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The greatest gifts for your gal
Think outside the chocolate box this Valentine's Day
By JOANNE RICHARD, Special to QMI Agency
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Let love boom with cute doggy multimedia speakers for her computer, iPod or any MP3 player; $42.95, www.giftosphere.com. (Courtesy of Giftosphere)


    Got a sweetie you're sweet on but you're totally gift phobic? Ignore past gift-giving disasters! You don't have to spend a lot to win your Valentine's heart.

    Sweep her off her feet with these Cupid-approved gifts:

    Turn up the heat. Make it a sexy Valentine's with luscious lingerie. Red-hot and flirty Merrywidow with ruching; $39.50, La Senza stores and www.lasenza.com.

    For the geeky valentine, share some real magnetism. Hot for these tactile dots - nifty Nanodots can build her heart's desire. These tiny magnetic micro constructors require no batteries or technology; $29.99 - $39.99, www.thenanodots.com.

    Flip for the Flip camera complete with hearts and kisses or custom design your own. Buy her the fabulous shoot-and-share Ultra HD Flip for $159.99; then check out the design gallery to create your own exterior at www.theflip.com.


    Get to the Roots of the matter and zip up your love message with a heart-shaped leather coin purse in a happy hot pink hue; $18; www.roots.com.

    Make time, Valentine! Your love will keep lifting her higher with this adorable watch from the Swatch Love Collection, $65, www.swatch.com.

    Love is bubbling with the sensual Cranberry Love Foaming Bath from Fruits & Passion boutiques; $18. Add a heart-shaped glycerin soap, $5; www.fruits-passion.com.

    Give her a single rose that she can wear every day with this red-hot ruffle scarf; $19.95; www.giftosphere.ca.

    Pucker up! For the wonder woman on your list, give her some lip-smacking love with MAC's DC Comics-inspired lipstick in Russian red; $18.50, launches Feb. 10, www.maccosmetics.com.

    Shower her with flower power. She'll adore these funky floral rain boots; $29.50, Old Navy.

    Your love will be crystal clear with Swarovski jewelry - funky red Erika wristlet, $120; Ladybird red key ring, $70; or how about the Nectar violet earrings, $100, and matching pendant, $90; www.swarovski.com.

    Hand over your love with the terrifically turquoise recycled cotton handbag for the eco-lover on your list; $53.95, www.giftosphere.ca.

    She'll welcome the rain strolling with this colourful umbrella in a vivid rose print; $33.95, www.giftosphere.ca.

    Spread the love with the sweet smell of Sensual, aromatherapy body lotion in a blend of black currant and vanilla; $13, Bath & Body Works.

    For your outdoorsy Valentine, the Cool Rules form-fitting, half-zip top by Columbia offers big-time cooling power - freezer fabric pulls heat away from your skin for relief on hot days; $69.99, www.columbia.com.

    Brew up some tea for two. The one-touch Tea Maker by Breville is fully automated and precisely infuses all types of tea leaves for a perfect cup every time; $299, www.breville.ca.

    Pamper her with a night of love. The Fairmont hotels across Canada feature ultimate romance packages. Play the leading man and book a night at The Fairmont hotel in Toronto for a Hollywood-themed night; $229, www.radioroyalyork.ca. Or go for the over-the-top package, Marry Me by the Mountains and the Sea hosted by The Fairmont in Vancouver, includes a Heliject flightseeing adventure to the top of a mountain, sleigh ride, picnic, champagne and more; $7,999, www.fairmont.com.

    Turn up the heat in the bedroom with Naughty Nights Coupons! Add some sizzle with 22 steamy ideas; $6.99, www.chapters.indigo.ca.

    Love is in the air with the new Wildbloom Eau de Perfum; $60, Banana Republic.

    Wrap up the glow with the Voluspa scents collection in Panjore Lychee, $7.99-$49.99.

    Let love boom with cute doggy multimedia speakers for her computer, iPod or any MP3 player; $42.95, www.giftosphere.com.

    Win her heart with a pair of earrings by Anne-Marie Chagnon. Her QOR collection introduces 22 karat gold-plated pewter into cool metallic palettes; $43, store locator at www.annemariechagnon.com.

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    Cuddle up with your Valentine and share a love story that rivals your own. Indigo has selected the most romantic books ever - why not take some inspiration from literary lovers? Visit www.chapters.indigo.ca.

    Chocolat, Joanne Harris, $21

    The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje, $29.99

    Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell, $10.99

    Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden, $21

    The Princess Bride, William Goldman, $10.95

    The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger, $22

    Outlander, Diana Gabaldon, $12.99

    The Notebook, Nicholas Sparks, $9.50

    Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel, $17.99

    Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, $19.95

    The History of Love, Nicole Krauss, $17.50

    This story was posted on Thu, February 3, 2011

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