If you’re one of those folks who put off holiday shopping until the last minute, your time’s up. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and your options are starting to shrink. Florist delivery schedules are full and restaurants booked, and it may be too late to order something that requires mailing or long distance delivery.
Luckily, there are still ways to save your holiday and preserve your relationship. All it takes is some ingenuity, creative thinking, and elbow grease to come up with a Valentine’s Day gift that will make you look like a hero.
Online Valentine’s Day Card
One of the advantages of living in the digital age is access to a variety of online services and products. If you don’t have time to shop for that perfect card, or are concerned about slow mail delivery, you might consider sending your special someone a digital Valentine’s Day card. A quick internet search will provide lots of options for online cards and even some animated greetings. You can choose from professional templates or create a card from scratch. Once completed, your card will be emailed directly to its destination. Some companies also offer the option of having your card printed and mailed via the general postal service.
First, forget trying to order flowers for delivery on Valentine’s Day. Folks who found themselves in this situation last February started placing delivery orders as soon as they cleaned up from this year’s New Year’s celebrations. Even if your chosen florist can squeeze you into their already overloaded delivery schedule, it’s going to cost you big dollars. Instead, opt for alternatives to the traditional floral route.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, nearly every grocer, drug store, retail store, dry cleaner and gas station will have flowers for sale. You can even find pop-up stands in parking lots and along busy roads offering drive-in bouquets. You probably won’t need to look far, but remember to bring cash in the event your chosen roadside stand doesn’t take credit cards.
Giving your true love a handmade gift provides some last-minute flexibility, and it will probably win you a few brownie points. It shows how much you care and that you took time to craft something special for Valentine’s Day. Even if this isn’t true, you are the only one who will know. Handmade gifts don’t necessarily need to be complicated, such as a flower vase you made in pottery class or a scrapbook of romantic pictures from the past year. Again, look to the internet for help. Some websites allow you to order personalized coffee mugs, t-shirts, mouse pads, and many other items. Custom teddy bears or other personalized stuffed animals are also popular.
Romantic Dinner at Home
You probably won’t be able to score last-minute dinner reservations at that trendy new restaurant. Preparing a romantic dinner at home can be a good alternative, even if you don’t know how to cook. Thanks to an on-the-go culture, you can find ready-to-eat or pre-prepped meals at nearly any grocery store or specialty market. Choices can include premade entrees ready for the oven or entirely prepared meals including bread and dessert. You can even transform these ready-made items into a romantic “homemade” experience by serving everything on your best china and tableware. Just be sure to hide the to-go containers and destroy the evidence to avoid an embarrassing encounter later.
The Thoughtful Approach
If all else fails and you find yourself with nothing to offer, take the thoughtful approach. Consider writing a short, personal letter professing your love and everything about your partner that makes you happy. Skip the computer as a handwritten letter will offer a more romantic touch. Check local craft or hobby stores for special paper such as parchment or woven stationery to make it unique. Place the letter on your partner’s empty dinner plate with a single flower tucked inside. A few loose chocolate candies can complete the look.
While these suggestions may not provide the same impact as a well thought out Valentine’s Day gift, they may well save your relationship. Some people even prefer to receive simple gifts or romantic gestures rather than expensive jewelry or a cruise to the islands. In any case, these options will help you avoid that awkward silence when your partner offers their gift to you and is waiting for something in return.