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February 12, 2016

5 Great V-Day Gifts at the Manulife Centre


The sonnet’s been written, the rose petals are ready to spread around the boudoir and the Marvin Gaye is primed on the record player. Now you just need to find the perfect gift to complete the magic. Fortunately, we’ve already done the scouting for you, along with extensive testing of a wide variety of champagne and chocolate. It hasn’t been easy, but what can we say we’d do anything for love.

Manulife Centre has just what you need to bring a smile to the lips of the person you love. So here are a few gift ideas to help you create a day they’ll never forget.

Breathtaking earrings or a bold timepiece from Birks
For her, delicate Muse sterling silver earrings. For him, a Birks Revolution timepiece. Both are elegant expressions of your love that your partner will be able to wear just about anywhere. The enduring nature of these pieces will speak volumes about your feelings. Of course, these are just suggestions  you’ll want to take some time to stroll through Birks’s incredible collection. Perhaps gold is more suited to her style, or he’s had his eyes on a handsome set of cufflinks. Regardless of your choice, there are few things more satisfying than seeing someone’s eyes light up and hearing their breath catch as they lift open that little blue box.

Champagne Truffle Teuscher Chocolates from William Ashley
While glassware and china are what normally get our attention in William Ashley, our hearts (and noses) are captured by the decadent Teuscher chocolate they fly in each week from Zurich  it’s is some of the best you can find anywhere in the city. Their Champagne Truffle’s decadent flavour and melt-in-your-mouth textures make them the perfect complement to glasses of bubbly shared with your beau or babe. And of course, chocolate is a powerful aphrodisiac, especially when fed to you by the person you love the most. So why not pair them with…

Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Brut Rosé Champagne from the LCBO
Valentine’s day just isn’t the same without champagne. For a perfect pairing with your Teuscher Chocolates, try this bright, lively rosé from Tours-sur-Marne, France. A vibrant medley of flavours, including white peach and raspberry, make this one of the most celebrated rosés from the region, and one of the few still crafted with the meticulous “saignée method” of bleeding off the juice to concentrate the wine’s flavour. Give your love the toast it deserves by popping a bottle and letting the bubbles go to your heads.

The Cosmo Kama Sutra from Indigo
After your champagne and chocolates, who could resist a bit of light reading? Well, make that heavy reading. The editors of Cosmo have let their imaginations run wild. We can guarantee that The Cosmo Kama Sutra is a book you’ll keep coming back to long after Valentine’s Day.

Egyptian cotton bed sheets from Gobelin’s Fine Linens
Of course, the best thing to wrap yourself in is your lover’s embrace, but while you’re at it, why not wrap both of you up in 1,000-thread-count Egyptian linen from this purveyor of fine bedding. Luxurious materials and peerless craftsmanship make Gobelin’s stand apart from the competition, and they can certainly bring a tumble in the sheets to the next level. Take a tip from us: prep it beforehand  you don’t want to be making the bed in the middle of the moment, especially after a few glasses of bubbly.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. No one knows your love better than you do, after all. Perhaps you’ll also want to book an unforgettable dinner for two at the One-Eighty, or catch a VIP screening of The Choice at Cineplex Odeon Varsity and VIP. Whatever you do to make the big day special, we hope it’s the celebration your love deserves.

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us here at Manulife Centre.