3 V-Day presents you can buy on the way home

Aw, crap! It’s Valentine’s Day!

All of the restaurants are booked. That concert she’s been hinting about for months is sold out. Not even Amazon can save you now.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been working really hard or you’re known for your forgetfulness, Valentine’s Day is a holiday of zero excuses. If you don’t want to spend tonight on the sofa, try to find these last-minute gifts you can snap up on your drive home from work.

  1. Veuve Clicquot yellow label champagne

This stuff isn’t cheap, but you can’t afford to pinch pennies today. In fact, because Veuve Clicquot runs about $50 a bottle, there might actually be some left at BevMo, nicer grocery stores or maybe even Costco. Veuve Clicquot tastes delicious, but the secret ingredient is its social media posting power. A photo shot of the label posted on Instagram tells the world, “my Valentine spoils me.” And that’s really all anybody wants on Valentine’s Day.

  1. KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Stand Mixer

KitchenAid stand mixers are iconic kitchen appliances. If your sweetie watches a lot of cooking shows on TV and doesn’t have one of these, you’re in luck. Yes, they’re pricey – anywhere from $200 to $400 depending upon where you find them and which model you buy. But if you wanted to save money, you would have planned ahead. And like Veuve Clicquot, this gift is fancy enough to brag about on social media. Consider yourself lucky if you can find one at Target, Fry’s Electronics or Kohl’s. Be prepared: they come in several different colors. Which color should you get? If you have no idea, make sure you get a gift receipt.

  1. Sunglass Hut gift certificate

Nothing makes a woman feel more like Beyoncé than a pair of fierce shades. Most people would love to have a pair of expensive designer sunglasses, but would never spoil themselves by spending that kind of money. Which is why this gift is perfect for the clod who forgot today is Valentine’s Day. There are more than 1,500 Sunglass Hut stores in the U.S., so chances are, there’s one within driving distance. When you get there, don’t be a cheapskate. Sunglasses really cost $300? Yes, they do. You know what costs more? A divorce.

Whatever you do, don’t swing by the supermarket on the way home and think some raggedy roses and a standard box of candy will cut it. Your Valentine might smile sweetly and say thank you, but when she shares tonight’s details with her friends tomorrow, you’ll get a big fat #fail. If you come home with one of these three gifts, you’ll be #winning instead.

 

Heather Anderson

Heather Anderson

Heather Anderson covers consumer financial news for CUInsight.com, offering readers tips on budgeting, setting and achieving financial goals, and developing a healthy relationship with money. She is co-founder of ... Web: www.financialfeed.com Details

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