Valentine’s Day is here, and no doubt some of us are finding that it’s crept up and we’ve organised nothing. Don’t panic: it’s always possible to turn it round at the eleventh hour. Which is why we have a few suggestions for last-minute romantic gifts and gestures which might just save the day and save you money.
1. Breakfast in bed
If you have forgotten completely and don’t have the chance to go and get something in the evening before, then breakfast in bed is a nice gesture. A bowl of cornflakes might not be sufficient, but toast cut into heart shapes or a message in cinnamon on top of a bowl of porridge is simple but effective.
2. Vouchers for favours
Why not present your better half with five or ten handwritten coupons, which they can redeem at any time – for example, ‘free back rub’? The only limit here is your imagination, and what gift could be more valuable than giving up your time?
3. Say it with flowers
Surprise flowers never fail to bring a smile. But don’t rely on the depleted selection at the petrol station on the way home – especially not on Valentine’s Day!
Although it’s the busiest day of the year for buying flowers, you can still get same-day flower delivery on Interflora, provided you order before 3pm.
4. A romantic road trip
Why be confined to Valentine’s Day itself? Especially as it’s a weekday. You could make it last by planning a night or the following weekend away. Your Valentine’s experience doesn’t have to end on Valentine’s Day.
5. Champagne and strawberries
If you’ve missed the shops during the day, but have a chance to make it to the supermarket, then champagne and strawberries are always available and yet still luxurious. Just make sure you’ve got enough time to chill the bubbly.
6. Online deals
The beauty of shopping for deals online is that you can print off a voucher that your other half can redeem when they wish. Check out the Vouchercloud Valentine’s deals, for example – including up to 30 per cent off romantic getaways at Hotels.com. Or you could get a free stay in a 3* hotel when you book selected West End shows. And you could go that extra mile by presenting your printed gift in a homemade presentation box.
7. Grab a deal from Gumtree
If you're feeling really thrifty (and sneaky), you might do well to have a look for your loved one's gift on Gumtree. The regional online marketplace has this week revealed that scorned lovers have been flocking to the site to sell their ex's unwanted gifts in the hope of recouping money from ruined Valentine's day plans.