If you’re anything like me, this day started out like any other Thursday. I got up, made myself some coffee, got dressed for work, and hopped in the car. It wasn’t until I turned on the radio for a little commute-time entertainment that I realized this isn’t any other Thursday. This is a special Thursday.
This is Valentine’s Day.
Now, I think of myself as a pretty romantic person. I hum along to love songs. I smile when I see elderly couples holding hands. I own a copy of The Notebook. But my romantic side can’t compete with my forgetful side, and unfortunately, that means I’m often in a panic looking for last-minute gifts for loved ones.
So if you’re in the same boat that I’m in (gulp), here are a few last-minute Valentine’s Day gift ideas:
If your sweetie’s a news junkie then a subscription to the Economist might do the trick, but don’t be afraid to think outside the box. There are so many interesting monthly subscription programs (sometimes called “clubs”) out there: beer, chocolate, books, cheese…even shoes! And the best part is that you just have to jump online, enter your credit card information, and the subscription is set up. No prior planning required!
Gift certificates get a bad rap for being impersonal, and it’s true that if you show up to your honey’s house with a run-of-the-mill gift card to his or her favorite store, it’ll be pretty obvious that you forgot about the big day. But what about a gift certificate to a fun couples activity, like a massage or wine-tasting? Or has your significant other been talking about learning French or photography? A gift certificate for a series of classes shows that you’re supporting your partner’s interests, and it’s something to look forward to.
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A Specially Prepared Meal
It’s probably too late to get a reservation at the best restaurant in town, but why not use your lunch hour to run out and get the fixins’ for a special meal for your better half? To make your dinner festive, consider a meal that features pink or red ingredients (think penne with vodka sauce) or foods that are known for their, ahem, romantic properties, like oysters and chocolate. Also be sure to pick up a few items to set a nice table, like some Valentine’s Day napkins and some fresh flowers for a simple centerpiece.
Tickets To A Special Local Event
A lot of towns put on special (and inexpensive!) Valentine’s Day events. For example, my little town shows a romantic outdoor movie at a local park. People bundle up, pack picnics, and snuggle up under the stars. The great thing about these types of events is that they’re not usually well-publicized, so getting tickets is easy, even at the last minute. Do a quick search on local Valentine’s Day events – you’ll be surprised and delighted at how many options are out there!
Happy Valentine’s Day, fellow procrastinators – now let’s get to gifting!