A PSA for all last-minute gift givers: Valentine’s Day is just 48 hours away! We’ve got two days to go until February 14, and you might be feeling the pressure if you’re still shopping for that special someone. We all know the stress that comes with choosing the perfect gift when you’re down to the wire and your options have dwindled to crazy overnight shipping costs or whatever you can grab at the corner store. Never fear, procrastinators—we’re here to save the day with five gifts that are way better than that heart-shaped box of chocolates from CVS.
A Bouquet with Hidden Meaning: During the Victorian era, sweethearts would commonly send romantic messages through bouquets using a symbolic method known as The Language of Flowers. The Victorians assigned specific meanings to hundreds of blooms, then combined them to send secret communications. Find out more about the meanings of your favorite flowers here, and then craft a colorful bouquet that reflects your love.
A Box of Handmade Chocolates: There’s a reason that chocolate is a classic when it comes to Valentine’s Day gifting—who doesn’t enjoy a sweet treat now and then? For a last-minute gift that shows a lot of love, swap out the store-bought treats for a homemade option. Even if you don’t have much experience in the kitchen, you can find some simple recipes that yield impressive results. Try out these three-ingredient truffles, or a chocolate bark that you can customize with your sweetie’s favorite toppings.
A Home-Cooked Dinner: If food is the way to your Valentine’s heart, you might be tempted to book an extravagant meal on the town to celebrate. But many servers say that February 14 is actually the worst day to visit a restaurant—think lots of crowds, limited menus, and emotions running high. Instead of going out, consider cooking a special meal for two at home. If you love to cook, now’s the time to go all-out with a dazzling main course, a signature cocktail, and a sweet dessert to finish. If you’re more Seamless than sous chef, try out something hands-on that you can make together—like DIY pizzas with lots of toppings to choose from.
A Basket of Everyday Indulgences: Valentine’s Day is famous for over-the-top gifts, but a basket filled with simple favorites is a way to show your sweetheart that you care about the little things in his or her life. Pick up your Valentine's go-to beauty products, a gift card to the coffee shop by their office, a bottle of their favorite wine, or a new winter hat and gloves if theirs are looking tired after a few months of wear—essentially, a collection of small things to make everyday life more enjoyable. These little surprises are easy to find on short notice, and show you care without the worry of big-ticket items like jewelry. (This is also a great option for newer couples that want to minimize the pressure of their first V-Day together.)
A New Experience for Two: The memories made during a one-of-a-kind experience are often treasured more than any gift. If you’re stumped when it comes to the perfect present, consider planning a unique outing instead. Surprise your sweetheart with tickets to see your favorite band, explore a museum in your city that’s new to you, or take a class together and try out a skill you’ve wanted to learn. Even an afternoon exploring the shops and restaurants of a charming neighborhood can be an amazing way to make memories together.
What are you planning to give your sweetheart (or your best gal pals?) for Valentine’s Day? Share your best last-minute gift ideas in the comments!
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