With our last minute Valentine’s offers, you’ve never left it too late to buy that Valentine’s gift that’s sure to impress!
So, if you’re reading this, the chances are you’ve left it to the very last minute. You haven’t got time to get into town. If you buy something on the internet it won’t get to you in time by post. And your fave restaurant is all booked up. What to do, what to do. This is where you need a website you can trust, to buy an experience they’ll love, with a voucher delivered by email…
Take a bow, Intotheblue.co.uk. Open 24hrs, you can browse and buy last minute Valentine’s offers right up until that very last minute, or even second, and you get an instant voucher by email.
What’s more, we’ve negotiated some fab discount deals for St Valentine’s Day. Here’s our rundown of the very best value, last minute, special offer gifts for Valentine’s.
Last minute Valentine’s offers – five of the best
Feel those free-fall sensations with this last minute Valentine’s offer from iFLY
1. iFLY Indoor Skydiving for two
Was £98, now £73
Quite literally blow your beloved away with this great value indoor skydiving voucher just for Valentine’s Day. You’ll both great dressed up in a flying suit, helmet and goggles, before jumping into a vertical wind tunnel for that ultimate free-fall sensation. Just like when you first fell in love…or something like that. Available at iFLY centres in Manchester, Milton Keynes and Basingstoke.
2. Lover’s Leap Bungee Jump for two
Was £120, now £99 including Champers
You have to be pretty comfortable with each other for this one. You’ll be strapped together and attached to the bungee cord for the Lover’s Leap. Hugging each other tightly, you’ll take the leap into the abyss together. Pre-meditated or last minute, we think you’d be mad to want to do this for Valentine’s Day!
3. Climb and Dine at the O2 Arena
£99 for two
Join forces and walk the walk together, with this amazing experience at London’s O2. You will literally climb up and over the roof of the capital’s famous domed arena. And after that vertiginous challenge, you get to sit down together and enjoy a lovely meal.
4. Proms for two
Was £79, now £63
The perfect last minute Valentine’s offer to grab now and enjoy later. Buy your tickets to the Summer Proms season, as series of outdoor spectaculars combining music, rousing proms songs and aerial entertainment from fireworks to vintage aircraft flypasts. All very evocative stuff and a great evening out to look forward to for you both.
5. Exclusive Heli Charters
Was £476, now £299
Just because you’ve left your Valentine’s gift buying to the last minute doesn’t mean you can’t push the boat out…or rather the helicopter with these offers. All exclusive charters are private bookings, so you can take who you want on your aerial tour with you. Invite the whole family, or make it a romantic flight for two, it’s up to you. And with departures from Stirling to Cornwall, we’ve got flight paths over most of the UK’s cities and towns for under £300 per helicopter!
Last minute Valentine’s offers on exclusive helicopter charter flights. Book the whole chopper from just £269!
And don’t forget, all these last minute Valentine’s offers are available to buy online now from Intotheblue.co.uk. If you need to speak to us, give us a call during normal office hours on 01959 578100. We can’t find you love, but we can definitely find you an experience you’ll love!
When it comes to Valentine’s messages are you stuck for words? If you’re struggling to think of something to write for your Valentine, we’ve cogitated, deliberated and procrastinated long and hard to come up with some musings and thoughts on how to write your Valentine’s messages.
In essence, there are four rules to winning them over with your message on Valentine’s Day:
1. Use that pet name you have for them
2. Say something sweet and cute
3. Say something a little bit steamy
4. Write a little poem (or cheat and quote from one!)
But above all, the key to the best Valentine’s messages is …to BE YOURSELF!
Before you groan and say we’ve been no help to you, here are some of our golden nuggets when it comes to writing short, but very sweet, Valentine’s messages:
Saying I love you in under 150 characters
If you’re buying your Valentine’s gift online, the chances are you’ll have the opportunity to enter a personalised message for your loved one. For example, when you buy a Valentine’s experience from intotheblue.co.uk, you type your words of wisdom in the ‘Add a gift message’ box on the checkout page.
Time to shine with your personalised Valentine’s messages – and you’ve got 150 characters to do it in!
The tricky bit here is the amount of space you have to personalise gifts. With Into the Blue gift vouchers, you have 150 characters to put your message across. You could play it safe with a smattering of ‘Love you babes’ and ‘Just for you bubs’, but if you want to incorporate our golden rules, throw caution to the wind and drop in that little pet name you have for them. And if, like many of Intotheblue’s Valentine’s customers, you buy an experience that you can both enjoy together, make a sweet reference (that’s number two covered!) and say something like:
Will you let me share your childhood dream?
My love always,
Your [petname] x
But what about the poetry in your Valentine’s message?
You might not think you can do poetry within the 150 character limit, but you can. Rather than agonising over rhyming your couplets for hours and hours, you can always quote someone else’s wonderful wordsmith-ery.
Our favourite is by Samuel Lover, the appropriately-named 18th century Irish composer and songwriter. He simply wrote: ‘Come live in my heart and pay no rent’.
Then there’s Elizabeth Barrett Browning, the English poet in Victorian Britain who said: ‘I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am with you’.
But if you want a modern twist to your poetic Valentine’s messages, you can’t beat Adrian Henri’s ‘Love is’. Packed full of quotable lines, from ‘Love is a fan club with only two fans’, to ‘Love is you and love is me’, it’s a great contemporary love poem. And if you don’t know it, here’s ‘Love Is’ being read out aloud for you.
Poetic Valentine’s messages – write your own, or quote a love poem to make them swoon
You’ve forgotten rule number three?
Ah yes. The saying something steamy rule. We couldn’t possibly go into that here. We’ll leave that part of your Valentine’s messages up to you and your imagination!
So before you head off and write ‘Love you to the moon and back, baby cakes’ again, have a read of our four rules for writing Valentine’s messages. Have a think, but don’t forget to be yourself. and remember – they love you just the way you are. Happy Valentine’s Day!
But in the end, the most important thing is to just be yourself in your Valentine’s messages
Some things in life are just better when they’re shared. That’s why we’ve put together our little list of our favourite experiences that are all best enjoyed in twos.
And yes, whilst it’s just in time for Valentine’s Day, you don’t have to be a couple to have fun on these activities for two. But we have to admit, if you’re buying your loved one an experience for St Valentine’s Day, surely it’s much more fun to share and go on it together?
What’s more, we’ve helpfully sorted these handpicked experiences that are best enjoyed in twos into categories. So if you’re a hopeless romantic go for something in our Classics range and if you want to whisk them away, take a look at the Weekend selection. Adventurous boys and girls need to head to our Action collection, whilst those who are looking for something different to do for Valentines’s Day will love the Unusual experiences.
CLASSIC experiences best enjoyed in twos
Classic Valentine’s fun – dance lessons. Learn a sensational Samba just like Danny Mac and Oti’s dance on Strictly 2017
Ok, we accept that is might be one where the ladies are more enthusiastic than the gents, but let’s face it, those dancing boys on Strictly are all seriously physically fit and pretty cool with it. So, take the plunge and hit the dance floor with your better half to learn a slinky Tango or a fiery Samba a la Danny Mac and Oti. After all, who could forget that incredible routine from Strictly 2017!
Afternoon Tea for Two
It doesn’t get much more quintessentially British than a nice sit down over sweet and savoury goodies served on a silver platter in a fancy hotel does it? Everyone loves an afternoon tea and we’ve got loads of them at posh hotels in London, on the coast and in city centres around the country. And as it’s Valentine’s Day, take our advice and go for the Champagne option if there is one!
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Not just a pair of tickets to go on a hot air balloon flight with a whole basket of other people (although that is a great experience in itself), we’re talking an exclusive ride for two. The ultimate in romantic gestures for Valentine’s Day, or to mark any special date or occasion, it’ll just be you two and the pilot. It costs a fair bit, but this is your chance to take your dreams up, up, up and away in unforgettable style.
UNUSUAL things for two of you to do:
An unusual Valentine’s experience for the two of you – walking across the O2 Arena roof!
Walk the O2
No-one ever believes us when we talk about this one. You can actually book an experience to get harnessed up and walk literally up and over those iconic domed roofs of London’s O2 Arena. It’s really quite mad, but you will need to hold your nerve up there. And our top tip for you – try and book in for a later afternoon slot, to go for that sunset setting for your walk! Utterly romantic, yet bonkers at the same time.
Zorbing for two
The two of you need to be on really good terms for this one, especially if you go for aqua zorbing (so not really first date territory here). You will both clamber into a plastic sphere and, with a good few litres of cold water thrown in for good measure, get ready to roll. As you’re launched down the zorbing track you, your loved one and all that water will be sloshing around all over the shop. And yes, you will get very wet!
Always wanted to play the role of the knight in shining armour? Now’s your chance as the two of you pair up with a horse and learn the noble sport of jousting. Despite what you might think, you don’t actually need any equestrian skills, but a sense of adventure and ‘go for it’ attitude will see you successfully creating your very own Knight’s Tale.
WEEKEND short breaks and overnighters just for the two of you:
A romantic getaway for two in a retro Airstream caravan on the Isle of Wight
Go Airstreaming at a glamping site near Ryde the Isle of Wight! Classic vintage style is the order of the day here, with these genuine 50s and 60s Airstream caravans that cosily sleep two. They have been decked out in full retro style, right down to the 1960s board games stowed neatly in the Formica cupboards and the striped deckchairs just crying out for you sit in them and crack open a Babycham!
A lovely, rather idyllic way to spend a weekend in the countryside as you lord it up at the fancy stone-built Coniston Hotel on the Coniston Estate in picturesque North Yorkshire. Dig out the wax jackets and wellies, leave the polluted city behind and learn to fly a bird of prey to your gloved hand during your fairytale stay for two.
i360 & Brighton Stay
Head down to hip and funky Brighton for a ride on the i360, then hit the shops, bars, restaurants and beaches, before flopping into your comfy bed for the night at the Hilton Metropole Hotel. Right on the seafront, this classic hotel is a great base for exploring this most eclectic of seaside resorts, with a package that includes a thrilling ride on the i360, the world’s first vertical cable car.
ACTION get active with your other half:
Romantic and action-packed – that’s our Helicopter Lessons for Two Valentine’s gift!
Helicopter Lesson for Two
This is London calling – by helicopter! Head down to the riverside helipad at Elstree to take part in a helicopter lesson challenge for two. You’ll each spend time at the controls of a chopper, learning things like level flight, turns and even the very cool art of hovering. You’ll need to keep your wits about you, so no dewy-eyed wistfulness on this experience!
Sailing Taster for Two
Reef that main sail and furl the jib when you go sailing together! Forget chillaxing on the sofa with your loved one and getting a bit bored in the process, it’s time to get out and learn how to skipper a Laser Pico dinghy on an inland lake. This is the sort of activity that gets dreams of retirement and the two of you sailing off to sunnier climes springing to mind!
4×4 Driving for Two
Way better than ‘going for a little Sunday drive’, this is proper 4×4 driving on a purpose-built off road course. Perfect for those couples who are just that little bit competitive, you’ll soon see who’ll be crowned off roading champion, as you negotiate steep slopes, drops and watersplashes in your trusty Landy.
So there you have it, our fine collection of carefully crafted experiences that are best enjoyed in twos. We think you’ll agree there’s something for every couple here, from the hopeless romantics and crazy cats, to the go-getters and the less adventurous amongst you. Something tells us this Valentine’s Day is going to be something very special for your partner!