Love is in the air, so they say, as we approach Valentine's Day. Whether or not it is a dreaded event for you - and we mean anyone who is single or attached - we have gladly taken it upon ourselves to put together a gift guide for the different types of couples in Singapore.
To the men who are going through their annual bout of "I don't know what to get her" anxiety - let's shake things up a little, shall we? Forget about reserving that standard bouquet of flowers this year.
For the basic 'Netflix and chill' couple
1. Valore 4K 3-In 1-Out HDMI switcher with remote control, $59.90
For most 'Netflix and chill' couples, the question on your minds could be: So are we a real thing, or not?
But forget about that for a moment and think of how you can up your ante when it comes to 'chilling' together. Who watches television anymore, if not for Netflix? Imagine if you could forgo the act of plugging and unplugging of your HDMI cables every time you use a different device.
This Valore 4K HDMI switcher could allow you to navigate freely with the remote controller provided and connect up to 3 HDMI devices. How's that for a real 'Netflix and chill' session? You never know - this could take you guys to the next level in your relationship!
Available at all Challenger stores island-wide and on Hachi.tech
2. Netflix and chill decorative throw pillow, $53.90
Because why not? If all you're going to do as a couple is lounge around the house and barely move from the couch - you might as well get a cushion to complement your favourite shared activity.
Available on lifestyle e-retailer Etsy.
For the couple that loves all things luxe
1. Poh Heng The Heart of Intuition necklace, $920
There are some people on this planet who never seem to look out of place and slays every outfit they put on. Those who enjoy adorning their OOTDs with a little more luxe can look to Poh Heng jewellery as the homegrown brand has released an exclusive Valentine's Day collection.
Let's just say we are absolutely enthralled by the designs. Think heart-shaped, coloured gem encrusted pendants. What's not to love? Choose from blue topaz, pink sapphire, citrine, to amethyst - and of course, a touch of timeless diamonds.
Available at all Poh Heng stores island-wide.
2. Couple spa treatments at Calla Spa, $288
It's time to pamper yourselves with a luxurious spa treat. Head to Calla Spa Singapore for a 60-minute treatment in a special room for couples and soak your tired bodies in the spa's mineral pool right after. What better way to relax after your pampering session if not with good food? The spa's Valentine's Day deal* comes with a meal at their in-house bistro, including a glass of house pour for you and your partner.
*Available from 10 to 19 February 2017 only
For bookings, call 6336 2552 or visit http://callaspa.com.sg/book-an-appointment/
For the 'honeymoon stage' couple
1. Lush Unicorn Horn bubble bar ($14) and 'The Kiss' lip scrub ($23)
Couples tend to go through a rather 'lovey-dovey' period in their relationship, which is usually termed as the 'honeymoon period'. It is during this time when it seems that nothing could go wrong. This is also a good time to get your girl a scented bath bomb because what could possibly be more desirable than a luxurious bubble bath?
The Lush Unicorn Horn bubble bar contains both lavender oil and neroli oil - which actually increases serotonin levels in the brain and thus leads to us feeling more contented and happy. On that note, all of you men who have been getting on your ladies' nerves lately - you guys might want to gift her this fragrant bar. Sneaky, you say? No, smart!
Oh and don't forget to give some sugar to your lover with the brand's Valentine's Day edition of their all-natural lip scrub. It contains a blend of fine sea salt, caster sugar and Fair Trade cocoa butter that will - as always - leave a delicious taste on the lips. Did we mention the scrub has little edible hearts in it? Savour it all by yourself or share it with your Valentine - by stealing a kiss of course, what else?
Available at all Lush stores island-wide.
2. A staycay at the JW Marriott Hotel, from $440++ per night
Another activity that Singaporeans seem to enjoy: Weekend staycations. At the new JW Marriott hotel, the Valentine's Day Sweet Escape special* allows couple to choose from a Deluxe, Premier or Club room, starting from $440++ per room per night.
This deal includes a buffet breakfast and buffet dinner for two as well as dinner at Beach Road Kitchen. And yes, dinner will be served with champagne and a Valentine's Day cake. We think this could be a great idea for couples who are too lazy to plan anything fancy but would still like to enjoy a nice Valentine's Day break.
*Available on Feb 10, 11 and 14 only
To reserve, call +65 6818 1888, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.jwmarriottsingapore.com.
For the travel buddies in love
1. Rimowa Beauty Case, from $585
Those of you who travel enough would know that it's tres chic to be seen pulling a sleek Rimowa luggage along with you. The brand's beauty case would be perfect for the woman who enjoys travelling in style. If you're worried that your expensive tub of La Mer eye cream might leak during your journey, fret not as the sturdy case comes with delicate containers and bottles.
Available at all Rimowa stores island-wide.
2. Philips Aquatouch Wet And Dry Electric Shaver, $179
If the two of you globetrotters won't be able to get over your travel bug any time soon, you might as well get your man to invest in a good electric shaver. Or better still, buy him one this V-Day. The Philips Aquatouch Wet and Dry shaver promises a smooth shave each time - wet or dry - so that's bound to be handy wherever you are in the world. Just make sure there's a socket nearby.
Available at leading electronics stores, major department stores and selected authorised dealers.