Valentine’s Day made easy: Last minute gifts for someone you care about

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By Adrianna Ratajska

 

You have a special someone you like so much that … you forgot about Valentine’s Day. The reality is that this wonderful occasion often doesn’t get the attention we’d like to give it.

With the 14th being only a day away, you may be worrying about what to buy your significant other or your friend.

But you’re not alone.

The question on everyone’s mind right now is: “What do I get?” Panic no more fellow procrastinators! Here are some quick and easy gift ideas that will make you look like you’ve been prepared for quite a while, even if you don’t have a lot of time or energy to devote to it.

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your girlfriend, one of the most simple and meaningful things you can do is to get her a bouquet of flowers. Flowers are a perfect last-minute gift idea because they’re classic and widely available. If you want to make the bouquet more personal, try attaching a love note letting her know how important she is to you.

Taking her out to dinner is another sweet gesture. What’s better than an intimate and romantic dinner at your favorite restaurant?

If getting that last-minute reservation is turning out to be impossible, stay in and cook a meal for her. It doesn’t have to be an intricate five course dinner; even a picnic with your favorite sandwiches will surely make her melt.

Long distance? Another great idea is to record a message for her with a video camera letting her know how much she means to you. The message is timeless and she can replay it a countless number of times in years to come. This will also allow you to plan out the words you’ve been wanting to say to her and exactly how you want to say them.

If you don’t know what to tell her, get her a framed picture instead. A picture is worth a thousand words. Pick a picture from a favorite day you two spent together. She will glance at the picture and think of all the warm memories you two have made.

If you’re searching for something for your man, consider something practical.

A body wash or shaving gift set is both relatively cheap and effective. This gift will definitely not lie around on a shelf, and he will think of you every time he uses it. After all, guys need some pampering too!

Another easy gift that can spice up your guy’s dorm with is a set of Bluetooth speakers. With this awesome Valentine’s Day gift, your guy will have the ease of playing music from his phone or tablet without having to deal with the cords.

If you want to get something more thoughtful and personal, try making a mix tape with love songs. Draw your own cover art on the front of the CD.

Another great idea is to make a DIY coupon book for him. Whether you’ve been dating for a while or you’re still getting to know each other, a coupon book is a fantastic gift that he will surely put to use. Coupons can include things like “Good for one back massage” or “Breakfast in bed” or “Movie of your choice.” Get creative!

If you want to get something for a friend to let him or her know how much he or she means to you, a fantastic gift is a “What I Love About You Book.” This cute little book allows you to fill in the blanks and write all the things you love about your friend.

An alternative would be to create your own book. Another terrific idea is to bake cookies or another sweet treat. This is an unfailing gift that’s both special and inexpensive.

If your friend is a girl, try getting her a bracelet or necklace that shows how much she means to you.

310 Rosemont will be setting up in Reamer this week and selling cute jewelry and accessories — the perfect last minute gift idea that she’ll think you got weeks in advance.

Don’t fret if you haven’t gotten the perfect gift yet for your sweetheart or friend.

With a little imagination, you can still have the perfect Valentine’s Day that will be remembered for years to come.

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