Valentine’s Day Gift Guide Here We Go Again


It’s that time of year again, when you get bent over the barrel by consumerism in the name of romance. But let’s face it, home-made cards and pop-tart breakfasts in bed only work in the movies; there are expectations to manage and El Nino-sized sexual droughts to avoid, so gently, gently gents. Fortunately, NecesCity, your digital wingman, has done some of the thinking for you.



The “Buy on the Day” Solution

 Say how you feel, really let it all out, with a cool new gift set from Champagne house Verve Clicquot. The Scream Your Love gift set comes with its own pink metallic megaphone, which allows in-touch lads to make a true statement. The megaphone converts into an innovative ice bucket in which you can chill the enclosed bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne. Two other romantic gift packs allow you to create messages in sticky letters or record your sentiments, to be played as the box is opened. Genius.



The “I Just Want to Be With You” Solution

 We’ve spoken about this before and it’s a pretty sweet concept for this particular calendrical hurdle. Kennedy Town’s Picnic on Forbes, by chef Philippe Orrico, has you sorted if you’re looking to brave the city’s fickle weather, wicker basket in hand. They have picnic packages packed with a great selection of cold cuts, cheeses and even rotisserie chickens, or you can pick and choose your own selection for a personal touch.



The “I Miss Your Musk” Solution

 Jo Malone London might as well be crack cocaine for the fairer sex; ladies just can’t get enough of the collection’s natural yet intoxicating scents and the newest addition, Orris & Sandalwood, is sure to set the scene for a night of carnal choreography. Presented in an elegant black bottle, orris root from Tuscany meets creamy sandalwood from the Middle East to create a scent-triggered memory that will pay dividends well into summer.



The “Something for You, Something for Me” Solution

 Doesn’t get much more intimate with a fully-dressed third person in the room than with a couple’s massage and the InterContinental Hong Kong’s Romantic I-Spa Indulgence for Two ensures you get more from the deal than just the bill. Designed to release tension and calm the mind, the indulgent journey features a 60-minute Holistic Organic Aromatherapy Massage, a 30-minute Oriental foot massage and a three-course ‘ihealth’ lunch on the pool terrace. Leave time for a dip in the hotel pool, one of the city’s largest. HK$3,800 per couple.



The “Not Crazy, Can Travel” Solution

Indulge your inner-Bond and get to see your better half in a bikini with a rather special package from The Sarojin in Phuket. Once you reach Thailand’s favourite party island, jump onboard the Lady Sarojin luxury yacht to explore the hidden limestone caves and deserted beaches of Unesco-listed Phang Nga Bay; she’ll love the views from atop the limestone cliff she just scaled with an experienced rock climbing tutor. Then it’s off to ‘James Bond Island’, which appeared in the film The Man With The Golden Gun, where you’ll embark on a snorkeling expedition followed by a lunch of Andaman rock lobster and sliced tenderloin. As the sun sets you’ll reach The Sarojin’s new Beach Bar by 4x4 in time for trademark Bond martinis, leaving the rest of the evening for the…debrief. From HK$18,000 per couple, inclusive of 6 nights’ accommodation.



The “Safety in Public” Solution

If you’re just feeling your way into this relationship then maybe the safety of public spaces and day light might be requited, in which case we suggest the new Valrhona Afternoon tea at the Ritz Carlton Hong Kong’s Café 103. Created by executive pastry chef Richard Long and laced withi Valrhona chocolate, which has been produced in the same small village of Tain-l'Hermitage in France since 1922, the afternoon tea is a combo of savory and sweet bites, and if it’s all going well you can take things upstairs for cocktails at Ozone. From HK$608 for two.



The “Behind Closed Doors” Solution

If you’re feeling fairly confidant she’s not going to go Carrie at the Prom on you, why not invite your lady friend over for a gourmet home dinner cooked by private kitchen Coterie chef Peter Li and online delivery service Secret Ingredient’s Kevin James. The menu includes a caldo verde soup with iberico chorizo; tuna ceviche; and guinea fowl with black truffle, finished with carrot cake topped with cream cheese and salted butterscotch. We’re sure they won’t mind if you take dessert in the other room.



The “I Know What You Know” Solution

 What would be better than getting your special someone an easy to use and discrete vibrator? How about one you can control from afar? This pint-sized but powerful pleasure purveyor is not only durable and waterproof but connects to a duo of an iPhone or Android devices, allowing you to literally reach out and touch your lady love from virtually anywhere in the world. Finally technology used for love and not war.



The “Set the Mood” Solution

 This Valentine’s Day, throw away your pills, and set the mood for a sexual marathon that would make the Greeks blush with Sex Drive, a binaural iPhone app that plays beats at different frequencies to illicit a certain…response. One of the most downloaded health and fitness apps in Brazil (and that’s saying something), Sex Drive might only be a placebo wrapped in a US$1.99 price tag but the theory is that certain differences between two played beats, played through headphones for 10-20 minutes, ensure a carnal craving. It might be strange foreplay but either way you’re getting lucky.



The “Staycation Sincation” Solution

 Travel back in time with your special someone with a stay at the Tai O Heritage Hotel. By day, explore this unique Lantau Island fishing village, tongue-in-cheekily known as the Venice of the Orient; pray for good fortune at the Tin Hau Temple; or set off on a 30-minute Sunset Boat Tour. By night, enjoy an unparalleled dining experience prepared by the hotel’s seasoned chefs before retreating to one of nine beautifully-appointed rooms. Just bring your own props.

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