Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re low on cash and Valentine’s Day dinner at a romantic Toronto restaurant will mean taking on a second job at Pizza Pizza or if you blush like John Mayer at a celibacy convention when shopping at fine lingerie stores in Toronto, we have the Valentine’s Day gift guide for you with gifts under $100 for the woman in your life.
This lipstick trio from Bite Cosmetics will not set you back much and the lipstick shades are subtle enough for most women’s skin tones and right on time for spring. Why Bite? The brand offers beauty products with no petroleum by-products, no GMOs, no polybutenes and no synthetics. Who would want to kiss a mouth wearing all of that anyway? Instead, Bite cosmetics are made with organic oils, fruit butters and bioactives for better hydration. You’ll find Bite cosmetics only at Sephora with locations at Toronto Eaton Centre, Sherway Gardens, Yorkdale Shopping Centre and on Bloor St. W. just east of Avenue Rd.
This fun and stylish Briah charm bracelet by Lauren Elan ($80) gives any outfit an instant Boho look and would look great with loose-sleeved flowing blouses. The double looped antique gold chain has a dangling crystal pendant and adjustable lobster clasp. Handmade by Lauren McMillan. Purchase online.
These Groovy Run Shorts ($54) from lululemon are longer than short shorts and cut more generously in the leg so your lady will feel more comfortable when exercising or running. The moisture-wicking fabric absorbs sweat from the body and there’s a back zipper pocket for important things like keys! You’ll find lululemon stores at Toronto Eaton Centre, Sherway Gardens, Yorkdale Shopping Centre, 342 Queen Street West and 2558 Yonge Street.
Don’t forget: Valentine’s Day is all about the chocolates! These hand-dipped fine Swiss milk chocolate truffles ($13/half dozen, $25/dozen) are made by former model turned baker and chocolatier, Sonia Cecchi of Tutti Dolce. Also available for Valentine’s Day are a dozen mini cupcakes with chocolate-cinnamon buttercream ($22), a dozen black and white heart cookies ($18) and a 250 g. cherry and chocolate bark ($17). Email Sonia@Tuttidolce.ca or call 416-843-2545 to order.
Now, it takes a strongly confident and secure man to give the woman in his life a book about women fulfilling their sexual fantasies, but then you are one of those men, aren’t you? S.E.C.R.E.T by L. Marie Adeline is said to be the next Fifty Shades of Grey. The erotic fiction novel focuses on Cassie, a New Orleans waitress recently widowed who discovers an underground society devoted to the sexual empowerment of women. S.E.C.R.E.T is available at Amazon for $13.
These vintage Sterling silver step earrings from Anice in Kensington Marketare made from Swarovski crystals, African trade bead sliders and Sterling silver, plus they can be worn with jeans and a baggy sweater or a little black dress. Shop online or go in store at 167 Augusta Avenue.