Posted: 12 February, 2016
Top tips on what that special someone REALLY likes
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With the day of love fast approaching it raises the age old question – do men really know what women want?
For men, it can be difficult to know what their special someone really wants on Valentine’s day without asking them and ruining a possible surprise.
Well lucky for them, we’ve done the hard yards by finding out how women REALLY like to be spoilt.
Valentine's Day Tips
1. A dinner date at a fancy restaurant doesn't always cut it
Three out of five guys think a candle-lit dinner is a sure winner, but think again guys because 81% of Sydney women are over traditional Valentine’s Day ideas. A picnic in a romantic location tops the list of date ideas followed by a surprise weekend away at 40%.
“Dining out on Valentine’s Day can be seriously disappointing. You’re often jammed up against another couple right next to you, you’re eating a set menu often at a high price - and again, it’s a bit of a pressure cooker environment. We suggest putting the credit cards away and moving your date outdoors,” RSVP spokesperson Lara Delahunty said.
2. Don't worry about spending all your cash on jewellery, Aussies prefer flowers or a fun activity
When it comes to choosing gifts to buy, flowers and chocolates are the most popular amongst men at 43% whereas most women prefer to send their partner a ‘quirky,’ individual gift. Commenting on the findings, Delahunty said, “Valentine’s Day done right clearly means going against the grain. Yes flowers are still up there as the preferred gift, but almost as many people said they wanted no gift at all. Having some fun together seems to be the wisest Valentine’s Day gift choice.
3. The good old-fashioned love letter isn’t dead
A survey of more than 1200 Aussies has revealed more than 70% have written a love letter to show they care, despite the rise of new technology. Hand writing love letters and notes is alive and well, particularly amongst younger people which may seem surprising. The survey shows it’s even be MORE meaningful than sending a cute text or email.
Four out of five said the love letter is romantic and it shows your loved one you have taken the time to think about them. “There is something very personal and intimate about communicating with a loved one via a hand written letter that shares your feelings with honesty and integrity,” Psychologist and RSVP Dating and Relationship expert John Aiken said.
A beautifully hand written love letter beats a sky writing message. Steer clear of letting out your feelings via text… it’s considered the least romantic at just 3 percent. What are you waiting for? Get out that pen, stat.
4. Cut the cheese – most women are over clichés
As mentioned before, 81% of females are over the cheese that comes with Valentine’s Day. Be creative! If you’re tossing up dinner options, 60% of women prefer an cosy night in with their partner instead of going out. Most say a date night at a restaurant is too clichéd, not intimate and they don’t want to spend their night next to other couples drooling over each-other.
They either want their favourite home delivery or for you to cook, alongside DVDs and games. Another tip, 20% of females say a personalised date by an iconic out of box location with food to complement the occasion would get them in the mood. Picnic overlooking the Harbour, perhaps?
Romantic getaways: Valentine’s Day falls on a weekend this year, which is the perfect excuse to take a weekend escape with your special someone.
Personalised gifts: From food to photo books and handmade cards, these gifts ideas have plenty of personal touch.
Unique gifts: Here you’ll find a light box, How to Speak Emoji love book, as well as a wine bottle and glass carrier.
Gifts under $50: Think cupcakes, candles, a cookbook, movie vouchers and more.
Last minute gifts (try avoid): A couples’ massage, romance hamper, red roses, or bottle of bubbly.
There you go, now there’s no excuse not to be on top of your game!