Lots Of Chocolate From Lindt

This one is a no-brainer. Find your nearest Lindt Chocolate Studio and get your hands on all the different types of chocolate that you know your Valentine loves, throw them into a gift bag or wrap them and voilà – a sweet Valentine’s Day gift is ready! You can either create your own “lucky packet” from choosing a selection of decadent chocolates in the many different flavours, or you can take your pick from the boxes they have ready and waiting. The LINDOR Strawberries & Cream chocolates look just divine and nothing says “I love you” like a LINDOR Heart Tin filled with choccies.

There’s Loads Of Stuff At Woolies

We all know and love Woolies, and they’re always there when we need them, especially on Valentine’s Day when we have NO gift in hand for our special someone! Here, you can pick up a bouquet of flowers (if they haven’t all sold out yet), grab a box of chocolates or a few sweet treats, pick out the best bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, maybe even get your hands on his or her favourite fragrance and shop for some sexy lingerie. There are so many options to choose from. And if all else fails, there’s always a Woolies voucher or a homemade dinner for two, thanks to all the goodies at Woolies Food.

Something Cheesy From The Crazy Store

You wouldn't associate The Crazy Store with Valentine's Day, but here we are! And to think about it, they have quite a few cute and cheesy Valentine's Day goodies to put a smile on your sweetheart's face. Let's be honest, if there's one day you can be cheesy, it's definitely on Valentine's Day. Best of all, their gift ideas won't bust your budget. They have cute little things from helium foil balloons, plushy toys and lovey dovey mugs to novelty voucher booklets, wooden plaques with sweet messages on them and heart-shaped candy.

Pamper Treats From The Body Shop

Whether you’re looking for something for the special lady in your life, the man of your dreams, a little something for friends and family, or need something to throw together a glamorous look for your hot date this Valentine’s Day, The Body Shop will have just the thing. Everyone loves a little pampering here and there, and this is a great place to stock up on all the good stuff. Take your pick from bath and body goodies, skincare items, beautiful gift sets, fresh fragrances and much more.

Get That Feeling With Sorbet

Speaking of pampering, you can also treat your loved one to something special from Sorbet. Get them a gift card for a massage or Dry Bar session, get your hands on a bunch of lovely products or choose a pretty gift set. Here, you’ll also be spoilt for choice when it comes to the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Just pop into your nearest store. Luckily, you can find one almost everywhere you go. And for him, why not gift him with a pamper session at Sorbet Man! There's also a nice selection of products if he's into that sort of thing.

Get Your Spoils At Edgars Beauty

Edgars is your one-stop for all things makeup, skincare, fragrance, nails, brands and gift sets. And to make your last-minute gift shopping even easier, they also offer free signature gift wrapping. Crisis averted! For her, take your pick from fragrance and skincare treats that you know she’ll love. And for him, there’s everything from Nivea and Tom Ford to Aramis and Givenchy gift sets available.

Gift Ideas For The Outdoor Lovers

If your partner is more into the outdoorsy stuff, then why not get them a quick gift from Cape Union Mart. They have a bunch of fab gifting ideas for him and her. “Like what?” you might wonder… well, let’s share a few ideas with you. Gifts for him: Hydroflask coffee mug, a Red-E RSP80 Power Bank, a GoPro Hero 5 and a Zartek ZA-748 Two Way Radio. And for her: Volcano Motion Bluetooth headphones, the Victorinox Cape Protea tool or Sunski Originals sunglasses. The options are endless.

When In Doubt, Check Out Gift Experience South Africa!

There's no better gift than giving someone an experience of a lifetime, and there's no better place to find those than at Gift Experience South Africa. No matter where you are in South Africa, you'll find something fun, exciting, thrilling or even relaxing for that special someone. What can you expect? Well, you can spend some quality time together making chocolate truffles in Muldersdrift, indulge a little with a chocolate and champagne pairing or spend an afternoon quad biking out in Parys. Visit Gift Experience South Africa to see what else they have to offer.

Spoil Your Bookworm With Exclusive Books

Another idea if your partner is a little bit of a bookworm, get them their favourite book for Valentine's Day from the best book stop of them all - Exclusive Books! Make it a romance since it IS Valentine's Day (they have plenty of those). And if you're not too sure if he/she is the romantic novel type or if they enjoy the thrills that a gripping mystery offers, then there's always the option of getting them a gift voucher, which leads us into our next gifting idea...

Just Go Crazy On Vouchers!

You can’t go wrong with vouchers! And best of all, you can find them absolutely anywhere and everywhere. Sure, it might be a little less personal, but as long as you get the right store voucher, at least some thought went into it. If she likes clothes shopping, get her an Edgars, Woolworths, Truworths or YDE voucher. If he enjoys gaming, visit BT Games or Steam and buy him some new games.

The Old Faithful - NetFlorist

We will admit, this one is pretty cliche, BUT it works! NetFlorist has a variety of Valentine's Day gift sets that'll be delivered to your sweetheart, no matter where she or he is. She could be on a business trip in Durban and you can still spoil her with something sweet. Click here to take a look at all the Valentine's goodies they have lined up, pick your favourite, enter all their details, pull out that credit card, pay and BOOM. Done. As easy as that. See, Valentine's Day doesn't have to be difficult.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

NetFlorist

We all know and love NetFlorist, which is why we just had to add them to the list for Valentine's Day gifting options. Since Valentine's Day is on a Sunday this year, you'll need to order something well in advance to ensure that they get it in time. You have the entire weekend to make this lovey dovey day extra special. From personalised items and cute hampers to the usual chocolates, flowers and teddy bears, they'll definitely have something special to spoil your Valentine. Check out their separate gift ranges for both Him and Her, add to cart, set the date for delivery, pay and click. You're done. Now to get onto planning your special evening.

Celestial Gift Experiences

But what if the usual chocolates, flowers and romantic dinner for two isn't your Valentine's thing? Not to worry, surely Celestial Gift Experiences will have the thing! They offer a variety of experiences for him and her to try - perfect if your sweetheart has an adventurous spirit. We love the sound of the Xtreme Drifting Experience at RedStar Raceway in Mpumalanga, the opportunity to drive a Ferrari racing car, or the gyrocopter fly-in safari day for two. The options are endless, all you have to do is visit their site and check out what they have in store. There's something for everyone.

Something Pretty From Pandora

Has your Valentine got their very own Pandora bracelet? If so, why not help them add a few charms to their collection? Pandora offers a wide selection of ranges that's sure to delight your sweetheart, whether they're a die hard Harry Potter fan, have a deep love for Disney, or adore all things Star Wars. Other than an extensive collection of bracelet charms, they also offer beautiful rings, necklaces and earrings, you certainly will be spoiled for choice... well, your Valentine will be. Everything they have to offer in-store and on their website are all too beautiful to pass up. Click here to see their 2021 Valentine's Day Collection!

Mantality.co.za

Let's face it, shopping for your man can be quite a difficult task. We never know what they want and most of the time, we cannot find any awesome, 'not so lovey-dovey' gifts ('cute' gifts can be a little cringy). So, if you're in search of gifts that are more manly and rugged, then check out Mantality.co.za. They have something for any type of man - the gamer, the tech guru, the adventurer, the stylish, the crafter and even the DIY man.

Mancrates

Speaking of manly gift ideas, have you checked out Mancrate just yet? We mentioned them last year in our Christmas gift guide, and we must say, we're still totally in love with them and their awesome crates packed with great goodies. And not only do they look amazing, they also come with their very own mini pry bar to get into - we think that is a rather interesting twist to the experience. A favourite of ours in the Braai Man Crate, filled with a black braai apron, seasoning grinders, aluminium braai tongs, a True Utility Firestash, Timber Lites, a camo cap, sunblock and lip balm. There are a variety of packs to choose from. No matter what your man loves and enjoys, there's sure to be a crate perfect for him.

InMotionFlowers.co.za

For a delivery that's extra special, why not check out InMotionFlowers.co.za? We discovered them just recently and love absolutely everything on the site. They have a selection of goodies to choose from, including custom gifts and hampers, Valentine's goodies, flowers and even corporate gifts. We were looking for something 'different' for Valentine's Day and came across the Red Roses & Willow Heart, Love In A Bag and Pink Lilies & Roses In A Vase. But don't take our word for it, go take a look for yourself.

Via La Moda

Gents, you know a lady cannot go anywhere without her handbag. It's an essential for us ladies, so why not spoil your wife/girlfriend/Valentine with a stunning handbag from Via La Moda? These genuine leather handbags are designed in a variety of styles, leathers and colours. All you need to do is find out which one she loves without busting the surprise. Easy enough, right? We hope so. Good luck!

What will you be getting your Valentine this year? Tell us in the comments below!

#BeExtraNotOrdinary With Bride&co's Matric Dance Collection 2018

From bold colours, exquisite beadwork and daring, lowcut backs to classics in black, florals and interesting designs, Bride&co's Matric Dance Collection 2018 has something for every style, preference, budget and taste. The dresses in this collections are absolutely fabulous and will certainly make your daughter feel like the belle of the ball. There are a number of silhouettes to choose from, whether she wants to look like a princess in a beautiful ballgown or wants to wear something a little more sleek, like a mermaid dress.

Bride&co

Now that the lovely ladies are sorted, let us move onto those strapping young lads who need a good suit to make them look super sharp. As part of Bride&co, Eurosuit forms part of the Matric Dance Collection 2018 offering your sons a wide variety of suits and tuxedos in a range of different colours, cuts and styles. Don't forget to also take a look at their collection of shirts and accessories (think cufflinks, bowties and ties, belt, suspenders, shoes and socks) to pull the whole look together.

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Don't Forget To Use The Code!

Matric farewell attire doesn't have to be THAT expensive. At Bride&co, your son or daughter can #BeExtraNotOrdinary at their Matric Farewell without busting the bank. There's a special discount available when you head to your nearest Bride&Co and purchase that perfect dress or suit. Get 10% off in store when you use the code MATRIC WEB-1 for her and MATRIC WEB-2 for him. It's that easy! Terms and conditions apply.

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For More Information

For more information about this collection and the 10% in-store discount, visit www.brideandco.co.za. You can also call them on 011 807 4007 or email [email protected].

Don't forget to check them out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Vouchers, Vouchers, Vouchers!

Possibly one of the easiest (and quickest) gifting options ever – vouchers! All you need to do is head to a store that your loved one adores, decide on the amount you want to spoil them with, swipe at the cashier and boom… cash on a voucher, ready to be used. You can take your pick from Yuppiechef (will be used online), Edgars Beauty, Sorbet, @Home, Woolworths - in fact, practically anywhere. Our suggestion is to buy a shopping centre gift card from their favourite mall, which will give them more variety from all the stores available in the centre.

Gift Sets

Another easy gifting quick fix is a gift set filled with a few things they love. Whether you’re looking for something for her or him, stop by The Body Shop, Sorbet, Dischem, Foschini Beauty or Clicks, to check out their bath, shaving, perfume, cologne and lotion gift sets. There is bound to be a set that screams their name!

Beautiful Stationery

You can never go wrong with beautiful stationery! This makes the perfect gift for practically everyone – for him and her to use at the office, the kids that are off to school and varsity students. And the one place that has some of the best stationery on the planet is Typo. Their items are trendy, vibrant and just too pretty for words. They offer everything from an assortment of pens (including the ones with cute characters and fans on the ends), notepads and phone covers to cute mugs, desk decor and quirky gadgets.

Wine or Whiskey

If your loved one enjoys a glass of wine or whiskey to wine down in the evenings, then this is a great gifting option. There are also Jack Daniel’s Whiskey gifting sets, complete with a bottle of Jack and tumblers or even the last addition to the collection, which is infused with honey. Head to your nearest liquor store to see if you can find one, it's perfect for any whiskey lover.

Refreshing Wixworth Gin

This Christmas, why not celebrate in a truly South African way by gifting the original Wixworth Gin? Every sip conjures up thoughts of vast South African landscapes, with scents of earthiness, the fresh dewy florals of the veld and the sun beaten aroma of steamy thatched roofs. Wixworth Gin is a sensory exploration through its subtle flavours and aromas that unmistakably represent South Africa and will be the timeless classic on your drinks table whether you’re bush, beach, city or mountain-based these holidays.

Perfume or Cologne

We did touch on this topic slightly in the gift set suggestion, but this deserves a special mention. Most of the time, people need a top-up of their favourite scent, so why not gift them with a refill or brand-new bottle of their favourite perfume or cologne? Not only is it thoughtful, but it’s easily accessible as you can get your hands on almost any perfume at Edgars Beauty, Truworths, Woolworths and Foschini beauty departments.

But What About The Kids?

Luckily for us, kids are delighted with almost any gift you get them. You can get a hamper full of sweets (speak to the parents first as they will have to deal with the resulting sugar rush), clothing with their favourite cartoon characters (Frozen and Ben 10 are favourites) and any toys that will keep them busy for hours. The Toy Kingdom and Toys ‘R Us have a wide variety. Chat to in-store advisers about what's new and their recommended items for particular age groups.

And that’s a wrap. Happy Holidays!

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