The good news: You still have one more day to find a Valentine's Day gift.
The bad news: A box of chocolates and a waffle maker just aren't going to cut it anymore.
Especially in this day and digital age, when your significant other is expecting something more significant on the most commercially romantic day of the year.
I've since learned my lesson and started scouting for last-minute Valentine's gift ideas that won't give off the impression they were bought at the last minute. Here are my finds:
FOR THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER: Love Bunnies Ring Holder
Where: Urban Outfitters
Love is blind but marriage is a real eye-opener - especially around Valentine's Day. After the first two years of nuptial bliss, you realize that you've run out of gift ideas. Instead of just buying her jewelry, the Love Bunnies Ring Holder gives her a place to put her jewelry. The only problem is - you'll never have an excuse for misplacing your wedding ring again.
FOR THE GEEK OF HEART: USB/Wi-Fi Cufflinks
Guys don't just like to give, we also like to receive. These polished silver cufflinks hide a USB drive that offers 2GB of storage and Wi-fi hotspot capability. Your man will feel suave like 007 and insist on taking you somewhere nice on Valentine's Day just so he can wear a tuxedo with the cufflinks.
FOR THE FORGETFUL: HP Envy 110 e-All-in-One
A printer such as the HP Envy 110 might not seem like the most romantic Valentine's Day gift - but it could be a lifesaver for many years to come if you are often forgetful. No need to scramble to the Dollar Store for a last-second Valentine's card when you can simply print out a personalized greeting on a high-quality printer that gives you access to HP Creative Studio, a free tool that gives users the opportunity to design, edit and publish custom-print projects at the touch of a button.
You can even be creative and print out personalized "Love Coupons" that offer your lover discounts such as "2 for 1 Massage. Happy ending not included." (Make sure to put a non-transferable disclaimer.)
FOR THE HEARTLESS: My Beating Heart Stress Relief Pillow
Is your lover stressed out? Have a heart-to-heart with them and sooth their nerves with these plush pillows that vibrate with a special rhythmic heartbeat. Every time you turn it on, an entirely unique heartbeat rhythm is created. The pillow algorithmically models your heartbeat in a deep meditative state. There's even an auto shut-off mechanism if you fall asleep.
FOR THE MUSIC LOVERS: Splitterbot Headphone Sharing Robot
Price: $10 (can be haggled down to $8)
Where: Pacific Mall, Scarborough
Let's say you like someone but you aren't ready to take that next intimate step -- sharing your earphones. This little robot lets you share your favourite love songs from your iPhone- without also sharing earwax. It's not as romantic as John Cusack in Say Anything holding a boombox over his head, blaring In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel - but then again, no V-Day gift can be as personal as a mix tape, not even a well-intentioned waffle maker.
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