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Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas

last minute valentine's day ideas

Every year, more than half of Americans plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day—a day that allows us to show our love and appreciation for the most important people in our lives. But when it comes to finding the perfect gift for those important people, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.

If you’re looking for last-minute Valentine’s Day ideas that are unique, thoughtful, and memorable, we’re here to help.

Idea #1: Frame a Special Moment

In the age of the digital camera roll, it’s easy to forget that sometimes, nothing is as romantic or special as a framed photo. Whether it’s a family photo, a throwback from your first date, a candid from your last trip, or a photo of you and your besties during last year’s Galentine’s Day, a framed picture makes the perfect last-minute gift. 

Put this gift together in three simple steps:

  1. Find a frame at your favorite department store or craft store like Michael’s or JOANN.
  2. Print your chosen photo at a local drugstore like CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, or an office supply store like Staples or Office Depot/Office Max.
  3. Write a special message on the back for an extra touch!

Your valentine can keep the frame on their bedside table or work desk—somewhere where they can see it and think of you every day.

Idea #2: Give a Gift Card for Whatever They Love

There are many ways to make a gift card extra thoughtful and romantic on Valentine’s Day. For instance, if your valentine’s love language is acts of service, pick up a gift card or two that will make their life easier, like: 

Perhaps your valentine loves to indulge in luxury experiences. Consider picking up a gift card that will help keep them pampered, like a gift card for a spa treatment or makeup. You can also give gift cards to brands that are meaningful to the two of you, like a Starbucks gift card to commemorate your weekly coffee dates.


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Idea #3: Create a Boo Basket

“Boo Baskets” or “Bae Baskets” are collections of thoughtful little gifts—essentially “stocking stuffers” that you can use to surprise your valentine (or even kids!).

A boo basket makes for the perfect last-minute Valentine’s Day gift—just visit your local Target or Walmart and stock up on your valentine’s favorite candy, snacks, beauty products, books, and more.

Throw in some slippers, socks, and a blanket, or even a surprise splurge like a new pair of headphones. Top off your boo basket with a gift card to their favorite brand to spread the love well beyond Valentine’s Day. 

valentine's day boo baskets for kids or adults

Valentine's Day "boo baskets" for kids (credit:

Idea #4: Chef It Up

If you weren’t able to snag a Valentine’s Day dinner reservation, don’t worry—cooking at home can be an even more romantic way to surprise your special someone, especially if you add extra ambiance with candles or flowers. 

Alternatively, search for cooking videos online and host your own couples cooking class! Try baking a Valentine’s Day dessert, making fun cocktails, or indulging in a savory new dish together. An at-home cooking night also works perfectly for groups of friends or families! 

Idea #5: Treat Them to an At-Home Spa Day

last-minute valentine's day idea: an at-home spa day using bath bombs

Another favorite last-minute Valentine's Day idea is an at-home spa day. Here’s what you’ll need to pamper your loved one: 

  • Robes and slippers 
  • Face masks 
  • Hair masks 
  • Foot masks
  • Bath bombs or essential oils 

Combine scented bath bombs, oils, or candles for a luxurious experience. Or, treat your partner to some alone time so they can wind down. Then, spoil them with an at-home massage or mani-pedi, and end the night with a special dessert or takeout. 

Idea #6: Spend Time Outside

Amidst a social media feed populated with candlelit dinners and lavish vacations, an underrated Valentine’s Day plan is simply spending some time together out in nature. Plan a Valentine’s Day picnic, stargaze (if it’s warm where you live), or go ice skating, sledding, or snow tubing (if it’s cold). 

couple ice skating as a last-minute valentine's day idea

Celebrate Your Valentine with RaiseRight

Last-minute Valentine’s Day ideas like these are sure to make any special someone feel loved. And remember—with RaiseRight, you can always show love by giving them gift cards to their favorite brands while earning money for your cause or organization. 

Looking for other unique ways to spend, earn, or save? Check out our other blogs for more tips and ideas.