There’s ONE thing you need to know about choosing the perfect Valentine’s Day Gift – don’t ASK the other person what they want!! Mamas especially are tapped out when it comes to making decisions for other people; the true gift is in surprising us with a thoughtful item that we didn’t have to tell you about in the first place!
If you’re picking up a gift certificate or booking an experience – make sure you are not ADDING work to your partner’s plate! If it’s a gift card for a spa, go ahead and book the time and make sure you plan child care or whatever else is necessary for that to happen. Your partner can always change the date! If you’re buying food-related products, create a little menu of the meal YOU plan to prepare for your loved one with the goodies you pick up! The goal with a gift like this is to ensure your partner feels pampered, not being passed another task to schedule. A few extra moments can make all the difference in turning an okay present into an amazing gift!
To help you out – without having to ask your significant other for inspiration – we’ve teamed up with some fantastic LOCAL businesses to showcase products that are perhaps a tad non-traditional for Valentine’s Day but are sure to be a hit! (Businesses have paid to be included in this guide, however, Pickle Planet only works with brands and individuals we feel meet the interests and values of our readers.)
Clip it. Yank it. Wipe it. Might not sound like a romantic gift, but I know the fitness fanatic in my house would LOVE one of these New Brunswick creations! Just a year old, this local company is making big waves in the sporting goods world – so jump on board and be ahead of the trend. The Yanky is a fashionable little clip on hanky that is perfect for wiping the sweat off your brow during ANY physical exertion you get into this Valentine’s Day!
Off the Wall Eyewear
Does your sweetie wear specs? Check out the fantastically fun and unique frames at Off the Wall Eyewear Emporium. There’s something for everyone, from kids Julbo sunglasses to ECO frames (made from 95% recycled materials), contacts to safety glasses. Lots of lines exclusive to the Maritimes!
Work of Heart
This is the perfect gift for the person who is searching for a better sense of themselves. Whether you’re starting that journey or are already well on your way, Work of Heart will speak to you. This made-in-Moncton event is like none other around. It is a chance to reflect, take charge, and restore your mind, body, and soul. You’ll listen to inspiring stories from local people, share a meal, and spend time focusing on taking care of yourself.
Celebrate the season with a photo shoot that captures your love! Colleen Ferguson specializes in family and maternity photos, but also offers special sessions, including boudoir and birth. Whether you’re looking for cute photos of the kids to share with the grandparents (she has Valentine-themed mini sessions) or something a bit saucier for yourself, let Colleen capture your best features!
Sparkle Auto Spa
What’s the next best thing to buying your sweetheart a brand new car or truck? Making it LOOK brand new!
Send your sweetie to the spa – Sparkle AUTO Spa, that is! Their signature Platinum Package includes a full interior cleaning, a hot pressure wash, tires & rims cleaned, hand wax finish – they’ll even shampoo the engine! I don’t know any vehicle owner who wouldn’t love this pampering. You can pick up a gift card in person or online, and there’s a 10% discount if you subscribe to the mailing list.
For the real auto enthusiast, consider gifting a photography session at Sparkle Auto Spa’s 360-degrees photo booth! This service is geared toward folks who are selling vehicles, but I think it would make a perfect Valentine’s Day Gift for someone who truly LOVES their car or truck!
Give the gift of time this year – hire iClean to make the house spic and span! Whether it’s a major deep clean or an ongoing maintenance tidying, trust the professional team to take care of it, while your loved one enjoys the time doing something out of routine.
Sparkle Lifestyle & MediSpa
We all know true beauty lies within, but sometimes we want to polish the outside, too. The team at Sparkle Lifestyle & MediSpa offer a host of medical aesthetic services that could be just the personal splurge your partner is looking for: laser treatments to remove old tattoos and unwanted hair, improve skin laxity and wrinkles, sculpt excess fat, and much more. There are also ongoing nutrition and fitness programs, as well as a staff gynecologists who specialize in vaginal rejuvenation.
There you have it, seven fantastic out-of-the-box local gift ideas for Valentine’s Day! Whatever you choose to gift this season, remember the key is in making your sweetheart feel special – a little note and a lack of asking “what do you want” can go a LONG way!
Happy gifting, everyone, and thank you for supporting local businesses like Pickle Planet and our partners.
(If you run a business that you think matches our values and would like to be considered for future gift guides and promotional opportunities, we’d love to chat!)