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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.

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? 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
Gold Coast Hinterland Hot Air Balloon Flight with Breakfast

RedBalloon


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 Rainforest Retreat with Breakfast and Wine

RedBalloon

Two-Night Rottnest Island Deluxe Glamping Stay
Two-Night Rottnest Island Deluxe Glamping Stay

RedBalloon

Search below to see what else is available:


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.

Couples Massage and Facial with Chocolates and Sparkling
Couples Massage and Facial with Chocolates and Sparkling

RedBalloon


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.

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, 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
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.


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.


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

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

Glass Bottom Boat Cruise and Penguin Feeding
Glass Bottom Boat Cruise and Penguin Feeding

RedBalloon

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel Admission
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel Admission

Adrenaline


Valentine's Day gifts under $150

Gunners' Barracks Sparkling High Tea - For 2
Gunners' Barracks Sparkling High Tea - For 2

RedBalloon


Sunset cruises

Private Sunset Cruise with Seafood and Bubbles
Private Sunset Cruise with Seafood and Bubbles

RedBalloon


Dining experiences

Unlimited Dinner at SkyFeast Sydney Tower
Unlimited Dinner at SkyFeast Sydney Tower

RedBalloon

Winery Tour and Tasting with Italian Lunch
Winery Tour and Tasting with Italian Lunch

RedBalloon


Thrilling experiences

Unique Valentine's Day gifts

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

Lovehoney

Personalised couple's initials sweatshirt
Personalised couple's initials sweatshirt

Hard to Find

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

Hard to Find

Creator Expert Flower Bouquet 10280
Creator Expert Flower Bouquet 10280

Target Australia


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

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Get $5 off activities with code

Available on experiences across Australia including Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Hobart and more. Minimum spend of $250 required. Activities include hot air balloon flights, hop-on hop-off bus tours, whale watching cruises, skydives, high teas, quad biking experiences and more. T&Cs apply.

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Get $10 off activities with code

Available on experiences across Australia including Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Hobart and more. Minimum spend of $300 required. Activities include hot air balloon flights, hop-on hop-off bus tours, whale watching cruises, skydives, high teas, quad biking experiences and more. T&Cs apply.

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$15 off all Australian activities with code

Available on select travel dates when you spend a minimum of $100. Activities include hot air balloon flights, tandem skydives and attraction passes. Destinations include Sydney, Gold Coast, Cairns, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart and more. Exclusive for new members. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 10% off Australia experiences with code

Available on activities including hot air balloon flights, helicopter scenic flights and luxury car hire. Must purchase two or more vouchers. Destinations include Gold Coast, Whitsundays, Cairns, Melbourne and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to $10 off Hobart activities with code

Available on select dates when you spend a minimum of $300. Activities include winery tours, getaways, high teas, spas, sightseeing cruises, helicopter flights and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 15% off local activities

Available on select travel dates on activities including day tours, skydiving, hot air balloon flights, transfers, quad biking, attraction passes and cruise. Destinations include in Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Cairns, Canberra, Brisbane, Hobart and more. T&Cs apply.

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Free NSW activities and experiences

Available on select travel dates when you use your Dine & Discover NSW voucher. Activities include Sydney Harbour cruises, hop-on, hop-off bus tours and more. T&Cs apply.

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Available on select dates when you spend a minimum of 250. Activities include hot air balloon flights, tandem skydives, whale watching cruises, dining, classes, high teas, spa treatments and attraction passes. T&Cs apply.

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