Even if you’ve waited until the 11th hour to do your shopping (or the holiday almost slipped your mind altogether) you don’t have to look like a stupid cupid this Valentine’s Day. Just check out the following eight thoughtful gift ideas that are easy and fast to pull off.
1.Print Artful, Anything-but-Average Greetings
Got a color printer? If so, you can have beautiful frame-worthy greetings from independent artists at your fingertips—no standing in line at crowded stores for a generic greeting. All it takes is browsing Etsy.com's wide selection of printable greetings, from a variety of artists. After you purchase the print using Paypal, the seller will email you a PDF or a link to download and print your work of art. Personalize it by writing sweet nothings to your loved one on it. Your Valentine will be so touched that he or she will never suspect it’s hot off the presses!
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2. Sweeten Up Your Bouquet
She might get wise to your procrastination if you gift her a standard supermarket bouquet of flowers you picked up on your way home. However, if you add a personal (and sweet!) touch, she’ll never catch on! Purchase chocolate truffles (available at most grocery stores) and stick them on skewers so you can intersperse them in the bouquet. It’s easy, but adds a little something extra.
3.Set a Romantic Dinner for Two
Too late to score a reservation? Not a problem! Grab takeout from your sweetie’s favorite restaurant and present it on your nicest china. Ambiance is everything so light candles and arrange food artfully on the plate. If you want to add an extra special element, consider setting up a picnic in front of your fireplace. Simply changing up your routine can do wonders for creating a romantic evening, without a lot of fuss or preparation time.
4.Surprise with a Getaway
With sites like Orbitz.com and LastMinute.com, you have a great excuse to wait until the 11th hour—especially when you surprise your loved one with a mini vacation! Plus, your procrastination can actually pay off—you can save up to 70% when you book at the last minute on these sites! . It takes a little flexibility and spontaneity to pull this off, but there are few things more romantic than surprising your honey with weekend getaway for two!
Forget battling desperate shoppers for the last of the coveted gifts at the mall on Christmas Eve or issuing your loved ones “IOUs” on Christmas morning. The following online retailers offer speedy shipping that rival even Santa Claus’ sleigh so no one will have to know that you put off Christmas shopping until the last minute.
Known for its commitment to customer service, Zappos doesn’t just offer free shipping year round, but they also guarantee a Christmas day delivery (at the latest) if you order as late as 1 p.m., PST on December 23. You can also opt for free overnight shipping on all apparel.
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This one-stop superpower of an online store has accounted for serious procrastinators—shop through Christmas Eve and select Local Express Delivery to receive select items in select cities by the next day. Two-Day and One-Day shipping can be used from December 21 through December 23 to guarantee a Christmas delivery. The caveat is that the items you’re shopping for must be sold by Amazon.com, not a third-party seller. Still, the gifts run the gamut from toys to electronics to accessories so you’re bound to find something. Amazon has extended their popular Super Saver Shipping deadline to 11:59 pm, PST on Sunday.
You can expect Apple accessories, gadgets, and standard laptop models by Christmas eve when you order by December 20 and select standard shipping. Doing your shopping even later? No problem! Receive everything (except for customized or engraved models) by December 24 when you select next-day shipping by 10 a.m. on December 23.
Like Zappos, this online shoes and accessories retailer offers free overnight shipping on all new styles to domestic addresses. All other items ship in two business days for free. The handy clock icon next to the item you’re buying shows you exactly what time you need to make the purchase in order to see your item the next day.
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This massive purveyor of shoes, accessories, and apparel are taking online orders as late at December 22 in order to see your package by December 25.
6. Best Buy
Best Buy is so confident in its shipping deadlines that they offer you a free $10 or $20 gift card should your package not arrive by Christmas Eve. Standard shipping works so long as you place your order by 11 a.m. EST by December 21. If you’re buying on December 22 or December 23, opt for expedited shipping or express shipping respectively to ensure your gifts are under the tree by December 24.
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You can shop as late as noon EST on December 23 and still expect your packages to arrive on December 24 when you select next day shipping.
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If you have a golf enthusiast on your list, you’ll want to check out GolfBalls.com for everything he or she could possibly need for hitting the green. Snag personalized golfing paraphernalia by Friday, December 17 using ground shipping for a Christmas Eve delivery. Shop as late as December 20 at 2 p.m. CST for non-personalized items for a similar delivery time.
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This luxury brand featuring Italian apparel and accessories offers free Express Shipping on orders of more than $175 before December 22 at 10 a.m. EST.
Online orders of $100 or more get free shipping when you use the promo code HOLIDAY10 at checkout. You can shop as late as 11:59 p.m. EST on December 20 to score this deal.
11. Free People
This purveyor of trendy fashions that appeal to both teens and adults offers free shipping on orders of $150 or more. Even better: This free shipping deal extends until December 24, but you’ll have to finish your shopping at 10 a.m. EST on December 23 and pick next-day delivery to ensure your packages arrive by Christmas.
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12. Neiman Marcus
Luxury lovers will rejoice that Neiman Marcus offers free overnight delivery by Christmas with no minimum order requirements! Just make sure you purchase by noon CST on December 23 and enter the code NMQUICK.
13. Ballard Designs
If you have a design maven on your list, you’ll want to check out Ballard Designs’ vast collection of elegant home furnishings. And the holiday shipping deadlines are some of the best we’ve seen! Order by 9 p.m. EST on December 23 using Express Holiday Delivery to make sure your presents arrive by Christmas.
14. Tommy Hilfiger
This popular designer brand that features everything from fragrance to apparel to home furnishings promises a Christmas Eve delivery if you order by 1 p.m. EST on December 23 and select the UPS Next Day shipping method. UPS Ground shipping and UPS two-day shipping work for December 20 and December 22 respectively.
15. Red Envelope
This online gift shop is an excellent resource for personalized trinkets and crowd-pleasing goodies. Plus their last-minute shipping track record is superb! Order from Red Envelope or their sister brand ProFlowers by 4 p.m. PST on December 23 to guarantee a holiday delivery.
Depending on where you live, you could score free overnight shipping as late as noon on December 23. This trendy online boutique featuring fashionista-friendly gifts offers free shipping deals all season on purchases of $99 or more.
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