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Unexpected Valentine’s Day ideas and gifts that will take your date by surprise in 2022

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 are plenty of other options to liven up the day and step 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. These will earn you the tick of approval from your Valentine.

Where will you be this Valentine's Day?

Looking for inspiration on things to do in your area? We've got heaps! Read our city-specific guides for the best things to do in cities across Australia:


Valentine's Day ideas

1. Go on a road trip

Why not surprise your Valentine with a day trip on 14 February? You can create great memories and it's a gift your partner won't expect.

2. Take to the skies on a hot air balloon ride

It's romantic, 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.

Hot Air Ballooning over the Mudgee Region
Hot Air Ballooning over the Mudgee Region

RedBalloon


3. Book a romantic getaway

Valentine's Day falls on a Monday this year, which could be your extra day off.

Spend your mini-getaway in the pool, the spa and your room without worrying about making the bed or washing the dishes. The next morning, indulge in breakfast in bed or head to a new spot for brunch.

Search below to see what else is available:


4. Indulge in a couples massage

Schedule in an hour or 2 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 lifting a finger.

If you're up for a challenge, try something new like a hot stone or Thai massage.


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, Japanese, Thai, Singaporean or Lebanese dishes.

Check out what you can book at RedBalloon, Groupon or ClassBento where you'll leave with recipes to recreate the magic at home.


6. Test out your mixology skills with a cocktail-making class

Cocktails go hand in hand with a good dining experience. Why not stretch out the celebrations on Valentine's Day and head to a cocktail-making class after your Valentine's Day meal? You can opt for a class with a dining element too.

Cocktail Making Class with Matched Meze
Cocktail Making Class with Matched Meze

RedBalloon


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.

Valentine's Day gifts under $50

Stand Up Paddle Board Hire on the Swan River
Stand Up Paddle Board Hire on the Swan River

RedBalloon

National Museum of Australia Building and Architecture Tour
National Museum of Australia Building and Architecture Tour

RedBalloon

Melbourne Ports and Docklands Scenic Cruise
Melbourne Ports and Docklands Scenic Cruise

RedBalloon

Blue Mountains Explorer Hop On Hop Off Bus Pass
Blue Mountains Explorer Hop On Hop Off Bus Pass

RedBalloon

Phillip Island Koala Conservation Reserve Entry
Phillip Island Koala Conservation Reserve Entry

RedBalloon

Wine Tasting Experience at Best's Wines
Wine Tasting Experience at Best's Wines

RedBalloon

Sandboarding and 4WD Tour in Port Stephens
Sandboarding and 4WD Tour in Port Stephens

Adrenaline

The Basin - Sydney Self Guided Single Kayak Tour
The Basin - Sydney Self Guided Single Kayak Tour

Adrenaline


Valentine's Day gifts under $100

National Gallery of Victoria Sparkling High Tea Experience
National Gallery of Victoria Sparkling High Tea Experience

RedBalloon

Scenic World and Blue Mountains Explorer Bus Pass
Scenic World and Blue Mountains Explorer Bus Pass

RedBalloon


Valentine's Day gifts under $150


Sunset cruises


Dining experiences

3-Course Lunch by the Harbour with Wine
3-Course Lunch by the Harbour with Wine

RedBalloon

The Ultimate Brewery and BBQ Meat Experience
The Ultimate Brewery and BBQ Meat Experience

RedBalloon


Thrilling experiences


See the latest deals for Valentine's Day experiences and gifts

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Get $10 off per person on NSW oyster farm tour

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Available on select dates from 25 June – 31 December 2022 for a 2 to 3-hour experience.
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Get $40 off midweek tandem skydives

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Available on jumps until 28 October 2022 on select locations including Byron Bay, Newcastle, Cairns, Melbourne, Hunter Valley and more. T&Cs apply.
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Available on purchases including tickets to Universal Studios Singapore, Gardens by the Bay, S.E.A. Aquarium and ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands. T&Cs apply.
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Available on select dates including holidays like Christmas, New Year's and more depending on the destination when you subscribe to Klook's newsletter. Destinations include Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Dubai, Australia, London, USA and more.
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Up to 34% off things to do in Australia

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Available on select travel dates across Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast and more. Activities include day tours, zoo and animal interactions, tandem skydives, hot air balloon flights, jet boat rides and more.
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Get 10% off your first booking

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Subscribe your email address to Urban Swan's newsletter and get a 10% off your first purchase. T&Cs apply.
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Get 15% off Queensland experiences

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Available on tours and attractions including Movie World, Sea World, Wet n' Wild, Dreamworld Gold Coast, Kuranda Koala Gardens and more. Maximum discount of $50. T&Cs apply.
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Enjoy big savings on museum, cruise, wellness, and adventure deals at Groupon. Limited time offers only. T&Cs apply.
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