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Feb 10, 2023

Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

After the stress and excitement of the holidays have passed, a new year has begun. Just when you think you’re through the season of gift giving, Valentine’s Day sneaks up on you.  Have no fear! We’ve put together a list of last-minute gift ideas sure to make everyone feel a little extra loved this Valentine’s Day. The best part? They’ll never know you almost forgot!

For the Floral Lover

Flowers are a pretty standard Valentine’s Day gift. If you know your valentine loves flowers and have time to order a bouquet from your local flower shop, give them a call! If they don’t have enough time for your last-minute order, here is a fun and thoughtful flower arrangement DIY:
Pick up a bunch of your valentine’s favorite flowers (if you aren’t sure, tulips are always a go-to for this type of arrangement). Sure, you can give them away as you bought them, but if you want to add a personalized touch, grab a square of burlap and their favorite color ribbon. Wrap the burlap around the flowers (as neatly as you can) and secure with the ribbon. Finish your masterpiece by adding a card secured with a clothespin if you have one! The recipient will surely know you put some extra thought into this traditional gift.
If you want your gift to last a while longer, think about purchasing a houseplant for their home or office, and know you’ll be thought of every time they look at it!

For the Foodie

Food is a love language of its own. If your valentine is a foodie and you only have a few hours to spare, consider picking up ingredients to their favorite dinner and create your rendition of the dish!
If you have more time on your hands, try ordering a meal delivery box or picking out a new recipe and creating a new meal together. 
If all else fails, grab a few varieties of wines, cheeses and crackers, and create your own DIY tasting bar at home! This is a fun way to introduce new flavors and fun on a time constraint. 

For the Book Worm

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a time you need to spend totally together, but instead showing appreciation for things they love, as well! Create a peaceful reading nook for a busy mom or dad by putting a comfy chair in a peaceful space, complete with soft lighting (think Christmas lights), a cozy blanket and pillow, and some personalized hot cocoa! Promising to keep the kids occupied for a few hours so they can get ahead on their favorite book is a Valentine’s Day gift in itself! If you have enough time, grab them a new book by their favorite author to dive into!

For the Sentimental

Personalization is always a win for those who love the nostalgia that comes from gifts with unique meaning. If you only have a few hours, consider writing a letter to your valentine, reminiscing on your favorite memories together. Have a little longer? If you’re married, or have a special song together, print and frame the lyrics for extra sentimental home decor. Have a little more time? Think about having the GPS coordinates of your wedding location or place where you met engraved onto something you know they’ll like, like a bracelet or a pillow! 

For the Practical

For those that are busy traveling our New York roads, helping them be prepared is a gift all in itself. Put together a winter driving kit for them to keep in their car! You can hope they never need to use it, but knowing they have it can bring peace of mind for both of you.

If all else fails, and you’re at a loss, think about a gift that keeps giving! Try organizing something they haven’t had time to get around to, or calling your insurance company to make sure you’re getting all of your discounts on your policies! These gifts may be unconventional for Valentine’s Day, but will surely be appreciated any day of the year.