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Did you forget what day it is? Last-minute Valentine's Day gifts (14 items)

By , Deseret News

Feb. 13, 2014

Valentine's Day is one of those holidays that tends to sneak up on people. Although paper hearts and boxes of chocolates have been on the shelves since January, sometimes life gets busy and people forget to plan a way to express their love and gratitude to loved ones.

Here is a list of last-minute gift ideas sure to make your sweetie feel like you have been planning their surprise for weeks.

1 of 14. Breakfast in bed

Most people think Valentine's Day has to be an evening event — reservations for dinner at a swanky restaurant, a night out, etc. However, some schedules aren't very accommodating to night activities, so why not surprise your significant other with breakfast instead? Make sure to do the whole works and get bonus points with a couple of flowers in a vase.

2 of 14. Flowers

The traditional flowers and chocolate route is something that could easily be achieved last minute. Not wanting to pay a fortune for a dozen roses? Try looking at the flower sale section in the grocery store. Sometimes you can get 10 flowers and only have to toss out two to get a really nice looking bouquet. Also, try looking for flowers at wholesale stores like Costco and Sam's Club.

3 of 14. Chocolate

Does your significant other love chocolate? Instead of opting for a simple heart box of delights, sign them up for the Chocolate of the Month club. This club has been featured on "Good Morning America," "The Early Show," "Wall Street Journal," the "TODAY" show, "USA Today" and "Extra." Memberships are available for three months, six months, a full year, or a "Chocolate of the season" club. The recipient receives a full pound of chocolate each month they're signed up for, as well as a Chocolate Lover's Newsletter and free shipping.

4 of 14. Start a love journal

An easy do-it-yourself gift that will be cherished long after the flowers have wilted, grab a journal and write on the first page why you love your Valentine. Continue writing a paragraph, or a page if you're ambitious, every day (or whenever you remember.) Next Valentine's Day, spend part of the evening rehashing what moments made you love each other more throughout the year.

5 of 14. Get a room

If you want to make the night special, plan a stay-cation. There are a lot of resources to find budget-friendly hotel options in areas that you might not visit very often. Websites such as KSL Deals, Groupon and LivingSocial have a plethora of hotel promotions all over the state, as well as coupons for activities to do on Saturday before you go home.