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Your Guide to Shopping Small this Valentine’s Day

With the looming presence of COVID-19 and Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there are an abundance of reasons why this year we need to show some extra love, whether it be to a significant other, your friends or even yourself (you know you deserve it). Spread the love just a little bit more by choosing gifts from small businesses that are owned and operated by some amazing women! In need of something sparkling, sexy, scented or sweet? No need for Cupid— these gals have got you covered! 

Nixi Studios

Looking to give quality pieces without the luxury price? This jewelry line offers gorgeous pieces that are 18K gold-filled or 18K gold plated titanium to ensure long-lasting durability all while remaining affordable. Their wide range of earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets elevate any everyday look, making for timeless jewelry that is perfect for any occasion— not just Valentine’s Day. 

White Lily Intimates

This lingerie looks just as sultry on as it does off, which can make it a gift for both yourself and your significant other. According to White Lily Intimate’s owner, these matching sets and bodysuits “combine sexy and cute without breaking the bank,” giving all the sophisticated and expensive vibes without the matching budget. In addition to their classic lingerie pieces, this business is offering two exclusive sets for Valentine’s Day: the “Be Mine Set and the “Sweetheart Set.” This Toronto business offers local pickup in addition to standard and express shipping, so you can get these sets just in time for your special night. 

La Femme Soy Candles

What better way to set the mood than lighting a candle of the alluring Freya, goddess of love and fertility, part of the Valentine’s Day collection? Offering various other designs, this Toronto business creates candles that will tickle your senses with the amazing scents of Chanel N°5, vanilla, coffee cake, French lavender, Earl Grey, clean cotton, and lime basil and mandarin. Made from eco-friendly soy, you’ll be giving love to the planet too!

Yorokobi Macs

Is it really Valentine’s Day if you don’t have a sweet treat to eat? After all, the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. Offering an array of flavours to choose from, this Vaughn business is also offering a limited Valentine’s Day box available all of February, with the flavours strawberry cheesecake, white chocolate raspberry, vanilla and chocolate strawberry. These delightful macaroons come in boxes of seven and 14— perfect to share or have all to yourself. 

Maria Couto

Ryerson '22

English major | Skin care enthusiast | Carrie Bradshaw wannabe
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