5 Last Minute Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Her

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Did you forget about Valentine's Day?

Even if it’s February 14th, there is still time to run out and find something for your sweetheart. While it may be too late to think about a creative gift, there is still time to redeem yourself with at least an old standby of candy and flowers. I'll give you some ideas on what you can find or plan that doesn't take a lot of time. As a bonus, I'll also give you some pointers on what NOT to buy at the last minute for Valentine's Day!

What NOT to get for Valentine's Day at the last minute

Don’t buy jewelry.

If you’ve waited this long to buy a piece of jewelry, chances are you have no idea what you would buy, and any gift you buy now could be a rushed decision that ends in the obligatory, “Oh, honey, how nice.” Ugh. There’s nothing like being saddled with a hideous piece of jewelry that you feel you have to wear now and then—or accidentally “lose” it. Pay attention for the next year and try the jewelry idea then.

Don’t buy a kitchen appliance.

Seriously. Don’t. Even if you know for sure that he or she has been eyeing that latest food chopper, and it would be easy enough to pick up at the last minute, don’t get it for Valentine’s Day. Nothing says “I love you, honey” less than does a food chopper. Or a toaster. Even a toaster oven. Even a toaster oven that doubles as a dishwasher. Okay, you get the point.

A stuffed animal for Valentine's Day?

Don’t buy any ole stuffed animal.

A stuffed animal is just fine for Valentine’s Day—for a gal or a guy, really. However, if you’re shopping at the last minute, chances are you may not put enough thought into what kind you are getting. I wouldn’t want the cutest stuffed lizard in the world, because lizards don’t mean anything to me. You have to know what stuffed creature would mean something to your significant other. And while you may have acquired this handy bit of knowledge, searching requires time, and you’re quickly running out of it.


Last Minute Gifts that Will Work

Buy chocolates!

Who doesn’t like chocolates? Well, I know a few people, but their obvious disorders are another story. They’re the exception. Buy chocolates or some other sweet that your guy or gal likes. Get a card to go with it, and you’re done.

Buy flowers.

Flowers are always okay. They’re traditional and predictable, but they’re always a nice gesture. You can pick up a bouquet of flowers about anywhere, often even at the local gas station. Even a single red rose will do. (Maybe write a little love note to go with it!)

Cook dinner or breakfast.

Go all out to cook a nice dinner for two with candlelight and soft music. Or serve breakfast in bed. Either of these would go well with one of the other ideas if you want to do more.

Romantic ideas for Valentine's Day

Watch romantic movies.

Pick up a couple of romantic movies, new or old, and spend the evening together enjoying a sappy romance. Make popcorn, pop chocolates, drink wine, or whatever your little hearts desire. Who knows? Perhaps the romance on the screen will get you both in the mood for some romance of your own. Here is a list of some of the best romantic movies of all time.

Write a poem or letter.

Open up your heart and write about your darling…whether in poetry form or in a letter. Real words from the heart can mean more than any store-bought gift to her--or him.

Check out some other hubs here for other ideas, if you still need more. These are the best I can give you for now. I’ve got a few last minute Valentine’s Day plans to make myself!

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Marie Gail 4 years ago from Olathe, KS

These are some great ideas! And you are SO right about the kitchen items. I did buy my true love a stuffed pig for our anniversary, but that's because it is a special thing between the two of us (has to do with a horrible poem I quote all the time: I love you lots. I love you big. I love you like a little pig.)

Hmmmm . . . come to think of it I might be able to get away with giving my gluten-intolerant spouse a toaster oven IF I include this little poem: I love you more. I love you most. I love you even more than toast. Just kidding!

Great Hub!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Marie Gail, you are so funny! I love your little pig poem. And yes, try the toaster oven with a poem inside. You came up with a cute one. haha. I enjoyed your comments a lot! :-)


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Cloverleaf 4 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Fantastic last minute tips, Victoria! I am voting up and sharing with my followers. I hope you manage to reach your goal of 500 followers by the end of the day!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Cloverleaf, for voting and sharing. I hope you get to your 400, too. Made it yet? Good luck to the both of us! :-)


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craftdrawer 4 years ago

Some great ideas for the last minute person!!! Very helpful!!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

craftdrawer--Glad you think the ideas are helpful! Last minute people need more helpful ideas than anybody else. hahaha! Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Doh!! For once in my life I was actually early getting gifts for Valentine's Day because it wasnt on a weekend (the only time I work). BUT I am going to bookmark this Hub because I am sure I will need it in the future (I also forget my anniversary hahah)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Ardie, Ardie, you are so funny! So cute....Glad you read the hub!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Great ideas for Valentine's Day. I especially love that you mentioned chocolates and romantic movies. I prefer that to most anything else this day. These can be picked up at any grocery store at the last minute. Thanks for posting these last minute ideas that will surely make someone shine!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, teaches! Yeah, there are some good last minute things out there, and chocolate is one of them!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

couponsworld--Thanks for your kind comments. Hope the ideas help out some last minute person! :-)


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

These last minutes ideas are not going to work for me, it is already Feb. 15. LOL

But seriously, these ideas can do wonders to many people.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

wmhseo--Thanks for the input. I appreciate it!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This is a cute idea. Giving a person excersize equipment and gear is a little offensive to. Voting up!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Oh, Vinaya, Valentine's Day is over where you are! haha. Thanks for commenting, anyway! Always good to see you!


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sam209 4 years ago

Definitely gotta vote up on this one Ms Lynn. Great hub!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

tammyswallow--Exercise equipment--another great example of what NOT to give on Valentine's Day! Thanks for the vote!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I see that you reached your followers goal. Congrats! Great suggestions. You are definitely right about steering clear from the kitchen equipment/appliances. A lot of women get the wrong idea from those gifts. Tammy is right about the exercise equipment, too. It is much better to do a romantic dinner or a movie night out instead of trying to find the perfect last minute gift.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Sam! Appreciate the vote up!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks for the congrats, random! Yes, I made it. Yeah, I didn't think about the exercise equipment. Good one! PB & J sandwiches by candlelight are better than that! :-)


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ayliss08 4 years ago from Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

Great hub! You have made helpful suggestions for the last minutes gifts for Valentine's Day. Compared to chocolates or flowers, I like the poem or letter gift idea. Anyway, Thanks for sharing, and rated up!


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Nicole 75 4 years ago

Nice hubs! Some of the tips written by you is really worked... keep it up!!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

alissa--The poem is my personal favorite and I can attest that it works well!Thanks!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Nicole. I appreciate that!


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DeborahNeyens 3 years ago from Iowa

I just can't see my husband sitting down to write a romantic poem or letter for me. But it sure would be nice. Far better than a new vacuum cleaner or toaster! : )


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

These are great ideas! I just hope that no one scans the page real quick, looking for ideas, and reads the "don't buy" as "buy". Lol.

I know there are a lot of last minute shoppers out there. I have been at CVS or Walgreens the day before, many times (usually not to buy Valentines gifts. I'm usually good at getting that taken care of beforehand... usually), and there are so many people there that you would think it was near Christmas! But I'm glad, for their sake, there are a lot of places to go to buy things.

In Connecticut, where I lived up until a few months ago, there is this roadside flower stand along a main road that is there around any holidays, and during warm weather. I always think it's so sweet that they would be so diligent about it. I'm sure that they sell out their flower supply this time of the year!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Deb--I love my boyfriend's silly little poems--sometimes just a line or two. But they make my day! :-)


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Tracy Lynn Conway 3 years ago from Virginia, USA

Finding and sharing a poem is a great idea! Gee, I am glad you reminded me of this, I had almost forgotten that we would write Valentine's poems in grade school. I think I may even like Valentines day more than Christmas and the other pressure cooker type occasions. With Valentine's day there is more creativity and less pressure, besides the fact that it livens up the otherwise dull month of February. Anyway, fun hub!

Oh and BTW, great middle name!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Kathryn--true about a quick scan! Hope they read it right! I always see last minute shoppers, too. That's neat about the flower stand. Thanks for sharing.


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prettynutjob30 3 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

Great hub, voted up and shared, I am one of the slow V-Day gift buyers this year. My hubby already has mine wrapped and ready, I haven't even got started. I believe I might do the poem and make his favorite breakfast this year, something straight from my heart.


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

Valentine's Day is right around the corner. The guy that I am seeing gave me my Valentine's Day gift last weekend. I guess it couldn't wait. lol. Anyways, I love the chocolate heart boxes. As a matter of fact, I had lunch like two hrs ago and I was so hungry that I opened up a box of pack of M&M minis. wow! they're so addicting! I'm eating like 12 at at time. Voted up useful. Happy Valentine's Day!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Tracy Lynn--yeah, great middle name!! Yeah, my fave thing on V Day is writing a little poem, perhaps a little rhyme. It's time to get busy!! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

prettynutjob30--A poem and breakfast are great ideas! Your name is interesting, too. :-)


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

lovedoctor, you're so funny! So, what are you going to do for your guy for Valentine's Day??


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carter06 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

Great ideas Vic especially what not to buy - think guys need all the help they can get, right!! :) Enjoy your Valentines. Cheers


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

carter--You're absolutely right! You have a good one, too!

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