Last-Minute Valentine's Day Gifts


by Kelley Moore

Posted on February 13, 2009 at 7:42 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 24 at 10:42 AM

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Last Minute Gifts

Valentines Day is quickly approaching and the lingering question of what to get your sweetie is looming overhead. It's time for you procrastinators to get a break. If your lacking originality as the days pass by, these last minute gift ideas are sure to cure your woes!

Message in a Camera

Let your valentine know you've got something special to say by leaving a heartwarming message on a video camera. The Zi6 pocket-sized video recorder from Kodak would be perfect for this little sentimental project. It's a great quality product and comes in an array of colors. This gift is sweet, functional, and seems anything but last minute.

Shopping List:

Kodak Zi6 Pocket Video Camera $179.95 from <>

Origami Hearts

Let your sweet pea wear your heart around their finger. You can make an adorably crafted origami heart ring out paper. This gift has a great organic feel. It may not be a diamond, but your loved one will be touched by the detailed work it took to create such a delicate treasure.

Shopping List:

Origami Paper for Heart Ring $6.95 from Target, (302 NE Northgate Way; 206.494.0897,

Celebrate with a Drink

It would be really romantic to spend your Valentines Day evening sipping bubbly and sharing some laughs. You can buy heart shaped ice cube trays at Sur la Table in Downtown Seattle. Freeze cranberry juice in the heart shape molds and drop and few into your champagne for a delicious and dreamy Valentines lounge session.

Shopping List:

Heart Mold for Ice Cubes $14.99 from Sur La Table, (84 Pike Street; 206.448.2244,

Bottle of Champagne ranging from $10 and up from Metropolitan Market, (1908 Queen Anne Ave; 206.284.2530,

Party Champagne Flutes $24.99 for a set of 4 from Target, (302 NE Northgate Way; 206.494.0897,

Packaged Love

Chocolate always has been, and always will be, a Valentines staple. The trick to making it a great present instead of a mundane blunder is to personalize it. Buy a few giant Hershey bars and repackage them with your own sentimental wrapper. Include a quote or memory that you know the recipient will love along with a cute photo. Lacking creative know-how? You can use our adorable package template. Just make sure to add a picture so it's special to your loved one.

Shopping List:

XL Hershey's Bar $1.99 from Bartell Drugs, (1929 Queen Anne Ave N; 206.285.0200,

Construction Paper $1.39 for a pack of 50 from Office Depot, (4900 25th Ave NE; 206.527.3220,

Stepping Stones

Already have some kind of special event panned for your sweetie but want add some extra panache? While dinner and movie dates are always sweet, Valentines should be extra special. All you need is an extra dash of creativity in the execution of your surprise. Using construction paper, make oversized hearts reminiscent of Sweetheart candies with cute declarations of love of love on each one. Like stepping stones, lay them out to lead your lover to their surprise.

Shopping List:

Hearts $1.39 for construction paper from Office Depot, (4900 25th Ave NE; 206.527.3220,

Message in a Bottle

Run your Valentine a nice hot bath as a cupid's day treat. Using a glass bottle, place a secret message inside for your lover. Fill the bottom with a handful of little heart shaped confetti pieces. You can make these with construction paper. Place your "message in a bottle" in the steamy bathtub for your sweetie to find. This will transform their bubbly tub into an exceptionally special treat for Valentines Day.

Shopping List:

Empty Wine Bottle with Cork (free)

Construction Paper $1.39 for a pack of 50 from Office Depot, (4900 25th Ave NE; 206.527.3220,


Home baked goods. Need I say more! Whip up this recipe with heart shaped cookie cutters for delicious Oreo truffles.

You'll Need:

1.) 1 package Oreo cookies (Divided. Use entire cookie including the cream center)

2.) 1 8oz. package cream cheese (softened)

3.) White chocolate bark


1. Finely crush 7 cookies in a food processor or place them in a ziploc bag and crush into a fine consistency. Reserve for later.

2. Crush remaining cookies and stir in softened cream cheese. Use the back of a large spoon to help mash the two together.

3. Roll the mixture into 1" balls and place on wax paper covered cookie sheet.

4. Melt chocolate as directed on the package and then dip balls into chocolate, tap off extra and set aside on wax paper covered cookie sheet to dry. You can sprinkle the tops with the 7 crushed cookies for decoration.

5. Once dry, refrigerate and enjoy!

Makes about 36 truffles.

Notes: I used a small cookie cutter to push the mixture through for the heart shaped truffles. Also, it helps to freeze the uncoated balls for a few minutes to keep the mixture from starting to fall apart in the melted chocolate. If this becomes a problem, dip them in the chocolate, let dry, and then dip again. They are also good dipped in regular milk chocolate bark. And for an extra twist, use the mint Oreo sandwich cookies.

Shopping List:

White Chocolate Bark $3.79 from Metropolitan Market, (1908 Queen Anne Ave; 206.284.2530,

8 oz. Cream Cheese $2.50 from Metroplitan Market, (1908 Queen Anne Ave; 206.284.2530,

Package of Oreos $2.99 from Metroplitan Market, (1908 Queen Anne Ave; 206.284.2530,

The Best of Fest

This company creates compilations of the best films you've never seen. What a great way to sift through the junk and find the greatest films to watch with your loved one! The Best of Fest films are categorized by genre so it's all too easy to pick the films you know your Valentine will love. These are available at Nordstrom.

Shopping List:

Official Best of Fest 'Love' DVD Collection $39.95 from Nordstroms, (500 Pine Street; 206.628.2111,

Bond with a Book

"All About Us" is an interactive book sure to get everything from funny stories to childhood dreams out in the open. There's no way you won't get a laugh or two out of this book and by the time you turn the last page you are bound to know your Valentine inside out.

Shopping List:

All About Us, $14.12 from Urban Outfitters, (1507 5th Ave; 206.381.3777, <>)