a valentine’s gift guide with a twist

Although dormant at most times, that helpless romantic in you will likely erupt sometime next Thursday. And despite your best efforts to do away with the commercialism of Valentine’s Day, you know that the one you’re with will secretly be hoping for something red, romantic or ridiculously expensive.

 So out of pure love we’ve done your homework. What’s requisite is that they’re Valentine’s gifts with a twist.

 A taste for the finer things in life? Hardy Brothers Jewellers’ (the only Australian company to be issued the Royal Warrant by the British Monarchy) Castlereagh store will host an exclusive Valentine’s evening cocktail party of champagne, jewels, romance and stunning gowns by couture designer Gwendolynne Burkin – celebrating her label’s 10th anniversary this year.       

 Cupcakes on Pitt will disarm even the toughest critics with their award-winning cupcakes topped with cupid-esque messages. If you’re not convinced have a look at the display box now in their Pitt Street store. No orders are taken for Valentine’s Day, their busiest day of the year. Get them on the way to work as they’ll sell out early (doors open at 8am).

 Skip the run of the mill flowers and opt for a gourmet cookie bouquet. Edible Blooms can deliver their signature box Australia-wide with a dozen long stemmed cookies flavoured rich chocolate and muscatel, fruit and nut, sticky date and ginger.

 Want to declare your queer love? Queer Eye for my Valentine has sent out an open invitation to gays around the globe to make a short film for their valentine and upload it to You Tube. Organisers of Queer Screen, the Mardi Gras Film Festival, will select favourites to screen at the festival’s opening on Valentine’s Day.

 All fine for your Valentine’s.

To help celebrate Hardy Brothers Jewellers’ Platinum Partnership of the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, five Daily Addict readers have the chance to win an invitation to the exclusive event mentioned above. The event takes place on Thursday, 14 February, 6-8.30pm at Hardy Brothers Jewellers, 60 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. Take your chance to win and email us with your name and phone number. 

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