Thinking of the perfect gift for your loved one on Valentine's Day can be a tricky business, and the high street shops rarely offer up anything other than the standard choices.
So if you're looking for an alternative this year, why not change things up with a shared experience for that added bit of romance?
Dinner and a show
Treat yourselves to a memorable night out in London, with a romantic evening on the West End. At Red Letter Days you'll get a two course meal in central London, before heading to the theatre to see one of the capital's most popular shows, all for a very reasonable £145. Seated in the stalls or circle, you'll get a fabulous view, and can choose from a wide variety of shows including Thriller, We Will Rock You, Woman in Black and Spamalot. And if you really want to push the boat out, you can enjoy those theatre tickets without the hassle of travelling home, with a stay at a four-star hotel for £245.
Instead of heading for the nearest posh choccie shop, create your own sumptuous confectionery with a luxury chocolate making workshop in London. The pair of you can learn from some of Britain's best chocolatiers before making your own unique truffles to take home, all whilst supping a couple of glasses of Prosecco for inspiration. You'll also get to taste some of the delights created by the experts, learn how to match wine to chocolate, and pick up a few cocktail mixing tips into the bargain. This luxury chocolate treat is normally £160 from Virgin Experience Days, but is currently half price at just £80 for two.
There's nothing like a night or two away from it all to light the fires of romance, and though glamping in February might not have been your first thought, waking up to nature, particularly with the possibility of snow, can be a truly beautiful experience. At buyagift.co.uk, there are a variety of unusual getaways on offer, from a private camping pod at Lake Dacre in Yorkshire to a hobbit hut in Cornwall, there are plenty of locations to choose from, and a one-night break will set you back just £69 (or £99 for two nights). More traditional accommodation is also available.
Busy couples, mums and dads will appreciate a pampering session to ease away the stresses and strains of every day life, and at a Marriott spa you can both enjoy a 'top to toe' experience. After a luxurious full body massage, deluxe facial and mani-pedi, you'll be free to check out the other facilities, including gym, pool, sauna and Jacuzzi, leaving you relaxed and ready for romance. The Top to Toe day for two is available at a range of locations across the country, priced at £149 from goldenmoments.com.
Take a lovers leap
For the adventurous couples out there, a lovers leap bungee jump makes for an unforgettable shared experience. Harnessed together, you can take courage from each other as you launch yourselves from the 160ft platform, an adrenaline rush that's guaranteed to get your hearts pumping. The lovers leap jump is available every weekend at a variety of locations in the UK, and couples who successfully complete the challenge will receive a half bottle of champagne to calm their nerves. Priced at £120 from wellwickedstuff.com.
Have you swapped standard gifts for Valentine's experiences? Tell us about your romantic days or nights out below...