How to pull off an epic Valentine’s Day this late in the game…

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It’s not about Dinner but the sentimentality of the destination venue:

Approximately 11 million diners single and coupled will be eating out on Valentine’s day spending an average that sits anywhere between $100-$120 per person.  It’s pretty important day next to Mother’s Day according to statistics from the ABS, Dimmi, Food Channel, Restaurant and Catering Association.

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Typically, that place will be one that holds a sentimental value to the couple.  If it’s your first time together, choose a place iconic, a memorable destination that marks a new milestone in your relationship.

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Make Jewellery Romantic:

Starting at a good store helps to guarantee that the piece is both fairly unique and of good quality.  The second important thing when picking out jewellery is to appreciate her tastes.  Go beyond diamonds and find a stone color he/she particularly likes – such as deep purple, blue, or pink – or figure out what her birthstone is. Unique jewelry is also a good option.

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Rare stones or coral can be very reasonably priced and allow your loved one to own something unique and special.  If he/she is a fan of big, chunky jewellery, don’t purchase a little teardrop stone on a thin chain. While a jeweller’s box is adequate, getting creative will always be appreciated.  Find a cute stuffed animal and put the jewellery around it’s neck and then wrap.  Or serve with dessert, with the dessert on one plate and the jewellery on another.

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Personalise traditional gifts:

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The traditional gifts of cards, flowers, and candy may seem cliche, but can still be wonderful gifts.

The trick to giving traditional gifts is to personalise them and show that thought, love, and energy really did go into picking out that particular gift.

Cards are a staple of Valentine’s Day, with over one billion being sent each year.  However, a homemade card or a personal poem that’s handwritten goes a long way.

When choosing flowers, feel free to go beyond the traditional roses and instead choose his or her favorite flower.

Instead of simply handing over a prepackaged bunch, scatter them throughout the house, have them delivered at work, or place in a box with another present hidden underneath.

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All The Single Ladies, Lovers (And Lads) – Hilton Sydney’s new Pastry Chef ‘Chef Miko’ is putting on a show in the lobby based eatery CAFFE CINO this year with live cake workshops on the 13th & 14th February. Choose the ‘#thankyounext’ cake for the singles or ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ cake for the lovers and watch the team create your cake live.

Non-Traditional Gifts or DIY:

Homemade “gift certificates” are a wonderful and inexpensive (or free) idea.  Cut a few pieces of card stock into pieces about the size of a playing card.

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Then write an “IOU” on each one – such as making dinner one night, watching the kids so she can have a night away from home, back-rubs, a trip together to a museum or art gallery he/she has been wanting to see, or a home movie night with movies he/she wants to watch are all good options.

Other non-traditional gifts can include pampering items for, including bath oils, a spa visit, or a manicure.  Candles in a variety of scents are a good accent or additional to another small gift.  If books or movies are given, make sure they are something he/she really wants and something he/she wouldn’t normally buy themselves.

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Showing Love is the Most Important Part:


While Valentine’s Day, like many other holidays, has turned out to very profitable for multiple companies, the real meaning of Valentine’s Day remains unchanged. Valentine’s Day gifts- from the traditional to non-traditional and from expensive to free- offer the perfect opportunity to show love and affection.  No matter what the Valentine’s Day gift, showing love is the most important part of the holiday.

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