2016 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Supporting Small Businesses

I love Valentine’s Day! While it is not a holiday that we have to celebrate, it is always a fun one and I tend to go all out with it in our home.

Consider this post a
Valentine’s Day Gift Guide
with some great gift ideas that also support small businesses.

For the kids, there are two great gift ideas that I would love to share with you
along with many other Valentine’s Day activities:

Valentine Curiosity Box
I’m a huge fan of Curiosity Box as a gift idea because it is the gift encourages creativity and keeps on giving! Choose from one of their two Valentine’s Day themed craft boxes. There are crafts and activities for children up to the age of 7 in both Valentine’s Day Curiosity Box options.

Another fun gift idea for kids are some accessories from Sugar Plum and Applesauce Boutique. At $3 a pair, what a fun treat these would be for your little one on Valentine’s Day! You can order directly through Facebook or email.
Valentine Sugar Plum

Now, let’s talk about some Valentine Gift Ideas for YOU!

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Adults


Has your partner ever given you a gift for Valentine’s Day that was FAR from romantic or meaningful? Sometimes people have no idea what to give, but they know that they have to give something and they end up making a choice that is far from ideal. That is why this year, I have found some fun options for you to SUGGEST to your partner. Call it subtle hinting or creating a wish list, but you may as well get something that you like or want or need, right?
Valentine's Day Gift Guide
I will never forget the year I was getting married, we I was SO excited to create our registry wish list. Hubby to be took that as a list of items that I was excited to receive no matter what the occasion. Luckily, we had “the talk” before Valentine’s Day and I saved him from giving me an IRON. Yes, you read that right…an IRON for Valentine’s Day! Seriously, there are some household gifts that I would LOVE to receive on Valentine’s Day, but an iron is definitely not one of them. I don’t even iron, but at the time I figured I should at least own one.


For my birthday, I gave myself the gift of a photo session with Lia from Lia Stefanidis Photography. Knowing now how amazing the experience was and that not only did I walk away with photos of myself, but also more self confidence and a whole new me, I can officially say that without a doubt if my husband had given me this as a gift for Valentine’s Day, it would have been an amazing, meaningful gift. A lot of women have a hard time spending money on themselves for something they don’t “need”, so this gift would definitely be appreciated by many.

Valentine Blooming Wellies
Some women are more traditional and want the flowers or the chocolates for Valentine’s Day. I used to be, but have found myself to be more practical lately, perhaps is it’s my old age – haha! For those of you (and I know there are many) that are more traditional and enjoy receiving Valentine’s Day Flowers, be sure to check out Blooming Wellies Flower Boutique if you are in the York Region area. Flowers speak the language of Love. Giving flowers was and is always a symbol of love. Sometimes it is a dozen roses, and sometimes one single bloom is enough, signifying your deepest emotions for the other person.

This year, I reached out to some of my friends and small business owners to give them the opportunity to share with you what they believe would make some amazing Valentine’s Day gift ideas! Since starting my own business with Norwex, I truly can appreciate how meaningful it is when people support local small businesses. So, I would like to give back to the small business community in the little way that I can by sharing with you some ideas.

If something reaches out to you, copy the link to this post and share it subtly OR not so subtly with your significant other and let them know what you would like!


If you would like to receive the Gift of Glamour this Valentine’s Day, do I have the perfect person for you! Carrie-Ann Nihmey-Smye is not only a Stella and Dot Consultant, but she also has another business called Simple Glamour for Real Women – Wardrobe Consultation and Style Shopping Service. It would be so much fun to receive a session with her to help you feel beautiful inside and out. Today’s woman is a multi-tasking goddess who balances many roles and needs to look and feel confident while doing it! Simple Glamour for Real Women provides a variety of styling services all available a la cart and tailored to meet the needs of every woman. Carrie can take the stress out of knowing what’s trendy and appropriate and help your loved one get ready for the next season by taking a fresh look at her current closet or/and by providing a private shopping and styling experience. Your gift certificate allows that special valentine to choose what she wants/needs from the styling service menu.
Contact Carrie-Ann Nihmey-Smye (905-252-7101) or email her to purchase your gift certificate.

Valentine Stella and Dot Jewelry
Stella & Dot Jewelry and Accessories offers some beautiful statement pieces. Engraved dedicates. Bags, wallets, rings and so many pretty things! All wrapped up in special packaging. Gift-giving ready and delivered right to your door! Carrie-Ann Nihmey-Smye is your Stella & Dot private, personal shopper and fashion fast-tracker! Call her to solve your Valentine’s Day gift dilemma! In minutes over the phone or by email you’ll have your shopping done with something perfect for your loved one.
Carrie-Ann Nihmey-Smye
905-252-7101
carrie@smye.ca
www.stelladot.com/carrieannglam
www.facebook.com/stelladotjewelleryjam


Valentine's Day Gift Guide
Do you want a unique and perfect gift for Valentine’s Day this year for yourself or your Valentine? Shop Scentsy, the gift that keeps on giving! Scentsy products make amazing gifts because they can be used all year round and they are the only safe, chemical free and non toxic fragrance products that make your home smell fantastic. Scentsy has many Valentine’s Day gifts to choose from. Warmers, over 80 fantastic scents and even special Scentsy stuffed buddies that contain a scent pak of your choosing to remind that special someone just how much you care. Scentsy products make a forever gift that they can treasure their whole life.


Valentine Pampered Chef
Pampered Chef Consultant: Jeanette Puna offers the suggestion of a set of 1-cup Prep Bowls, filled with favorite candies. Once the candies are gone, the bowls can be used again, and again. Or perhaps, if your significant other is more traditional, buy her some flowers and put them in a Pampered Chef Trifle Bowl.


Valentine 31 Gifts
Jennifer Hunter-Pigeon from 31 Gifts sells great, little organizational products for the person who has it all. Visit her website to see who you can surprise with some special love.


Valentine Gift Idea Rodan and Fields
Gretchen Marshall Winterstein from Rodan + Fields suggests that this year, you skip the chocolate and the flowers for Valentine’s Day and give the gift of great skin! Her products will make you fall in love with your skin all over again. Launched in Canada one year ago, R+F products have a 60 day money back guarantee and are for men and women. Message her today for great deals and gift giving advice for your sweetie.


For those of you who love food, have you ever checked out Epicure?

Valentine Epicure Food


What would your IDEAL
Valentine’s Day Gift be?


NOTE: Keep in mind that most companies have cut-off dates in order to ensure a Valentine’s Day delivery. Be sure to contact each company separately to find out their shipping policy. Also, if you already have a consultant that you love who works for any of the companies listed above, please be sure to stay with them. Consider this post where you got the gift idea from and stay loyal to your consultant, they appreciate and value your business.

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8 Responses to 2016 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Supporting Small Businesses

  1. Laurie P says:

    curious about SugarPlum and Applesauce boutique……my girl loves pretty hair accessories!

  2. Laurie P says:

    curious about SugarPlum and Applesauce boutique……my girl loves pretty hair accessories!

  3. Amber Smith says:

    Lots of great ideas on this list. I love Epicure’s savoury blends as well – very tasty!

  4. Treen Goodwin says:

    wow great ideas i love Epicure , thanks for sharing

  5. kathy downey says:

    They sure have some nice items !

  6. Darlene Schuller says:

    I always try to buy locally, or Canadian made. I find some of the most unique, different things in local shops.

  7. Joni W says:

    I’m not into valentine’s day

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