Steal These 4 Ideas to Rock Valentine's Day at the Last Minute

Steal These 4 Ideas to Rock Valentine's Day at the Last Minute

Posted on February 10, 2014

Oh no... It's Valentine's Day. And you forgot about it. Again.

Your partner is expecting something romantic, and now you're in a bind. Maybe you don't have dinner reservations, but you can plan a candlelight Chinese takeout picnic on the living room floor and surprise your love with one of these last minute Valentine's Day ideas that are all but guaranteed to impress. We've highlighted four different approaches to your eleventh hour shopping: The Traditional Route, The Great Escape, The Best Ever IOU, and The Truly Last Minute Pitstop.

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The Traditional Route

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It's not just time that's running dangerously short, it's also your checking account. Yikes. But you can get something sparkly for your girl at Amazon, where select jewelry and handbags are often marked down 60% or more. This option is operating on a tight deadline, though, so you'll need to move fast to make it work. Order Prime Eligible jewelry and handbags by Wednesday 2/12 (or select jewelry and watches by Thursday 2/13) for Valentine's Day delivery. Not a Prime member? You can pick up a free trial here.

The Great Escape

Book a romantic weekend getaway to somewhere warm.

Most of the big travel sites make this easy, constantly offering deals on vacation packages to Cancun, Punta Cana, Nassau, Jamaica and other destinations well outside of the Polar Vortex. We've seen some killer flight + hotel deals lately, with at least one 4-night package to Cabo San Lucas as low as $519 per person.

Valentine's Day Vacation Package Deals

Book a romantic beach getaway at the last minute on Valentine's Day.
Photo: Sean and Lauren / Flickr

This approach is especially great if, like most of the country, you've been dreaming of summer for the last few weeks.

Check out vacation package deals here:


The Best Ever IOU

Get tickets to a hockey game.

Red is the signature color for both Valentine's Day AND the Chicago Blackhawks!
Photo: Nicole Yeary / Flickr

Or basketball, or baseball. You get the idea.  At ScoreBig, you can take $15 off a $90 ticket order right now with promo code XOXO15, or $30 off $180 with code XOXO30. Is your partner not a sports fan? ScoreBig also offers concert and theatre tickets. Order your tickets before you leave for your date, stash a printout in a card, and you should be good to go. Obviously you won't be going to the game or the ballet tonight, but just the fact that you scored tickets to see your partner's favorite team is a winner.

For a variation on this theme, use HowAboutWe to book more intimate couples experiences like cooking classes and wine tastings. The couples side of the popular dating site operates more like a daily deals site.


The Truly Last Minute Pitstop

A favorite black and white photo in a silver frame is thoughtful, classy and totally doable at the last minute.
Photo: Alton Jefferson II / Flickr

Hit up a Walgreens.

If you're picking your date up in 2 hours, that's still plenty of time to make it work! As tacky as it sounds, Walgreens is your salvation.

First, go into your smart phone or Facebook photo albums and find your favorite photo of the two of you together. Upload it to Walgreens and order a 5x7 print for same day pickup. Don't forget to use Walgreen's coupon code ORDERITALL for 15% off photo orders. (I would actually order two prints - one in color, one in black and white. More on this later.)

You'll have to head to the store to pick up your print, of course. Once there, look for the aisle with the picture frames and find a 5x7 frame that you like. I have a certain weakness for black and white photos in silver frames. They look classy. They go great on dressers and look fancy on office desks. But some photos just do not translate well to black and white, so it's nice to have a color copy handy as a backup if it just doesn't look right.

Next, pick out a bottle of wine. Incredibly, the wine selection, while not top shelf, is surprisingly not bad. It's generally good form to show up with a bottle of wine in hand.

Finally, hit the greeting card aisle. You'll need a sweet Valentine's card, a tissue paper, and a gift bag. Wrap and pack it all up and you've got a truly personal gift that shows how much you care.


What last minute Valentine's Day ideas have you tried? Did they work or did they flop? Tell us your stories in the comments below.