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You can typically expect Valentine’s gifts to be chocolate and roses, but we suspect the cottager in your life might be lusting after items that are a bit more unique. From customized canoe paddles to tumblers, we’ve put together a solid list of Valentine’s gifts that are a bit more practical than the ones you’ll find on the average list. Not only are they guaranteed to rev up the senses, but they’ll also hold up well for many years to come.
1. True Natural Solid Shampoo Bars
Nature’s Aid shampoo bars are not only biodegradable and eco-friendly (less packaging), they’re quite long-lasting. Leave one at the cottage and save yourself one less thing to pack. Buy now.
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2. Custom Engraved Wooden Paddle
Nothing says “you’re special” like a personalized gift. Haliburton Forest offers custom laser engraving services on their high-quality wooden paddles so you can choose a Valentine’s gift that’s both beautiful and meaningful. Buy now.
3. The Rave Aqua Jump Eclipse Trampoline
Ensure the best summer ever with the gift of an original Aqua Jump water trampoline. According to the company, it’s “the most fun you can have on the water,” and we’re inclined to agree. Buy now.
4. Solo Stove Sticks
If you’re serious about cooking over an open fire, stop rooting around for sticks on the ground and invest in a set of these stainless steel stove sticks instead. Both elegant and practical, they elevate roasting marshmallows and hot dogs into true art. Buy now.
5. Custom Carved Cottage Sign
If the key to your loved one’s heart is spending time at the cottage, there’s no better way to show your devotion than a personalized house sign. Woodworker David Barcroft custom carves each sign out of his workshop in Sarnia, Ont. and ships all over Canada and the US. The ultimate in thoughtful Valentine’s gifts. Order here.
6. ‘Life is Better at the Cottage’ Wine Glasses
If you’re still partial to wine and roses as a Valentine’s gift, why not drink out of these special cottage-friendly glasses? Order here.
7. Spikeball Game Set
Keep everyone occupied at the cottage all week long with Spikeball, a game that’s a cross between volleyball and ping pong. It can be played indoors or outdoors, making it the perfect cottage activity. Buy it here.
8. Eddie Bauer Plaid Flannel Sherpa Throw
If you like to keep things somewhat traditional, this blanket is the perfect Valentine’s gift for snuggling up on the couch after a romantic dinner. Buy it here.
9. Handcrafted Boat Key Cabinet with Key Hooks
A sweet canoe-shaped cabinet with hooks you can place by the front door to store keys and masks. It’s both rustic and practical, making it one of the best Valentine’s gifts you can buy a cottager. Get it here.
10. Portable Outdoor Fire Pit
Cozy up together outside with this handy portable, wood-burning outdoor fire pit. It can even be a fun way to bring the cottage home, depending on how serious you are about campfires. Order it here.
11. Chesapeake Bay Scented Candle
Nothing spells romance like flickering candlelight and you’ll be sure to enjoy the fresh scent of this two-wick candle. It’s meant to smell like fresh linen with tinges of amber, perfumed to smell like a cottage in the summer. Find it here.
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12. Official Bonfire Hoodie
Keep the cottage-lover in your life cozy with this Official Bonfire Hoodie sweatshirt. Buy it here.
13. YETI Stainless Steel Insulated Wine Tumbler
Take your Valentine’s Day wine to-go with this gorgeous stainless steel insulated wine tumbler. What better way to celebrate the occasion than by enjoying a sip of your favourite Chardonnay while appreciating the beauty of the wilderness? Get it today, buy it here.
14. Set of 3 Kitchen Dishtowels
Dishtowels may not immediately spell romance but they’re a household object that often falls by the wayside in favour of flashier items, making them a great Valentine’s gift. These dishtowels feature a rustic moose graphic that will look right at home at the cottage. Get it here.