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Unwrap romance: Valentine’s Day gifts and date night ideas to woo your special someone

Running short on ideas? We’ve got you sorted – from budget-friendly to extravagant.

Valentine’s Day, a day for people (traditionally couples) to express their love for one another and do something special together. A time for swooning and making goo-goo eyes – however, February 14 is one of those dates that tends to sneak up on people. This leaves many of us ill-prepared and scrambling for gift ideas and date night locations at the eleventh hour.

Never fear, for we have rounded up some of the best gifts and date night ideas for Valentine’s Day this year. Whether you like to go all out and dress to the nines or prefer to keep things lowkey, we’ve got a V-Day suggestion for you and your beloved. And if you don’t celebrate with a partner, plenty of these ideas work well for friends!

Gift and date ideas to make Valentine’s Day special in 2024

Dinner date night

If you normally celebrate date night at home each, why not treat your significant other to a meal out – also supporting your local businesses – by dressing up and booking a beautiful lunch or dinner?

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The Ultimate Steak Platter, $175pp at The Meat & Wine Co

If you love meat and you love wine, The Meat & Wine Co – with its Gippsland-raised steak platter – might just make the perfect date night setting for passionate omnivores.

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Valentine’s Day dinner, from $220pp at 6Head

For a balmy evening by the sea in Sydney or Perth, why not book a table at 6Head restaurant? Enjoy a five-course menu curated by chef Sean Hall that also has an optional wine pairing option.

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A romantic weekend away

If you really want to be wrapped up in your own love bubble this Valentine’s Day, why not escape the city and whisk you sweetheart away for a night or two?

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Weekend away via Airbnb

Whether it’s interstate or down the coast a couple hours, let the summer love bloom somewhere away from home. This Terrigal Airbnb  with its prime location and private plunge pool  for example, makes for a great Valentine’s Day getaway.

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Classics for a reason

Jewellery and flowers are still a popular choice of flowers for Valentine’s Day and for good reason: they’re timelessly romantic.

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Personalised sideways initial necklace 14k, $59.99 (usually $139.99) at Custom Goods Co.

Have a piece of your partner with you always with a custom necklace that homes both your initials together on a quality chain.

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Flower and gift bundles from $75 at Daily Blooms

Looking for something a little less traditional than roses? Buy an indoor plant for the green thumb in your life, or a bouquet gift set as a thoughtful gifting of flora.

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Date night at home

If you’re more of a homebody, make the evening special with a fancy home-cooked meal, music and essential oils or candles. Or, start early and surprise your partner with breakfast in bed.

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Maison Balzac marigold scented candle, $79 at Aura Home

Set the atmosphere with dim lighting and sweet-smelling air. This Maison Balzac marigold candle might just do the trick. Pair with some music that can be easily played by Amazon Alexa, and you’ve got yourself the perfect night in. 

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Date night box by A Year of Dates, $58, Hardtofind

Really stuck choosing a date night activity? Take the choice out of your own hand and leave it up to fate with these date night prompts set.

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Devanti portable mini projector, $170.95 at Myer

Order in, dine on the couch and watch a romantic black and white movie projected onto the wall – or set up your own drive-in theatre in the yard if you’re really feeling inventive.

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The way to the heart is through the stomach

A traditional yet timeless Valentine’s Day gift is a home-cooked meal or dessert.

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Galaxy Gourmet cookware set, $289 (usually $308), Cosmic Cookware

A candlelit homemade meal never goes astray come Valentine’s Day. This pan and fry pan cookware set from Cosmic Cookware will help you whip up that lobster risotto in no time.

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4.7L Artisan stand mixer in 2023 colour of the year Hibiscus, $899 (usually $1049) at KitchenAid

This KitchenAid stand mixer comes in the colour of love and with its pastry beater, flex edge beater, dough hook and wire whip accessories, you’ll have a sweet as pie Valentine’s dessert ready in no time.

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Valentine’s Dozen doughnuts, $34.95 per dozen, Krispy Kreme

Forget the heart-shaped cookies and get around the heart-shaped doughnuts. With caramel, berry and original glazed doughnuts on offer in this Valentine’s dozen from Krispy Kreme, you’ll have your sweet tooth sweetheart drooling.

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What to do on Valentine’s Day?

Spending quality one-on-one time with your significant other on Valentine’s Day in person or on Facetime (if you’re doing long distance) is a pretty sweet thing to do come February 14. If none of our ideas above don’t inspire you, here are some others:

  • Recreate your first date
  • Get a couple’s massage
  • Volunteer together
  • See a gig or comedy show
  • Go on a hike or stargazing

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