04 Feb 5 HEARTFELT IDEAS FOR LAST-MINUTE VALENTINE’S DAY SHOPPERS
DON’T BE THAT GUY (OR GIRL)
Have you forgotten to get any reservations for dinner or limo service for Valentine’s Day? While there’s a chance you still might be able to score some Your Perfect Atlantic City Night Out or a table at Michael’s in Manhattan, last-minute shoppers certainly run the risk they’ll come up empty-handed.
Here’s our line of thinking: There’s little value in thoughtless gifts. It’s better to surprise your sweetheart with the promise of an amazing date night down the road than to give him or her a box of chocolates you clearly bought on clearance just hours before. If you’ve failed thus far to reserve a babysitter, a table at the best restaurant, or tickets to the Barclays Center, push your date night out a week or two and enjoy the fact you can look forward to reconnecting. We’ve compiled 5 ideas for last-minute gifts that are bound to leave a really big impression:
1. TICKETS TO THE BARCLAYS CENTER
If you haven’t made the trip to Brooklyn for an evening of professional sports or serious entertainment, make 2013 the year you have your inaugural evening at Barclays. The 18,000-seat venue has some fabulous concerts and games planned for late February and March. Consider buying seats to watch the Brooklyn Nets go up against the Memphis Grizzlies February 24, or scoring a spot for the three-night engagement of Swedish House Mafia March 2–4. Keep in mind that parking at the Barclays Center is extremely scarce and spaces in areas around the venue are just as limited. Reserve a full-evening affair, complete with dinner reservations at a great Brooklyn restaurant and door-to-door chauffeured transportation service.
2. A DAY OF BLISS
Spa days aren’t just for girls, and your sweetheart is bound to love a gift certificate to use at a local facility. Consider purchasing a gift certificate through the Mandarin Oriental New York’s hotel spa, widely considered to be among the best facilities in the New York metro area. Every guest is offered a personalized consultation in the Spa’s Oriental Tea Room, where they can plan out the best treatments for their time there with a consulting therapist.
3. LONG ISLAND LIMO WINE TOURS
Surprise your significant other with a gift certificate for an upcoming day of sampling pinot noirs and Burgundys at some stellar Long Island vineyards. If you’re struggling to come up with an itinerary, check with your local Long Island limo vendor about deals and ideas for the perfect day out. This gift is perfectly applicable for nearly anyone with a passion for local cuisine, small businesses, or wines. As a bonus, if they choose to redeem the opportunity in the winter months, they can enjoy smaller crowds at many local wineries that offer tastings year-round.
We all need to get away once in awhile. Even if your budget or schedules don’t allow a week’s escape to Bermuda, you still deserve at least 24 hours away from your iPhone. Check with local Long Island bed & breakfasts for availability, and book an upcoming weekend to enjoy some alone time together. Many offer steep discounts to off-season guests between November and March, so there’s no better time to “get away” from it all.
5. LIMO SERVICE
If you’re still struggling to come up with the perfect date, let your partner choose your date night. Purchase a gift certificate for an evening of Long Island limo service, wrapped up with a redeemable coupon for dinner at a restaurant of their choice. Sometimes, the most thoughtful gift is letting someone else know that you’re looking forward to spending time together.