Valentine’s Day is creeping up (It’s on the 14th – eep!) and putting a little thought and preparation in early will ensure an unforgettable and stress-free Valentine’s Day with your partner.

IBIS World stated Australian consumers spent around $791.4 million dollars for Valentine’s Day in 2014, which goes to show how serious Australians are about celebrating this day.

Showing somebody how much you love them can be tricky, so whether you’re an organised planner or have no time to think about it, these tips will give you some ideas to make your day a special one.

1. Try an experience:

The weather in February is great for going outdoors so why not make the most of it. Have a picnic, jump in a hot air balloon or book a wine tour. This year Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday, so if an overdue weekend away from the kids is just what you need, be on the lookout for Valentine’s Day deals and packages.

2. Get something for the house:

If you feel like being practical, you could use this as an excuse to get cracking on that new bookcase or KitchenAid you’ve been thinking about, but make sure it’s something you both can use and enjoy. Remember, Valentine’s Day is about celebrating each other. You could surprise him with a larger bed or an updated sofa.

3. Make Something:

Cook up some romance or get crafty. Making something from scratch adds a personal touch to the day without putting a huge hole in your pocket. Print off some photographs for an album or card, or bake a cake. Heart shaped moulds are really easy to find online or at your local dollar shop. If you’re musical, you could make a mixed tape.

4. Think about what he (or she) likes:

One Christmas I bought my boyfriend an A1 sized X-files poster. To my detriment it has followed us from house to house and been displayed as a centrepiece in our living room to greet me each day when I come home. At least I can say he liked it, but do put some thought into what you get your partner if you are going to see it around the house every day.

Think about his favourite shows and bands, the World Wide Web is a wonderful tool for finding rare and niche gifts.

5. Be supportive:

If he’s focused on losing weight, show your support by getting him a fitbit or a gym membership. Maybe he’s going back to study or starting a new job, buying him new clothes for work will show him how much you support him.

What will you do for your partner this Valentine’s Day? SHARE WITH US in the comments below. 

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  • Great for upcoming anniversary too!


  • Thank you for your thoughts Rachel.


  • Good practical ideas and away from the commercialism


  • We’re not big valentine’s day celebrators. Now that we have a child I think we’ll turn it into a special family affirmation day – we’ll have a nice breakfast and share something we appreciate about each other


  • beautiful wrapping – love the colours, and the ribbon


  • Valentine’s Day is always fun,home-made pressies or cards are always best!


  • I like ideas 3 and 5 for valentines day – no need to get anything expensive – things that encourage together togetherness with your family as well are great.


  • Yes doing something together outside is nice, the weather is beautiful. I was thinking to bake heart shaped pancakes or -egg for breakfast and heart shaped cookies for morning- or afternoon tea. I bought my husband some shirts for his new job and have cards and a wee present also for the kids.


  • As for no.1 – I would love to go on a hot air balloon ride but they aren’t cheap!


  • We like surprises and new adventures for Valentines Day.


  • Nothing exciting happening here. We are both working


  • I haven’t thought at all about it, besides buying some chocolate for my husband and my daughter. I guess I will prepare one special dinner. I’ll be looking for inspiration here in Mouths of Mums! :-)


  • Some great ideas there. I do love a homemade gift; it’s lovely when someone goes to the effort of making something unique and sentimental.


  • Lke ju


  • I will be celebrating with the youngest ones in the family as hubby is away for work. At least I won’t be alone.


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