Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Brisbane’s Lovers

By Sophia McMeekin
11th Feb 2014

The One-Month "Relationship"

Keep it light and breezy, with cheeky gifts that nod to your fine taste and thoughtful nature, without going in too heavy and freaking out your brand new amour

When it comes to buying for the boys, common sense might tell you to purchase nothing and sit back to watch how he performs on this, the ultimate new-relationship litmus test. But, chances are, if he gives you something you'll feel mean if you haven't made an effort. The solution: express yourself with chocolate.

Luxury Brownie Gift Box | Dello Mano
Chocolates are a traditional V Day present, and, really, a safe bet, because who in their right mind is going to turn their nose up at this collection of decadent Dello Mano brownies?

Gorgeous Blooms | The Butterfly Lounge
Bouquets start from $50
The flowers: The Butterfly Lounge have a host of gorgeous flowers in stock you can spoil someone silly with. Dahlias, hydrangeas, and, of course, roses of all shapes and sizes. Red Hill's The Butterfly Lounge are Urban List favourite's and ready to take your Valentine's Day orders.

Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes | Crumbs Bakery
$58 + Delivery
The holy union that is chocolate and raspberry come together in a sumptuous little package from the bakery wizards at Crumbs. These guys know a thing or two about cupcakes, so you can be sure that if you surprise that special someone with a dozen of these bad boys there'll be some crumby kisses coming your way.

The 6-Month Squeeze

Naw, look at you guys going steady. You're on the road to serious-town, and now's the perfect time to wear your heart on your sleeve with thoughtful, original gifts.

Guys, if you're giving jewellery keep it fresh and modern, and make sure it bears no resemblance whatsoever to an engagement ring (unless you want to give her an engagement ring, in which case, congrats you little love birds).

Maya Brenner Initial Necklace | Calexico
Whether you spell out 'L-O-V-E' in Maya Brenner's coveted initial necklaces, or simply choose her initials, she'll be charmed, and in good company; Jessica Biel, January Jones and Cameron Diaz have all been known to rock these unfussy neck charms.

Beauty Gift Voucher | Togninis Hair Skin Body 
While you (hopefully) can't discern any need for improvement in your partners appearance, chances are they'll still appreciate a pamper session at Togninis Hair Skin Body. They are ready and waiting to impart a loving glow into your special someone's complexion.

Lizzie Fortunato Classic Chain Necklace | Maryon's Philosophy
The perfect accompaniment to a party dress, or a simple tee, this chunky chain mail number has universal appeal, and is sure to make her squeal.

CB I Hate Perfume in Burning Leaves | Fallow
CB makes unfussy scents, which are ideal for guys looking to avoid olfactory overkill. And it's a safe bet that if the cool kids at Brunswick Street's Fallow think it's worth wearing, then it probably is.

Converse x Neighbourhood Chuck Taylors | Apartment
Money can't buy love, but it can by buckets of swag. These spiffy Chucks from too-cool men's streetwear boutique, Apartment, are the perfect weekend shoe, and the ideal gift for the monsieur who needs to upgrade from flip-flops.

The Bearded Chap Original Beard Oil | The Emporium Barber
Hipster boyfriends can be hard to impress with material goods, but the one accessory they will always be keen to up-keep is their beard. This light, easily absorbed, aromatic beard oil from The Emporium Barber is handcrafted and individually bottled by bearded men, and designed to moisturise the skin while keeping their facial fuzz in good nick.

Heart Ring in 9ct Gold | Pink Loulou
If you're too shy to tell her, this simple ring from cult label Pink Loulou will speak volumes on your behalf. This ring's cutesy, primary-school-throwback appeal will have her doodling love hearts and writing your name on her homework.

In It for the long haul

At this stage in your relationship the element of surprise comes with major romantic brownie points. Think outside the box, and be rewarded with the romantic fervour of your early days. Ding dong.

Valentine's Day Gift Voucher | Hot Air Balloon Brisbane
Starting from $250 per adult
Now this is one date/present that could fall in to multiple categories. We've put it in the long-term because, well, kudos to you for making it through the hard times. And once that heady romance from the early days wears off, you may need to try a little harder to impress. So we recommend this great hot air balloon ride and champagne breakfast to set the day off to a good start. Don't let the early rise put you off; the view is well worth the lost sleep! Not only is this one of the most romantic things you'll ever do, but a Hot Air Balloon Brisbane gift voucher also includes access to the vineyard, where breakfast is held, for a free wine tasting. Lashings of bacon, some seriously scrumptious pastries and piles of fresh fruit, washed down with bubbles, sounds like the perfect end to a beautiful morning!

'I Love You' Message on Toast | Absolutely Fabulous
Inject some much needed romance into the ho-hum routine of breakfast with this cute toast stamp from Woolloongabba's Absolutely Fabulous. Trust us, no one can resist the potent combo' of a romantic surprise + carbs.

Amouage Gold Woman | Libertine Parfumerie
A musky, heady mix that stays on the skin all day, Amouage perfumes are made in Oman, and Gold Woman—as with all their scents—carries a touch of the Orient. Decadent and heavy on florals, this is one fragrance to keep for the evening.

Indah Wing Set in White | Piyama
Sometimes the sexiest smalls are the most innocent.  These cute pyjamas by local designers, Piyama, are a cute take on lingerie, and come with less call for pre-wear crunches, which means more time for nookie. 

Roses | The Flower Trap
Ok, so roses may not be original, but they are classics for a reason. Teamed with a bottle of champagne and a promise to unstack the dishwasher for the rest of the month, you're looking at the height of romance.

Nant Single Malt Whisky | Nant Whisky Bar
Producers of Australia's only highland single malt whisky, this internationally recognised amber drop has serious collectors appeal.

Cheese Gift Voucher | Black Pearl Epicure
Say it with cheese. Black Pearl Epicure has a glorious range of over 300 local and imported fromages to woo your dairy queen (or dairy king). Think manchego, stilton, roquefort, comte gruyere... Drool.

Gold Pearl and Diamond Set Garter Bangle circa 1885 | Lannah Dunn
This vintage piece from local jeweller, Lannah Dunn, has enough contemporary appeal to sit pretty in any arm party, or can be worn alone.

Aussie Love Tea Towel | Everingham & Watson
You need a strong relationship to make fun of the unfortunate partner who always gets stuck doing the washing up. This loved-up teatowel by the Everingham & Watson ladies is a cheeky nod to the devotion of domestic servitude.

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