Lifestyle

Clock is ticking for Valentine's Day

There's less than a week left to find a special gift for Valentine's Day.
There's less than a week left to find a special gift for Valentine's Day. © iStockphoto.com/bluestocking

ROMANTICS have less than a week to find the perfect gift to woo their sweetheart this Valentine's Day.

For those stuck for ideas, Westfield gifting expert Margaret Merten shares her Valentine's Day etiquette and gifting tips.

Everlasting love: Flowers and chocolates are staple Valentine's Day gifts for a reason - they please. Complement this winning gesture with a well-written card or special gift so she has something to keep forever.

Intimates: I don't recommend buying lingerie unless you've been dating for at least six months. Find out the essentials first - what size she is, what styles and colours does she usually wear? Above all keep it classy. Definitely no themed outfits unless she's made a special request.

Best foot forward: A killer pair of heels is a fantastic gift idea that's often overlooked. Go for something on trend and feminine.

Jewellery: Stick to simple, classic jewellery. If the romance is new, make sure you opt for something that isn't too personal like a locket or pendant. A more serious statement like a ring is appropriate for those long-term relationships.

Last minute: On the off-chance you manage to forget the most romantic day of the year, think quick. Call your favourite restaurant as they may have a spare table, drop in to your local centre on the way home from work to grab a dozen red roses, box of chocolates and bottle of perfume and make like you knew all along. The team at Westfield offer additional advice on how to master the Valentine's Day experience this year:

Power of the written word: No matter how lavish your Valentine's Day surprise or gift may be, your grand gesture means nothing without a truly special card that puts your love into words.

Pre-order flowers: To avoid disappointment, pre-ordering bouquets and flower arrangements at least three days before the day is recommended.

Pamper and spoil: Consider a voucher for a pamper experience she wouldn't normally buy for herself. Choose from a massage, hair treatment, facial, manicure, pedicure or the whole package to really show how much you care.

Prepare: Salons will be run off their feet, so ladies should lock in all hair, waxing and beauty appointments the week before Valentine's Day.

You'll avoid disappointment and make sure you have plenty of time to relax and enjoy getting ready before the big romantic date.

Topics:  dating, dating advice, valentine's day


Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Fiance pays tribute to ‘gentle soul’

Scott Elliot died at Double Island Point in April. His fiance describes him as a "gentle soul" and "child of the sea".

Logan Central man dies while spear fishing.

When will this treatment end?

Australia needs a strong leader to stand up and say enough is enough

Small business gears up to take on Bunnings

COMPETITIVE: Ian Gill, owner of Mitre 10 Loganholme wants locals to get behind small business.

Bunnings headed to Loganholme.

Latest deals and offers

Fire support group needs your help

Bad publicity has seen donations to group drop off.

Fiance pays tribute to ‘gentle soul’

Scott Elliot died at Double Island Point in April. His fiance describes him as a "gentle soul" and "child of the sea".

Logan Central man dies while spear fishing.

When will this treatment end?

Australia needs a strong leader to stand up and say enough is enough

Small business gears up to take on Bunnings

COMPETITIVE: Ian Gill, owner of Mitre 10 Loganholme wants locals to get behind small business.

Bunnings headed to Loganholme.

Hospital launches new volunteer program

Margaret, Pat, Vicky (volunteer), Jim, Kirsty (volunteer), Trevor (volunteer). Back Row L-R: Yasmeen Lal (Occupational Therpist, Mick Tilley (allied Health Assistant), Catherine Triandafyllou (Allied Health Assistant) and Hospital Nursing and Midwifery Director Jacquie Smith.

Call out for hospital volunteers.

Tourist attraction just down the road

Pelican feeding every day at Labrador.

Federal Police Defuse Dance Bomb

Australian Federal Police respond to "threat" in Canberra.

Australian Federal Police respond to "threat" in Canberra.

NSW Police join Dance Challenge

NSW Police show their moves at Manly Wharf.

Manly Wharf is the backdrop to NSW Police running-man dance entry.

Scotland Police accept Dance Challenge

NZ Police doing the running man dance.

Australian Federal Police say watch this space but NT Police feel ignored.

Demand for acreage lots pushes up property prices

Property values in Cooroy have increased 25%

Property values jump in Cooroy and Peachester.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances