Planning a special delivery for a special someone this Valentine’s Day?
If you’re playing Cupid this season, make sure you’ve got good aim (i.e. your valentine arrives on time). If you’re ordering from a store, it’s best to place your order before Feb. 9 for standard shipping. You'll have to pay priority or express shipping fees for orders placed between Feb. 9 and 13.
Also, many retailers are offering discounts for placing your orders early – while still having your gifts delivered on or around Valentine’s Day.
From flowers to chocolates to gifts, here’s your guide to planning the perfect Valentine’s Day surprise (and saving money, too).
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Red roses are classically romantic. But, paired with chocolate? That’s extra sweet. The two dozen roses combo with a box of Harry London chocolates is a sure way to make your Valentine swoon. You can choose a delivery date between Feb. 8 and Feb. 14 for your gift. Two Dozen Red Roses With Red Vase And Chocolates, $86.99, 1800flowers.com
Send a sweet treat
Send your valentine a gift at work prior to Feb. 14. V-day falls on a Sunday this year. You can save big by sending early (plus, who doesn’t love getting a surprise delivery at work?). FTD is running a “Valentine’s preview sale” where you can save $5, $10 or $20 on gifts. These juicy strawberries dipped in melted chocolate have a hint of champagne flavoring and are decorated with gold and shimmery sugar and are on major sale. Half Dozen Pink Champagne Strawberries, $24.99, FTD.com
Send a fruit bouquet
Send a different kind of bouquet this year. Fruit bouquets from Edible Arrangements are a sweet way to say “I love you.” This Delicious Celebration with Dipped Strawberries and Pineapple from Edible Arrangements is filled with strawberries, cantaloupe, honeydew and grapes. The real standout? Pineapple daisies and stars dipped in semisweet chocolate. Half of the strawberries are dipped in chocolate, too. Delicious Celebration Dipped Strawberries and Pineapple, starting at $63, Ediblearrangements.com
Dinner for two
Light the candles and stay in for a romantic dinner for two. Let Harry & David do all the meal prep. Just order what you’d like and allow two days for shipping. On the delectable Valentine’s menu? Lobster for two with chocolate sin cake. Lobster Dinner for Two, $99.99, Harryanddavid.com