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When Men's Health polled 100 lovely ladies what gifts they best preferred come February 14, your usual suspects didn't quite make the line-up. In fact, flowers ranked No. 10 while chocolates didn't even make the list. According to one of our respondents, women want gifts that take them away and pamper – they want stuff that will “wow” them.
Wow, that's a tough one. But fret not, we got together some experts to shed some light on how to make this year’s V-day a “Wow!” for her, and truly fail-safe for you.
Whisk Her To Paradise
Actually, this is a no-brainer. The girl wants it all. Take her away for a weekend, and you don’t really have to go far. Just across the Causeway. Redang Island in Terengganu hides the kind of getaway that she’ll love (and love you for taking her). The Berjaya Beach Resort is built in an alcove of the island and offers activities that you can do together: diving, golf, and for her, fullservice spa facilities. To get there, Berjaya Air has made traveling easier with a daily 1-hour-25-minute flight from Singapore (Seletar Airport) to Redang on a 48-seat Dash 7 aircraft.
Feed Her Posh Nosh
You should know by now that taking a woman out to dinner is not just about breaking bread. It’s about sharing an experience. It’s about quality time. “Women fall for the guy that plans ahead,” says chef Emmanuel Stroobant, owner of Saint Pierre The Restaurant (#01-01, Central Mall). “Champagne with caviar, lobster and foie gras are a must for a special occasion like this,” says Emmanuel. “It’s a sure way to impress her and fire up the passion for the night.”
Surprise Her With A Branded Bag First of all, when it comes to getting a branded item for your gal, you need to find out what brand she likes. “The best way to do it is to look at the brands that she totes, and also the brands that she talks about,” says Andre Neo, marketing communications executive for Raoul. So, pay attention to what she carries, and use your ears when she’s talking about shopping with her gal pals. If you hear a brand name that comes up again and again, ask her about it, and what she likes about it. She will readily fill you in with a commentary that will make your shopping trip a breeze. But be mindful of that woman’s intuition, because she’ll be expecting you to “surprise” her with at least a tiny minaudiere (read: clutch bag, small and without handles) from her favourite brand.
Invite Her Horseback Riding
Horseback riding is a sport that combines adventure with romance. “It creates a better memory, and sets it apart from all the regular dinner and movie dates,” says writer Diyana Alan. “Because of the interaction, it helps us to see a different side of your personality.” That means she’s looking to see if you’re competitive, if you like animals and if you’re going to be a gentleman when she’s struggling through her lesson. “What’s a real turn-on is someone who impresses at the sport we try, but without trying too hard.” Sharing some tips to help her is fine, trying equestrian stunts that may land you in hospital is not. For riding lessons, contact the Singapore Polo at 6830-8187 or e-mail email@example.com. Take The Love Boat
Remember Titanic? That’s right, she remembers it too. While all cruise liners we know will not indulge an “I am flying” fantasy at the bow or a “you jump, I jump” fantasy at the stern, a cruise liner is designed with all the trappings to feed a blossoming or an enduring romance – great food and excellent service. Take her and explore every corner of the cruise liner. And if you’re resourceful enough, we’re sure she’ll agree to fogging up a hidden cabin somewhere onboard. Check out Star Cruises for the luxury cruise liners coming to our shores. You can choose between different itineraries and destinations. A bonus for you: the ship’s casino opens when you reach international waters… Wear something spiffy and get her into something slinky, and order a pair of Martinis. Next > What else does she really want on Valentine's Day?