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Valentine’s Day is this Thursday! If this comes as news to you, worry not. Here are my top five last-minute Valentine’s Day presents to gift your crush or significant other this 14th.
#1: Homemade Chocolate
Whether you want to make traditional chocolates, a chocolate cake or chocolate brownies, homemade chocolate is a classic Valentine’s Day staple. There are lots of quick and easy recipes online, and I will be implementing this one this year.
#2: Handwritten Card and Flowers
I am personally not a fan of the corporate-y cards that you can buy from the drugstore. They are cheesy, mass-produced and fail to capture the essence of real interpersonal relationships. You can bypass this issue by making your sweetie a handwritten card that includes all of your inside jokes and favorite things about them. You can also design the card yourself, and even if you aren’t the most artistic of people, your little doodles will surely be appreciated. Oh yeah, and throw some flowers in, too, because flowers are nice.
#3: Something Creative
Are you musically inclined? Write your crush a song and perform it for them. Good at pottery? Make them a mug. Amazing painter? Paint them a canvas piece. Creative gifts are personal and customizable, making them great options for Valentine’s Day.
#4: Make a Nice Dinner
Make your Valentine their favorite meal, unless if that meal is something lame, such as hotdogs or tuna sandwiches. In that case, make lasagna or some sort of pasta. I personally love the lasagna recipe from the Thug Kitchen 101 book. Serve it with wine and light candles, because this isn’t just an ordinary dinner, it’s ~romantic~.
#5: Give a Massage
When I say massage, I mean a nice and long massage. I also must add a disclaimer to first gauge your relationship with the person, as they may not be comfortable with you massaging them if things are still in the newer stages. Also, not everyone likes massages (I know, strange, right?). If you both feel comfortable with the idea of a massage, use some massage oil. You can find this at your local drugstore. There are different scents and sensations available (lavender, warming). Be warned, if you do this once, your person will likely ask for this service every chance they get.
I hope that this list might prove useful to you slackers this love season. Happy Valentine’s Day, guys!