Valentine’s Day is just around the corner — in two days, to be exact.
Even though the stores have been decked out with red, pink and gold-shaped heart candy boxes and teddy bears for a while now, there are many significant others who haven’t bought a gift yet.
For all you last-minute romantics, here’s a list of ideas so you’re sweetie doesn’t turn sour after Feb. 14.
Flowers are a quick and easy gift. Of course, if you want roses last minute you may get a dying bunch, or pay extra for delivery fees. How about getting your sweetheart something other than the traditional red roses? Sure, roses are nice, but how about spicing it up with a bouquet of colorful lilies, orchids or even sunflowers? Even a candy bouquet would be a unique, and tasty, touch.
Or, you can always make wine flowers. Arrange mini bottles of wine into the shape of a flower and you win bonus points for creativity.
Think outside the box and surprise your sweetie with a cookie from Eileen’s Colossal Cookies in Rapid City or ice cream from Leone’s Creamery in Spearfish. There’s no navigating the tricky chocolate road map, and you’ll never have to guess if you’ll like the next piece of filled chocolate squares.
Ladies like to be pampered, and the latest trend in relaxation is float spas. Zero Gravity in Spearfish offers float spas, an oxygen bar and massages so your sweetie can relax and rejuvenate.
“It’s very therapeutic, one of the most relaxing things you can do,” said Jessi Flaigg, owner of Zero Gravity.
Zero Gravity offers a triple threat gift certificate, which includes a 30-minute massage, one-hour float and 15 minutes of aromatherapy oxygen treatment.
“It’s you time. While you’re (floating), you’re suspended in 1,200 pounds of Epsom salt. Your muscles relax and you come out with this overwhelming sense of well being,” Flaigg said.
For the book worm
If your valentine likes to read, consider giving her a book for Valentine’s Day. Lori Speirs, owner of Everybody’s Bookstore in Rapid City, said the latest suspense titles such as “Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins or the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child are popular. And if you want to keep it romantic for Valentine’s Day, Speirs said you can never go wrong with Nora Roberts or Nicholas Sparks novels. Pair the book with a scented candle, a fuzzy bathrobe or comfortable slippers to create a relaxing night in.
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There is no better gift than the gift of an experience. Reserve tickets to an upcoming play or take cooking lessons together. Belle Joli Winery in Sturgis is hosting cooking classes the fourth Thursdays in February and March, and Someone’s in the Kitchen also has a variety of cooking classes scheduled throughout the winter months.
Check out the classes online and book one for your Valentine and show her just how well you can maneuver around the kitchen.
Gift of your time
Not every woman wants to be showered with gifts. Stay in, pop some popcorn and rent her favorite chick flick. Not sure what to rent? “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “The Notebook,” or “When Harry Met Sally” are a few classics. (My favorite? “The Vow.”)
Surprise her (or, him)
Who says Valentine’s Day has to be celebrated in the evening? Show up at work with a latte, piece of chocolate and a smile. The thoughtfulness and mid-day visit will win your significant other over.
Give a memory
If you’ve been with your significant other for a while now, chances are you have many photos on your iPhone or saved on a hard drive from your years of adventures. Make a flipbook documenting your relationship from your first date to now. Fill the pages with pictures, quotes or your own written words about the moments you shared. Many stores have on-site or 24-hour printing for a quick turn-around.
Jewelry is, perhaps, one of the most popular and common Valentine’s Day gifts. But consider something different than the typical diamond earrings or heart-shaped sterling silver necklace. Shaviq Studio & Gallery in downtown Rapid City has unique, handmade necklaces, earrings and bracelets that will be sure to please your significant other.
“I love focusing on gem stones, because our Black Hills are so well known for gem stone diversity,” said Shawn Wilson, owner of the boutique.
Wilson uses rose quarts, the rock of love, for many of her pieces, but she also has a whole line of brass and gold jewelry options.
So for all you last-minute shoppers, there’s now no excuse to not spoil your significant other this Valentine’s Day, or throughout the rest of 2017.