Romantic Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas — Chocolates Need Not Apply

So Valentine’s Day is almost over, but it’s not too late. These last minute romantic Valentine’s Day gift ideas, sans chocolates, take little time and mean so much more than the cheesy drug store chocolates that only end up halfway eaten anyway.

Wouldn’t it be nice to surprise your loved one with something fabulous this Valentine’s Day? Don’t worry, there’s no shopping involved, and chocolates do not play a part. You can woo your lady or entice your man with these simple, yet endearingly heartfelt, Valentine’s Day concepts that give your special one the greatest gifts of all: your time, love, and attention. Who knows, you may start a tradition.

The Huffington Post ran an article on the best low-cost Valentine’s Day gifts, a few of which will assuredly remain in your partner’s memory for years to come. April Masini, from Ask April, shares her favorite Valentine’s Day gift that she still treasures to this day. The monetary cost was absolutely zero, but the sentimental value lives on.

“The best Valentine gift I ever got was a hand-written love letter from my ex-husband, trying to win me back. It really made me feel like Valentine’s Day was about more than chocolates, roses and Hallmark cards. This man sat down and wrote from his heart. He didn’t text or email. That made it personal, and wildly romantic… This gift was about true love, deep romance, marriage and divorce, and it was a showstopper. I don’t think I’ve had a Valentine’s Day since, when I haven’t thought about that letter he sent me that cost nothing, and meant so much. I still have it, and the sentiments expressed in the love letter are impressed on my heart and in my mind.”

As a mother, I can think of a few Valentine’s Day treats that would send me over the moon with happiness, and chocolates are not on the list. A spic-and-span house that I didn’t have to clean is the first that comes to mind. Send the kids to grandma’s. There’s a plethora of romantic Valentine’s Day activities that can be done in the comfort of your own home with just a bit of effort. Pop some popcorn, watch a movie, and simply cuddle on the couch. A fire in the fireplace would be a nice touch. If you have a desperate need to include chocolates in your celebration, by all means, dig some out of the cabinet (you know you have a stash).

For a little extra effort on your part, you can turn your bedroom into a romantic rendezvous. Turn the lighting down low, light a couple scented candles, play some soft music on Pandora, and take time to show your one-and-only just how much you care. You can say this with a massage, or lying in bed together and listening to her talk. Ladies love that! There might be one or two other ideas for romance to be had here, but I’ll leave that up to your imagination.

Valentine’s Day can be difficult for single people. This article from U.S. News and World Report is full of ideas for a bit of Valentine’s Day fun with friends, or even alone. Don’t plant yourself in front of the TV with romantic movies and an endless bag of chocolates. Go out and have some fun!

So don’t think just because you’ve wasted a portion of Valentine’s Day, and even forgot to pick up chocolates, you have no options. The most important thing is to make your Valentine feel loved. The entire night is awaiting you!

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