Unexpected Valentine’s Day ideas and gifts that will take your date by surprise in 2021
Valentine's Day is usually dinner and roses, and while there's nothing wrong with that, sometimes it's fun to step outside the box.
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Sitting down to dinner or watching a movie on the couch together at home can be a sweet way to spend Valentine's Day. If you're looking to switch things up this year, there's plenty of other options that will liven up the day if you feel like stepping out of your comfort zone.
We've put together this guide to help you think outside of the box and put a little more thought into your Valentine's Day celebrations and gift ideas that will earn you the tick of approval from your Valentine.
Valentine's Day ideas
1. Go on a road trip
Why not surprise your Valentine with a day trip on 14 February? Not only will you create great memories, it's a gift your partner won't expect. AAT Kings offers a variety of curated day trips featuring visits to some of the best sites in Australia. Once you've booked, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride.
2. Take to the skies on a hot air balloon ride
It's romantic, it's memorable, and you can do it from nearly every major city. Bonus points: it's not as expensive as you think.
For example, RedBalloon has dozens of deals on hot air balloon rides, many of which come with yummy extras like breakfast or bubbly.
Gold Coast Hinterland Hot Air Balloon Flight with Breakfast
Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Geelong
3. Book a romantic weekend away
Valentine's Day falls on a Sunday this year, which couldn't be better timing.
Spend your mini-getaway in the pool, the spa and your room without ever having to worry about making the bed or washing the dishes. The next morning, indulge in breakfast in bed or head to a new spot for brunch.
Two-Night Rainforest Retreat with Breakfast and Wine
Two-Night Rottnest Island Deluxe Glamping Stay
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
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4. Indulge in a couples massage
Schedule in an hour or two of total relaxation with your date without needing to return the favour. You'll still get all the brownie points for helping them unwind without having to lift a finger.
If you're up for a challenge, try something new like a hot stone or Thai massage.
Spa Package with Massages and More
Couples Aromatherapy Massage
Couples Massage and Facial with Chocolates and Sparkling
5. Cook up some love
Shop local and head to your nearest market for all the ingredients you'll need to make a romantic, home-cooked meal. Or, take some notes from the experts at a couples cooking class where you can learn to make authentic Italian, Spanish, Moroccan, Indian or French dishes.
6. Test out your mixology skills with a cocktail making class
Cocktails go hand in hand with a good dining experience, so why not stretch out the celebrations on Valentine's Day by heading to a cocktail making class after your Valentine's Day meal, or opt for a class that has a dining element included.
Cocktail Making Class with Matched Meze
Gin Cocktail Making Workshop
Private Cocktail Making Class
7. Go skydiving
Nothing brings people closer together than a surge of adrenaline. Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to go all out for your partner, so go big or go home with the ultimate skydiving adventure.
Byron Bay Skydive
Great Ocean Road Skydive
8. Head to the cinema
Whether you want to cosy up in a traditional cinema or make the most of the last weeks of summer with an outdoor cinema experience, it's the perfect date night activity.
9D Action Cinemas - Sydney
Tivoli Drive-In Theatre
Valentine's Day gifts under $50
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Entry
Stand Up Paddle Board Hire on the Swan River
Eureka Skydeck Entry
Alice in Wonderland Cocktail Tea Party
Sandboarding and 4WD Tour in Port Stephens
The Basin - Sydney Self Guided Single Kayak Tour
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Skywalk at Sydney Tower Eye
Glass Bottom Boat Cruise and Penguin Feeding
Hutt Lagoon Guided Buggy Tour
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel Admission
Dolphin, Penguin and Sea Lion Cruise
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Gunners' Barracks Sparkling High Tea - For 2
Swim with Dolphins and Seals
Sunrise Camel Ride
Go Karting Session
Horse Riding Tour at Glenworth Valley
Private Melbourne City Photography Workshop
Gold Coast Luxury Sunset Cruise
Private Sunset Cruise with Seafood and Bubbles
Unlimited Dinner at SkyFeast Sydney Tower
Farm Picnic Lunch with Bottle of Wine
Romantic Pop-Up Picnic
Winery Tour and Tasting with Italian Lunch
2-course Dinner with Wine
2-course Steakhouse Lunch with Drink
Barossa Valley Hop-On Hop-Off Winery Tour
Unique Valentine's Day gifts
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Valentine Picnic Cheese Treat Box
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