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With just two short weeks until Valentine’s Day, now is the time that many Canadians will start shopping for gifts for their significant other. While there’s always greeting cards, chocolate and candy to fall back on, it turns out that most Canadians would rather receive something different.
According to a recent Rakuten.ca survey, although nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) of Canadians identified as fans of the holiday, the items on their wish lists might surprise you.
Of the 1,008 Canadians polled, 30 per cent said that a meal out is their top gift of choice. Following a nice diner, flowers (13 per cent), a gift card (11 per cent), tickets to an event/other outing (10 per cent), money (8 per cent), and travel (6 per cent) rounded out the most-wished-for items.
On the flip side of things, the survey also revealed some of the worst gifts that Canadians have received while celebrating Valentine’s Day. Respondents shared that items such as a compact shovel, non-alcoholic beer, a weed trimmer, licence plate covers, and a toaster as just a few of the gifts that would be better left behind.
Looking for a little more gift inspiration? Shop these Valentine’s Day gift ideas that are guaranteed to be a hit.
Get a head start on the Valentine’s Day rush with a reservation at your favourite local restaurant. With hundreds of options across the country, you’ll find the perfect dinner date in no time.
SHOP IT: OpenTable, varies
Book a last-minute trip to Sin City and enjoy a romantic getaway that you’ll both remember for years to come.
SHOP IT: Expedia, from $589 per person
If you’re headed on a trip, surprise them with a new suitcase to go along with for the vacation.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $120
You can’t go wrong with red roses, but the addition of elegant calla lilies makes this bouquet even more special.
Check out a local show, or go big with major concert tickets for the night of Feb. 14.
SHOP IT: Ticketmaster, varies
Choose from a wide variety of gift cards to restaurants, department stores and specialty retailers for a gift that they’ll truly appreciate.
SHOP IT: Giftcards.ca, from $10