Warming up to Valentine’s

You know the day of hearts is only a couple of weeks away so you best get ready my friends! Here are some ideas to keep your thoughts warm and lovely!

The love of your life is pretty cool, right? If the word “curated” is part of his or her vocabulary I’m sure you’re feeling a bit of pressure to come up with just the right gift item. Well, have no fear! Check out the Giftagram App for some cool gift ideas from the coveted Hustle & Flow bracelet by Jenny Bird for “her” to awesome bike accessories for “him”. They even have the insanely popular Cards of Humanity game on their roster! There’s even a Buddha Box that’s perfect for chillaxing. GiftagramHaving tested out the app myself (and yes, I gifted myself that bracelet) I was really impressed with the service and the quality of merchandise available. The app is simple to use. Once you’ve signed in you can sift through the items and get brief descriptions. See something you want to gift? Go through a few easy steps and add a personal note. The app will then notify your gift recipient and obtain their preferred mailing address directly from them. You’ll be notified (and charged) once that person has acknowledged your gift. I had placed an order two days ago and it had arrived this afternoon all packaged nicely! All prices include delivery. Note that for Valentine’s there is a special promo happening right now with Soma Chocolate…you can order a $1 chocolate bar from this artisanal chocolatier. Yes, $1! The app is available for Toronto and GTA. (pssst….you can even send this as a secret admirer! Isn’t that fun?) Visit www.giftagram.com



Photo courtesy of Pusateri's Want to impress your love with a beautiful dinner at home (or hey, surprise him/her at the office with a fun lunch?) Pusateri’s has various options from the catering department.  Everything is prepared by their caterers then packed and ready to go with instructions on how to re-heat and assemble! If you want to go that extra step you can also hire in their personal chef and waitstaff! See the special Valentine’s offerings here: www.pusasteris.com

Time is precious and you’ll want to make sure you’ve secured your favourite wine or bubbly from WineOnline.ca ! From Veuve to Moet & Chandon you can have the perfect bottle delivered right to your door.


Escape the ordinary and have a sultry sleepover at Gladstone Hotel. You’ll want to check you their ‘I Love You Like XO’ room specials for stays between February 13th and 15th. If you’re really um…kinky…you may be intrigued with a one night stay in an artist designed room and receive a Kinky Restraint Kit from Good For Her starting from $239/night. Add ons (like dinner) are also available. Check out availability at www.gladstonehotel.com

destingo - photo credit: sonya davidsonA little too risque? Then how about dinner at one of my favourite new restaurants in the city! Destingo Italian Kitchen & Bar located on Queen Street West near Bathurst has a 5-course delicious Prix Fixe Valentine’s Day menu ($49/person). See the menu and reserve your spot at  www.destingo.ca 

Keurig + Pink Tartan CupBecause Valentine’s isn’t just for lovers but for friends too! Show your BFFs how much you love them and give them this amazing Pink Tartan + Keurig cup ($19.99)– by the way, 100% of the profits from the sale o this limited edition cup will go to support Toronto East General Hospital. Order one for yourself and your friend here at www.keurig.ca

I would LOVE this custom necklace by ProjectDahlia of Toronto (see featured image above). It’s simple and understated but so sweet! The lowercase letters with the rose gold heart is so pretty! Available through ETSY (starting at $41.20 CAD) www.etsy.com

More gifts that give back — I particularly fell in love with this bracelet from the Me to We collection. The Neno Word Bracelet ($19.99) features a hand-cast brass pendant with Me to We Neno Word Bracelet LOVE“LOVE” hand-knotted on a very pretty in pink cotton cord. And remember you’ll need a card! This “YOU ARE LOVED” Valentine’s Day card also gives clean water! For every card purchased, you will also be giving 100 litres of clean water to fa family overseas. What I love about the Me to We collection is that recipients can track their impact with each card. The back of each card includes a unique eight-digit code that can be entered online at trackyourimpact.com to learn about where the funds was delivered! Visit www.metowe.com to shop!

Me to We Valentine's Day Card














Sonya is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of AZNmodern.com. She is also a well-established contributing lifestyle writer to other sites and magazines sharing her passion for arts & culture, fashion, beauty, travel and food. Sonya is based in Toronto, Canada. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @theculturepearl

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