We are tired of friends discussing the same old things to do on Valentine’s Day – flowers, chocolates, heart-shaped junk and a mushy dinner. Now we aren’t the most romantic people in the world but we do believe if you are doing something, at least do it right. So rather than let you drown in a sea of OTT mush, we decided to find some interesting things, cool gifting ideas and unique experiences for this week. Go ahead and show this to your better half on the sly – we won’t even ask for credit, just send us some chocolate instead.
If you are the more adventurous sorts and love the outdoors, then how about taking a camping trip this Valentine’s Day? For Mumbaikars (or those willing to travel a little more), Letscampout is organising 1N2D camping trips to Shirota as well as Kashid complete with a romantic candlelight dinner, live barbeque and even a bonfire. Mush under the stars!
Price: Rs 3,000 per person
Date: 14-15 Feb
Ideal for: Adventure junkies in Mumbai
For bookings and more details, call 9819813493
Giftxoxo is your savior this week. Offering unique ways to make Valentine’s Day special for you and your partner, you can go for experiences that are built around your mood and tastes. Check out their experience box – a package which will include a number of activities like couple’s spa, pottery making classes, romantic meal, scuba diving, romantic getaway to a tea estate and much more.There are a bunch of other individual experiences as well which you can go for with your partner – from horse riding and a hot air balloon ride to a meal on a yacht and a stay at a vineyard.
Price: Start at Rs 3,250
Ideal for: Lazy planners in Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, Nashik and Mumbai
For bookings and more details, call 08065656000
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Skyxploring will make for a perfect activity for a couple. Imagine flying in a balloon at an approximate height of 2,500 ft and being able to see the city down below from a bird’s eye view. Doesn’t that sound like fun? If yes, check out Sky Waltz rides in Jaipur and Lonavla. They can also organise rides in Manesar (Delhi) and Neemrana on request.
Price: Rs 12,000 for a standard flight ticket
Ideal for: Romantics in Delhi and Mumbai
For bookings and more details, call 1800-103-8839/9560387222
If you are working on 14th Feb or are otherwise busy, don’t miss out on doing something together. Couple cook-ups are the new candle-light dinners and we suggest you check out the one organised by APB Cook Studio, Mumbai. This monthly event is aimed at bringing loved ones together for a cook-up and this month’s theme is Italian Amore. Two experienced chefs, Shekhar and Rushina Ghildiyal, will be guiding you through cooking a three-course classic Italian meal.
Price: Rs 3,000
Date: 20th Feb
Ideal for: The foodie couple in Mumbai
For bookings and more details, call 02242152799
WINE AND DINE
Wine Tasting at Home
No, we are not going to suggest you open a bottle of wine and enjoy it under the stars with your beloved. Instead, how about hosting a private wine tasting for you and your close friends? Wi-Not – a wine and beverage solutions company in Delhi offers Wine Concierge services through which they can organise wine tastings and wine-food pairing sessions at your home. Depending on your preference and budget, they can bring the wine and food (from their partnering caterers) or you can arrange for the latter on your own. From giving you in-depth knowledge about different wines to explaining some of the most formidable wine-food pairings, Wi-Not can help you up your vino ante and impress your girl.
Ideal for: Wine lovers in Delhi
For prices, bookings and more details, call 9971446655
While most restaurants offer set menus for Cupid’s Day, Delhi’s Taj Mahal Hotel takes it to the next step with a bespoke dinner at their restaurants. Varq, Wasabi and House of Ming are offering a V-Day dinner that can be customised to your needs and dietary preferences complete with a celebration cake, Champagne, flowers, pickup by a chauffeur driven luxury car and a couple’s spa session to round off this perfect meal.
Price: Rs 50,000
Ideal for: Extravagant spenders in Delhi
For bookings and more details, call 01166566162
Personal Valentine’s Day Assistance
Planning the perfect night as well as picking the right gift can sometimes be a mind-boggling task, but that’s where Haptik comes in. From helping you pick the right gift to making table reservations for a romantic meal, the Haptik executives will make sure you sit back and enjoy this day without any hassles.Just send a message on the app giving details about your budget and your preferences and with the help of their gifting experts and the DineOut Concierge, everything will be planned for you.
Ideal for: The planner with the right questions in Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune
The app is available for download on the App Store and Google Play
Started by two friends – Gauri and Neha – Confettish has personalised options for even the most finicky gifters. They started the store on Facebook and later came up with a full-fledged website. Apart from Valentine special, they also have customised party products that suit every occasion. Some of their signature handcrafted treasures include customised luggage tags, personalised t-shirts and a lot more. If you have some fantastic idea and want to get your product modified your way, all you need to do is simply unleash your imagination and tell them what you want.
Another option is Mad Over Gifts, a one-stop destination for all your tailored gifting needs, the brainchild of brother-sister duo Mansi and Jimmy Aggarwal, they customise everything from beanbags and boxers to newspaper and magazine covers. Though they work in the time duration you need your gifts in, you have to place the order at least 3 days in advance, so do so today. Some of their signature products also include lampshades, cushions and phone covers.
Untitled Graphics is also doing cute gifts especially for this occasion like customised wine bottles, pack of cards, love newspaper and a gift hamper (which includes foreplay dice!).
Price: Starting from Rs 400
Ideal for: The fussy gifter in Delhi and Mumbai
Musician On Call
Inspired by rom-coms and want to serenade your partner with his/her favourite tune? Well, we’ve found the perfect service for you. Just Dial Music helps you send musical messages and surprises in a super romantic gesture by hiring musicians to sing at your Valentines doorstep. Orif you are organising a quiet meal for just the two of you and want some romantic music, just give them a call and they’ll figure the best artist to set the mood.
Price: Starting from Rs 3,750
Ideal for: The music connoisseur in Delhi
For bookings and more details, contact 9818239763 or mail firstname.lastname@example.org
With inputs from Madhuli Trivedi
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