Valentine’s Day: a day for couples to express their love for one another and do something special together. However, Valentine’s Day is one of those occasions that tends to sneak up on people, leaving many of us ill-prepared for the event and scrambling for gift ideas and date-night locations at the last minute.
Never fear, for we have rounded up five of the most popular gift and date-night ideas for Valentine’s Day in Australia.
According to ME Bank’s most recent Love and Money Survey, Australian’s believe it’s the thought that counts on Valentine’s Day, not the value of the gift. Better yet, the survey also found that only 56 per cent of couples celebrate the day – so if that’s you, you certainly aren’t alone.
ME Bank surmise that Australian’s usually only spend about $50 on their significant other for Valentine’s Day, instead focusing more time and energy on creating meaningful gestures, such as a bunch of flowers, a date-night at home or going for a walk together.
5 of the most popular gift and date-night ideas
1. A fancy dinner
A study by Finder.com revealed that 51 per cent of married couples went to a restaurant to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
2. Stay at home
The same report found that 33 per cent of newlyweds had a romantic night in together at home to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Make the evening special with a fancy home-cooked meal and candles, or take the opportunity to relax, order Uber Eats and watch a movie that’s been on the to-watch list. Or, start early and surprise your partner with breakfast in bed.
3. Write down your thoughts
Woolworth’s reports that they sell up to 200,000 cards in the week before Valentine’s Day, proving a thoughtful, handwritten card is still valued in this digital age. Purchase a cute card and thank your partner for all the wonderful things they do for you.
4. Buy an edible gift
A traditional yet timeless Valentine’s Day gift, a box of chocolates is still a crowd favourite. Woolworth’s report that they expect to sell a little over three quarter of a million boxes of chocolates in the lead up to Valentine’s Day, with the most popular being Mars Gift Boxes, Lindt Lindor Gift Boxes, Ferrero Rocher and Lindt Cornet. Want something a little more sophisticated? Why not buy your loved one a box of macarons or a decadent love-themed cupcake?
5. There’s nothing better than fresh flowers
The Federal Department of Agriculture has discovered that roses are still popular choice of flowers for Valentine’s Day, reporting that Australia imported 105 million red rose stems in the lead up to Valentine’s Day last year. Want to go with something a little less traditional? Buy an indoor plant for the green thumb in your life, or a bunch of flowers exclusively in their favourite colour for a thoughtful bouquet.
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