The provincial Liberals have instituted a new holiday in February: Family Day. In the spirit of celebrating all definitions of the family unit, here are some gift suggestions for your type of family — for both of your girlfriends, all your casual lovers, your best friend and even yourself.
|Love the one(s) you’re withServing gourmet gelato, sorbet and sherbet, the owners of Piccolo Grande bowed to popular demand and now remain open during the winter months. With three locations including one in the Byward Market, there’s no reason not to bring home some chocolate love. Let it melt and use at your own discretion. For info about store hours visit piccologrande.com.
|Hole up here
Beavertails and bumping your butt on the ice of the Canal may make be your previous experience at Winterlude. For something more classy and comforting the NCC is offering a couples package to replace those bruised memories. Lay down $134 and skate your way to two nights hotel accommodation and a choice of admission to the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian War Museum or the Museum of Aviation. If history isn’t your thing you can swap in Casino cash certificates worth up to $20 or Rideau Centre Visitor Values savings directory. For more info visit ottawatourism.ca.
|Big time sensuality
Before getting your rocks off, why not try putting some hot rocks on? An excursion to Le Nordik Nature Spa is the prefect palatial gift. The hot stone treatment aims to increase blood and lymphatic flow, release toxins and calm the central nervous system. It’s a whole new way to get stoned in the woods.
Le Nordik offers various services and packages, including the Port and Chocolate package for $105 per couple. Visit lenordik.com. 16 Nordik Road, Chelsea Quebec.
|Lilies of the valley
Nothing says endearment like watching something beautiful die. Flower connoisseurs might want to visit the newly opened Somerset at 812 Somerset West where they serve up java and jonquils. The Somerset offers custom flower arrangements to compliment any relationship. Give some ivy for fidelity or asters to express contentment. For price info call 613-233-7942 or email email@example.com.
For a truly original getaway catch the next iceberg to Reykjavik, Iceland. The annual Winter Lights Festival, held Feb 22-24, celebrates the end of the dark winter months. Combining aspects of music, sport and art, the festival sees many local establishments taking part in the dazzling drama that is living above the arctic circle. Known as the greenest city on earth, Reykjavik also has numerous gay friendly businesses and many festival events are free. Now how do you say “your place?” in Icelandic? For more info contact the Icelandic Tourist Board firstname.lastname@example.org or call +354 (0)535 5500.
If you’re looking for an affordable and alluring gift, strap on a pink spiked collar. Your dog might hate it but your slave will love to hate it. Treat them like the “pet” they are and teach them to heel. Available at Venus Envy and better pet stores everywhere.
|Are you versatile?
Music is universal, so what could be a more versatile gift than concert tickets? Hawksley Workman makes a return to the Bronson Centre Feb 28. The boy from Hunstville, who has worked with Tegan and Sara, is supporting his new album Between the Beautifuls. Prepare to sweat, something anyone who has attended a concert at the Bronson centre expects, and open your ears to take in some awesome tunes. Tickets are $29.50.
Tell your roommate or lover off by sentencing them to a night in jail — or go yourself to give them some peace. The Hi-Ottawa Jail Hostel (75 Nicolas) offers offbeat accommodations. A former prison, the Victorian-era architectural relic may or may not be haunted by former residents. Beds range from $27 to $32 and private rooms from $70 to $90.30; shivs and shanks not included. Booking in advance is recommended. For more info call 613-235-2595.
Illustrations by Mia Hansen.