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Valentines Ideas For Valentines Day
Valentines ideas – do you really want to show your partner how you feel?
The most common Valentines ideas include flowers, chocolates, cards and teddy bears. This is a great idea for the first time you buy your partner a Valentine present (for example, if you are a Valentines Day "virgin") – but a few years into your relationship, more may be expected from you as your partner wants to feel the strength of your commitment on this special occasion.
While buying a diamond ring might be out of the question this Valentines Day, consider the Valentines ideas below which have all the essential basics of a great romantic gift - an element of surprise, romance, shared experience and the ability to show your partner how much you care. It's a bonus if you can participate in a Valentines gift of your choice too!
Buy chocolates here if you're a Valentine virgin - I've tasted (and eaten all) these and women love them!
Useful tips for choosing a Valentines present
It’s a surprise. Everyone loves surprises and Valentines Day is a perfect opportunity to spring a surprise they weren’t expecting.
It’s romantic. Don’t buy her a dishwasher or him a tie. Go for something that shows that you think of your partner romantically and individually.
It’s a new experience. You will always remember doing something you’ve never done before. Create a great memory, as well as giving a present.
It’s something they’re sure to like. Who wouldn’t want to be surprised with a romantic present that shows you’ve picked up on their likes and dislikes?
There’s something in it for you. It would be an ideal gift indeed if you could both share and delight in it.
Buy your partner something they will treasure forever – a great memory!
Imagine a romantic gift that you both will treasure forever...
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Here are some Valentines ideas to get the ball rolling:
A Ghost Tour
Many cities around the world run ghost tours which involve a historical walk around a “haunted” area in the evening. Some tours come with meals, some come with a narrator and some come with built-in ghosts. Why be a soppy romantic when you can be scared witless instead?
A Balloon Trip
Yes, it’s expensive. Yes, it’s an early start in the morning. But if you or your partner have never been ballooning before, it’s an experience you’ll never forget. Tip: just make sure you are both not scared of heights before booking in. Oh, and you can get romantic breakfasts with some balloon trips too – chicken and champagne anyone?
There’s some unique themed restaurants out there to investigate, but a word of warning – do not go to any “unsanitary” themed restaurants, such as Japanese toilet restaurants, on Valentines Day or you’ll regret it. Good restaurants to try might include those with live music (more the classical solo instrumentalist than the rave band type), gourmet and fine dining restaurants or just plain miscellaneously uncategorised restaurants, such as the Tram Restaurant in Melbourne (best night in years). Melbourne might be a little far for you to travel though, so scout around your city to see what’s available.
Ferry & Boat Rides
If you can get a meal thrown in with a ferry or boat trip, you will be adored and appreciated for presenting this gift! Ladies love it, because it goes on for HOURS. Men love it, because they get drunk throughout the ride. Thumbs up for everyone. The longer it is, the better. Just make sure your partner doesn’t have a tendency to get seasick. Check out other methods of transport might not have tried too – there’s horseback riding, motorbike hire, cycling, jetskis and more.
A Short Holiday to an Unexplored Neighbouring Country or State
Depending on your budget of course, and hopefully there will be a neighbouring place you’ve never experienced. In my case, it would mean getting on an overnight boat to Tasmania or catching a flight to Alice Springs. Or maybe just a mystery flight. Whatever you decide, it will be interesting one way or another, and you’ll have great memories of the trip!
A Change of Place
If you live in the city, go for a picnic in the country and prepare a few courses of delicious food and beverages yourself – the more the merrier! Check out some hot viewing points or go gemstone fossicking – it’ll be peace and quiet for the soul.
If you live in the country, take your partner into the city for the day and plan events according to your partner’s tastes. Maybe they like to lunch at a café or tower hop for views. Maybe they like shopping or maybe they want to attend a festival, concert, theatre or band. You’ll be glad to be coming home after a big day out.
Some other tips to make it extra romantic
- Take your favourite beverage or alcoholic drink and two glasses.
- Take one fake rose (so you don’t have wilting problems on the way)
- Shave your hairy bits (the ones you are supposed to shave, unless you feel really daring)
- Dress nice and put on a fragrance or cologne
- Take a camera
If you invest in great memories for your Valentines ideas, you’ll reap the rewards for months to come. Chosen carefully, and with your partner’s tastes in mind, the ideal Valentines present will be appreciated in a long-lasting way – the way you intended all along of course!
Have a lovely Valentines Day x
What do you plan to do next Valentines Day?
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