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Valentine's Day gifts that surprise and delight

Sarah Megginson is a freelance writer, journalist and editor. She currently edits Ultimate, Australia's highest-circulating entertainment magazine available nationally through Sanity stores and writes for magazines including Cosmopolitan...

Surprise and delight this V-Day

From SheKnows Australia
Flowers? Unoriginal. Chocolates? Yawn. A bottle of fragrance or a new watch… boring! This Valentine's Day, use your imagination to surprise your partner with their best, most romantic, most surprising gift yet…
Boring vday gifts

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Book a mystery vacation package

Virgin air trip

It’s on the pricier end of the scale, but if you’re looking for something special to do with your Valentine, this could be just the ticket — literally! A Virgin Australia Mystery Break is a special holiday package flying with Virgin Australia to an unknown destination. Details of your holiday are only revealed 24-48 hours prior to departure — you can choose to keep your partner in the dark until you arrive if you like — and packages include return airfares, 4-5 star accommodation, return airport transfers, baggage allowance and taxes. Priced from $409 per person, packages depart from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

2

Track down a romantic musical momento

Cast your mind back to when you and your lover began dating to recall who was at the top of the charts that week. Or, more realistically, Google the number one band, single or album in the country for the week that you began dating. Track down the album or single of the week and present it to your Valentine as the soundtrack that kicked off your love affair.

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3

Create a modern mixtape

Gone are the days of sitting in front of your tape deck and painstakingly recording songs from one tape to the next. No, these days creating a mixtape is a much more clinical affair — it will likely involve downloading songs from iTunes and creating a personalised playlist, or if you’re really dedicated, burning your top 20 choices to a CD. Either way, curating a customised collection of tunes for your loved one is a sweet and romantic way to let them know you care on Valentine’s Day.

4

Stage a treasure hunt

Chocolates may represent the traditional Valentine’s Day gift, but that doesn’t mean your delivery of said goodies needs to be boring. Surprise your partner with a veritable smorgasbord of chocolates, starting with a trail that extends from the bed, to the door, down the hallway and into the lounge or backyard — and from there, let the treasure hunt begin. You could go to town with strategically hidden clues and hints to guide the way, or simply hide chocolate goodies all over the joint and let them re-live their childhood on a delightful exploration for chocolatey treasures.

5

Recreate your first date

Was it dinner and a movie that got everything started? Did you meet through friends at a bar or club? Or was it a chance meeting at work that lit the fire under your romance? Whatever it is that you and your Valentine remember as being "your first date", take steps to recreate that special day, down to sitting at the exact same table in the restaurant, or buying the DVD of the first movie you watched together. It's a little sentimental and soppy, but isn't that what Valentine's Day is all about?!

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