Last Minute Gifts For Valentine's Day
It’s Valentine’s Day and you haven’t bought your gift yet! Fortunately, I’ve got last minute ideas to rescue the day. You can put together a personal gift that looks like you put some thought into it.
Here are my recommendations:
Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet or Amazon Kindle Fire
If your loved one loves to read, why not surprise them with a tablet? You can pre-load it with titles from your significant other's favorite authors and special songs. Both the B&N Nook Tablet ($249) and the Kindle Fire ($199) offer a lot of features at a very reasonable price. And, there's bound to be a Barnes & Noble or a Best Buy near you where you can pick one up.
A personal music station
If you know your Valentine’s taste in music, it’s easy to set up a custom radio station on Pandora based on their favorite musicians. The free music streaming service then pulls a wide variety of songs into the custom station, often from artists they never have encountered before. Add a one-year subscription to Pandora One ($36 per year) which kills the ads, provides unlimited listening and provides a higher quality audio stream.
In every relationship there are going to be compromises and favors, whether that’s picking the movie on date night or giving a massage. So give your partner a free pass with a personalized set of coupons. To get you started, American Greetings has three sets of coupons available in its Create & Print service—romantic, naughty and regular. Use the suggested wording or customize with your own. To print on your home printer, you must join americangreetings.com for $3.99 per month or $19.99 for the year.
Name something for your Valentine
From naming an adopted penguin in South America to a bench in New York's Central Park, naming something after your beloved provides years of enjoyment. And many options support a worthy cause - giving you extra romance bonus points! Check out some of my favorite naming ideas.
Give a gift to charity in his or her name
Starting as low as $12, Oxfam America has dozens of gift options to support their efforts providing lasting solutions to poverty, hunger and injustice. Each gift serves a specific purpose, from seed packs for farmers ($12) to children's books ($25) to livestock, such as sheep ($50) for wool and milk. You’ll receive a free e-card with the image of your gift that can be personalized and sent directly to your Valentine.