There are those people who are extremely prepared for Valentine’s Day each year, plotting and planning their gifts and course of action well in advance without a care in the world come Valentine’s Day Eve. Maybe you’re one of those people! If so, we certainly applaud you and are thankful for your proactive influence on society. Where would we be without the organized and the planners?
On the other hand, there are many of us who discover that this gift-giving holiday has snuck up on us yet again, and we are still empty-handed the week before. To top it off, you then have the realization that all the Amazon drones in the whole world could not possibly get your gift delivered to your doorstep in time. That leaves the option to shop locally, which we happen to be very fond of!
So we gathered a few of our favorite last-minute Valentine’s Day gift ideas from local companies, to inspire you and/or point you in the right direction as you scramble to find that perfect gift to express your love. We covered all the typical Valentine’s Day categories, such as chocolate, flowers and jewelry, but threw in a few unexpected options as well! Toledo has so much to offer, and we think it’s important to keep our dollars in the community.
Oh! Before we go on, here are a few last-minute gift-buying tips:
1. If you share a bank account with your valentine, be sure to withdraw cash for your purchase so they won’t be able to see where your gift is from! Or you might have a friend buy it for you during a shopping trip and you can simply pay them back via the Cash app, Venmo, or an old-fashioned check.
2. If you’re in a traditional job, pack a lunch one day this week to eat at your desk, and use your lunch break to go out and purchase your gift.
3. Just because you’re buying a last-minute gift doesn’t mean it should be thrown together, and still in the bag without a card. Take the extra time (when your loved one isn’t around!) to write a sweet and meaningful card to accompany your gift. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive or flashy card, because it’s the content of the words that truly counts. Consider waking up early or going to bed a little later to carve out some time to wrap the gift and write a card!
4. If you’re simply too last-minute with your gift-buying this year, skip to the “experience” section, because it is the meaningful alternative to a simple Starbucks or Amazon gift card. It means a future date night for the two of you, and it only takes a few minutes to pick up a gift card at the establishment on the way home from work.
5. Thankfully, Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday this year, so you’re in luck! You can use Saturday to run around and grab any of these last-minute gifts.
Chocolate is always the best place to start. You might not be surprised to see this typical Valentine’s Day gift on this list, but there’s a reason it’s a popular option! Pick one of the following local chocolate shops to swing by and grab a high-end box of chocolates that your sweetheart is bound to love — and devour.
Maumee Valley Chocolate & Candy will bring you all the way back to your childhood candy shop, filled with retro candy and an overall quaint feel. But for our purposes, we’re particularly interested in their wonderful fine chocolates. They sell just about any flavor and variety of chocolately treats, and are even able to create custom gift baskets!
Or visit Schakolad Chocolate Factory to experience their “chocolates to live by.” This is a locally owned franchise that offers a large selection of chocolates, ranging from truffles to dipped strawberries and everything in between. And don’t worry! They’ve already got a wonderful Valentine’s Day selection ready for you upon arrival. If you’ve got a picky chocolate eater in your hands, you can build your own box to customize it just the way they’ll like it!
When a shop specializes in one particular product, you know it’s going to be good. Marsha’s Homemade Buckeyes sells delicious peanut butter and chocolate buckeyes, and nothing else. This traditional Ohio treat is sold online or in various stores throughout Ohio and a handful of other states. The Toledo locations include Schorling’s 5-Star Market, Stanley’s Market, Taste of Toledo, The Toledo Express Airport and The Toledo Hospital.
Coffee or Tea:
If you’re planning on getting your valentine a delectable chocolate selection from one of the abovementioned businesses, you might consider pairing them with a local coffee or tea. Grab a freshly roasted bag of whole coffee beans and some tea for those slow Saturday mornings.
One of our favorite local roasters is Actual Coffee. They are a Toledo-based coffee roaster with an emphasis on taste and sustainability, which we believe is an essential marriage in the coffee world in particular. They ensure that the farmers who grow their coffee were paid good money for their work and hope to raise awareness about ethically grown and traded coffees around the globe. So buying a bag of their coffee for Valentine’s Day will make a bigger impact than simply providing caffeine for your loved one’s workweek.
You can find bags of fresh Actual Coffee beans at The Flying Joe, Flatlands Coffee, Bleak House Coffee and Walt Churchill’s Market. And while you’re at these places (and other locations in surrounding areas), grab a cup of freshly brewed coffee for yourself!
Interested in The Flying Joe? Drive there.
Never been to Flatlands Coffee? Check it out in person.
Curious about Bleak House Coffee? Follow the map.
What is Walt Churchill’s Market? Find out!
So maybe your valentine isn’t a coffee drinker. First of all, you might want to kindly suggest that they get that checked out. Secondly, we have an alternative option in the meantime!
Might we suggest a loose leaf tea (or two) from Wild Orchid Teas? Peruse their black teas, green teas, special teas and more, and choose the kind that smells the best! Don’t forget to throw in one of their tea prep accessories to perfectly complete the package.
As cliché as it may feel, you really can’t go wrong with a gorgeous, lush bouquet of flowers on Valentine’s Day. There are several local florists in the area that we are particularly fond of because of their focus on providing quality products and excellent service.
Bartz Viviano provides full-service floral and gift delivery, featuring same-day service. However, they are sure to be busy on Valentine’s Day so don’t procrastinate your order too long. Peruse their Valentine’s Day selection to find the bundle that fits your style and price range!
Stop by The Flower Market Florist for a wide selection of flowers to complete your romantic weekend. Their Love and Romance selection has gorgeous bouquets to choose from, and for very reasonable prices!
Glendale Flowers and Gifts is a family-owned and operated business offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts. Check out their Valentine’s Day selection and order as soon as possible to get the best stems available!
Maybe you want to go big this Valentine’s Day with something a little bit more special. It’s not too late to stop by one of the following jewelers to get expert advice on selecting the perfect piece of jewelry for your valentine.
Explore the collections of bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings at David Fairclough Fine Jewelers to wow your sweetheart this year. Or take a look at their luxurious watches. A woman can never have enough jewelry and a man can always add another watch to his collection!
Stop by J. Foster Jewelers at Franklin Park Mall to see some gorgeous jewelry in person. Ask an associate for assistance in choosing the perfect piece to gift this Valentine’s Day. Feel free to peruse their selection ahead of time to get an idea of what you’re interested in looking at!
Because of its service to the Toledo area for over 50 years, you can trust Jensen Jewelers with all of your jewelry needs, from selection to onsite repair. This family-owned business has an ever-changing inventory of rings, necklaces and jewelry ensembles that is worth checking out in person.
Taste of Toledo Gift Basket:
Keep things extra local with a Taste of Toledo gift basket for your valentine! Choose from one of their Toledo or Ohio gift baskets filled with a variety of delicious foods from all over the area. This is the best way to grab selections of fine, local products all in one convenient location. And you may be relieved to find out that the wrapping is done for you! If you live close to their Perrysburg location, they can deliver locally, or you can order it online to be shipped.
Maybe buying another candle, mug or piece of jewelry is going against your valentine’s goal to declutter in 2016. The perfect solution for this dilemma is to gift an experience rather than a tangible item. This also happens to make for an easy last-minute option, as it simply involves picking up a gift card and a tiny ounce of creativity and care in presenting the gift.
You can benefit as well from a premier couple’s massage at Serenity Health and Wellness Center in Maumee. You can purchase two 60-minute massages for $149, and add an infrared sauna treatment for $25 more. Enjoy their upscale décor, a stone wall, fireplace, fountain, aromatherapy and complementary peppermint foot rubs. This is a relaxing retreat your loved one (and you!) will look forward to experiencing in the future.
Have your valentine open a hefty gift card to a local restaurant for an upcoming date night. Or make reservations at one of these places for Valentine’s Day dinner! Consider Registry Bistro, Mac + Tong’s or The Beirut. A glass of wine, meaningful conversation, wonderful food and a decadent dessert is all you need to express your love.
Or skip out of town (but not too far!) for a romantic getaway at the Belamere Suites Hotel in Perrysburg. In fact, TripAdvisor ranked it the 10th Most Romantic Hotel in the United States! Their rates range from $159 to $409, depending on the date and type of suite. So put together a creative way to announce the upcoming getaway for them to open on Valentine’s Day. The anticipation for the retreat will be so exciting for you and your valentine!
What last-minute Valentine’s Day ideas do you have?
However, we understand if you’re running around too much to comment…
PHOTOS COURTESY OF: Maumee Valley Chocolate and Candy, Merchant Circle, Marsha’s Homemade Buckeyes, Actual Coffee, Wild Orchid Teas, David Fairclough Jewelers, Taste of Toledo, Serenity Health and Wellness Center and Belamere Suites Hotel