The anti-Valentine's Day guide: How to treat yourself in 2022

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Gifts for Valentines day including cosmetics, clothing, incense and vibrator, with an image of hands holding a cracked plastic red heart.
Spoil yourself this Valentine's Day with self pampering and by showing love to your friends and self first. Photo: Hamperwithbite/Lovehoney/Sephora

Let's face it, not all of us are struck by Cupid's arrow on February 14.

From the lovey-dovey couples exchanging extravagant-to-downright cheesy gifts, to romantic picnics in the park and over-the-top dinner reservations, Valentines' Day is supersaturated.

Whether you are single or a jaded by "the holiday of love", this is the perfect guide for you.

Celebrate (or don't) solo, with your best friends, or even with your significant other.

Here are some clever ways to spend the day if you don't want to celebrate, but still want some fun with the ones you love - or a little self-love.

Feels Botanical ROUSE eau du vie spirit 200ml - $31.00

A cheeky tipple to celebrate making it through dry January.

If you’re looking for an alternative from the traditional flowers and chocolate, then Feels Botanical ROUSE eau du vie spirit might be what you’re after.

There’s nothing quite like the award-winning Feels Botanical ROUSE to stir and conjure.

With a seductive combination of Horny Goat Weed, Rose petals and native Davidson plum, ROUSE creates feelings of passion and desire.

Enjoy the natural rose blush of this spirit over ice in a wine glass with soda and berries with some friends, while flicking on a classic romantic comedy.

Feels Botanical ROUSE eau du vie spirit 200ml -in a corked bottle shaped like an old-fashioned apothecary jar. The liquid is pale pink and the label is white with images of botanicals.
A cheeky tipple to celebrate making it through dry January will brighten anyone's day. Photo: Feels Botanical

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Tia Maria bar at Moonlight Cinema - from $20

Grab the girls and watch a film under the stars, cocktail in hand and your favourite rom-com on the big screen.

The Tia Maria bar at Moonlight Cinema will offer the classic Espresso Martini and Matcha-Tini's made with Tia Maria's brand new Matcha Liqueur.

Book a session for you and the gals at Moonlight Cinema and enjoy a cocktail or two whilst watching a movie of your choice.

Sessions are available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

A bartender in the Tia Maria bar at the Moonlight Cinema pours a drink for a male customer in jeans and black hoodie.
Enjoy a night under the stars with a drink in hand thanks to the Tia Maria bar at Moonlight Cinema. Photo: Moonlight Cinema

Zero-waste workout

This Valentine’s Day, don't buy gifts which add to landfill.

Rather than going for gimmicky, make Valentine’s Day about quality.

Purchase something with purpose or meaning like the Clean + Conscious directory for ethical activewear and yoga accessories.

Gift yourself or a friend some activewear, yoga mat or accessory and hit a workout class together.

Clean + Conscious ethical activewear
Head to your favourite workout class with friends this Valentine's day in Clean + Conscious ethical activewear and yoga accessories. Photo: Clean + Conscious

Womanizer X Lovehoney Pro40 Rechargeable Clitoral Stimulator - $127.46

Who said you have to be lonely on Valentine's day?

Self-love is so Valentine's 2022 and you should enjoy yourself with Lovehoney's 40 per cent off selected clitoral suction toys.

This Womanizer toy has rave reviews and the best part is you'll save $42.49 (25 per cent) off the original retail price, $169.95.

Womanizer X Lovehoney Pro40 Rechargeable Clitoral Stimulator. A rose-gold and black vibrator is held in a woman's hand with long painted nails.
Buzzing in all the right places for a little self-love this Valentine's Day. Photo: Lovehoney

Self Care Hamper - $70

Hampers With Bite is a family-owned company in the gifting game for more than 16 years.

They deliver gourmet hampers Australia-wide with contactless service.

Each hamper has a complimentary gift card, with every purchase helping feed a child in need via a partnership with Dignity for Children.

Gift yourself a hamper filled with self-care goodies including a candle, bath salts, white chocolate, tea and more, all while giving back to a child in need.

A collection of gifts from a hamper including a card saying
Gift yourself a hamper filled with self-care goodies and give back to a child in need. Photo: Hampers With Bite

ESTÉE LAUDER - Micro Essence Infusion Masks - $98

There's nothing quite like a night on the lounge with a glass of wine in hand, a plush robe, your favourite face mask and the perfect film.

That sounds like the ideal self-care night for most, and why not on Valentine's day?

The ESTÉE LAUDER Micro Essence Infusion Masks have rave reviews, with one fan writing: "Bought last month and still have another three sheets to go, but already planning to buy again; glowing skin instantly and good prep before makeup."

Six sachets of ESTÉE LAUDER - Micro Essence Infusion Masks come in gold packaging with black and blue writing.
Celebrate the best of self care with six essence infusion face masks. Photo: Sephora

Sydney Harbour Marriott’s couple’s getaway package

Spoil yourself with a weekend getaway.

Whether you’re having a Galentine’s day, or spoiling your significant other, Sydney Harbour Marriott’s couple’s getaway package is the perfect quality time with those you love, no matter the day.

The package includes a room-with-a-view upgrade, an in-room cocktail experience for two, indulgent buffet breakfast for two, a bottle of Australian wine and late check out.

Image shows couple in white robes sitting in the window of a Sydney Harbour Marriott room overlooking Sydney Harbour Bridge. She has long dark hair and holds a mug. He has short dark hair and facial hair.
Who said a couple's getaway had to be with a partner? Grab a friend or go solo and enjoy this weekend getaway. Photo: Marriott

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