You’re probably here because Valentine’s Day is only a day away and you haven’t got anything for your friends or your boo (if you have one). You’re last minute, just like me, and that’s perfectly fine. You don’t have to try too hard because I’m doing all the thinking for you. All you have to do is get a couple things from this list and you’ll be all set.
Chocolate or Other Candy
I don’t know a single person that would be upset to get some of their favorite snacks, especially chocolate. You can go basically everywhere to buy food, so it shouldn’t be too hard. If you can wait until after the 14th to give whoever their gift, go clear the shelves on the 15th when all the holiday candy gets put on sale and you can make a little basket.
Unlike the candy and chocolate, this will last a while. Bears are cute and also easy to find. If you want to be really extra, you can buy one of the big, three-foot bears. If not, you can always just get a smaller bear that’s holding a heart that says something sweet.
This is another super quick, super easy fix if you decided to wait until the last second. The Dollar Store sells cards for just about every holiday, Valentine’s Day included. Writing it by hand or even making it yourself makes it feel even more valuable, but whoever you give it to will probably be happy that you even thought about them because it is the thought that counts after all.
Just about every grocery store and stores like Walgreens, Walmart, and Target have flowers and they’re affordable. Grab a few or grab a single flower. If you want to go the more expensive route, there are flower shops all over the place that have a much wider variety of flowers that you wouldn’t be able to find in many other stores.
Yes, there are thousands of subscriptions to choose from, so why not buy your significant other a subscription. You can purchase a subscription for your significant other for a couple months, a year, or maybe even two years. It depends on your budget to be honest. Some subscriptions will cost more than others from “Watch Gang ” to “Ipsy ” to “Candy Club ” the possibilities are endless. Hell, even a Disney + subscription can mean more than a bouquet of flowers to some people.
A Gift Basket
This isn’t a new concept, but it’s one of the best ways to personalize a gift to the person you love, or the person you mess with heavy. You can go to the Dollar Store, or Michael’s to gather your supplies. You’ll want to buy a basket, colorful foil, crinkle paper, fluffy tissue paper, bows, and hearts… a lot of paper hearts. From here, you fill it up with a bunch of tiny to medium sized gifts that connect to your SO’s interest. Include items that forgot they even told you they cared about. While unraveling each gift, your SO will be in awe with each touch.
Make something unique
If all else fails and there’s no time or money, you could always make something yourself. There are literally millions of YouTube videos and Pinterest posts out with DIY ideas. It doesn’t have to be something big and spectacular and you don’t have to be the best artist either. You can decorate jars and fill them with candy, write a love letter, or even make a card. Remember, it’s the thought that counts.
A Meal Made With Love
Can you cook? Well put those talents to work and stay at the house this Valentine’s Day. Honestly, everybody goes to the same restaurants anyway, so why not spend a beautiful evening at the house. You need three things: chocolate, heart shaped cut out (or you can free hand it), and the will. Make heart shaped pancakes with chocolate syrup and whipped cream. Make chocolate covered strawberries for dessert. Spell out their name with the syrup next to two scoops of ice cream. Let your creativity flow just don’t do it on an empty stomach.
Not real go to the store coupons. I’m talking about custom made coupons that say “free hugs,” “I’ll do your chores for a month,” or “foot rub for however long you want.” Write acts of service to the person you care about. Things you may do anyway, but you give them the chance to decide when they want to cash them in.
If you don’t have a boo, that doesn’t mean you can’t get gifts. You could always buy things for your friends and family to make them feel good. You can even just get these things for yourself. Enjoy your day of love and spread that love with others. Happy Valentine’s Day!
By Cierra Lemott, Senior, Brooks College Prep
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By Triniti Maye, Sophomore, Saint Xavier University