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With the annual holiday of love only two weeks away, you may be scrambling to come up with a romantic idea for your book-loving beloved. Instead of the usual chocolates and flowers, why not give these items a go?

Umbra caddyUmbra Aquala Bathtub Caddy, $50

First, pick up some scented bubble bath or fizzy bombs and draw her a nice relaxing bath. Light the candles, turn the lights low, and place her latest read on the Umbra Aquala Bathtub Caddy. With a folding book support, wine glass holder, and a place for a votive candle, this is sure to be her favourite bath time buddy – second only to you!

shakespearean love mug

Unemployed Philosophers Guild Shakespearean Love Mug, $12.95 (Dishwasher safe, 12oz.)

Noone knows love like Shake-speare, and now you can let him tell your sweetie just how much you love him with more than twenty quotations from Will’s body of work. He’s sure to think of you fondly, down to the last drop! (Don’t worry, we are assured by UPG that the typo shown has been corrected in current mugs) For an extra surprise, check out the Unemployed Philosophers Guild instructional video on proper mug usage!

Tickets to a free book event5337817-ticket-admit-one

What could be better than sharing your love of books together? Last year my boyfriend and I went to see Anne Rice read from her newest book, The Wolf Gift, at the Toronto Reference Library. This year, the library’s special Valentine’s day guest is Lemony Snicket for “the reading of a private note, the presentation of a coded song, and the unveiling of various alarming evidence that there’s more going on than you think.”  Check your local library listings for events near you!

typewriter cuffsTypewriter Recycled Jewelry, $5 and up

Etsy.com is a treasure trove of handmade finds. Cufflinks, necklaces, and rings are just some of the vintage inspired crafts you’ll find. Pick your loved one’s initials, or give hugs-and-kisses like these silver cufflinks from MyPoppyandWillow ($25).

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