It’s almost that time of the year again.. February 14th!

Whether it’s Valentine’s day or not, there’s always something nice about showing your appreciation for your loved ones & giving them a thoughtful gift. It could be romantic, fun, or beautiful; or maybe just something they’ve always wanted.

What’s your favourite way to spoil the one you love?

If you’re stuck for ideas, here are a few suggestions for the keen cook, food-lover or dinner-party-enthusiast in your life! And as an extra bonus, some of these great Québec companies will even deliver straight to your door.. It doesn’t get much easier!

1. Sign them up for a ceramics class!

If your special someone fantasises about that pottery wheel scene in the movie Ghost, then why not sign them up for a class! As well as being a lovely shop that sells handmade ceramics, Atelier Make also do some workshops that you could sign your partner up for. They’ll learn a great skill & be able to take home what they’ve made.. maybe even serving dinner on it!


2. Give them a flower bouquet subscription!

Flowers are often a go-to around Valentine’s, but why not spoil your loved one by getting them a monthly flower subscription from Floralia! Every month they’ll have a gorgeous, locally-grown, organic & seasonal bouquet delivered to your home or a Montréal pick-up point. A lovely gift for those who like to entertain or would appreciate seasonal colours & fresh fragrances at home.


3. Chocolate… really?!

They might let you eat some of it, too! Yes, chocolate can be a bit of a cliché for Valentine’s, but there are so many great chocolate companies out there that you don’t have to go with the standard boxes that we see everywhere. For example, the Québec-made Chocolats Favoris have the usual bars & boxes, but also some fun, chocolate-filled cupcakes and special chocolate for fondue! Miss Choco also have a selection of more unusual Canadian & international bean-to-bar chocolates, many with creative, well-designed packaging. Whatever you choose, the result will be delicious!


4. What about a new cookbook?!

Think about it. A cookbook is technically a gift for you, your partner and the whole family! If you know they love to bake, want to learn more about wine pairing or maybe need some new breakfast recipes, then a cookbook can only be a great idea. Order one online or check them out at one of Montréal’s specialist cookbook stores like Appetite for Books in Westmount or Librairie Gourmande at Jean Talon Market.


5. Make a romantic Cook It dinner!

And finally, don’t forget Cook It! We are of course biased but if things have been a bit hectic, why not treat yourselves to a subscription to help you cook some easy, romantic meals from the comfort of your own home. You could have fun cooking together, or surprise them by having everything ready when they get home after work! All you need to do is set the table, light a few candles and crack open a bottle of wine. It’s more intimate, personal & also cheaper than the cost of going to a busy restaurant & getting a taxi!


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