Here are the best Valentine's Day gift cards for a variety of hobbies, from guitar lessons to shark diving.
Gift cards used to be the worst Valentine's Day gift imaginable. It was the equivalent of saying: "I don't know what you like, so here's some (fake) money."
Not any more! In recent years, the gift card market has exploded to include every hobby and retailer imaginable. You can also design personalised cards that include your own photos and messages. In other words, it's no longer a thoughtless, last-minute gift.
Below, we've listed some of our favourite gift cards for Valentine's Day 2021. Whether your significant other is into gaming, fine wine or fancy trimmings, you should be able to find a perfect match. (We've also included print-out and text-message options for those who have left things to the last minute.)
If you want to just get straight to the point, a Valentine's Day-branded eGift Card will get the job done with minimal hassle. You can elect to email it or have it pop up on your partner's phone via a personalised text message. Prices start at $25
See also: Where and how to buy Amazon gift cards online
Has your partner been meaning to learn guitar? (Or perhaps you would just like them to serenade you?) Either way, a Fender Play gift card is an excellent gift idea this Valentine's Day. The card grants six months of online guitar lessons from Fender with a huge library of songs and genres to choose from. (Ukulele lessons are also included).
See also: The best electric guitars in Australia
For a personal touch, you can upload a photo or video of yourself onto an Amazon eGift Card. (Video messages must not exceed 30 seconds.) There's a range of monetary options available, ranging from $25 to $200
. Alternately, you can type in a specific amount that has significance to your relationship.
This is the fancy Amazon option that comes in a bespoke black box with a bow. You can choose any amount you like from $30
up to a maximum of $2,000
If your significant other is a PlayStation gamer, a 12-month subscription to the PlayStation Network is a great way to say 'I love you'. It will set you back $79.95
. (A 3-month version is also available for $33.95
If your partner already has a PlayStation Plus subscription, why not grab them a $50
gift card or two for the PSN Store? They can then purchase and download a new game of their choice (after they finish spoiling you for Valentine's Day, of course).
If you can't organise a special outing on Valentine's Day, why not get a RedBalloon gift card instead? Your partner can then choose from hundreds of experiences including hot air ballooning, shark diving, cooking classes, sailing, fine dining or a weekend away at a country retreat. Prices start at $100.
The aptly named Gift Card Store has a comprehensive gift card designer on its website. You can set your own amount and include a photo and message. Best of all, the card uses Visa and Mastercard, which means your partner can use it practically anywhere. To get started, simply upload a 640x480-pixel image in the .jpg, .bmp or .png. file format.
If you want to gift your significant other some booze this Valentine's Day but aren't sure what to get, a BoozeBud gift card could be the way to go. You can choose between $50, $100 or $200.
If you're reading this on 14 February and have forgotten all about Valentine's Day, don't panic! You can still show your partner you care (sort of) by purchasing a last minute print-at-home gift card. There are stacks of designs available with prices starting at $25
. You can also add your own message to the card, perhaps conveying that you'll put more effort in next time.