Local Twists on Valentines Day Gifts

To some, Valentine’s Day might be one of those Hallmark holidays designed by greeting card companies to make you feel bad and also to get you to spend your hard earned cash on the one you love. But… Think about this. It’s about 8 pm on Valentines Day night. Your girlfriend is looking at you, wondering if you just forgot, you’re plain cold-hearted or you really are a millennial and you’re not actually dating. Just friends with benefits that live together. Purely because you didn’t get her anything for Valentine’s day. It’s not about material goods either, it’s really not, it’s the thought that counts and you should make the person you love feel special every single day. For those hopeless romantics out there, however, here is a handy-dandy local gift guide for what to buy that special someone, on that special day.


Yes, yes I know, it’s one of those kind of gifts. But personally, I really love flowers, I love giving them, I love getting them, I love buying them for myself. The best thing you can do, however, is buy some flowers with purpose. Why not hit up the Grateful boutique and buy some flowers for your best gal/guy/person and simultaneously donate a bunch to those in need? Or, hit up the Naked Florist in the mall or the market stall in the mall for something really sweet and specific. Whatever you do, put some thought into it will ya?


I’m lactose intolerant but I’ll never say no to a slice of the good stuff, especially anything mint flavoured. Why not get a little nostalgic and include a trip to Jim’s Milk bar on the date night route? What about a trip to Coco Monde on Darby Street?


Even though they aren’t actually open of Valentine’s day, a trip to the Drive in on the weekend may be the answer to all your dating dreams. There’s something for everyone at the moment too, Black Panther seems amazing, and 50 Shades of Grey is so poorly written it’s basically a rom com. Lots of lols, lots of saving the world, heaps cute stuff in between. But hey, make sure you splurge on things like snacks and drinks. It’s the experience ya know. Disclaimer *If you wanna see 50 shades of Grey, be my flipping guest. But please don’t think that this is the ‘go to’ Valentines day movie though. It’s not a thing. it will never be a thing.


Sure, you could make a reservation at one of the many amazing restaurants around town, but why not do things a little differently? Why not plan a picnic under the stars where you can stare at each other and be kind of gross in public. Picnic rugs are like 12 bucks from Kmart man, go that extra mile and impress that person.


I’m all for the date night dranks, I mean… who isn’t? But maybe steer clear of just the local pub and anywhere with a happy hour. Hit up one of the cool secret bars in town, or what about the Flying Tiger? Why don’t you do a cocktail class together that’s kind of romantic yeah?

Written by Laura Kebby

I write words about talented people doing talented things, and translate chatter by putting pen to paper.

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