couples disregarding the emperor’s law that forbade it. For this reason, the feast of St. Valentine’s is associated with love.
Does V Day Count as a Holiday?
St. Valentine’s Day is not a public holiday in Canada. All the public organizations are open and you should go to work :)
Can Valentine’s Day be for Friends?
While the origin of Valentine’s Day is rather vague, the holiday is commonly associated with the celebration of love and lovers. However, since 2010 (thanks to a Parks and Recreation episode), the so-called Galentine’s Day has become popular. It’s usually celebrated on Feb, 13 to appreciate women’s friendships. This is often explained by the fact that there has always been your girl squad before your relationship and your girlfriends have always been there for you. Besides, modern interpretations of St. Valentine’s Day say that we generally celebrate love, affection and friendship instead of romantic love.
Valentine’s Day Without a Boyfriend
Valentine’s Day without a boyfriend can be pretty cool. You can either throw up a girl’s party with your girl squad, have a day for yourself, or celebrate it with your friends or family. As we’ve mentioned earlier, many people celebrate platonic love and Valentine’s Day. So, basically, you can throw up a party with anyone, from your friends to your family members.
Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Without a Boyfriend:
(You can pick up something for yourself or do it together within your inner circle)
- Watch a movie at home
- Go ice-skating
- Go shopping with your besties
- Go to the movies
- Make a dinner or order a delivery
- Visit a place in or near your city you’ve always wanted to visit
- Enjoy spa treatments
- Go to the Karaoke
What can I do on Valentine’s Day for a Low Budget?
Candlelit dinner at home
Cooking dinner together will add romance to your day. Don’t forget to set up a candlelit table and turn on some music you love.
Play board games
You surely have at least one board game at home. Open it and play with your S.O. Twister is also a good option and can add a twist to your evening.
Go to a museum or a gallery
If you’re into art, it’ll be a nice excuse to visit local cultural institutions again. If not, give it a try. Except for permanent collections, there might be some engaging temporary exhibitions. Maybe you’ll become art lovers after this date.
Take a Hike
Get in your car and go to the nearest forest or countryside, have some physical activity in the fresh air, behold nature’s beauty, talk and enjoy the day. You can either choose a trail in advance or if you feel quite confident, you can wander wherever the lane takes you.
Sing Karaoke at Home
Ride a Bike
Weather permitting, ride a bike in your neighbourhood. This type of V-Day date gives room for conversations and outdoor physical activity.
If riding a bike is not an option, there’s probably a lot of snow and you can go sledding. Find a good hill, take your sleighs and have fun. If there’s no hill nearby, it might be harder because the stronger of you two (which is in most cases a man) will have to pull sleds.
Take a Bubble Bath
Both warm and romantic. Add some essential oils, sea salt, bath bomb or soap foam. You can combine several options. Light the candles. You can also throw in some rose petals but make sure that both of you like it. In fact, essential oils can make up for petals. Run the bath with hot water shortly before you go there. Don’t forget about the champagne or another drink, it’s the day of love after all.
Visit an Unfamiliar District of your City
If you’re curious creatures and don’t mind walking, explore an unfamiliar or a less know part of your town. Take pictures, talk and maybe grab a cup of coffee on your way.
This may be a part of the city you’ve heard from someone, walked through once or you may google something interesting in your city. If you live in a small town or in suburbs, visiting the closest village might be gripping as well.
Lingerie Fashion Night at Home
If you’re a married couple or feel intimate enough with each other, you can throw up a fashion show in lingerie at night. Grab your best underwear sets, some music and enjoy the evening. It’s not necessarily the woman who will be “on the catwalk”, men are also welcome. The prerequisite is to forget about your shyness.
Hopefully, you’ll no longer lose sleep thinking of gift ideas for your better half.
WOWnGO is sending good vibes this Valentine’s Day!