Valentine’s Day gifts for cottagers

Gifts perfect for the cottage or every day!

By Michelle KellyMichelle Kelly

fish in the sea

Photo by StayGoldMedia


My cottage is not winterized, so I’ve never spent a Valentine’s Day there, nor has it ever occurred to me that I might. Which is a curious thing, really, because what better place is there to cozy up than on a snowy lake, a fire in the hearth and your sweetheart by your side? I always have such a hard time finding good gifts for my husband, but I guess I wasn’t looking hard enough because after an hour spent on the web, I found more than a few items that he might like. And, of course, quite a few that I wouldn’t mind receiving myself! (Honey? You reading this?)

heart shaped casserole dish

La Crueset heart-shaped casserole

Perhaps you’d like to encourage your beloved to make you some breakfast in bed? This cast-iron frying pan, by Lodge, may just do the trick. Great quality at a reasonable price too.

If dinner is more your specialty, how about a stew made with love in a classic La Creuset casserole, in the shape of a heart, no less?

Fairisle knit blanket
Fairisle knit blanket

This year, instead of going for a card, why not go a little extra and order a cottage-themed print? You’re the only fish in the sea for me is ideal for a cottage angler and Keep calm and love moose makes up for its lack of originality by the fact that it includes any cottager’s most beloved four-legged friend.

No fire in your hearth? If you’re looking for extra warmth, try this beautiful FairIsle knit blanket, handmade from 100% supersoft Scottish lambswool. It ain’t cheap, but it sure is pretty.

Keep calm and love moose

Keep calm and love moose

If you’re looking for a more stylish way to keep your odds and ends organized (perhaps that old coffee can just isn’t cutting it anymore?), have a gander at this cool wooden box, handmade from driftwood, that I found on etsy.

Lastly, for a super-special splurge, consider this amazing chain-stitched bag by Toronto textile designer Virginia Johnson. A great choice for lugging all your gear to and from the lake.

Happy Valentines Day!


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Penny Caldwell

Summer Cottager

Feb. 15, 2012

11:12 am

Hey Debb - Love your profile pic!

Michelle Kelly

Michelle Kelly

Feb. 15, 2012

11:11 am

Hi Debb: Sounds like the perfect VDay indeed! Enjoy!


Feb. 13, 2012

8:53 pm

We have been married over 30 years and dated six years before that. That's a lot of valentine's days. After the first few years of chocolates and flowers and a movie night, we kind of gave up on the big to-do. But, valentine's day..or ANY day at the cottage together is indeed the best gift. We are heading there tomorrow for a couple of days. Gonna celebrate with a nice meal, perhaps a sauna and a cozy evening by the wood stove! :)

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