Although you may no longer have the time to wait for a package in the mail, you can still deliver these thoughtful last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts for the holiday.
Hey guys! How was your weekend? Adam and I laid low on Saturday but tried stand-up paddle boarding for the first time yesterday. We didn’t have a hard time keeping our balance – the boards are much sturdier than than surfboards, which is how I imagined them – but the going is slower than on a kayak.
We don’t have big plans for Valentine’s Day, although I did put the Jet’s ad for their Perfect Couple Combo on our fridge when it arrived, folded and warm, in our Super Bowl order last week. Can’t wait for our heart-shaped pizza and cheesy bread.
It took me about 50 years to eventually think of a small present for Adam, which is why I put together this ‘truly last-minute’ Valentine’s Day gift guide. At this point, you may not have time to visit a specialty store or wait for a package in the mail, but you can still have a thoughtful gift ready for your significant other or friend. Read on for a list of ideas – many of them will work for either gender!
Something For Their Pet
If your partner can never think of anything he wants or needs, a toy or treat for their pet is a sweet idea that shows you care about the things they care about.
A Subscription Service
I added subscription services to the list because the purchase of one makes it technically acceptable for your physical gift to arrive up to a month after Valentine’s Day. And you can receive hand-picked selections of almost anything now, from organic snacks to work clothes. This website lists a ton of them, to give you some ideas (although I’ve never tried any of the coupons they advertise).
A Home-Cooked Meal
This spaghetti and meatball ‘stoup’ (thicker than soup, thinner than stew) would be perfect. It’s incredibly easy to make, yet fancier and tastier than your everyday pasta and marinara sauce. Make sure to grab some fresh bread and a bottle of wine at the grocery store, and you’ll be all set.
Little Things They Don’t Normally Buy
I’ve fully jumped on the kombucha train since I began reading all sorts of healthy lifestyle blogs but rarely stock up since each bottle costs almost as much as a Starbucks latte. The holiday spice flat white replaces my coffee from home a couple times a week around Christmas, but I try not to make it an everyday thing.
Last week when Adam and I went grocery shopping (and he was paying), he threw a couple bottles into the cart knowing I would have otherwise passed them up. If you can think of something similar, it might make a nice (relatively) inexpensive gift.
If your significant other likes to work out, he or she might enjoy trying a new type of class, like OrangeTheory, or a popular yet expensive one like SoulCycle. I always feel so much better after tough classes like these; this gift would be a great pick-me-up during the home stretch of winter. Most studios allow you buy credits for a package or single class and then sign up for sessions on your preferred dates at your leisure.