1. Pen a message
Your Valentine’s gift will send a message about how much you value your relationship, so it’s important to send the right message. It doesn’t need to be elaborate or costly, but it should be attentive, thoughtful and caring. Show the object of your affection that they are worth the effort. If you’re not great with words, get some inspiration at www.lovepoetry.com, or get him this kikki.K DIY love letter card, $12.90. For an extra romantic gesture, write a few notes and drop them into various places like his drawer, his work bag and pants pocket.
2. Get specialty chocolates
Ah, chocolates. Don’t pick up a pre-packaging box from your regular supermarket, which might send the message that it was probably an afterthought or that you weren’t willing to put in the time to find a better gift. A much nicer idea is to head to a specialty chocolate store, where you can put together a box of all your partner’s favourite chocolates. Try Lemuel Chocolates where you can mix-and-match a box of 4, 6, 9 or 12 artisanal bonbons.
Photo: Lemuel Chocolate Instagram
3. Customise a bouquet
Ask a florist to create a special bouquet of your partner’s favourite flowers, or to make an arrangement that includes chocolates, champagne or pot pourri. Try these affordable florists in Singapore that deliver too, or consider splurging on one from The Floral Atelier (pictured above, Poet Flower Bloom Box, $195).
4. Cook a meal
Or you could forget the flowers, chocolates and romantic words, and aim straight for their heart through their stomach! Stock up on fresh prawns, oysters (they’re an aphrodisiac too) and other seafood, and serve them on a platter with plenty of lemon wedges. Add a basket of crusty bread rolls, open a bottle of chilled wine and he will be yours forever more.
5. Make a playlist
If your partner loves music, why not put together a playlist of all his favourite earworms? It’s the digital age, so you can simply use Spotify to do it. Up the ante with a pair of brand new, high-quality wireless earphones, like the Beoplay E8 Late Night Blue ones, $399, that offer full-bodied and immersive sound.
6. Gift cute coupons
Spice things up with a coupon card filled with romantic gestures that your partner can “redeem” throughout the year. This one from kikki.K, $12.90, includes things like “One Adventure Of My Choice” and “Breakfast In Bed”. Consider making your own to tailor it to your relationship style and preferences. Small but special!
7. Bake together
Surprise your loved one with a fun baking session at one of Singapore’s leading baking studios, Funsiamo. Perfect for spending some quality time with each other as you create deliciously romantic cakes and treats such as the Love Macarons, $130 for nine pieces. You can feed them to each other later on!