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5 Amazing Last-Minute Valentine´s Day Gift Ideas

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Valentine's Gifts

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Have you left things to the last minute...again?

Well, before you rush off to grab a box of deluxe praline-centered chocolates, perfume, or a bouquet of flowers, we've got something interesting to share with you.

Studies have shown that when it comes to spending money on material gifts and happiness, out money is better spent on experiences rather than the momentary excitement we might experience from purchasing material goods. 

Put simply, experiences lead to memories and, well, memories last longer than things. Whether it's a new clothing item or a new phone, the novelty soon wears off when the item becomes part of our everyday. 

Money spent on experiences, on the other hand, contributes much more significantly to our happiness. Our happiness is increased even further when the experience is shared with a friend, family member, or loved one. 

So, here are five last-minute Valentine's Day gift ideas based on experiences together:

1. Couple's Spa Treatment

There are fewer things more romantic and more luxurious than a couple's massage or spa treatment. Spending an afternoon with your loved one, relaxing and being pampered is surely one of life's most wonderful gifts. 

Spa Finder is a website that offers gift certificates for spa treatments and other wellness packages for thousands of spas across the world. Gift certificates are available in various denominations and have no expiry date when purchased online. Once purchased, you can have the gift certificate emailed to the recipient. 

2. Flights 

When it comes to experiences, you would be hard-pressed to find an experience more rewarding than travel. 

Many airlines including budget airline RyanAir offer gift vouchers, which can be purchased online and printed at home. Gift vouchers are fully redeemable against flights on all routes across the RyanAir network (over 200!).

3. Restaurants 

Wining and dining is another sure-fire Valentine's Day pleaser and one of the best ways to connect with your partner any night of the week. This Valentine's Day, why not make a reservation at a new restaurant you've both been eager to try?

Trying to make a booking last minute can be tricky. That's where restaurant reservation websites like OpenTable come in handy. OpenTable connects you with over 40,000 restaurants worldwide. Don't waste another moment - book today!

4. Movies 

Another Valentine's Day essential and still, one of the more romantic things you can do on a date is going to the movies. 

Your local movie theatre is bound to do gift cards. Check online for print-at-home options or visit your local cinema to purchase a physical card. 

5. Hotels

A weekend away or just overnight, who doesn't love a romantic escape?

Hotel Gift is a website that allows you to book any of their 110,000 hotels from 140 hotel brands worldwide. From low-cost to luxury, in just a few clicks of a button, your trip is booked. 

Alternatively, if you have a preferred hotel chain, you can purchase a gift certificate directly from the chain of your choice. For example, Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, Marriott or Mandarin Oriental - the choice is yours!

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