“If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?”
Don’t hate the date guys! You talk about how lame Valentine’s Day is, but you know you still have to deal with it. In case you don’t know how to, let a single and yet ‘old school’ romantic expert (ME) tell you what to buy – whether you are in a relationship, or hoping for one.
5 VALENTINE’S DAY PRESENTS FOR YOUR GIRLFRIEND
I have many girlfriends that are always telling me what they want or what they wish their boyfriend would do. A lot of women want a man to take charge and take care of them, especially on a special day like this. They will drop hints all over your conversations, in text messages, on their Facebook updates etc etc and expect you to know what’s going on. I know, we can be a little confusing/crazy!
My general rule would be to balance how much you’re spending, with a gift that is thoughtful. I don’t know your girlfriend like you do, but you shouldn’t go wrong with these suggestions.
Feel free to text/Facebook some of your girlfriend’s girlfriends for advice, or to confirm that you’re headed in the right direction.
AWESOME GIRLFRIEND GIFT #1:
EVENING CLUTCH (the small kind, with no handles)
Whether you decide to purchase from a pricey brand or look for a simpler selection, I don’t think you can ever pick a horrible handbag. Look out for bags that look like this!
Most girls aren’t as particular about clutches as they are about perfume and shoes (don’t buy those), and you can start by choosing one in a colour she likes. Red? Pink? Silver? Cream white? If you can’t decide, you can’t go wrong with a bag in black. Little diamond crystals optional.
In case you’ve been living in a hole, here’s where you can find this elusive evening clutch.
$$$ TIP ->
Popular designer brands:
Have fun at Hermes Paris, Ferragamo, Coach, Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci.
Maybe you’ll find one at a discount on Reebonz.com.sg (A members-only website for premier brands made affordable through private sale events, sometimes up to 70% off).
Less expensive but not cheap/still seen as “good quality” brands:
Charles and Keith, River Island, TOPSHOP, Warehouse, Nine West, Dorothy Perkins and GUESS by Marciano (all about S$70-S$200 range).
AWESOME GIRLFRIEND GIFT #2:
MATCHING HE/SHE ITEMS, (Pyjamas. Pillowcases. Wallets. Watches. Etc.)
There are some things that men and women shouldn’t share (like underwear), but there are other things that can look cute (and not cheesy) if one is designed for a chick, and the other version is for a dude.
If you share a bed sometimes, it might be cute to get matching silk pyjamas (try the department stores at Orchard/Takashimaya).
It’s less sleazy than lingerie, and more romantic.
Or, you could get matching pillowcases instead, so you can dream of each other when you’re in your individual beds.
She will say, “So sweet!” (Try department stores or those novelty gift stores at Takashimaya, Ion or Dhoby Ghaut.)
If you have a bit more money to spend on yourself as well, go all out and get both of you matching wallets or watches. She can put a picture of you in her new wallet to show her office colleagues, or when they ask her for the time, tell them how you bought her a totally cute watch that matches yours.
Matching items show her that you’re thinking of her as your partner, a part of you, your other half.
AWESOME GIRLFRIEND GIFT #3 + #4:
DIGITAL CAMERA FUJIFILM POLAROID CAMERA SET + FILM AND ACCESSORIES
Don’t walk into a camera shop and ask them to recommend you a digital camera for your girlfriend! What a digital disaster waiting to crash and reboot… Do your research first and find out what camera brand or functions your girlfriend likes. (Start by checking her views on high end compact, mini DSLR, full blown Nikon range, small and cute looking cameras with lots of in built filters for picture effects and skin softening functions etc).
Best buys are at Funan IT Mall, Alan Photo, Song Brothers, Cathay Photo.
Giving your female a taste of a vintage trend can be quite romantic. This will probably make her squeal – a Poloroid camera is probably one of the prettiest presents you could get for a girl.
$$$ TIP -> It’s called a FUJIFILM INS camera set to cost you about S$200. You can get a Poloroid camera for about S$109-$150, film for $11-$13 for a pack of 10 ($15 for special film with prints and borders), $15-$20 for a Polaroid-specific photo album and maybe throw in more for some small and cute stickers.
Best to buy at Bugis shopping mall and Bugis Street Shopping village – The last few times this month I walked around Bugis, I’m hit by stalls offering this. It looks like they are really cashing in on the Poloroid photography wave.
AWESOME GIRLFRIEND GIFT #5:
PHOTOBOOK OF PICTURES
Does your girlfriend already have a digital camera? Yes.
Does your girlfriend take 100 photos a week of your outings, or even when you are at home? Yes if she’s Singaporean.
Just kidding, not all Singaporean girls take 100 pictures a week… some take 100 pictures over 1-2 days.
So, if your girlfriend is into pictures, why not help her to create a photobook of all the pictures that she has already captured? A photobook full of pictures of herself, of her pets, of her family and friends, of you and with you… Most girls would like that.
To do this, you have to ask for or get access to her computer, and find out which where she stores all her pictures. Get an external hardrive and transfer all her pictures into it. This way, you can slowly work on designing and creating the Photobook for her – trust me, unless you’re a tech whiz/if it’s your first time doing this, it will take you more than a few hours for sure!
Hardcover or softcover? Cute or grand? Photobooks cost about $50-150 to create, depending on how luxe, big, or thick it is going to be.
You can check out the following Photobook sites – most of them have instructions or simple programs that you need to download to create and finalize your perfect Photobook.
Snapfish.com.sg – Top recommendation
Shutterfly.com – Not a Singaporean website/service but supposedly very popular still with Singaporeans
$$$ TIP -> You can often buy discounted vouchers for Photobook services via Groupon (discounted vouchers here), Streetdeal.sg, deal.com.sg and other deal websites.
If you don’t have enough (or 100) photos of you and your girlfriend yet, you can consider making her a photo calendar instead. It’s still quite early on in the year and you only need 12 pictures, one for each of the month. It’s also a lot less work than doing a Photobook… You can ask any Kodak stores or photo services about their processing time and cost.
5 SUBTLE BUT AWESOME VALENTINE’S DAY PRESENTS FOR THE GIRL YOU LIKE
The cute girl that you have been whatsapping with all your waking hours. The pretty one you have been trying to kiss. The girl from the office who makes you laugh. At some point or another, we’ve all gone through this.
Bear in mind, bigger is not always better – I had a guy friend once who was besotted with a beautiful girl (model lah). He bought her a Bulgari necklace along with an incredible basket of flowers that was almost equally expensive, after knowing her for only one week. She was impressed for one day, but he never won her heart.
Don’t let this happen to you, take it slow, make it thoughtful and subtle, and don’t give too much too soon!
AWESOME GIFT FOR THE GIRL YOU LIKE #1:
Is she always listening to music on her way in from work, or complaining that her iPhone, BlackBerry or Android phone is running out of battery? Be a man. Do something about it and buy her some cute new earphones or a portable mobile phone battery (the better ones cost about S$40-60 each and can charge a phone to 100% power about 2 times).
Wrap it up and add in a small card… Not too pushy, but perfect!
AWESOME GIFT FOR THE GIRL YOU LIKE #2:
Does she like to read? To cook? To bake cupcakes?
You can get her a book on anything from mystery to romance, learning to leadership, cooking to making cocktails… If you have no idea what genre to get, just get a book of jokes and put it in a bow. Those small and handy books sold at the front of bookstores make great little book gifts too.
Just don’t give her 50 Shades of Grey – it’s so wrong and she might tell everyone she knows that you’re a pervert.
AWESOME GIFT FOR THE GIRL YOU LIKE #3:
A MUSIC CD
Whether you choose some relaxing jazz music or a party mix by Ministry Of Sound, a music CD will definitely send some happy feelings down her heart, mind and body. This is also the ideal new-age mixtape – More romantic than sending her a song on iTunes, and not as hard to do as making an actual mixtape (can you actually still make a mixtape with a real tape?!).
$$$ TIP -> It’s only going to cost you $20-25, and THAT Music Shop at Pacific Plaza (Orchard) is always blaring a selection of cool tunes, and you can probably find anything and everything at one of the mega HMVs.
AWESOME GIFT FOR THE GIRL YOU LIKE #4:
BOX OF CHOCOLATES/SNACK BASKET
Yes, it’s boring. But it works. Unless she’s allergic or just hates the world, I don’t know a girl that doesn’t like sweet treats.
“Oh, I can’t eat it, it will make me fat!” Bullsh*t. Smile, say you’re welcome, turn around, and the chocolates will be gone in a heartbeat.
Go a step further and make things extra special by putting together a little snack basket (you can call it her “stress” basket).
Fill it with sweet or fun treats like oreos, chocolate chip cookies, dried mangoes and mixed nuts, Twisties, fresh fruits like apples and strawberries, Kit Kat (everyone loves Kit Kat), and other Nestle products that promote nutrition, health, wellness and happiness!
AWESOME GIFT FOR THE GIRL YOU LIKE #5:
Buy her something thoughtful (like the portable mobile battery charger), but throw in something cheeky like a KISSTIXX. Yes, you heard me right. It’s a mixed kiss stick. A kiss stick that MIXES, to form a KISS that will STICK.
If your mind isn’t blown yet, your tastebuds will be!
Newly available on Zalora.sg, one KISSTIXX pack arrives with not one, but two totally different and delicious lip balms that will help you to send a sexy message…
STEP 1) Ask her to choose her favourite flavour in the pack. (Whatever she doesn’t pick, is your stick.)
STEP 2) Offer to apply the lip balm on her lips. After hers is applied, apply yours with your special flavour.
STEP 3) Have a few laughs about it… And then prepare for a flavorful punch when you lean in for that peck!
***FREE VALENTINE’S DAY PRESENT FOR YOU!***
Sounds like fun? Want one? I’m giving away 6x KISSTIXX PACKS, BEFORE VALENTINE’S DAY (each comes with 2 complementing flavoured lip balms).
PART 1!) All you have to do is share the LINK TO THIS BLOGPOST on your Facebook wall and 2 other friend’s Facebook wall (bonus points if you add why this Valentine’s day present is awesome).
PART 2) Email me a SCREENSHOT of it and don’t forget to include your name and contact number! -> EMAIL ME AT LOVEYOUWRONGTIME@GMAIL.COM
CONTEST CLOSES + WINNERS WILL BE CONTACTED BY TUESDAY 12 FEB for prize collection. Winners will be able to pick up their prize from WEDNESDAY 13 FEB onwards from a location in town.
Check out and buy a KISSTIXX at Zalora.sg HERE – one KISSTIXX purchase at SGD$19 will give you not one, but TWO packs (each with two contrasting flavoured lip balms). Shipping is free.
That’s all I can do gentlemen… the rest is up to you!
PS: I actually hardly get presents from suitors, but there was one Valentine’s Day that I did. I will never forget the guy who sent me a pair of goldfish and turtles, along with a bunch of wrapped roses. I thought it was really creative, but all my friends thought it was crazy!
What’s the strangest/coolest Valentine’s Day gift you’ve received? Make my Vday and tell me in the comments below!!!