1. Prepare a candlelit dinner
A candlelit dinner will invariably please your loved one, but he or she will be doubly impressed if you whip it up yourself from scratch. “My boyfriend of three years surprised me with a candlelit dinner in his backyard on our first Valentine’s Day together,” Alicia*, 24, shares. “He prepared some delicious seafood pasta, brought out a bottle of wine and even spelt out my name on the grass with tea lights. I was most definitely charmed!”
2. Pen (and then perform) your own love song
What could possibly be more romantic than serenading your loved one with a song that you’ve written yourself? However, if you’re really too shy about flexing your vocal chops in front of your Valentine, you can consider preparing a mixtape with his or her favourite songs instead.
3. Sign up for couple activities
Couple activities can prove to be oodles of fun if your loved one is the hands-on and spontaneous sort. Sign up for art jamming sessions, book a ride on a flight simulator, or attend a cooking or baking workshop together. You might also discover your partner’s hidden talents along the way.
4. Organise a treasure hunt
Here’s a Valentine’s Day idea that promises to be lots of fun. Hide little notes or clues around a specific location (your partner’s house or a park, for instance), and then give him or her a hand-drawn map to follow. X marks the spot: the surprise waiting for him or her at the end of the hunt could be a well-chosen gift, or even just yourself – with the biggest bear hug that you’re capable of delivering!
5. Book a surprise getaway
Whisk your loved one away on a surprise romantic getaway – it could be a staycation in Singapore or a nice city break like Hong Kong or Melbourne, or a seaside vacation in a place like Phuket or Bali. Keep an eye out for special rates, too – resorts frequently offer enticing Valentine’s Day packages that come with champagne breakfasts, spa treatments and more.
6. Go on a picnic
Singapore’s not short of good picnic spots. Besides the sprawling Botanic Gardens, there are also more intimate locations like Labrador Park and Hort Park, just to name a few. “My boyfriend and I initially planned to have a picnic at Gardens by the Bay (East) last year, but then it started pouring! As such, we had to improvise – we went on a stroll around the park completely barefoot, but this definitely made the evening more memorable,” Xiao Ting, 25, laughs.
Not a fan of Singapore’s humidity or temperamental weather? Plan an indoor “picnic” instead – lay a comfy blanket on the floor of your living room, order home delivery and snuggle with your loved one instead.
7. Put together a care package
Your Valentine’s Day gift to your other half doesn’t necessarily have to be lavish. Instead, it could be something as simple as putting together a care package or gift basket comprising a number of small but thoughtful items, such as healthy snacks for the office, a self-drawn portrait and more. He or she will appreciate the thought process behind each gift.
8. Decorate his or her room
Lure your partner out of the house, arm yourself with craft materials and then proceed to give his or her room a romantic makeover. Some craft ideas include pasting a photo collage on the wall, illuminating the room with fairy lights or sprinkling the bed with confetti or rose petals.
9. Plan a pampering session
Your other half has been slogging late nights at the office, and deserves a relaxing treat. Plan a full-day pampering session for you and your beau, starting with a haircut or hair treatment at a salon, followed by a luxurious couple spa massage. You can then round off the day with a nice dinner at a romantic restaurant.
10. Take him or her out on a yacht
Of course, if you’re willing to splurge, you might want to consider chartering a private yacht and taking your partner out to sea. Embark on a tour of Singapore’s Southern Islands before reclining on the deck and soaking in spectacular views of the sunset. With such a magical setting, love will definitely be in the air!
*Name changed for privacy