Right, so you can't take her to the Caribbean; but the good news is, you can tell her what you want for Valentine's Day: The recently released Balvenie 14-year-old Caribbean Cask ($99.95).  This request may make your girlfriend believe, if only for a few days, that you are dropping hints that mean you are taking her to the Caribbean.  Yes, this  could possibly make for a big disappointment on Valentine's Day. But, hey, it's a Hallmark holiday and you got your cask. Win, win.


AUWS01F_front.jpgWomen know good things come in small packages – for them. But its high time they realized that men think small is beautiful too, especially where electronic gadgets are concerned. Take, for instance, the BUMP wireless speaker ($79.00) line from Aluratek. What could be cooler than a tiny mysterious black obelisk perched upon your desk, especially one that wirelessly connects to your computer and pumps out tunes at surprisingly high decibels. Here’s how it works: a 2.4 GHz transmitter snaps into your USB port, emitting a signal that reaches up to 60 feet. You can also connect to an MP3 player or other audio device with a wired connection. Imagine watching TV in a separate room from your girlfriend but beaming romantic songs to her via the handy Bump. A relationship built to last.


JilianMaddin.jpgLook, you don't have to buy diamonds for your woman on Valentine's, really, it's kind of cliché. And, unless you're going to pop the question, it's probably best to stay away from the  dangerous rock.  That said, jewelry is always a good thing.  Do, however, stay away from mall tripe like People's Jewelers and try independent on for size.  I suggest the softly modern designs of Canadian rising star, Jilian Maddin.  Her colourful line has hints of human touch that translate beautifully.  Prices vary.


deco_5.jpgHere's an idea for the cheesiest gift ever, wait for it:  No, it's not a website where you can upload pictures of your girlfriend getting roses from Fabio.  It's actually an online shop where you can buy cheese (and I'm not talking cheddar), direct from France, and have it shipped to your doorstep overnight.  From stinky to sublime, the veritable hub for fromagophiles is a perfect surprise for a romantic evening at home.  It's also a good way of telling your girlfriend that you still want to have sex with her even if she's bloated.


netflix.JPGIt's not that you're cheap, it's just that you're tired, it's a Monday night and Valentine's dinner reservations are hard to come by when you wait for the actual day of to do it. No problem: Netflix. Score yourself some points by watching a chick-flick, like The Wedding Planner, and make her breakfast for dinner - because it's romantic and it's the only meal you know how to cook.

thermadorovenrange.jpgAnd speaking of cooking... Is it wrong to gift an appliance for Valentine's Day? Yeah, maybe if it's a vacuum cleaner, but for the ultimate 'I love you', upgrade your kitchen with some luxury handcrafted Thermador stainless steel appliances. It's win-win for both of you. You'll be adding value to your home and creating the perfect environment for a lifetime of gourmet meals together. And don't skimp on the luxuries, add the wine refrigerator and built-in fully automatic coffee machine. That way your gesture is less likely to be misinterpreted as 'here's a kitchen, honey, now start cooking."

sports_tickets.jpgSports tickets are a great Valentine's Day gift for your man. If you're on the West Coast, you have the good fortune of having access to the top team in the NHL, the Vancouver Canucks. When was the last time any Canadian city could say that? In Ontario, tickets are on sale to the public this Saturday for UFC 129: St-Pierre vs. Shields at Rogers Centre in Toronto — the first major mixed-martial arts event in the province. But ladies, here's the catch. You buy two tickets for him and his friend. It's not exactly a Hall Pass, but it's the next best thing.