Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love and spoil your partner with thoughtful gifts and surprises, from a dozen red roses to dinner for two, but for some romantics out to create the ultimate date night, only the biggest and most extravagant gestures will do. Here’s a round-up of some of the swankiest ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year.

Arrive with flowers

Forget the traditional bunch of red roses; try the Shenzhen Nongke Orchid: the most expensive flower ever sold. A single orchid costs around £160,000, about the average price of a house in the UK.

Say it with diamonds Dr Dre’s patented headphones are a favourite amongst the celebrity set and make a great gift for any music lover. But rapper Lil Wayne recently stepped out in a diamond-encrusted version that would put the buyer back by $1 million. Gift hunters can find a much more affordable version of Beats by DRE at Littlewoods.com

Alternatively, how about a 201 Carat gold Chopard watch, one of the most expensive ever made? Featuring heart-shaped diamonds and a price tag of $25 million, it’s rather too expensive to leave in the changing rooms at the gym.

Order dessert

There’s nothing unusual about eating out on Valentine’s Day, but staying for dessert at Serendipity 3 in New York will set lovers back by $1,000 if they order the Golden Opulence Sundae, which boasts ingredients flown in from around the globe, including the world’s most expensive chocolate, and gold leaf covered almonds.

Add champagne

Nothing says romance like a glass of champagne, but think before ordering a Nebuchadnezzar (that’s a really big bottle) of Armand de Brignac Midas. The world’s priciest champagne costs $200,000, takes two waiters to carry the 45 kg bottle, and many more years for the average earner to pay off the bar tab.

Choose a fancy hotel

Why not round off a beautiful evening with a stay in a luxury hotel? Pop to the Hotel President Wilson in Geneva and bag a night in the Royal penthouse suite for just(!) $65,000.

And finally, remember that while it’s undeniably fun to push the boat out on Valentine’s Day, the core message still remains: it’s the thought that counts.

Disclosure: This is a post written in association with Littlewoods