Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas in the Twin Cities

Procrastination is fine if you’re just picking up some flowers and chocolates from the grocer, but if you want to salvage some creativity cred, here are a few ideas that can still be winning in the heart of your loved one.

Creative confections

The Cookie Creative will be on hand with a pop-up shop at West Elm Edina with valentinesy treats both unique and beautiful. Grab some cookies and pair it with something luxurious for the home, like a jewelry box, planter, velvet duvet, or candle.

The Cookie Creative @ West Elm Edina, Feb 11th from 11am-3pm.

Plan a date…for the future

Skip the prix fix dinner menus on actual Valentine’s Day and give a gift of a future plan to your loved one. Line up the babysitter and make a reservation for somewhere you’ve never been a few months in advance, like the newly revamped Alma, Spoon & Stable, or Burch Steak and Pizza Bar. Trust us, these dining experiences are worth the wait and with the holiday on a Tuesday, an even better excuse to wait.

Make no reservation look like it was on purpose

Restaurants like Tilia, Pizzeria Lola and Revival don’t take reservations and are some of the hottest dining spots in the Twin Cities. Head out right after work and get an early seat. It will all appear all on purpose…

Go homemade, with help

Stop at one of four metro locations of Paper Source and get a DIY kit for cute homemade valentines that kids, teachers, co-workers, “palentines” and partners will all appreciate. While you’re there, browse their selection of valentine’s gifts like hugging mugs and strawberry champagne lollipops.

Food is the way to their heart

Any foodie or aspiring home chef loves a gift of high-end cooking essentials like exotic oils, vinegars and salts. Head to The Golden Fig in St Paul and pick from a selection of exclusively Midwest produced; artisan foods, cookbooks, candles, doggie treats and skin care.

Donuts for the win

Ditch the cliché roses at the office (not to mention the premium price to have them delivered) and bring a box of donuts to his or her workplace. Not only will you surprise your loved one, but their coworkers will love you too. Here are some suggested locales around the metro: Glam Doll Donuts, A Bakers Wife, Bogarts Doughnut Co., Mel-O-Glaze Bakery, Puffy Cream Donuts Plus, Mojo Monkey Donuts, YoYo Donuts.

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