February, as we all know, is the month of love! However, that doesn’t mean your gifting ideas should be the predictable chocolates & flowers. Try not to focus entirely on sentimental gifts, rather include some practicality that will tap in to your partner’s needs. Don’t buy things for the kitchen though, that’s a big no no!

If you are within close proximity of these 3 shopping centres – Park Boulevard, Springfield Retail Centre or Granada Square, then here are some last minute suggestions that are unique, practical and thoughtful gifts for your loved one. Most importantly, something one doesn’t buy for oneself.

At Springfield Retail Centre, there is pretty much something for everyone. Whether it’s shopping for the perfect tiles from Tile Africa to refurbish the bathroom, buying her that perfect rug to replace the one that is starting to look a little shabby, or even heading to Inkdrop so she can purchase those necessary cartridges and toners for her printer. Also not to be missed is the #CaptureTheLove Instabooth promotion taking place on the 15th February between 10h00 and 14h00, situated outside Toyzone. Spend at the Centre, show your till slip to the team onsite, get snapped and receive a complimentary photo strip. Free of charge.

At Durban North’s quaint Park Boulevard Shopping Centre, why not get something for your partner’s favourite pet? This will definitely win you some brownie points. Feed-A-Pet offers the latest chew toys and pet accessories. For the more adventurous partner, offer to pay or surprise them with a voucher that goes towards a service of their bike at KTM Durban, or book a spot on their next adventure ride.

Some suggestions to make this Valentine’s Day special from Umhlanga’s Granada Square could include booking two spots at Norman Goodfellows for their next wine or whiskey tasting. They have a variety of exceptional alcoholic beverages sourced from around the world. And if you care about your partner’s well-being, try booking a fitness assessment for them at the Discovery Store so they can score some Vitality points. For the more sentimental partner, Nikki’s Gift Shop is just for you. They offer original exclusive gifts that will be appreciated by all, and even offer gift wrapping services. Gift vouchers are also the perfect solution to those who are stumped in what to get their loved one, and these are offered at Sorbet, Simply Panache or Nikkis Gift Shop.

Another simple idea, for those couples who are not into gifts – why not select, purchase and pack your favourite treats from Woolworths and enjoy Granada Square’s outdoor movie night, taking place on the Saturday, February 15th. The romantic melodrama, “Me Before You”, will start at 7pm and at just R30 a person, with all funds being donated to a charity of Granada Square’s choice later in the year, this is the perfect way to spend an evening out with your loved ones.

For more information or additional inspiration ideas check out the above shopping centres Facebook or Instagram pages.

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