Last Minute (Thoughtful) Valentine's Day Gifts
By Thao Nguyen
I don’t know how it’s been for you, but this year is flying by. New Year’s Eve felt like it was just last week, but Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Next thing you know, Easter will be tomorrow.
If Valentine’s Day snuck up on you and you’re struggling to think of a gift for your loved one, look no further. Here are some last minute gift ideas that are still thoughtful enough that no one will feel jilted.
Cook their favorite meal.
Cooking your significant other’s favorite meal only requires a quick trip to the grocery store beforehand. It shows that you remember what they like to eat, but that you’re also willing to put in the effort to make it for them. Not only that, but it’s an activity you can do together. The quality time is sure to strengthen your bond and is the perfect opportunity for a rom-com worthy montage of cute cooking mishaps.
Care box with all of their favorite goodies.
Another quick gift that involves just a little bit of effort, but shows a lot of thoughtfulness. This gift shows your special someone that you’re aware of what they like and that you’re paying attention to the little things that make them happy. You can add notes to each goodie, (I.e. “I love you to pieces” on a pack of Reese’s), which takes it to the next level. A care box full of their favorite things is way more unique than the standard coupon book (think: use this when you want a foot rub), and it will last long past Valentine’s Day weekend, meaning you’ll be able to make them smile every time they use something from the box.
Old school (kinda) mixtape.
What we gonna do right here is go back/Way back/Back into time
Music is a great way to convey the things you can’t say or show on your own. Compile a playlist of all of the music that means something special to you and your significant other, along with the songs that make you think of them, and download them to a USB. Rename each track with inside jokes or explanations of why you included them. It’s a great way to incorporate some nostalgia into a gift that they can use over and over again. Mixtapes worked for everyone in the 80s and 90s, there’s no reason we shouldn’t use them too!
Write a letter.
Sure, some might say that at the end of the day, Valentine’s Day is just a greedy cash-grab opportunity for card and candy companies and restaurants. Even if that’s true, there’s no reason to scoff at an opportunity to express our feelings to our significant other. Don’t just sign the nicest Hallmark card you can find, take the time to write out what you feel. Handwritten letters and cards are so few and far between in today’s digital age, but I absolutely think it’s time we made them more prevalent. There’s very little that’s more romantic than seeing someone’s love for you written down!