Valentine’s Day is just days away, which means that if you’ve got absolutely nothing planned, you’re completely f**ked.
Luckily for you, we’ve created this foolproof gift guide containing great, thoughtful, and affordable items that will keep your lapse of memory and lack of urgency a secret.
A coral lipstick
Living Coral is this year’s pantone color of the year, and every girl is dying to have coral-colored makeup in their kits. Scour the beauty stores online and around the city for a beautiful coral lippie your girlfriend will absolutely love!
If you’ve got no clue where to get one, we suggest these lippies from affordable yet high-quality local brands: Milkshake Fluffmatte from Sunnies Face, Flirty BLK Velvet Lip Cream from BLK Cosmetics, Off SHE Goes from SHE Cosmetics, and Hali Colourglaze from Colourette Cosmetics.
A spa treat at I’M Onsen Spa
Nothing beats treating your special someone to a well-deserved pampering session. Help take all her stress and worries away with a relaxing spa date at one of the best wellness centers around the city — I’m Hotel.
Avail of the I’M Onsen Spa couples treatment at PHP 8,000 nett, which will include a private steam treatment, a chocolate body scrub, a full body Aromassage and Japanese facial, and a buffet for two at The Common Good. You’ll also get to take home some sweet freebies!
A roadtrip to Pinto Art Museum or a surprise visit to National Museum of Natural History
Why not spend the day taking in local art and culture during the National Arts Month? Surprise your date with a spontaneous drive to Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo, or to the recently-opened National Museum of Natural History in Pasay City? And if you want to take it a little further, you can purchase tickets for two to the upcoming Art Fair Philippines on February 22 to 24!
Sweet Valentine’s desserts from M Bakery
No one can ever resist delectable pastries and desserts for Valentine’s Day! When you pick her up before your date, make sure to surprise her right away with a box of freshly baked, swoon-worthy treats from M Bakery. Choose among its special Valentine’s Day desserts, including Icebox Cakes, cupcakes, confetti cookies, and whoopie pies!
Simple yet elegant jewelry
Jewelry isn’t always as luxe and lavish as you think; there are plenty of local brands where you can find timeless and elegant pieces that fit your budget perfectly! Here’s a tip: go for either a necklace or a couple of rings.
An indoor plant
Help liven up your girlfriend’s workspace with a patch of greenery! Indoor plants are low cost and low maintenance and packed with a lot of physical and emotional benefits.
Toblerone Chocolate with your own special note
Chocolates may sound like too generic a gift, but not if it’s given with a sweet message. Surprise your girl with a limited edition Toblerone Blank Pack featuring the pretty art of Solenn Heusaff and Nico Bolzico and a blank space for you to write your heartfelt and nakakakilig love letter. She will definitely appreciate this simple yet thoughtful gift!
Marie Kondo’s books
Everyone has started to jump into the Marie Kondo craze ever since her Netflix series launched and changed our lives drastically. If your girlfriend is one of those changed by the KonMari Method of tidying up, give her the gift of any (or all) of Marie Kondo’s books! Whether or not she’s into reading, this gift will be fully appreciated.
What emergency, last-minute gifts have you bought or made in the past that you got away with? Share them in the comments section below!