Valentine’s Day 2021: Gift ideas, things to do, tips & tricks

Don't panic about Valentine's Day this year. Here's your guide to buying romantic gifts, finding things to do and generally winning at Valentine's Day. You've got this.

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Come February 14th each year, couples wonder if their other half is planning everything, singles loudly express their distaste for the "Hallmark Holliday" and let's not even get started on people who just started dating and now have to navigate a relationship land mine with more precision than a bomb disposal squad.

But it doesn't have to be that stressful! Just do whatever makes you and your partner happy - and if you're single, celebrate yourself! Whether you want to go nuts with a hot air balloon ride and wine or just want to spend the night in with pizza (and probably still wine), Valentine's Day can be whatever you damn well, please.



Valentine's Day date ideas in your city


Valentine's Day Flowers

What would Valentine's Day be without flowers? No, seriously. Without flowers, the whole holiday might cease to exist.

You might be a traditionalist at heart and be looking to send your lucky lover a dozen red roses. Or maybe you want to break tradition and send sunflowers. Or peonies. Or a cactus. Whatever floats your boat, you can order it online and ensure it's delivered by Valentine's Day.

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RED MAGNIFICENT ROSE BOUQUET ( 12 - 25 STEMS )

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Budding Romance Tulip Bouquet Original With Vase

ProFlowers

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Presentation Box of 6 Long Stemmed Red Roses

Interflora

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Enchanted Chloe Sleeveless Bodysuit - Red/Light Pink

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BOLDLOFT from My Heart to Yours Couples Pillowcases

Amazon

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I Saw It First satin lace trim cami top and pyjama shorts set - red heart print

ASOS

Lovense Lush 2 App Controlled Rechargeable Love Egg Vibrator
Lovense Lush 2 App Controlled Rechargeable Love Egg Vibrator

Lovehoney

L'Occitane Cherry Blossom & Moët Hamper
L'Occitane Cherry Blossom & Moët Hamper

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Happy Hearts Chocolate Box - Valentines Hamper

Macarthur Baskets

 Tennis Deluxe Bracelet - white rhodium plated
Tennis Deluxe Bracelet - white rhodium plated

Swarovski

The Red Wolf - Valentines Hamper
The Red Wolf - Valentines Hamper

Macarthur Baskets

Personalised Chocolate Message - 30 Characters
Personalised Chocolate Message - 30 Characters

RedBalloon

Hot Air Ballooning Over The Hunter Valley with Breakfast
Hot Air Ballooning Over The Hunter Valley with Breakfast

RedBalloon

Burt's Bees Lip Balm - Strawberry 4.25g
Burt's Bees Lip Balm - Strawberry 4.25g

Adore Beauty

Love Letter Print Pink Cotton Sweatshirts for Mom and Me
Love Letter Print Pink Cotton Sweatshirts for Mom and Me

PatPat

Sparkling dance set - green, rhodium plated
Sparkling dance set - green, rhodium plated

Swarovski

Female Form Candle Mocha No Scent
Female Form Candle Mocha No Scent

Beginning Boutique

Peta & Jain Legacy Crossbody Bag Black Croc
Peta & Jain Legacy Crossbody Bag Black Croc

Beginning Boutique

Garmin vívomove® 3S - Rose Gold Stainless Steel Bezel
Garmin vívomove® 3S - Rose Gold Stainless Steel Bezel

Bing Lee

More Festivals casual Tie dye long sleeve Loungewear
More Festivals casual Tie dye long sleeve Loungewear

PatPat

BOLDLOFT Together is My Favorite Place to Be Couple Coffee Mugs
BOLDLOFT Together is My Favorite Place to Be Couple Coffee Mugs

Amazon

Battery Park Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch
Battery Park Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch

Nautica

Ceramic Bottle Gift Set 600ml & 295ml - Harbour Mist
Ceramic Bottle Gift Set 600ml & 295ml - Harbour Mist

David Jones

Universal Qi Wireless Charger FAST Charging Pad
Universal Qi Wireless Charger FAST Charging Pad

eBay Australia

Love In Leather Italian Leather Blindfold
Love In Leather Italian Leather Blindfold

Wild Secrets

Belvedere Espresso Martini Hamper
Belvedere Espresso Martini Hamper

The Hamper Emporium

Nookii: The Hot Game for Passionate Lovers
Nookii: The Hot Game for Passionate Lovers

Lovehoney

Chocolate Orange Flavoured Lubricant 100ml
Chocolate Orange Flavoured Lubricant 100ml

Lovehoney

Jet Boat Ride on Sydney Harbour - 30 Minutes
Jet Boat Ride on Sydney Harbour - 30 Minutes

RedBalloon

Crown of Hearts - Valentines Hamper
Crown of Hearts - Valentines Hamper

Macarthur Baskets

Johnnie Walker Black Label Blended Scotch Whisky 700mL
Johnnie Walker Black Label Blended Scotch Whisky 700mL

Dan Murphy's

 Intimate Strip Poker Playing Card Game
Intimate Strip Poker Playing Card Game

Yellow Octopus

Victoria Bitter - VB Thirst Edt 75ml
Victoria Bitter - VB Thirst Edt 75ml

Chemist Warehouse

Google Nest Mini Smart Speaker (2nd Gen) - Charcoal
Google Nest Mini Smart Speaker (2nd Gen) - Charcoal

Catch

Personalised Couples Carved Heart Photo Frame
Personalised Couples Carved Heart Photo Frame

Hard to Find

Romantic Rick Astley Lyrics Ceramic Mug
Romantic Rick Astley Lyrics Ceramic Mug

Hard to Find

You're my Solemate Sneaker Cleaning Kit
You're my Solemate Sneaker Cleaning Kit

Hard to Find


How to choose a Valentine's Day gift

How long have you been dating for?

Only been dating for a few months? Maybe skip on something overly expensive and romantic, and opt for something you can do together as a couple. Of course, if you've been dating for a few years and your budget persists, you can opt for something a little more fancy.

Personality, personality, personality.

Hopefully if you've been dating for a while, you have some idea of their personality and what makes them tick. Get all psychological on them and find the WHY of how they spend their time. Do they exercise a lot? It could be because they love getting physical in the outdoors, are a high achiever in all things (including their body), or they place a high value on image. Or it could be all three. Asking the why will help you unlock personality ticks and find the perfect gift – even if it has nothing to do with where you originally started.

Age matters. But not as much as you think.

What's more important is the life stage they're at. Are they at university? Working full time? About to welcome in their first child – or grandchild? Numerical age isn't as important as life stage.

Hobbies. Or more importantly, what do they want to do but haven't done so yet?

Hobbies are an easy and obvious place to scrape ideas from. And hey, it works for a reason! A snowboarder will never say no to a new pair of goggles and a budding MasterChef will love the gourmet ingredients you got them. But if you want to go a step further, what's the one thing they want to do but haven't yet? Recently, an article on the 37 questions to ask to fall in love with anyone went viral. One of the questions was "Is there something that you've dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven't you done it?" Find this out and you've hit present finding gold.



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