Oh, Valentine’s Day…You either LOVE it or HATE it. What started off as a day to honour a saint, became romanticized in the 14th century into an international day of LOVE and is now the favourite day for many people. If your other half is a foodie, here are some gift ideas to inspire you:
Create a Personalised Recipe Book
Using Blurb.com, create a personalised recipe book with all of your partner’s favourite recipes. Add in your own illustrations, tips, notes and hidden messages for them to find. If you know how to use indesign, install their plug-in to have more control over your design.
Buy Them a Book Instead
If your partner likes learning about food and being inspired by food, how about picking out a food-related book for them instead. Here are some great foodie reads (click on the images to buy):
Get Them a Traditional Gift (With a Twist)
We all know that flowers and chocolates are the traditional Valentine’s gifts, why not step it up a notch?
Make Your Own Chocolates
Have you ever tried making your own chocolate? If you want a real challenge, you can make your own chocolate from scratch by following this recipe. Otherwise, an easier option is to buy any chocolate bar of choice, melt it down and shape it into a shape of your choice. It looks super thoughtful and fancy. You could even add jelly, honeycomb, hundreds and thousands, sprinkles…whatever you can think of (that’s edible, of course) to the chocolate and customise it to your liking. Here are some molds I found to get you started (make sure to turn off adblocker to see molds available on Amazon):
If you don’t have access to Amazon, try searching on Ebay or AliExpress (click on the images below to buy):
Buy Them An Edible Bouquet
Why not combine the two and get them an edible bouquet from Edible Blooms. They are so beautifully packaged, look great and, best of all, you can eat it!
Treat Them To an Unforgettable Dinner
If you are happy to splurge a little, here are some great places to have a romantic dinner:
The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay, Glebe – Converted boathouse serving great for seafood with a beautiful view over the harbour and Anzac Bridge.
Lumi Bar & Dining, Pyrmont – Beautiful waterfront view with romantic pendant light setting. Serves beautifully presented Italian and Japanese cuisine.
Catalina, Rose Bay – Overlooking Rose Bay with an open verandah bar. Serves upmarket seafood. (Note: They are already fully booked for their Valentine’s Day event on Tuesday 14th Feb, but you can always celebrate on a different day.)
A Tavola, Darlinghurst – Authentic handmade pasta, served with love. They have a valentines menu for $89pp.
La Rosa The Strand, CBD – Authentic Italian food hidden inside the charming old Strand arcade. Popular for their thin-crusted pizza.
Bennelong Restaurant, Circular Quay – Dine at the world-famous Opera House. Enjoy views of the harbour as you feast on a gourmet dining experience.
Quay, The Rocks – Ranked 58th in the World’s 100 Best Restaurants. Everyone wants to come here to try their Snow Egg dessert.
If you are looking for a more budget option, check out Groupon for some great deals:
Blue Fish, Darling Harbour – Two buckets of prawns and a bottle of wine for 2 people $35.
Capriccio Osteria and Bar, Leichardt – Two-course Italian meal with a glass of wine for 2 people $29.
Georges Mediterranean Bar and Grill, King St Wharf – Two-course Mediterranean meal for 2 $49.
The Little Snail, Darling Harbour – French dining + drinks for 2 $88.
Make Your Own Cupcakes
Learn how to make cupcakes at The Classic Cupcake Co. for $59.
Join an F45 Class Together
Every foodie needs to stay fit in order to keep eating what they want and exercise is important in boosting your metabolism and burn fat. I recommend F45 at Wetherill Park (by far the best facilities and best trainers in Sydney that my friends and I have tried). If you don’t want to commit yet, there are vouchers you can get from Groupon for just $19 for a whole month! (Wetherill Park is currently not available on Groupon, but check back often.)
Wishing you a day filled with LOVE
Whether you decide to celebrate Valentine’s Day or not, hope your day is filled with love. If your other half also likes to travel, check out my gift ideas for travelers.
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