It’s February and the season of lurve is upon us. Need ideas on where to go, what to do, and what to get for your baby mama or papa for Valentine’s Day this year? Check these out.
For most parents, Valentine’s Day is just another day in the calendar. The reasons/excuses are many: you’re already forking out your financial legacy for the child’s ballet / tuition / piano / violin / gymnastics / coding / insert-your-own-here classes each month; pump prices are still going up; “where got time?”; “Aiyah no need lah!”; and most importantly, “who’s going to look after the children?”
No need to worry about that last one. Any of these 16 Babysitting and Child Care Services in Singapore can help. Most offer hourly (with a minimum number of hours, usually three) rates so you can book them for the night to watch the kids while you go whisper sweet nothings into each other’s ears. It’ll (almost) seem like you’re dating again! But wait, don’t forget the gift…
If You Need Help With Words, Dad…
kikki.K’s Valentine’s Day Collection, ‘And Then I Met You’, will help you say those three little words with style. New mums need lots of rest so let her redeem “One uninterrupted sleep in” or “One household chore completed” with the Coupon Card, or give her an Instagrammable breakfast in bed with his and hers mugs. Add chocolate balls with rainbow sprinkles for extra points – you know what I’m talking about.
And since she’s probably the one who’s managing everyone’s schedules, the planner will definitely come in handy. This is so pretty, she won’t mind having it in her handbag/gymbag/any bag at all!
For The One Who Has Everything
These ‘To The Moon And Back’ cufflinks will speak to any dad who’s done his time reading (and re-reading) the children’s classic Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney to his little one at bedtime. Or how about a dog tag with a loving message from the child who looks up to dad?
Is she a reader? Take a chance on romance and intrigue for her with a Ro-Ro-Mance Book carefully selected to appeal to her heart. Don’t worry, it’ll be a good one — the selected tomes are specially curated by book lovers, based on critical acclaim.
For the Mum who’s Still Running (after the kids, that is)
No matter how much women love them, Louboutins won’t cut it when she’s doing school drop-offs, pick-ups, and grocery runs. And if she’s chasing after a hyper toddler? Fergget it. Give her arch support and wings to fly with Adidas’ new EQT SS17 range, whose fashion forward aesthetics – heather black treatment, snakeskin-embossed leather heel panel and full tonal overlay – give those designer heels a (literal!) run for their money.
For Fit Foodie Mums and Dads
There’s something sexy about a man who knows his way around the kitchen. If yours is in the process of finding his inner domestic warrior, help him out with the Bosch MultiTalent 3 Food Processor (S$349). It’s compact, versatile, and, with over 50 functions available, this sleek kitchen aid won’t just add designer cache to any kitchen, it’ll also help turn any culinary chore into a pleasure. Dad, if you’re getting this for the woman who feeds the family, do remember to volunteer for washing up duty after each meal prep session, yah?
Can’t Go Wrong With Hearts for Her
Sparkly, yet small enough for the strictest office dress code. If she’s not working, she can slip it under her shirt when at home (so the baby doesn’t grab at it). These heart pendant necklaces from Poh Heng’s Valentine’s Day ‘I Am Love’ collection make a simple and stunning statement.
Every Mum Needs Bags – Yes, that’s Plural
Kipling‘s Limited Edition Fire Phoenix Print Collection was specially created for the Lunar New Year but we think it’s hot to trot with any time of the year. With so many different bag designs, there’ll definitely be one to suit her personality and her needs, from serving as diaper bag, to gym bag, to hanging out with the girls bag. This vibrant Fire Phoenix Print is perfect for the chilli padi lady in your life, guys!
(See also: 16 Insanely Awesome New Mummy Gifts)
WINING & DINING
Sure, you could have a Valentine’s Day meal at home, lovingly prepared with your own two hands. But why not let yourself (and the S.O. – Significant Other) enjoy some full-on pampering instead?
Romance Each Other in a Valentine’s Nest
If you’re both working in the Marina area, head down to The Lobby Lounge at the Conrad Centennial Singapore for its Valentine’s Nest Buffet. Here, enveloped within its romance-filled atmosphere, you can share morsels from the one-night-only spread which includes crustacean salad with slipper lobster and prawns, freshly shucked Canadian oysters, sliced San Daniele ham, handmade bream ravioli, as well as herbs-crusted whole beef rump with Cognac-blue cheese sauce. French oysters with cocoa foam, nibs and granny smith brunoise, as well as Tigreen tomato gazpacho with crème fraîche, chia seeds and pomegranate seeds will also be served table-side. End on a sweet note with red velvet cake, mini wasabi raspberry bavaroise, macaroons and more.
$88++ per couple, including a glass of Bellini per person. February 14, 6-9pm, Lobby Lounge, Conrad Centennial Singapore. For reservations, visit www.connoisseur.sg or call +65 6432 7483
Go ‘Overseas’ for Waterfront Romance
If you’re hoping to get away from it all and celebrate in private without breaking the bank, Sentosa Cove may be a good option. Enjoy the sea breezes and indulge in a four-course sets meals: Spanish at Sabio By The Sea, or a Mexican/Italian meal at the Two Chefs Bar.
HAVE AN ACTION STAYCATION
The Valentine’s Day Deluxe Package at the JW Marriott Singapore South Beach is limited to just nine bookings per day so if you’re looking for bragging rights, this is it. It doesn’t come cheap though. One night in the Philippe Starck-designed Deluxe Suite or Premier Suite starts from $1,050++ per room! What’ll you and the S.O. get for that? “Love essentials” thoughtfully prepared by the hotel’s “cupid concierge” including a bottle of champagne, a specially-drawn bath, and breakfast served in the room. You’ll also get a three-course candle-lit dinner for two (including two glasses of champagne) at Flow18, the hotel’s poolside bar on level 18, where you’ll be able to enjoy views of Singapore’s landscape as you dine — unless you only have eyes for your darling, of course.
Header image: kikki.K’s ‘And Then I Met You’ Valentine’s Day collection
Feature image: Quayside Isle @ Sentosa Cove