MERIDEN — You just remembered it’s Valentine’s Day and your favorite restaurant is all booked. Fear not — here’s six last minute Valentine’s Day ideas.
1) Chocolate, flowers, and a card
Dating coach Ronnie Ann Ryan said you can’t go wrong keeping Valentine’s Day simple with a box of chocolates, flowers, and a card.
“If you do those three things and do it nicely, you’re golden, because it’s really about the thought….even if you are getting prepared last minute,” Ryan said.
While florists such as Rose Flowers & Gifts in Meriden will be accepting walk-in’s, be forewarned that there may be a wait. “Last year (the line) was out the door,” said owner Nicole Anastasio.
A standard bouquet of roses in a vase will run you about $75 at Rose’s. If roses are beyond your budget, consider alternative seasonal flowers, like tulips.
“Other flowers can be really nice and give you the feeling of spring,” Ryan said.
2) Movie date
A romantic night at the movies could be a great way to relax and have fun with your partner. Wallingford’s Holiday Stadium 10 Cinema General Manager Jay Czlapinfski said the theater is anticipating a big turnout for Fifty Shades Freed, the latest installment of the Fifty Shades franchise.
While buying tickets ahead of time is always a good idea, Czlapinfski said there will likely be tickets available at the box office.
3) Think “outside” the box
If you are looking to do something a little different, consider an outdoor activity — a scenic hike along the linear trail in Cheshire, ice skating, or night skiing at Mount Southington.
With temperatures expected to be close to 50 degrees, holding hands and walking a local hiking trail could be very romantic.
Mount Southington General Manager Jay Dougherty said taking your partner skiing at night is a unique way to spend the evening.
“It’s romantic, under the stars,” Dougherty said. Lift tickets at Mount Southington are $35 for night sessions, which run from 6 to 10 p.m..
4) Get a gift for later
Instead of throwing something together last minute, think of a gift you and your partner could enjoy at a later date, such as a spa reservation, college basketball or hockey tickets, or a concert.
“Some people want gifts of time so you could say ‘we will go to a play together, or a concert,’ and you can still make plans even if you can’t use it right away,” Ryan said. “That is still often very appreciated because you are doing something you know that person likes. It’s very thoughtful.”
5) A special home cooked meal or take out
If you aren’t usually the one to cook, preparing a delicious home-cooked meal of your partner’s favorite comfort food might just be the ticket to their heart. Just putting in the effort, even if it is not perfect, can go a long way.
Can’t cook? Take out is also an option.
“Dinner and a movie at home — if it’s not something you do all the time, could be fun,” Ryan said.
6) Personalized coupon book
For those with a tight budget, but a little extra time, making a personalized coupon book could be a great gift. Create a booklet of coupons for services your partner will appreciate later on.
“Things like free back rubs, car washes…is the person telling you that these are the ways they are going to share their time with you,” Ryan said. “Those are very cute and heartfelt.”
Versions of coupon books are also available in book stores, Ryan said. Learn more about Ryan at her website, nevertoolate.biz.