Even if you’re busy, that’s no excuse to ditch making plans for this Valentine’s. There’s a wide array of apps and websites out there that can help you order flowers, book a restaurant or send a greeting card with the flick of a finger. If you’re in a romantic quandary, and need a quick fix to avoid sleeping on the couch, whip out your phone or switch on your laptop to get some tech support for your love life.
No time to sneak over to the florist? Or are you the sort who hates browsing for flowers? Save yourself the travel and simply make your booking from the office. Now you can order and deliver flowers to your wife or girlfriend using your iPhone, iPad or Nokia phone. This app by Far East Flora lets you select from over 1,000 gift options, including flower bouquets, gift hampers and even perfumes. What’s useful for you time-starved Romeos is that your flowers and gifts will be delivered on the same day, meaning you can make an order at 4pm and still have your gift delivered between 7pm to 10pm later that day. Payment? It’s easy with PayPal.
Need to book your dinner date in a jiffy? The usual step would be to google the restaurant of your choice, find a contact number and call or email in to make an enquiry. Reservations.sg simplifies that process and instantly lets you know whether your booking is successful. Head online and search for the restaurant you want, the time slot you prefer and place your reservation; it is that simple! There’s a wide selection of dining venues to choose from — which is searchable by location, cuisine, price points and so on — thus you need not worry about finding an eatery that meets your budget or her tastebuds. Not sure where to bring her? You can check out the recommendations by other reservations.sg users as well as the most popular restaurants.
Visit reservations.sg to make your booking.
If you’ve got an Instagram account on your iPhone, here’s how to make better use of all those snaps you’ve been taking. Lovestagram is an interactive Valentine’s Day e-card maker (by the girlfriend of one of Instagram’s co-founder actually #truestory), which creates a slideshow of Instagram photos that mean the most to the two of you. Just log in, key in your girlfriend or wife’s username and Lovestagram pulls together all the related pictures — including comments — as a timeline depicting some of the precious moments you’ve shared.
Try it at Lovestagram.com.
Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner
Can’t book a restaurant reservation in time? Why not cook for her at home? If culinary skills aren’t your forte, help is at hand. Download the Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner app and select from the thousands of quick and easy recipes available on this popular website. Need a pasta recipe you can prepare in 20 minutes? This app will recommend a few that you can try, including the ingredients you need as well as cooking instructions. Not everyone can be like Jamie Oliver, so this is a pretty handy app indeed.
Available on iPhone, Android, Windows phones. Details on their website.
You’re probably no stranger to those irreverent greeting cards from someecards.com floating around Facebook and Tumblr. Women love a guy who can make them laugh and these humourous e-cards can help get her in the mood for more fun tonight. Or you can use humour to distract her from your lack of plans (so long as you promise to make it up to her soon). There’s a huge library of funnies to choose from so have a good laugh perusing them all. It could end up a talking point over dinner later on.