Send your close friend who doesn’t have a sweetheart a box of chocolates and sign it anonymous. Really, Valentine’s isn’t just for boy- and girlfriends.
Send a heartfelt Valentine’s Day card to someone you haven’t seen in a long while or someone who has inspired you in a special way.
Spend time with kids at an orphanage with him/her. Who says candlelight dinners are the only way to celebrate Valentine’s? Make it a special one this year by sharing your joy with people who are less fortunate with you.
Share a hug with a stranger on the street a la Free Hugs style.
Send her a Valentine’s cake from Bakerzin which has images of couples in unmentionable poses (see image on the right). They’ve actually been asked to censor their advertising! (5F Raffles City, T: 6430 5243)
For an on-top-of-the-world feeling, book a room at the Grand Hyatt on Jinmao Tower, and make sure you have one of those bathrooms with a breathtaking view of Lujiazui. A tad expensive, but every cent worth it!
Pearls are always a perfect gift. If you can’t buy them here, buy it online from stores that ship worldwide.
Ladies, send him a present that he (or you!) will want to unwrap with designer men’s underwear from MANifesto (1950 Huaihai Lu, No. 4, T: 6294 6880). Disclosure: Your friendly Shanghaiist correspondent is the boutique owner.
Recite Elizebeth Barrett Browning’s How Do I Love Thee? to her on your knees in Fuxing Park. We swear it’s the most romantic string of words ever written.
Give her a surprise proposal by singing Peter Gabriel’s The Book of Love with an acapella group, like this guy did. Check out the video PLEASE, it got us bawling, literally!