Hello, Valentine’s Day –– we meet again. I’ve never been a huge Valentine’s Day girl. I mean, don’t get me wrong –– I used to love in grade school when it was a free for all as far as eating chocolate, hoping that my crush was going to suddenly come to their senses and love me, and all of the pre-bought store notes from classmates that were required, not warranted. However, in adulthood, I’ve certainly found myself on the more cynical side of the Valentine’s Day equation. I mean, how many burpees do I need to do to work off an entire heart filled with chocolates? And why is the ratio of good chocolates to nasty, cherry goop filled chocolates so askew? Also, why can’t I just go ahead and buy my own chocolates if I have to blatantly remind my husband that it’s Valentine’s Day anyway? Sigh.

Regardless of my battle with Hallmark’s favorite day in February, it is a day of love. And what’s not to like about that? Whether it’s love for a galantine, a significant other, yourself, or the world in general, it’s still a good day to make someone else feel good. Pause for panic because it’s tomorrow. Then, don’t worry too much, because I’ve got you. If you find yourself empty handed on Valentine’s Eve, here are some quick-turnaround ideas for places to snag  a little something something for someone (whoever that might be):

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You might not be sure what The Chocolate House is about, but when you come across their slogan, you’ll know it’s something good: “Chocolate is the answer! Who cares what the question is!” The Chocolate House is a collection of chocolate enthusiasts, and a store that collects and offers artisan chocolate from bean to bar chocolate makers around the world. It’s a Valentine’s Day procrastinators dream come true. Some things you might snag here include a truffle box, tickets to a truffle making class, or a truffle subscription.


If you’ve never set foot inside Urban Dwell, just imagine the perfect shop for a last minute gift giving frenzy. This shop solidifies the notion that you don’t need to know what to get, you just need to know where to go –– and here, they have something for almost anybody. Think trendy, a little kitschy, and a lot of random options (like candles, DC-themed prints, succulents), plus a fine selection of cards – and not the boring kind!


If you’re Valentine’s Day shopping for a proper adult, let me let you in on a little secret: adults love plants. A little bit of cuteness, sprinkled with a touch of responsibility, and the air of sophistication –– they love ‘em! Little Leaf is a local DC shop where you can grab a potted plant, a succulent, a cute hanger, or truly almost any type of green to brighten your guy or gal’s day.

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Whether you need an idea for some self-love, or just want to make someone else in your life feel pampered, nothing says “treat yo’ self” better than an excuse to go to the spa. The Argentta is a modern spa with rave reviews that offers the “most innovative treatments and wildly glamorous service.” If anyone in my life who wants to shower me with love is reading this, let me take a moment to say this: Yes, please. Here, you could make an appointment for a future date, schedule a couple’s massage, or just give a gift certificate so they can pick their own treat.

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  • A class at CulinAerie: The Pinnacle of Food & Wine Instruction

CulinAerie is a local recreational cooking school offering individual and couples classes. It incorporates food (which let’s be real, everyone loves), wine, and making memories with friends, family, and loved ones. It’s made for gifting. An idea here would be booking a future class with your hunny or giving them a gift certificate. Their date night class on Valentine’s Day is already sold out, but some in the future would make a great gift worth looking forward to:

Date Night: Vietnam (make Banh Mi, Grilled Lemongrass Pork Loin with Rice Noodle, and Mung Bean Dessert)

Date Night: Spring Food & Wine Pairing (make Frisee Salad with Goat Cheese, Citrus, and Bacon Vinaigrette, Grilled Lamb with Mint Chimichurri and Pea Risotto and Mascarpone Mousse with Berries)


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