Last-Second Valentine’s Day Ideas

Author: Alecia Pirulis

1909 Valentine Card

Happy Valentine’s Day!

If you just groaned and smacked your forehead, you’re not alone. It’s Tuesday, after all – the middle of the workweek. It’s easy to forget a little thing like Valentine’s Day when you have meetings, conference calls, and video chats clogging up your day. But even if you haven’t planned a single thing, you have the whole afternoon to fix that – and you won’t even have to leave your desk.

First, go to (Yes, right now!) has gift cards that you can print or e-mail to your sweetie. If you’ll be seeing her (or him) later, print it out and deliver it in person. It may not have the big romantic “wow” factor, but your special someone will love the fact that they get to pick out exactly what they want and have it delivered to their door.

Put the printed gift card inside the pretty, romantic greeting card you purchased for your valentine. Oh, you forgot about that, too, did you? No worries – American Greetings will allow you to print a personalized card. Write something sweet inside and she won’t care that it is on printer paper instead of cardstock.

Now, plan a romantic evening. Yes, it’s Tuesday and you have an early day tomorrow, but that’s okay – escape reality for just a little while with a romantic movie that you’ve set up via Netflix – or, find a Redbox on your way home from work and get a movie. Your valentine will appreciate a romantic night in – no fighting crowds at restaurants, then racing across town to get to the movie theater on time.

Order dinner in from her (or his) favorite restaurant – if they deliver, great, and if not, choose a place you’ll drive by on your way home from work and pick it up. Easy, and no one will have to cook.

If you are feeling a little guilty about not getting the prerequisite chocolates for Valentine’s Day, you can solve that problem on your way home, as well – drive through a Dunkin’ Donuts and pick up a dozen chocolate heart-shaped donuts. (Just a little advice – even if you do nothing else, these are just delicious enough to keep you out of the dog house – especially if you add in a latte.)

Pink Roses

Finally, read up on the meaning of flowers. Stop by a roadside vendor on the way home (or stop at the grocery store) and choose flowers based on their meanings. You’ll get a much more interesting arrangement, and you can write the meaning of each flower in the card (red tulips = love, pansies = loving thoughts, orchids = beauty).

Now that you have an arsenal of last-minute gift ideas, there’s no excuse – not even “but it’s Tuesday” – for not showing your special someone that you care.