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Published January 13th 2018
Put your wallet back in your pocket, and treat for free
Valentine's Day can be enormously expensive, especially with traditional gifts being flowers and chocolate - however, it doesn't have to be. This year, Valentine's Day is on Wednesday, which does make your choice a little more difficult, however, there is still a multitude of ways to say 'I Love You' without having to break the bank. Here is just a small selection of free ideas which optional extras for you to treat your loved one this Valentine's Day.
Write a Letter or Poem to Your Love
I know, it sounds really cheesy, but if your love is romantic at heart and you are not a natural writer or poet, the effort you expend developing something really lovely to present to them on Valentine's Day will be appreciated. Help is available with a number of websites providing hints on how to write that special poem. Google 'Write a Valentine's Poem' for a wealth of suggestions.
Write a Poem or Letter. Photo: Petar Milosevic, Wikimedia Commons
Present your letter or poem lovingly gift wrapped with a small gift, and it will be the gift to be remembered.
Let's face it, buying flowers on Valentine's Day can actually break the bank, but there is a way you can treat your loved one to at least viewing some of the best flowers in our city. The Botanic Gardens around South Australia have some amazing floral displays and offer free guided walks. Walks are cancelled if the temperature is forecast to be above 36 degrees, so please check the forecast before attending.
Receiving Haigh's is a tradition in our family, regardless of whether it is Valentine's, Christmas, a birthday, anniversary or just because we are passing the store. However, joining a tour of the Haigh's Factory located at 154 Greenhill Road, Parkside the Haigh's Chocolate Factory is a special treat.
Haigh's Factory Parkside. Photo: Bruce Vandersluis Images
Guided tours are free and are run Monday and Saturday between 9 am and 2.30 pm and Tuesday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm. The tour enables you to see the confectioners using artisan skills to create and hand finish chocolates and you get to enjoy free tastings and complimentary tea and coffee at the end.
Remember to buy a special treat for your loved one after the tour in the factory shop. There are also a range of seconds available for you to take home to enjoy later.
Tour bookings can be made at the website or by calling 8372 7070 during opening hours.