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Your Ultimate (last-minute) Valentine’s Day Guide

Your Ultimate (last-minute) Valentine’s Day Guide

Yikes. Valentine’s Day already? Where has that come from?!

If you’re anything like us, backing the silly season, school holidays AND ‘back to school’ up with a day where you’re supposed to shower your significant other with love (that you’ve pre-planned weeks, or even months in advance) kind of feels like a cruel joke.

But, when you think about it, Valentine’s Day probably comes at the perfect time. It’s not about getting the biggest, most expensive gift to show your partner how much they mean to you – it’s about taking a bit of time out, just the two of you, to focus on each other. A much-needed break from the craziness of life with kids.

So, this Valentine’s Day, make it special – no (or at least, not much) pre-planning required. Deciding on the perfect gift requires a bit of knowledge about what your better half appreciates most, so we’ve listed five gift ideas based on the five love languages – you can read more about them, and even figure out your preferred love language, right here.

You don’t even need to know what love language your partner fancies! Simply pick the gift (or gifts) you think will be most meaningful to them.

Words of affirmation

  1. Leave sticky notes with things you love about your significant other all over your room, in their car, in their lunch… wherever! Hide some in tricky places so that they find them love after Valentine’s Day is over.
  2. You no doubt think a lot about how much your partner means to you, but how often do you tell them? Pour your heart out in a meaningful card – they will love it more than the gift it goes along with.
  3. People who love words of affirmation just want to feel appreciated, so make a point of celebrating your significant other in front of your kids, friends and family. A toast to them at dinner time is a great start.
  4. Say it with a song! Think about all of the songs that remind you of your partner, or songs that bring back special memories you share, and turn them into a mixtape (in 2019, that means a shareable playlist).
  5. Turn a deck of cards into a book of 52 things you love about your partner. All you need are some binding rings, a hole punch, some whiteout and a tonne of love for your better half.

Acts of service

  1. People who love acts of service appreciate nothing more than when someone goes out of their way to make things easy for them, so, if your partner is busy or stressed, take something off their plate – making dinner, driving them to work so they don’t have to catch the bus, or doing a few extra jobs around the house while they’re busy with other things are good places to start.
  2. Make them a delicious breakfast in bed when they least expect it – just make sure you pick a morning where they don’t have to rush out too quickly…
  3. If your partner usually packs their own lunch or buys it at work, take a bit of extra time to make a special lunch for them, full of their favourite things.
  4. Do a chore that you know they hate, whether it’s cleaning their car, folding their laundry or cleaning out the fridge or pantry for them.
  5. Give your partner a much needed day off with a spa voucher, or permission to spend all Saturday on the golf course, lunching with their friends or out in the surf.

Receiving gifts

  1. ‘Five senses’ gift baskets have been doing the rounds on Pinterest, and for good reason – they’re simple, but incredibly effective. Simply pick a gift that your partner will love related to each of the five senses! Google is piled high with ideas.
  2. Has your partner not stopped talking about something they want, but you know they’re never going to buy it themselves – or maybe just not had a chance yet? Surprise them with it on Valentine’s Day!
  3. Is there a quote or image that makes you think of your significant other? Turn it into art – you’d be amazed what you can do with a bottle of glue – using one of the hundreds of DIY ideas online.
  4. If you and your partner have taken a particularly memorable trip – maybe your first one as a couple, or one that holds special significance – get crafty and glue a map of the area onto a canvas, then hand-stitch your route onto it.
  5. If you’re not artistically-inclined but want to make something for your partner this Valentine’s Day (or have left it too long to order something online) take an art class and make them something there – you’d be amazed what you can create with a little guidance!

Quality time

  1. Plan a weekend away with your partner sometime in the next few months, whether it’s a road trip, staycation or a spa escape. It won’t just mean a peaceful, quiet weekend for you and your partner, but it will give you plenty to look forward to and mean some quality time spent planning it together.
  2. Date night at one of these romantic restaurants

Brisbane:
Aria
The Summit, Mt Coot-tha
Alchemy
Stokehouse Q
Fat Noodle, Treasury Casino
Sono Japanese
Public
1889 Enotecca
The Wooden Horse
LONgTIME

Gold Coast:
SkyPoint Bistro + Bar, Q1
Rick Shores
Etsu Izakaya
Yamagen, QT Hotels
Glass Dining + Lounge Bar
Shuck Restaurant
Nero Dining
The Glenelg Public House
Gemellini
Nineteen at the Star

  1. Carve out a day for some one-on-one time with your better half, whether it’s going out for a nice lunch, a day at the beach or simply hanging around the house enjoying some good old quality time.
  2. Farm the kids out to relatives and friends and enjoy a whole weekend to yourselves – a nice dinner, a morning stroll to get coffee and a day spent doing whatever you please. The perfect gift, if you ask us!
  3. Does your partner have a hobby or an interest that they’ve been trying to get you in on for years, to no avail? Make today the day that you commit to giving it a try! Or, you could start a new hobby together – gardening, an art or craft or a sport are just a few ideas.

Physical touch

  1. Why offer up one massage when you can keep the love going all year long? Give your touch-loving partner the ultimate gift with an envelope full of twelve massage ‘vouchers’ (redeemable with you) for them to use throughout the year as they please.
  2. If your significant other loves both physical touch and special milestones, why not make them a ‘where we first kissed’ memento? Simply cut a heart shape out of a map that shows where you two first locked lips and frame it (you could even seal it with a kiss!)
  3. Plan a romantic picnic or walk with your partner and make sure it’s complete with plenty of hand-holding and PDA (you can choose a mountainous hike or secluded lookout if you’re not a big fan of the ‘P’ part)
  4. Is there anything better than a relaxing bath after a long day at work? Yep – when your better half prepares it for you! Make sure you add plenty of bath bombs and bubbles (and even hop in yourself if the mood strikes!)
  5. Get up close and personal with a saucy dancing session out on the town. Whether you’re tearing up the dancefloor at your local or taking salsa lessons, nothing spices things up quite like an intimate dance number.

About The Author

Anastasia White

Anastasia (‘Anny’ to her friends and family, thanks to some nickname experimentation in year 4 that unfortunately stuck) is a born-and-bred Brisbanite with a love of coffee and her cat, Olive. Having recently finished a degree in journalism, Anastasia loves being able to learn and write about so many different topics for a variety of audiences.

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