• Men, These Are The Gifts Your Wife Really Wants for Valentine's Day
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  • You know Valentine's Day is coming when flower shops start popping up everywhere, and there's a clamor to find the grandest gift there is available. True romance, however, puts the spotlight not at the gift but on the recipient of the present. What does he/she want (because some women dislike receiving flowers, contrary to the popular notion)?

    We asked the followers of Smart Parenting's Facebook page about what they hope to get from their significant others this day of hearts, and these are their replies. We also added gift suggestions to make it easier for you!

    1. Sleep / Rest

    Definitely, your wife will appreciate eight hours of sleep anywhere, even just at home, but you'll surely get a lot of pogi points — and that priceless smile on her face — if you surprise her with a staycation.

    Diamond Hotel
    Celebrate love with a Valentine overnight stay in an executive suite inclusive of buffet breakfast for two, unlimited wifi access, and in-room body massage. Use the promo code: SUITEHEART for a great deal

    Crimson Hotel
    Check out Crimson Hotel's Valentine package which includes an overnight stay at the hotel, buffet breakfast for two persons at Café Eight, a one-hour massage for two persons, and a Valentine surprise! Click here to learn more.

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    2. Intimacy

    Can't help much in that department, but we have a suggestion that might put you both in the mood for a steamy night ahead (if you're in a long-distance relationship, these apps can help, too):

    Tom's Cruise

    Prepare for a romantic, uninterrupted night aboard Tom's Cruise, a Flybridge Cruiser yacht for two that you can rent (don't worry, it stays docked at the Punta Fuego Yacht Club). It comes equipped with amenities like a LED TV, a stereo with CD/USB, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker. Enjoy the view over cocktails, or lie under the stars at night at the foredeck. Facilities for water sports are also available for rental. Find out more here

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    3. Date night

    Next to "sleep," "date night" has the most number of votes among our Facebook followers. Well, take a hint, hubbies! Your date doesn't have to be expensive — just maybe take her out and give her your full, undivided attention. If you wanna go full-on Prince Charming, here are some ideas:

    Twin Lakes at Tagaytay

    Don't just drive up to Tagaytay, do something memorable! Check out the country’s first ever vineyard resort township community and get physical (er, that's not what we mean). Go up real early, watch the sunrise, and then try the bike lanes! Have breakfast for two afterward at Bag of Beans Twin Lakes, and take a stroll while you savor the cool temperature (said to be the same as Baguio temperature lately). Twin Lakes is located along Tagaytay - Nasugbu Hwy, Laurel, Batangas.


    St. Louis Home of Fine Ice Cream and Dessert

    Who says you need to go for a full dinner course for a date? Why not have just dessert (and, ahem, save a little)? With the cozy ambiance and superb treats for the sweet tooth at St. Louis, you and the missus can have a relaxed conversation while sharing a serving of Churros or a Ferrero Waffle. Just like old times. Ang sweet! St. Louis Home of Fine Ice Cream and Dessert is located at Unit C3-104 High Street Central, Taguig.

    (See more date night ideas beyond Valentine's Day here)

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    4. Flowers

    Of course, there are those who like to be romanced the old-fashioned way. For them, a bouquet of flowers (ideally with a heartfelt note with it) is still the best expression of love. As we're aware that the price of flowers goes three or four times their regular price approaching V-day, why not go for these options instead? 

    Paper flowers 
    It's hard to tell the difference between these paper flowers and the real thing, but if you want something that will last, this is it! Ice poppy and Arkansas rose paper creations by Crafted Love, available at Common Room PH.

    Garden DIY kits
    Rather than giving flowers, why not plant the seeds and nurture them together? This kit from MNLgrowkits will help you start your own mini-garden at home. Check out their Facebook page to learn more. 

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    5. Me-time

    Tending to the family's needs can take a toll on one's sanity. No wonder a lot of moms consider even just a few hours of alone time a reward in itself. Take it a notch higher and give her a book she can read, or chocolates she can munch on without having to hide from the kids. Of course, hubby, it's your job to watch the kids while she enjoys sweet, sweet freedom.  

    The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

    Hot off the press, this book which rates 4 stars on Goodreads.com is a little bit erotica and a lot of romance. You can order it online.

    Villa del Conte Amore box

    You can never go wrong with chocolates! Find a list of Villa del Conte branches on their Facebook page.

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