It’s the 13th and you forgot all about it, were too busy, or just plain procrastinated, right? It’s understandable and it happens, but 2KL has got your back for last minute romantic Valentine’s Day gifts! All the ideas below are more than economical and quick fixes to save the day.
Homemade Edible Bouquet
Do you know that an Edible Arrangement can cost you anywhere from $35 – $135? For some fruit on a stick?? No, ma’am! Get some strawberries, blueberries, bananas, apples, pineapple, mangos, grapes, melons, small cookie cutters, chocolate dip chips, a melon baller, and skewers and toothpicks and create your own! The strawberries can be used as rosebuds, but if you want to get fancy you can add a few choice cuts and create a tulip. Blueberries and grapes make an awesome substitute for baby’s breath! Cut the melon and pineapple into thick slices and use cookie cutters (preferably metal) to create different shapes or use the melon baller. You can use a knife if You don’t have cookie cutters and you have the dexterity to do so. Melt the chocolate and dip the fruit for an extra sweet touch. Use the toothpicks to create spots where the “flowers” branch off into other flowers or leaves. Have fun with it!
Don’t stop with fruit! You can also do this with cake! Make thin layers if cake, slice the “crust” off the bottom and top and use cookie cutters to get whatever shape you like. You can dip it in chocolate and/or melted colored frosting and sprinkles. Let the pieces cool on wax paper before sliding them onto the skewer. If the skewers are too long and exposed, cut them until they are the length you need and remain hidden behind the rest of the fruit and cake.
To complete the bouquet look and add a little extra flare, stop by the dollar store and find a sturdy container you would like to use, such a glass vase, ceramic container, wicker basket, even a colorful plastic bucket works. Find some colorful tissue, ribbons, glitter, anything you want to use to decorate your container and customize your arrangement. You can also find these things in a hobby shop, such as Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. If you visit the hobby shop, they often sell a type of styrofoam you can use to make your flowers stand alone within your container as well as artificial moss to cover it with. Get creative and don’t be afraid to get a little messy!
A Gift Basket/Box
Now, I believe a gift basket should always have at least one larger ticketed item, which doesn’t have to be expensive; it could be priced at no more than $20. Think of the things your valentine likes (favorite candy, gift cards to favorite stores, favorite fragrance, a stuffed animal, etc) or create a spa day in a basket (facial masks, bath bombs, scented body scrubs, essential oils, incense, candles, Godiva chocolates, an ambience music CD). Again, the hobby shop is the place to be. Find a pretty basket and if you’ve got the time and energy, you can also buy some spray paint and stencils to decorate your basket in any color you chose, even paint a message or image on the side. Tie a bow or two with some ribbon and glue it to the basket. You can also use some lace-like ribbon and create a frill along the edge of the basket. Stuff the bottom of the basket with paper, if you need filler, and cover it with decorative artificial moss or grass. Figure out how you want the items in the basket to be arranged and use a good quality tape strategically placed on each item to stick them in place. Your finished gift basket should have little to none of the artificial grass or paper showing. If there are exposed spaces you don’t want, simply throw in more candy, artificial flowers, or other small decorative items to fill in the gaps.
If you’ve got the time and money, a great idea for a gift basket is an MP3 player with their favorite love songs pre-loaded. If it’s an iPod or a Microsoft Zune, include a few gift cards for iTunes. You can also do this with an iPad if you’re so financially inclined.
The Trusty Love Coupon Book
This cute little gift can also be a filler for your basket or is great as another side gift. This one even the artistically challenged can handle. All you really have to do is buy different prints and colors stationary or other colored paper and write coupons for things you wouldn’t normally do. A coupon for washing the dishes, a free massage, a certain sexual position or act you were previously reluctant to do 😉 or for a guy, a free day to play video games or watch the game uninterrupted, for parents, a kid-free day (I’d love that) are just a few ideas. If you’re like me and just can’t help but add personal touches to everything, then of course, decorate to your heart’s content. For an added touch, punch a hole or two in the corner(s) of each coupon and lace a pretty satin ribbon through them rather than stapling the book together. You can also search the web for free love coupon templates to print out.
Cook a Special Dinner at Home
Create the perfect romantic atmosphere without having to leave the house. Bust out a bottle of wine, turn out the lights, light a candle, and turn on some Marvin! Cook a gourmet meal that’s relatively easy to make. The following recipes all contain food items that are known aphrodisiacs, perfect for V-Day.
Poached Oysters and Artichoke with Champagne Sauce
Honey Roasted Lamb With Arugula and Pine Nut Salad
Coffee Almond Ice Cream Cake With Dark Chocolate Sauce
Raspberry White Chocolate Mousse
Passion Fruit Creme Brulee
Filet Mignon With Sherried Mushrooms
Avocado and Pomegranate Salad With Cumin-Lime Vinaigrette
Honey Lacquered Duck Breast
Banana Rum Fool With Candied Ginger
Chile-Seared Salmon With Sweet Pear Pineapple Salsa
Saffron Citrus Fish Kababs
Have a Picnic…Indoors
Not much of a cook? That’s ok! Weather not the best? That’s perfectly alright! Make a picnic style meal that’s super easy and even if the weather isn’t picnic-worthy; just clear a space indoors. A Turkey Avocado and Brie Sandwich With Herb Mayonnaise is a comfortably simple recipe that’s just perfect for picnics. You can also make chocolate covered strawberries or any other easy finger foods to feed each other, such as a meat, cheese, and fruit platter. Play some romantic ambience music to set the mood. Don’t have ambience music? Make a playlist of love songs you both like and hit shuffle and repeat. Move the coffee table to the side, lay out a blanket and some cushions, light a few scented candles, pop a bottle, and romance the pants of that certain someone… literally. 😉
Pre-Order Tickets to a Movie or Rent One
Is there a movie you both want to see? Buy your tickets today so you won’t have to stand in line. If you’re lucky enough to have one in your area, go to a drive-in theater and bring your own snacks (and a little bubbly) and a blanket to cuddle under. My husband John and I love to go to the drive-in theater. It’s cheaper than a regular theater, we can bring our own snacks, and we get to see 2 – 3 movies for the price of one! If you’re not so lucky, rent a romantic movie to watch it together at home and cuddle up on the couch with some wine or hot chocolate.
Make it a Sexy Gift
You can never go wrong with the gift of yourself! Find some inexpensive, sexy red or red and black lingerie for yourself and something equally kinky for him. Let’s be candid, if you’re going to go this route, then you should also purchase a few toys for the both of you to try in the bedroom (or wherever you decided to do the do). You can both do a little striptease for each other, if you’re up for it. If you can find them, adult board games are always fun. If you want to go the less aggressive, more suggestive route, take a bath together with candles and scented oils, or find a good erotic novel and take turns reading it to each other. It will surely set the mood for a hot night in.
I hope these ideas help you out this Valentine’s Day and if not, I hope they at least inspired you for the next one. If you have any other simple, last-minute ideas to share, post them below in the comments.