We realize it’s difficult to buy original, sentimental, and all the while loving gifts to celebrate St-Valentin. Such tokens must express not just thoughtfulness, but also, somehow, a meaningful statement about your relationship. No pressure. Plus, let’s not kid ourselves: We are men, and we are busy. DailyXY has Montreal for little luxuries sure to make positive waves with your lady. Don’t thank us — it’s our job.
Ever since high school you’ve been buying chocolate for sweethearts. And while we agree it’s definitely a traditional gift, now is the time to step up your game a little. Suite 88 has a monopoly on Montreal’s boutique chocolatier scene — and after having tasted their wares, it isn’t hard to see why. 3957 St-Denis St., 514-844-3488
Agent Provocateur [pictured]
Apparently lingerie is something “selfish” to gift your loved one. The girls over at Agent Provocateur suggest, “give and you shall receive.” Which while just being a more poetic way of saying “selfish,” we’re buying. They stock briefs, bras and kimonos that’ll have her looking her best — nothing selfish about that.
Your haphazard foot massages have come to an end, or at least should go on temporary hiatus. Bota Bota is a spa anchored in Montreal’s Old Port — yes, anchored, as in it comprises a five-deck boat. So long as she’s not prone to seasickness, this is bar none the most jaw dropping experience in Montreal. Ahem, for a chick.
Laval-area floral designer Lily Antonacci, beyond having an all-too-appropriate name, is an expert when it comes to what women want. Surely, flowers are one of the many keys to a girl’s heart, but Antonacci debunks the myth that roses are the be all end all. This St-Valentin, try something new like an orchid or a bouquet of calla lilies. 395 Cartier Blvd. W., 450-686-9543
Wicker and Ribbon
A last-minute resort — as it’s hardly original or thoughtful — the gift basket is a surefire (albeit desperate) way to save the day. From frilly wrappings to stuffed animals, chocolates and lotions, Wicker and Ribbon creates prepackaged goods that, well, might do the trick. Consider making some effort, by getting in touch with them and creating a bundle of your own, a gesture that hopefully won’t go unnoticed. 450-314-0570
Image courtesy of Franck Vervial.