People say it’s the thought that counts, but we know that’s not always the case. If your gal hates your gift, no matter how thoughtful, you could be screwed. There is, however, a fortunate flipside to this. If, say, it’s a week before Christmas and the idea of getting a gift for your lady hasn’t even crossed your mind, you can still come out on top – thanks to our last-minute girlfriend (or wife) gift guide.
You could drop a G on some necklace – or you could invest it in nine days of forests, volcanoes and beaches, courtesy of GAP Adventures’ Costa Rica Quest (from $899). 205 10th St NW, 1-888-800-4100.
For a last-minute stocking stuffer, or an extra boost to your gift, give her the finest tea experience she’ll have. This 17-variety tea sampler from Tnik ($35) is loose leaf – and, of course, organic. Order online.
Pilates classes might send the wrong message. Something like an abstract drawing class, offered at the Alberta College of Art and Design ($229 for 20 hours), creates no such ambiguity. 1407 14 Ave NW, 403-284-7600.
These chocolate truffles at Choklat are customizable and made to order. Choose from hundreds of combinations as you customize your filling (key lime, perhaps) and topping, like crushed brownies. 1327A 9th Avenue SE, 403-457-141.
You can never, ever go wrong with a warm stone massage ($145 for 90 minutes) at Calgary’s finest spa, the Stillwater (pictured above) at the Hyatt Regency hotel. 700 Centre Street SE, 403-537-4474.