Step away from the cheesy heart-shaped chocolate box… you can do so much better, especially since we’ve rounded up the ideal Valentine’s Day gifts for every kind of girl or guy.
For the man’s man – beer, beer and more beer
Beer is to man what diamonds are to the ladies, so consider giving the special guy in your life the gift that keeps on giving, with a subscription to a monthly craft beer box.
Bottleshop.co.za has a convenient Beer Club offering that will deliver a curated case of mixed craft, imported and locally brewed beers direct to your door every month, so your guy will have a constant reminder of how cool his girlfriend is.
For the foodie – a taste experience they’ll never forget
They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but you can trust that the girls will be just as thrilled with a romantic and sumptuous 5-star dining experience.
Think a 10-course meal at the famous and constant Johannesburg foodie favourite Cube Tasting Kitchen at its new home in Maboneng, digging in to an appetising plate-sharing masterpiece at The Mess in Green Point, or impressing your partner with a reservation at the newest launch in your city.
For the collector – a new addition
Perfume, shoes and handbags are the staple addictions of many women around the world, so they’re generally a safe bet. But if you don’t trust your designer savvy, then a voucher from Spree won’t disappoint. If that’s not her thing, you could always hit up Superbalist for a unique and novel gift that will appeal to her special brand of weirdness.
For the adventurer – an adrenaline high for two
South Africa is the ultimate city for thrill seekers, with everything from tandem paragliding and zip lining, to horseback safari tours and shark cage diving laid at your feet. So, if you want to have your partner’s heart beating out of their chest this Valentine’s day, go big!
For the serial sentimentalist, the techie and just about everyone else
Whether they get a kick out of capturing and chronicling your greatest moments and memories together, or they just like gadgets, your other half is probably itching for a new souped-up smartphone with better specs and features. Just be careful, because the LG V20 could become a worthy contender for their heart, with its superior video, photography and next-level audio.
With Steady Record 2.0, it will keep those recordings from getting shaky, whether you’re documenting a romantic hike or recording from one knee. The wide-angle capabilities and hybrid auto-focus mean you’ll be able to expand your selfies (no help from strangers to capture that sunset kiss in France necessary) and the studio quality sound will immortalise those sweet nothings in crisp clarity every time.
Throw in a plethora of customisation options for sound and video, epic multi-tasking features and the new Android Nougat operating system, and you might want to get two – one for them, and one for you.