If you haven't yet got your sweetheart a gift for Valentine's Day then stress no-more because I have compiled a list of last minute Valentine's Day gift ideas which may tickle your fancy.
Theatre tickets are guaranteed to make your lover happy. Ticketmaster has some sales for Valentine's Day. Examples include 2 for 1 Valentine's day offer for Shakespeare's Best Bits Melbourne at the Royal Botanic Gardens, a complimentary cocktail with Premium or A-RES tickets for Ghost - Tthe Musical at the Regent Theatre, or A-RES adult tickets for B-RES prices for The Secret River and more.
Reading books is so yesterday, listening to books is the new trend. Audible, sponsored by Amazon, is a repository of more than 150,000 audiobooks. At $14.95 per month, this subscription will bring the fabulous world of books to your lover's doorstep.
Fun Runs As the sporting capital of Australia, Melbourne is always buzzing with a myriad of fun runs that cater for people of all age groups with all levels of fitness. Tickets to fun runs can make an excellent gift. With the horde of options available nowadays, you can pick any kind of fun run. Run for Hope on 21 February is a good one. Colour Run is another one, which will be hosted on 16 April 2016 at Flemington Racecourse and will be a fun way to run 5 km while getting covered in colour. A lot of these fun runs are for a charitable cause. Click here to find out about all the fun runs scheduled for this year in Melbourne.
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Jewellery A bit clichéd but still effective, jewellery is a nice gift. Depending on your budget, you can buy stunning crystal jewellery from Swarovski, gem jewellery from Angus & Coote and so on.
Gift cards Gift cards are useful gifts. Think Myer, David Jones or JB Hi-Fi . Most of these gift cards are valid for 24 months and enable the recipient to pick something nice from the wide array of products on offer at these huge departmental stores. If your partner is a foodie then consider a Good Food Gift Card which can be used at any of the participating restaurants Australia wide. Just present the card at a participating restaurant at the time of payment and the amount on the card will be deducted from the total bill.
A good perfume can cheer up any soul. A trip to Myer or David Jones will introduce you to the numerous brands out there. Not only will your partner be delighted with a delightful perfume you will get to hang out with a sweet-smelling person. Just a word of caution, perfumes are quite personal gifts so try to suss out your partner's preferences before swiping the credit card for a lovely perfume.
Extreme sport/adventure Red Balloon and Adrenaline websites have on offer a fantastic range of extreme sports and other kinds of experiences available for all budgets. You can get your partner gift vouchers for sky-diving, hot air ballooning, a V8 Race Car driving experience, or a Gold Class cinema experience. Pampering Personally, I don't think anyone will be disappointed with a pampering gift. Make your darling feel loved and indulged by buying her a spa package, facial or massage voucher from one of the many notable spa places in Melbourne. Endota Spa is a good place to start if you are feeling bamboozled. Endota Spa has branches dotted all over Melbourne so getting to their spa salon will never be an issue. Prices start from $100.
Nothing says romance like a finance related gift. Research indicates that financial incompatibility or disagreement over money issues is one of main reasons for relationship breakdowns. Scott Pape who goes by the name of The Barefoot Investor is known for his no-nonsense, fiercely independent finance-related advice. He runs a community called the Blueprint community, which is arguably Australia's fastest growing private wealth-building community and the yearly membership fee will set you back $397. If you do not want to commit to the annual subscription you can buy your partner Scott Pape's famous book The Barefoot Investor: Five Steps to Financial Freedom in Your 20s and 30s. It is a great book to learn about simple ways to achieve financial freedom to live your dreams.
Make a donation to a charity in your lover's name. But mull over this idea carefully before you adopt it. Your partner may not fully appreciate your noble intentions. But if you do want to opt for this idea, Oxfam, Cancer Council, World Vision, and Save the Children are some of the more prominent charities.