20 Last-Minute Valentine's Day Gift Ideas She'll Actually Like
For the moment when you finally realize, "You don’t need to buy me anything," is actually code for, "I want something that shows you care," we’ve got you covered.
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Her New Favorite Coffee Cup
Give your valentine an extra special gift this year with these handmade Valentine's Day coffee cups. This gift is simple, sweet and so easy to do that you might just opt to replace every mug in your house. All you need are a few white mugs and a permanent ceramic marker. Draw a heart, write a poem, or even include an inside joke. This project is also a great way to let the kids in on the holiday fun.
Breakfast in Bed
There’s no way she’ll think you waited until the last minute when you start the day with a romantic breakfast in bed. Plus, ordinary pancakes become extra special when they’re made in the shape of a heart.
DIY Memory Box
It’s easy to forget those little moments. Show your sentimental side by painting a wooden box and filling it with memories you've made with your valentine. Collect photos, concert ticket stubs or small trinkets to fill the box. Even better? Add to the collection by purchasing tickets to a movie or concert you know she'll love.
Soup for Two
Whether you’re great in the kitchen or your specialty involves heating up a frozen dinner, this decadent dessert is bound to impress your sweetie. After all, it's literally soup made from chocolate. And since every mouth-watering ingredient can easily be picked up at any grocery store, this is a sweet treat that you can throw together at the last second.
Make This: Chocolate Soup (for Two) Recipe
Chocolate + Chai Fantasy
If an entire bowl of chocolate sounds a little rich, this chocolate chai cup is just the thing. What’s even better is that despite how impressive it looks, it’s actually easy to make. The secret’s in the balloons. Yep! To make the fancy chocolate bowls, you simply dip a balloon in the cooled chocolate and pop the balloon once the chocolate has hardened. Voila! You’re basically a chocolatier. P.S. The chai cream is also a breeze.
Make This: Chocolate Chai Cups Recipe
For the Book Enthusiast
Does your girl love to read? Indulge her favorite hobby and stop by a local bookstore on your way home from work. To get ideas, check out the best sellers section. Chances are, you’ll spot a quirky title by one of your gal’s favorite women. Mindy Kaling, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler all have fantastic books out right now, just to name a few. You’ll have her laughing all weekend.
DIY Bacon Rose Bouquet
Does your S.O. prefer food over flowers? Skip the traditional floral bouquet this Valentine's Day and give this arrangement of bacon roses stuffed with goat cheese and dates instead. Deliver these savory stems in bed for the ultimate V-day wake-up call.
Spa Gifts + Date Night In
Give your valentine pampering treats presented in a glass jar. Take the day to the next level by arranging a relaxing at-home spa date for two. Not only does this make the perfect date idea for someone who didn’t quite manage to make any reservations for Valentine’s Day, but it’s also a fantastic way to simply relax and enjoy each other’s company in the privacy of your own home.
Wine Glass Holder
Speaking of pampering treats, you'll need a wine glass holder for your spa date. This one has a silicone backing that easily attaches to shower walls and tubs, so you can sip rosé while you soak.
Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $18
Handmade Love Notes
Why buy a generic card when you could show your sweetie just how much you care with a plethora of handmade notes scattered throughout the house. Start with a thoughtful note on the bathroom mirror where she’s bound to notice right away. Then, line the halls with sweet sentiments to make her smile. Just when she thinks it’s over, surprise her with a note or two in her car or purse to let her know you’re always thinking about her.
MAKE THESE: 11 Handmade Valentine's Day Cards
Next Level Chocolates
Don't bore your valentine with just another box of chocolates. Instead, incorporate some chocolatey goodness atop homemade Neapolitan cupcakes. Whip up a batch of these colorful cuties, then top them with your lady's favorite treats.
MAKE THIS: Neapolitan Bonbon Cupcakes Recipe
To really make her swoon and give her something to look forward to, make reservations at a secluded treehouse for just the two of you. Airbnb has some incredible options to choose from. She’ll love the gesture and still have something exciting to look forward to. This is one, "I owe you," that definitely won’t disappoint. Take a virtual tour now.
Conversation Heart Cookies
This V-Day, swap chalky conversation heart candies for colorful (and delicious!) vanilla sandwich cookies stamped with custom messages.
Make These: Make Valentine's Day Conversation Heart Cookies
Upcycled + Practical Gift
Does your gf have enough baubles as is? Instead of adding to the jewelry pile, remodel a frame so she can organize and show off her favorite pretty pieces. Simply board up a frame back, add a few eyehooks, and attach a homemade drawer (this one's made from scrap molding).
Romeo + Juliet Cocktail
Show off your mixology skills by concocting a romantic cocktail with a name that screams, "Valentine’s Day." The Romeo and Juliet cocktail blends tequila, Grand Marnier and a few fruity accents for a delicious concoction worthy of her affections.
Make This: 18 Romantic Valentine's Day Cocktails
Valentine's Day Classic
There's a reason red roses are a staple item on February 14th. They are a classic and unmistakable expression of love. One dozen of these beauties says, "Be mine." Want to make an even bigger statement? Try your hand at this Valentine's Day kissing ball.
While dinner and a movie is always a solid option, we think a sexy camping trip for two is even better. Pack a picnic and hit the road for an exciting outdoor adventure. And if the weather’s too cold to venture outdoors, surprise her with a grown-up fort and homemade dinner at home. Either way, it’s bound to be a weekend she won’t forget!
From keys to purses and everything in between, add some sass to your lover's life with shrink film charms that can be created in a flash. Pour her a glass of her favorite wine and add a cute shrink film wine charm for an extra special she can use over and over again.
Movie Night Goodies
Skip making a reservation and pack a goodie basket full of her favorite sweet treats instead. Let her pick out her favorite rom-com, pop a bottle of champagne (and some popcorn!), and host a cozy couch picnic for two.
Etched Wine Glasses
Spice up a romantic tablescape with customized etched glasses that feature pet names, inside jokes, hearts or phrases that are just between the two of you. That's definitely a gift you can't find in stores.
Make This: Etched Heart Wineglasses