A New Yorker’s Guide To Last Minute Valentine’s Day Shopping

Congratulations, you already found the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day. It’s all wrapped and you just need to find that last minute “stocking stuffer” to put it over-the-top. Luckily, our Elf Squad are experts thanks to our work with Santa. Here are a few unconventional places to look for some great last minute Valentine’s Day gifts. 


This one may seem pretty basic but we are not talking about the standard heart-shaped box of candy you can get in any corner store. New York City is home to some of the finest chocolatiers and patisseries in the world. While a box of Lindt or Godiva is always nice, they will be 75% off next week at CVS. Visit  Jacques Torres, La Maison du Chocolat, MarieBelle, Li-Lac Chocolates or literally dozens of other incredible sweet shops throughout New York. You can put together your own unique box of chocolates and don’t have to worry about biting into that one weird one no one likes.


Movie ticket prices in NYC are ridiculous. It can cost over $30 for just one ticket to see a film in 3D on an IMAX screen. But for around $25 a month, you can get a movie pass that allows you to see a dozen movies instead. AMC and Regal each have their own subscription services with slightly different terms. This is a great gift because it isn’t just a night out but the promise of many date nights to come. You can purchase these passes online or in person at your local theater.

On a similar note, consider purchasing an annual membership to one of the many world-renowned museums or cultural institutions in New York. We recommend the NY Botanical Gardens since there are so many great events throughout the year, including the Holiday Train Show, which is one of our favorite Christmas events in all of New York.


This may seem like the strangest inclusion on the list, but we promise it makes sense. If you decide to avoid the craziness of fixed menus and “romantic spots” that are more crowded than the subway, Whole Foods take the guesswork out of making your own romantic dinner with their Amazon meal kits. Whole Foods also offers a great deal on roses every Valentine’s Day. Plus, if you are an Amazon Prime member, you can order everything and have it all delivered within 2 hours for free!

If you do not need the meal kit to prep a great meal or are unable to take advantage of the 2-hour delivery, Trader Joe’s is a great alternative. Not only do they have great prices on food, flowers, and chocolates, they also have some fantastic $1 Valentine’s Day Cards!


Make it up for waiting until the last minute for Valentine’s Day by getting a big jumpstart on Christmas.  We have already begun taking orders for this year, and will be happy to go over everything we offer. Honestly, what better way to show a loved one that you care than by letting them know they have one less thing to worry about during the holidays?

We offer a wide range of Christmas Trees, such as the ever-popular 6.5' Feels Like Home Pine with White Lights. We also offer Christmas Garland, Christmas Wreaths, and Christmas Light rentals. Call the Santa Line at (347) 669-1263 so one of our Elves can help make your holidays spectacular! This season don't sweat it, rent it!

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