Thrifty Valentines On A Deadline

February 13, 2017

So you waited until the last minute to get a Valentine’s Day gift? There's still hope for the cupids who procrastinated.

These gifts require one stop, or you can just sit at your computer and click your way to a thoughtful gift. Since 94% of people celebrating love day want candy, drop by the Holy Angels shop in Belmont. The candy bouquet you buy will be tasty and beautiful, and it also supports a great mission.

For the Southern Valentine with a sweet tooth, stop at Bojangles for their heart-shaped bo-berry buscuits.

You can even stop at the grocery story to make your own healthy arrangement of fruits or veggies; strawberries with peeled apples or cauliflower, or red pepper and cherry tomatoes layered in a tall glass (with a side of Greek yogurt dip) will be sure to please.

A stop at the wine store or grocery store for a bottle of vino to enjoy together is also a sweet gesture. For coffee lovers, Starbucks has a special Valentine's Day "Molten Chocolate" drinks: the Molten Chocolate Latte, Molten Chocolate Frappuccino and Molten Hot Chocolate are available through Feb. 14 only.

Armed with nothing but the pics on your phone and access to your Facebook account you can print out and frame a favorite photo for your Valentine at Walgreens or CVS. Don’t forget about gift cards for clothing and movies at drug stores and grocery stores! Purchase eGift cards to use on Amazon or a store your Valentine adores are at your fingertips and can be delivered in minutes via a text or email.

Another great idea: take in a show at Theatre Charlotte. “A Raisin in the Sun” is the next play and buying tickets online right now will only run you about $27 each.

If you want to spoil her with a massage you don’t have to perform with your own hands, try a Massage Envy gift card. Get a free $25 promo card when you buy $100 in gift cards, or a free $50 promo card when you buy $150 in gift cards. Valid through Feb. 14. For a little romance at home, try candles, bubble bath and lotions from Bath and Body Works. They're a home run if you know her favorite scents!

For Valentines with a green thumb opt for a plant instead of cut flowers. Pick one up from Walmart or a home improvement store. A perineal you plant in the yard can be enjoyed for many years to come.

And finally...readers and writers will love it if you pick up something from the book store.  Don’t forget about stationary, books of poetry, love stories and journals.  If you order from Better World Books, for every book purchased a donation will be made to Feed the Children or Books for Africa.