Five sweet local Valentine’s Day gift ideas that won’t break the bank

We are fast approaching the most romantic day of the year, a day to give sweet nothings, whisper words of love and cherish our partners and significant others: Valentine’s Day
This year, gift someone special with a locally sourced gift to express how much you care about him or her, and also your community.

Say it with Flowers

Before you order flowers for delivery from a large florist chain, look around your community to find a florist near you. Most will deliver, and your flowers will be fresher, and delivered by a smiling face you may also see in person on the street where you live.


The Flower Shop & Sweet Pea’s Fresh Flowers
Kelly’s Flowers and Gift Boutique

Carleton Place

The Floral Boutique
The Blossom Shop


Acanthus Floral & Botanical
Cashmere & Rose

Smiths Falls

Gemmells Flower Shop

Say Yes to Donuts

hft doughnutThere are so many sweet treats you can share with your partner, but donuts are special, aren’t they? Luckily, Lanark County is home to several donut makers, which makes it even more fun to pick unique flavours (like the maple bacon donut, a truly Canadian sweet treat). Pick up a dozen, a half dozen, or just one beautiful, hand decorated donut – all will be appreciated.
For handmade donuts with half the fat, head to Healthy Food Technologies in Almonte, where their cutting edge production process has created a healthier donut (so you can eat twice as many). In Perth, Black Fly Grub Hub is located in the historic Code’s Mill building, and has so many fun and colourful donuts to choose just the one to show your love. There is a brand new addition to the donut scene in Lanark County – Maverick’s Donuts in Carleton Place makes donuts as they were meant to be made. Try their mini mavs for a cute alternative.

Valentine’s Chocolate

Isn’t chocolate the quintessential Valentine’s Day gift? Before you head to the store to pick up some generic chocolate, choose an artisanal product that’s made right here in Lanark County. In Lanark Village, Village Treats has been making chocolates for more than 40 years, and their expertise shows in their fun molds and delicious flavours. You can also build your own box of beautifully crafted chocolates from Perth Chocolate Works in Perth or head to Almonte to Hummingbird Chocolate Maker to purchase award-winning chocolate that will make a statement.

Sweet Maple Syrup

samples of maple syrupBe creative this year in how you say I love you to your significant other and gift them with a truly Canadian (and Lanark County) sweet treat. In this region, gifting someone with maple syrup just makes sense, after all, we are the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario!
To find the perfect product, whether it’s maple sugar, maple butter, and of course, maple syrup, you can order online from Temple’s Sugar Bush or Thompsontown Maple Products. Pick up your products in person at Wheelers Maple in McDonald’s Corners, or even stop for a pancake breakfast for two.
For something truly unique, Fulton’s Sugarbush and Maple Shop sells maple skin locations and products that smell so sweet you will almost wish they were edible.

Show Her the Bling

If you really want to show how much you love someone, jewelry is just the thing. Locally owned Burns Jewellers has shops in Perth and Carleton Place, and will help you find just the piece that will wow your special someone. If you are looking for something handmade, Cheerfully Made Goods in Almonte sells items that are handmade with love by a Canadian, and you won’t find the designer jewelry at Kehla Designs anywhere else, they are completely unique. You can also browse the selections at Shadow Fax or Fall River Fashion in Perth.