Just before Christmas, I threw together a Last Minute Larry gift guide, featuring presents found at the grocery store (and if you’re going that route, here are a few last minute Valentine’s Day deals you’ll love at Whole Foods Market).
I did a bit more advance planning this holiday, as Grace’s due date was 2/15. I figured Nick and I might well be ringing in the sweetheart’s holiday in a labor and delivery room… but instead we’ll be at home with a very happy, teeny, tiny baby.
While I’ve had a gift stashed away for my husband for a few months, some of you may be scrambling (as I usually am), so I thought I’d share a few inexpensive, last minute ideas.
You can’t go wrong with flowers and chocolate
You just can’t. I think a simple bunch of white tulips is perfect for any occasion. Including Tuesdays. Which is to say, you don’t need an occasion to give someone (or yourself, obvi) flowers. Same goes for chocolate.
Tea for one
I love sharing my favorite teas. Pair a few tea bags with a cute mug (try Homegoods for inexpensive, fun mugs) and you’ll have your Valentine warmed up in no time… quoth the lady in Boston presently wearing a bathrobe over a sweater.
Spruce up something ordinary
I am forever trying to justify the extent of my washi tape collection by embellishing any and everything I can get my hands on. I found these cute notebooks at Target and added friends’ initials to the covers.
Give something tasty
These gluten-free thumbprint cookies take less than a half hour to whip up and say, “These are sort of healthy… I must really love you.”
Hit the beauty aisle
To know me is
to love me to be semi-concerned with my nail polish obsession. At a few bucks a pop, however, a new polish or lip gloss makes a fun little gift for a friend.
Get a little
I love making things, but hate cleaning up the ensuing mess. And cleaning glitter off Clark’s snout days later. If only Pinterest (click here for my Valentine-inspired board… side note: my account was hacked by some dude in France, and I created such an airtight new password that even I can’t figure it out… ) had a messiness rating for each project I pin. Regardless, I love homemade gifts.
A few ideas that seem manageable:
Then again, the best gifts (hugs, kisses, and telling it like it is)… are free. So maybe just skip the shopping, baking, and crafting altogether? Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy Valentine’s Day!
Also On Tap for Today:
What is your go-to last minute gift?