Five Last Minute Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Photo by John Hritz
We urge to think, quite literally, outside of this box.
Yeah, yeah, we know. "Valentine's Day is stupid! A manufactured holiday designed to sell stuff! If you love someone you should show them every day!" Blah, blah, blah! Celebrate, or don't, but for those who do--and who are scrambling for gift ideas--we have some suggestions.

For starters, if your S.O. isn't into flowers or candy, skip the flowers and candy--they're too generic for someone who doesn't really like either. We looked around Houston and found a few better options than a box of Whitman's and a bouquet of gas station flowers.

It Looks Good on Paper

How about a journal, with a love poem in your hand inscribed on inside cover or front page? PH Design Shop over in Rice Village has lots of super-cute, unique paper gifts (it might be a little late for bespoke stationary)--and one of the owners' last names is Valentine. So, that's kind of perfect.

Love Takes Root

Cut flowers aren't everyone's cup of tea, especially if they love actual, live, growing things. So why not try a potted plant or flower that will grow and bloom throughout the year? Orchids are a beautiful choice, and they have a bad reputation for being tough to grow. Check out this slideshow of ten, easy-to-grow orchids.


There are a lot of fabulous hotels in Houston, so if you can't manage an extended vacation a weekend at right here in the city--Hotel Zaza, Hotel Sorella, or The St. Regis, to name a few--might just hit the spot. Throw in dinner and a spa treatment or two to round out the romance factor.

Bring Forth New ... Food

Time together is, in and of itself, a gift. Cooking classes are fun, and they are offered all over the city at restaurants and markets (think Haven, Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen, Central Market). Not a culinary couple? How about a class or lecture at MFAH?

Beautiful Music, Together

Tickets to a show you're both dying to see makes for one of the most perfect gifts for Valentine's Day--or any occasion, really. Check out the music calendars at Fitzgerald's, House of Blues, or McGonigal's Mucky Duck for cool shows to help you woo your lover.

Location Info


Hotel Zaza

5701 Main, Houston, TX

Category: General

Hotel Sorella - CityCentre

800 W. Sam Houston Parkway N., Houston, TX

Category: General

The St. Regis Houston

1919 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, TX

Category: General

Haven - CLOSED

2502 Algerian Way, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen

6401 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Central Market

3815 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: General

Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston

1001 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX

Category: General


2706 White Oak, Houston, TX

Category: Music

House of Blues

1204 Caroline, Houston, TX

Category: Music

McGonigel's Mucky Duck

2425 Norfolk, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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