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Valentines Day: Experience Gift Ideas in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth

Posted by on February 8, 2016 at 8:08 AM

The 14th of February is just around the corner so for any of you guys looking for ideas to spoil that women in your life on Valentines, you’ve come to the right place. We all know they want to feel special and it’s well within your power to make this happen, even on a budget. In trying to come up with my own gift ideas, I’ve settled upon an “experience orientated” one consisting of some form of daily activity (e.g. body massage, facial, wine tour) followed up by a meal out to a restaurant. Fairly certain this is likely to bag me a ton of brownie points with the girlfriend, which hopefully means the same will apply to you too!

Valentines Day: Experience Gift Ideas in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth

The initial research I did for this centred around Sydney, however I appreciate we have readers from all over so I’ve extended my research to a number of other cities too. It’s easy to get duped into over-spending on Valentines simply because of the occasion and the fact that retailers tend to jack up their prices. So in respect to the type of gift I’m looking at, in my experience the best way to keep costs down is to book through one of the online daily deals websites. Scoopon is a solid favourite of mine as I find they tend to be very competitively priced if you know what to look for. Thus, to keep things focused, I’ve decided to concentrate on their deals and offers to put together a comprehensive list of gift choices (broken down by city).

 

Valentines Day: Experience Gift Ideas in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and PerthPrimarily, this love-orientated day needs to offer good value for money whilst at the same time not breaking the bank either. I realise that there will be a wide range of budgets out there and I didn’t want this post to make people feel like they needed to spend a specific amount of money. Therefore, I’ve provided a variety of gift options within three-budget ranges: $100, $200 and $300. This is to help you decide how much you are comfortable spending.

Just to clarify, the options below are divided firstly into daily activity options broken down by city, while the second half provides a breakdown of meal deal options by city.

Hopefully these choices will allow you to tailor your ideal Valentines Day gift to suit both your woman and your wallet. As I mentioned at the start, I’ve opted for a double-tiered gift which sends your other half on an activity of sorts, like a trip to the spa, followed by a meal out. However, it’s entirely up to you if you prefer just to focus on one or two activities that fit your budget instead and skip the meal deal section all together.

The main aim of this post is to give you some inspiration and hopefully save you from any last minute, badly thought-out gifts which end up costing way more than you’d originally planned to spend simply because you’d left it too late.

 

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DAILY ACTIVITY OPTIONS

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Sydney – Daily Activity Options

Budget $100

Activity Length Location Expiry Date Price
Two hours of Pampering 120 mins Dymocks building, Sydney 19 May $49
Thai full body massage 60 mins Pittwater Rd, Dee Why 10 May $35

 

Budget $200

Activity Length Location Expiry Date Price
3-hour pamper 180 mins Railway Parade, Kogarah 18 June $99
Massage + Facial 120 mins Railway Parade, Eastwood 4 May $49
Full day wine tour 8 hours +/- Liverpool station, Central station, Hornsby station 14 April $115 (for 2)

 

Budget $300

Activity Length Location Expiry Date Price
2-nights away South Coast 2 nights Gerringong 30 April $259

Valentines Day: Experience Gift Ideas in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth

 

Melbourne – Daily Activity Options

Budget $100

Activity Length Location Expiry Date Price
Whole body massage 60 mins Armdale 16 March $39
Golden Spray tan 5 sessions Kooyong 29 June $29
Full body massage 60 mins CBD 24 March $35

 

Budget $200

Activity Length Location Expiry Date Price
Facial + body massage 120 mins Preston or Glenroy 3 May $39
Facial + body massage 120 mins Bourke St. CBD 21 March $49
Pamper package 90 mins Hepburn Springs 16 June $79

 

Budget $300

Activity Length Location Expiry Date Price
2 hour Pamper 120 mins Wheelers Hill 1 June $99
Island escape 2 nights Phillip Island 23 September $199

Valentines Day: Experience Gift Ideas in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth

 

Brisbane – Daily Activity Options

Budget $100

Activity Length Location Expiry Date Price
Full body massage 60 mins (4 locations) 15 April $29
 
 

 

Budget $200

Activity Length Location Expiry Date Price
Helicopter flight – Brisbane N/A Qantas Av, Archerfield 10 April $99
Yoga, Meditation + Lunch 6 hours Carson Rd, Bunya Downs 19 July $99
Beauty Spa 60 mins Fortitude Valley 7 March $69

 

Budget $300

Activity Length Location Expiry Date Price
Wellness Spa for Two (Evening) 1 Night Mudgeeraba 19 June $239
Gold Coast getaway 2 Nights Broadbeach, QLD 31 May $249
2 Nights at Mystery Hotel 2 Nights Brisband CBD 31 May $219

Valentines Day: Experience Gift Ideas in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth

 

Adelaide – Daily Activity Options

Budget $100

Activity Length Location Expiry Date Price
Bliss Out Massage 60 mins Culvert St, Parkside 14 April $29
Soothing Massage 30 mins Eastwood 5 April $19
Hair Makeover + Facial 120 mins Grange Road, Findom 2 May $25

 

Budget $200

Activity Length Location Expiry Date Price
Luxury Day Spa 90 mins Gawler Place, Adelaide 22 April $69
Hair & Beauty Stylist 240 mins Clovelly Park 21 March $79

 

Budget $300

There weren’t any expensive options available that in conjunction with the evening meal would surpass the $200 – $300 threshold.

Valentines Day: Experience Gift Ideas in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth

 

Perth – Daily Activity Options

Budget $100

Activity Length Location Expiry Date Price
Boutique Day Spa 90 mins Canning Highway, South Perth 4 May $69
Facial Package N/A Albany Highway, East Victoria Park 4 June $49
Massage & Consultation 60 mins Ellenbrook 22 April $35

 

Budget $200

Activity Length Location Expiry Date Price
Snorkelling Adventure + BBQ lunch 4 hours East Street, Freemantle 7 May $99

 

Budget $300

Activity Length Location Expiry Date Price
Jet-Ski Tour 60 mins Hillarys Boat Harbour 1 April $189
Apartment in Cable Beach 2 Nights Challenor Drive, Cable Beach 31 March $239

Valentines Day: Experience Gift Ideas in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth

 

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MEAL DEAL FOR TWO OPTIONS

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After your valentine is feeling pampered and relaxed you can choose to present her with a second gift. At Buckscoop we included both meal for two options and hotel nights away where there weren’t enough meal deals available on Valentine Day.

 

Sydney – Meal Deal for Two Options

Budget $100

Activity Cuisine Location Expiry Date Price
Food / Drinks at Waterfront Gastropub Bourke St, Woolloomooloo 31 March $30
5 Locations Australian Multiple 31 March $30
V-Day themed Macaroons French North Rocks 10:00 to 14:00 14 February $15

 

Budget $200

Activity Cuisine Location Expiry Date Price
Tall Ship Cruise + buffet Buffet for 2 Bourke St, Woolloomooloo 12 June $59

 

Budget $300

Unfortunately there were very few options available within Sydney, with even some of the Valentines specials on the Scoopon website stated that they were not in fact redeemable on V-Day. This was despite being listed under the “Valentines Offers” section, very peculiar!

Valentines Day: Experience Gift Ideas in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth

 

 

Melbourne – Meal Deal for Two Options

Budget $100

Activity Cuisine Location Expiry Date Price
All-day Brekkie or Lunch French Docklands 17 March $25
3-Course Mexican Mexican South Yarra 14 March $35
Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Mediterranean Glenferrie, Hawthorn 14 April $19

 

Budget $200

Activity Cuisine Location Expiry Date Price
3 courses at Sarti Italian Russel Place, CBD 4 April $89
4 Course Degustation French Fitzroy St, St Kilda 12 April $69
3 Course Mediterranean Feast Bistro Lygon St, Carlton 19 March $55

 

Budget $300

Activity Cuisine Location Expiry Date Price
3 courses at Sarti Italian Russel Place, CBD 4 April $89
4-Course Degustation French Fitzroy St, St Kilda 12 April $69

Valentines Day: Experience Gift Ideas in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth

 

Brisbane – Meal Deal for Two Options

Budget $100

Activity Cuisine Location Expiry Date Price
Fish & Chips Seafood Manly, QLD 15 March $19
Brekkie, Lunch or Dinner Pub Days Rd, Grange 25 April $29

 

Budget $200

Activity Cuisine Location Expiry Date Price
Cruise and Sea Platter Seafood Tumblgum, NSW 11 July $99
$200 Credit at Burrito Bar Mexican Grey St, Southbank 19 March $95

 

Budget $300

There weren’t many options within Bristbane that cost over $100. The options above do have more expensive alternatives within the same restaurant, so if you want to bump up the price, choose their more expensive options.

Valentines Day: Experience Gift Ideas in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth

 

Adelaide – Meal Deal for Two Options

Budget $100

Activity Cuisine Location Expiry Date Price
2 Courses at Jazz Lounge Modern Fusion McLaren Vale 16 April $45
3 Course Meal + Wine Chinese King William Rd, Hyde Park 4 April $29

 

Budget $200

Activity Cuisine Location Expiry Date Price
Modren Wine & Dining Modern Australian Summit Rd, Crafers 12 March $89
2 Course Modern Dinner Australian Fusion Hindley St, Adelaide 15 April $49

 

Budget $300

Similar with Brisbane, there was a limited choice of expensive options for dinner, therefore, you could choose more expensive options that are within the deals above.

Valentines Day: Experience Gift Ideas in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth

 

Perth – Meal Deal for Two Options

Budget $100

Activity Cuisine Location Expiry Date Price
Brekkie and Bubbly International East Perth 27 April $20
Full English Breakfast English Melville Parade, Como 22 April $19
3 Course Australian Australian Lake St, Northbridge 2 April $49

 

Budget $200

Activity Cuisine Location Expiry Date Price
Upmarket 2 Course Dinner Modern / Retro Rokeby Rd, Subiaco 5 April $59
Steakhouse Feast African Karoborup, Carabooda 2 May $59

 

Budget $300

There was a very limited choice of meal deals available on Scoopon for Valentines, therefore as stated above you can choose some more expensive options within the deals stated above.

Valentines Day: Experience Gift Ideas in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth

 


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