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The last minute Valentine's Day gift guide

Chalk up brownie points with your significant other with these unique Valentine’s Day gifts

Delfina Utomo
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Delfina Utomo
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Uh oh, you've forgotten to find a special gift for your sweetheart for Valentine's Day. While you might not want to buy overpriced bouquets or boxes of chocolate, a small and thoughtful gift can really help you chalk up brownie points.

Forget roses, cufflinks, ties and other boring, uninspiring gifts – make February 14 extra special by showering your significant other with gifts that'll remain useful even after the day. Here are some ideas for that last-minute gift to make your partner go awww.

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From Amazon

This February 14, add even more romance and fun to the holiday with the ideas from this book- Couples Bucket List: 101 Fun, Engaging Dating Ideas. Packed with 101 fun, fresh date ideas for you and your partner, it prompts deep conversations between partners to connect and build intimacy. Some of the date themes include travel and adventure, fun and games, sex and intimacy, food, arts, and culture. Bond through simple, at-home activities like learning a dance routine, or explore more extravagant options like touring ancient ruins. 

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Intimate toys, various prices
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Intimate toys, various prices

Roses die, truffles get eaten, but you can always re-charge your favourite vibrator. A sex toy will last you longer than V Day's usual bouquet or chocolate box. So, spice things up in the bedroom by considering a couple’s sex toy that you can use jointly during foreplay or a new toy for your partner. From Smile Makers to Pleasure Hobby, check out orgasmic gift-worthy gadgets just for the February 14 occasion here.

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From Janice Wong

What is Valentine’s Day without a pack of chocolates? Instead of Ferrero Rocher, kick it up a notch with Janice Wong’s signature hand-painted bonbons. These limited-edition chocolates come in different flavours- olive oil, matcha, citrus, coconut and lemon balm. Surprise her with the flower and chocolate box sets that include five or nine heart-shaped bonbons, nestled within a sophisticated packaging.

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Rose 31, from $270
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Rose 31, from $270

Le Labo’s sensational scents will make any perfume-loving girl swoon. For Valentine’s Day, pick the Rose 31, a complex rose fragrance that contains the unconventional note of Centifolia rose combined with spicy notes of cumin, cedar, and a touch of amber. The overall scent is slightly woody and mysterious paired with delicate florals, housed in a customised labelling and clear bottle, perfect for your partner.

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Burning Rose candle, from $77
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Burning Rose candle, from $77

From Byredo

For an edgier take on a traditional rose scent, consider gifting your significant other this smoky yet flowery candle from Byredo. Tender and airy, yet deep and intense at the same time, the Burning Rose candle is a heady scent of roses, leather, birch and woods. It represents the soft side of your relationship, packed with the dizzying and irresistible parts of it all. It is also ideal if you are not looking for anything too pink, since it’s housed in the brand’s signature black vessel.

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From Innerfyre

Pamper the love of your life with a wellness gift that can help her relax and rejuvenate. Innerfyre has an Everlasting Love Gift Bundle that is sure to put a smile on her face. The bundle comes with scented candles and room spray, as well as a rose bouquet. This ultimate bundle of floral favourites also comes with a Rose Quartz Crystal Potpourri. 

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Disney+ streaming subscription, from $11.98 per month
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Disney+ streaming subscription, from $11.98 per month

If you and your partner's idea of the perfect date is curling up at home with a good movie, then a Disney+ subscription is a must-have. A one-year subscription will give you access to a dizzying array of content. That's more than 500 movies and 15,000 episodes from big names like Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, National Geographic, and Star. Check out the best movies and series available on Disney+ – happy bingeing! 

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E-reader, $140.09
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E-reader, $140.09

From Kobo

Got a bookworm in your life? The Kobo Nia e-reader has enough storage to hold up to 6,000 e-books to feed your partner's voracious appetite for reading. It can go for weeks on a single battery charge too, saving the hassle of constantly juicing it up for use. The Kobo Nia is also suitable for reading glare-free on a sunny day at the park, or cosied up at home in a dim bedroom thanks to a built-in light. It's a gift that truly keeps on giving. 

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  • Sport and fitness
  • Yoga and Pilates
  • City Hall

Couples who sweat together, stay together. And the classes at Yoga Movement are sure to get you and your partner sweaty. This yoga studio focuses more on yoga for fitness than spirituality, so expect workouts that will test both your physical and mental strength. The stunning new flagship studio on 6 Handy Road will hold 80 yoga-inspired classes weekly, including yoga HIIT, power flow and hot yoga. 

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A home-cooked meal by you, Priceless

A home-cooked meal by you, Priceless

From The heart (and kitchen)

Surprise your special someone with your very own labour of love by whipping up a tasty home-cooked meal for them to come home to. Forget crowded restaurants and bars on February 14, as you have an intimate dinner in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Get quality products from the best gourmet supermarkets in town before whipping up a meal. Remember to pick up some candles to add to the mood. 

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