8 Apps for Valentine's Day Fun
Valentine's Day is almost upon us and you haven't had time to work out your plans for the most romantic day of the year. Fret not, your smartphone is here to save the day. Check out these apps that will help you plan a meal, find a last minute gift and even communicate better with your beloved.
Valentine's Meal Planner Apps
Who doesn't appreciate the time and effort put into making a meal for that special someone? But even if you aren't an Alton Brown-devotee, there are plenty of food apps to provide inspiration and step-by-step instructions.
The wonderful thing about Foodie is how its updated throughout the year to constantly offer seasonally inspired recipes. And, of course, Valentine's is no exception. Like the sound of cauliflower soup with shaved truffles, for an appetizer, followed by mustard-crusted chicken with a butternut squash risotto, for the main course, and then wine poached pears, for dessert? You get 40 new recipes per update, including appetizers, main dishes, side dishes and desserts to for the perfect meal. And, with the beautiful pictures of each dish and exact recipe directions, we recommend you download this to your tablet.
Price: Free on iTunes.
If Foodie looks daunting, you should check out Appetites instead. This app contains hours and hours of step-by-step videos showing you how to make the recipes it features. After you purchase the base app, you can then select from one of their many recipe packs for sale. And just in time for Valentine's, they have two that contains video classes and recipes for romantic meals. The Sweet Treats and Date Night packs are perfect for planning a romantic meal and you can't go wrong with their video instructions.
Price: $2.99 for starter app on iTunes, additional for Sweet Treats ($2.99) and Date Night ($4.99) packs.
Valentine's Gifting Apps
Still haven't found the perfect gift? At this point you're going to have to deliver, well, something. Here are three apps that will get you out of the dog house.
This app allows you to pick a gift for someone from any store or online shop and send a notification immediately to your loved one. They then choose how they want to receive the gifted funds (credit card or PayPay.) Then when when they go to buy the item or service gifted, the amount of the purchase is immediately credited to their card or PayPal account.
Because the merchant isn't involved, you can gift anything from any shop or online merchant that accepts credit cards or PayPal. Dinner and a movie? Airfare and casino chips? Spa day with mani-pedi? Giftly has you covered. Just make sure the recipient doesn't try to use a debit card.
Looking to give a gift, but are unsure of your Valentine's size, or which color or flavor he or she likes the most? Facebook Gifts lets you pick out the gift, but they can swap out the size, style or flavor when providing their shipping address. Best of all, you won't be late with your Valentine even if you order it on Valentine's Day.
Etsy is the ecommerce site for handmade crafts and independent designers, with more than 17 million unique items ranging from eclectic to seasonal to quirky. Vintage lingerie? Check. Heart-shaped jewelry? Check. Even hand-stitched leather wallets for him. And don't forget, you have the option of sending an Etsy gift card electronically.
Yep, Home Depot has an app and nothing says love like new power tools. Use it to search for what's in stock and then you can have a nearby store hold it for pick up before the 14th. And if you're really desperate, you can always use it to send an eGift card instantly to your loved one's inbox.
Valentine's Fun & Games Apps
Who else could match the sheer poetry of William Shatner? Now you can pen your own Shatims with a special Valentine's update that comes with a romantic word pack and heart-filled backgrounds. If you can't say it yourself, have Shatner do it for you.
Price: $0.99 on iTunes for the app and $0.99 for the Valentine's Word Pack.
Where's My Valentine?
If you or your loved one is a fan of Disney's Where's My Water? or Where's My Perry? series of puzzle apps, then you're really going to love Where's My Valentine? Swampy and Perry team up in 12 new love-themed levels that you can solve together.
The Love Tangram
This Valentine's-themed tangram puzzle will delight the young and, ahem, not so young alike. A tangram puzzle, for the uninitiated, challenges you to arrange a number of shaped blocks into a pattern, usually an animal. In this case, you are moving around the oddly-shaped blocks into a shape of a heart and other shapes.
Price: $0.99 on iTunes.
If you are looking for different kind of fun and games app, check out our list of sexy apps for Valentine's Day.
We hope you've found something here to make your Valentine's Day special. If you know of any great app we've missed, leave us a note in the comments.