Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Last Minute Gift Ideas for Valentine's Day

Forgot to send a dozen roses?

Orchid of the Month Club

$1050 a year

There's only one thing better than roses for a day: orchids for a year. Thanks to the folks at Beautiful Orchids, the latter is feasible. For $1050, your sweetie will enjoy 12 months of blooming potted orchids delivered to his or her door. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving.

For more information, visit www.beautifulorchids.com.

Forgot to make a reservation at Per Se?

Wine Lover's Picnic Basket for Two


A romantic--and simple--alternative to a five-star meal? A picnic under the stars. For this, Williams-Sonoma has the goods. It offers a handcrafted, varnished willow picnic basket equipped with necessary tablewear, including plates, glasses, a tablecloth and wine tote.

For more information, visit www.williams-sonoma.com

Forgot to plan a night on the town?

Once in a Lifetime Experience Gift Certificate

$100 to $125,000

New Jersey-based Xperience Days offers adventures from the heart-racing (race car driving) to the relaxing (dinner cruise) to the utterly indulgent (couples massage). Consider an Xperience gift certificate, which will enable your sweetie to select his or her activity of choice. Helicopter ride, anyone?

For more information, visit www.xperiencedays.com.

Forgot to bake something special?

Bake Me a Wish! Cake

$25 to $40 (plus $15 for shipping)

Feel free to remove that apron; this New York bakery will be doing the heavy lifting this Valentine's Day. Bake Me a Wish! will also deliver an array of cake options from red velvet to chocolate mousse next door or across the country. What's more, 5% of all online cake purchases will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

For more information, visit www.bakemeawish.com.

Forgot to book a trip to Hawaii?

Everest Globe


Another creative option: a globe. Just think, you and your Valentine can map out that romantic trip together. National Geographic has just the one, thanks to its skilled team of cartographers, woodworkers, brass engravers and mother-of-pearl artisans. The only glitch: there are only 250 hand-blown crystal globes for sale, so you better snag this collector's item fast.

For more information, visit www.everestglobe.com.

Forgot to book a room at the Ritz?

Leron Linens

$1385 (king top sheet, case and sham)

Who needs to seek luxury elsewhere when you can enjoy it in the comfort of your own home? That's where the linen connoisseurs at Leron come in. Among their high-end offerings: a set of hand-embroidered, 400-count Egyptian cotton linens. Added bonus: this gift is guaranteed to keep you and your sweetie in bed.

For more information, visit www.leron.com.

Forgot to pick up a bottle of Bordeaux?

Wine of the Month Club

$599.90 a year

Consider instead Igourmet's Wine of the Month Club. This way your Valentine can enjoy not one, but two bottles of wine delivered to his or her house each month. While the color choice is yours, igourmet's wine connoisseurs will select the vineyards, bottles and themes each month. They'll also lend their expertise with food and cheese pairing suggestions.

For more information, visit igourmet.com.

Forgot to create a hand-made card?

Scrap Chic Customized Scrapbook

$75 and up

Creativity can be outsourced, thanks to Scrap Chic Boutique. Just e-mail in your pictures, and the staff at the Georgia-based boutique will do the rest (think stickers, stamps and ribbons galore). The result: a very happy Valentine (and very little work).

For more information, visit www.scrapchicboutique.com.

Forgot to buy his dream car?

Luxury Car Membership Company

$3,500 to $11,500 per year

With Club Sportiva, your Valentine will have options: a Bentley one day, a Ferrari the next. And with more than 20 different luxury cars available, he or she will revel in the ultimate driving experience without the hassles (or cost) of ownership. In addition, the car club organizes member road rallies and events, among other VIP services.

For more information, visit www.clubsportiva.com.

Forgot to buy a box of Godiva?

Eleni's Conversation Heart Cookies


Eh, chocolates are cliché anyway. Another option is Eleni's conversation heart cookies. For just under $60, you'll get 15 hand-iced sugar cookies with sweetheart phrases like "Yours truly," "Be Mine" and "Hug Me." One word: yum!

For more information, visit www.elenis.com.