Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

With the fading sales of Boxing Day and just right before the Easter bunny starts hopping around town, we have time for one more heart-warming celebration, Valentine’s Day! The worldwide annual event of love, when we get to put our romantic feelings in writing on funky cards and surprise our other half, or even friends, with gifts or experiences.

The feast of romantic love, named after St Valentine, is going back to the early years of Christianity. Legend says that he was imprisoned for conducting secret marriages, fell in love with his jailer’s daughter and allegedly sent her a love letter signed ‘from your Valentine’ on the 14th of February.

So the V Day is just around the corner and if you look closely enough the signs are everywhere! (1) The shop windows are filling up with decorations of hearts, roses and Cupids, (2) dinner bookings at favourite restaurants are filling up by the second (3) and the pressure of finding the perfect gift is increasing! But worry not, we are here to help! Scroll down for our selection of ideas for her, for him and for both. And the best part is, by choosing from our list you will even support our local businesses.

With the Gift for her

Flower power

Does not matter if your love is just blossoming or it has already seen many blooms, you can never go wrong with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Let your choice be some scarlet tulips (representing “perfect love”), a stunning orchid (the symbol of beauty and spiritual perfection), a beaming bunch of sunflowers (bringing warmth, positivity and happiness in any space), or a dozen of red roses (the traditional gesture of romantic love), you will be in good hands at O’Reilley’s Flower.

Gifts of beauty

Although true beauty comes from within some pampering is always a good idea. Spoil your loved one with this luxurious collection of body care infused with a fresh rose essence, inspired by the magnificent gardens of Mt Macedon. Or if you would rather give an experience, opt for a voucher from any of the 17 beauty shops on Main Street, and gift a manicure, pedicure, haircut or facial.

Time to shine

Thinking about marking the occasion with something more timeless and sparkly? Browse through the wide selection of jewellery at Croydon Jewellers, who offers affordable quality jewellery. Custom jewellery design and creation is also available, allowing you to give a truly personal surprise. With a well-chosen gift, not only your words will be heartfelt but even the bracelet or necklace, which goes with it. And if you are considering popping the question, you might find the perfect ring as well.

Sweethearts

Some say all you need is love and chocolate! If your partner agrees and has some serious sweet tooths a fine quality chocolate seems like the perfect gift. Luckily these goodies come in rose shape, ideal for the occasion. Visit Grocery Discount Outlet.

Gift for him

Groomed for style

Word has it that the home of the trendiest hairstyle in town is Barber Master. If your guy knows the place already he will love a voucher and care products from here. If he has not been there yet, he will thank you for gifting him with such a handsome experience!

Not only for a bookworm

From marital bliss to man flu, husbands are jolly good fellows, and this tip-top collection of retro photos and frightfully funny captions capture everything to love about marriage. The Wit and Wisdom of… is a series of terrifically humorous books brought to you by the rip-roaringly funny folks behind the best-selling On-the-Ceiling greetings cards. Perfect as a Valentine’s Day gift, for long-suffering husbands everywhere. You will find this book along with other love stories at your local Collins Bookseller.

For the music lover

It is guaranteed that you will be in tune with your partner if you choose something at Hans Music. Browse among the huge selection of CDs or go for something more timeless, maybe even grant a childhood wish, by giving him a beautiful instrument.

Happy feet

A splash of colour for the corporate look, or some cheeky fun for the forever boy in him? It is guaranteed that you will not start off on the wrong foot on your Valentine’s Day date if you opt for these trendy socks from Ronald King. Let him be a fan of the monarchy, coffee, bikes or skulls, you will find the perfect pair. Visit Ronald King shop.

Cheers to that

The proximity to one of the finest wine regions of Australia has its perks! Like choosing a nice bottle of wine from Yarra Valley Boat O’ Craigo, a second generation, boutique vineyard renown for producing some of country’s finest handcrafted wines. To make it as an experience organize an intimate lunch and wine-tasting at their Healesville vineyard. Foodworks Croydon offers great range of regional wine.

For both

Date night sorted

You remember those days when the perfect date night was a movie followed by a delicious dinner at your local favourite? Croydon Cinemas are bringing back those romantic nights with their special movie plus meal deals. Should you crave for some Italian, Thai, or Mexican flavours, or would be in mood for a burger and some great quality beer, you will find the perfect place to match with your movie tickets.

If you are lucky you could even win a date night dinner and movie combo. For details visit Croydon Main Street facebook page.

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