Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts For Her
Valentine's Day is fast approaching, but there's still time to nail the perfect gift. Consider a staycation for the ultimate pamper experience or dazzling jewellery to let her know you really care.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there isn’t much time left to prepare. Sure, you might already have the night planned out, but what about the most important part: the gift?
Choosing the right product or experience that shows you listen and care will mean a lot to your significant other, so it’s well worth putting in the effort.
From a gift so practical she’ll wonder why she never bought it herself to a once-in-a-lifetime romantic experience the two of you can share, here is our Valentine’s Day gift guide with some idea thought starters.
A romantic staycation
Australia offers lots of options when it comes to weekenders, but that only makes choosing one for a romantic getaway all the much harder. To cut down on the options, consider staging a staycation and booking an overnighter in your home city.
Sydneysiders, look no further than The Hughenden, a historic boutique hotel a stone’s throw from the antique shops and art galleries of Woollahra. Five-star The Langham Sydney in Millers Point is also another attractive option with ritzy décor, a sumptuous day spa and high tea all on offer.
Melbourne residents, book a night at The Olsen. Part of the well-known Art Series Hotel Group, its white-accented interiors feature works by famed Australian artist John Olsen. And Brisbane locals, head to The Calile, which, despite being smack-bang in the middle of the city, will have you feeling like you’re at a tropical island resort.
If, for whatever reason, the two of you aren’t celebrating Valentine’s Day big, a box of handcrafted, quality chocolates should suffice. Koko Black’s new range of heart-shaped fruit caramels ($39.95) can be personalised with a Valentine’s Day message gift card.
A once-in-a-lifetime experience
Want to really splash out on your gift this year? Give her a trip she’ll never forget with a Memorable Moments package ($3169) at iconic five-star Mount Lofty House in Adelaide. The experience includes a helicopter flight over the Adelaide Hills, a vintage car tour with private tasting at local wineries, a degustation dinner, and, to cap it all off, accommodation in a sprawling king suite.
If island life is more her thing, book a surprise trip to Fiji to experience some pinch-me moments. Dine on a platform suspended over the ocean at Nanuku Auberge Resort. Or, if you’re staying at VOMO Island Fiji, book a private island for a day ($400 per couple). The experience will see you taken out to Vomo Lailai, a tiny dot in the South Pacific, where a picnic area with sun loungers and a seemingly endless supply of drinks and gourmet delights will await.
A beautiful bottle of red
Another gift the two of you can share on an anniversary or regular Saturday night is a beautiful bottle of red wine. Taylors The Visionary Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 ($200) is a pinnacle-release Cabernet Sauvignon option from Clare Valley, South Australia that was designed to last.
Taylors The Pioneer Shiraz 2013 ($200) is another red from Clare Valley – this time a Shiraz. Its drops are said to be an incredible representation of fine winemaking of the notable variety in Australia.
A practical gift
Everyone has a running list of things they know would help make their lives infinitely better, but are yet to get around to buying. A quality pair of headphones, Bluetooth speakers, and a sturdy backpack are just a few examples.
If she’s into exercise and sport, get her a pair of Jaybird X4 Wireless Sport Headphones ($199.95). Designed for everything from trail runs and mountain bike rides, they’ll give her tunes for her next outdoor adventure.
If she’s into entertaining at-home or simply into music, a Bluetooth speaker is exactly what she needs. Ultimate Ears Wonderboom ($129.95), pint-sized, waterproof and coming in nine colours, is an excellent option.
For the office worker prone to lugging around a laptop, a backpack or laptop bag is an ideal gift. The Method 20L Pack is durable and functional – it has a laptop sleeve and fleece-lined phone pocket inside while still being stylish. As an added bonus, because each pack is made from a recycled plastic polyester, purchasing one goes towards helping the environment.
A romantic dinner
If your gift is, in fact, a romantic dinner for Valentine’s Day evening, head to Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour. The luxury hotel has two carefully-curated Valentine’s Day food and drink experiences. For the foodies, book a French-inspired four-course dinner by executive chef Eric Costille ($155 per person) at Atelier. To add Champagne into the night, book the same experience at the Champagne Bar, hosted by Louis Roederer’s house sommelier ($255 per person).
An eye-catching piece of jewellery is often a go-to gift for special occasions, and for good reason. Every time she wears it, it can remind her of you. And, if special enough, could be passed down for generations to come.
Swarovski’s special Valentine’s Day collection will also have you covered if you don’t know where to start. You can’t go wrong with pieces selected from the specially curated collection.
(Lead image: The Langham Sydney)
Published 05 February, 2019