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Living Locally

Localist love this Valentine’s Day

February 08, 2016

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and you know your sweetheart deserves something a little more special than drug store chocolates. Here are 12 fabulous gift ideas, from the traditional to the experiential and even platonic, when only local will do.

If flowers are your go-to for Valentine’s Day, this year make sure they’re ethically-sourced (because pesticides aren’t romantic!) from Antheia Floral Boutique, formerly Willow and Whimsy. You can even pick up a locally-made card while you’re there.
For beautiful handmade jewelry, the Valentine’s Day Collection by Alora Boutique has all your shiny, heart-shaped needs filled.
Pop open a bottle of organic wine from J. Webb Wine Merchant. If wine’s not your thing, pick up a case of beer from Village Brewery, or concoct your own Valentine’s Day cocktail with locally made gin or vodka from Eau Claire Distillery.
Everybody needs time to relax and unwind. Gift certificates for a spa escape at SwizzleSticks SalonSpa in Kensington or Leela Eco Spa in Bridgeland are great ways to do so.
For a holistic experience, Posana Integrative Wellness is hosting a workshop on Valentine’s Day called Let’s Make Love -- teaching reiki, meditation and yoga. Email for tickets.
Rocky Mountain Soap Company has you covered with special Valentine’s Day soap called Ylove Ylove - which is made with ylang ylang (a renowned aphrodisiac) – as well as lip balms, bath products, and massage oil bars (wink wink).
For a more customized “love potion” for your sweetie, Neal’s Yard Remedies can help you design your very own massage oil, bath oil, and lotions.
Get cultured with a night out at Theatre Junction Grand’s production of Isolde, a “modern but timeless” love story about an actress who’s losing her memory. Isolde runs from February 10-13. Get 10% off your tickets when you use the discount code “REAP.”
The Calgary Farmers’ Market is arranging a romantic day with duelling pianos – with all tips going to the Calgary Food Bank, a photo booth, and making fruit flower Valentines with Poppy Innovations. Click here for more information.
Looking for a romantic dinner out? These REAP restaurants offer delicious, local fare with a variety of casual to communal or even upscale atmospheres: Big Fish, Boxwood, Cassis Bistro, CRAFT Beer Market, Open Range, River Cafe, and Suzette Bistro. Order a Mealshare item at participating restaurants and share even more love by providing a meal to someone in need.
Prefer to stay in for dinner? Pick up ingredients for your romantic meal from Community Natural Foods, Market 17, or Sunnyside Natural Market. Or have Fulfilled deliver it straight to your door. Get 10% off when you enter “REAP” in the Who referred you? field.
Need a non-romantic gift? What could be better than The Card That Gives by Dexterity Ventures? The recipient can choose one of 90,000 charities across Canada to receive the funds and you get the receipt just in time for tax season.


Click here for more awesome date ideas in Calgary.
Boycotting Valentine’s Day? Check out Avenue Calgary’s list of non-romantic ways to spend this weekend.

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