Between work, family, friends and the general pace of life, it’s easy for time to get away from you. Before you know it, it’s your loved ones birthday, Valentine’s Day or an anniversary and you don’t have a gift. Fortunately, there are gifts available for your sweetheart that don’t require advanced planning. Try some of these last minute gift ideas and you’ll be sure to make their heart melt.
Wine of the Month Club
The Vineyard Wine Shop
Hours: Mon – Sat 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun 10:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Even if special someone is not a sommelier, this is a great gift for anyone who appreciates a good bottle of wine. Available in six and 12-month packages, the recipient will receive a bottle of wine delivered on a monthly basis. Bottles are packaged with informative cards and come with a monthly copy of Wine Press magazine, which lists future tastings and events. This is a great way to sample new flavors and brands that you may not have tried before. It is also a good excuse to sit down to a romantic dinner once a month.
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Tickets to a Sporting Event
The Pepsi Center Box Office
Hours: Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Gifts don’t always need to be material. Spending time with your loved one at the game is a fun and exciting date. Sporting events are great places to have a good time in a setting where you can still talk to one another. Here in Colorado, we have no shortage of sporting events. Buy tickets to a game and savor the excitement of the crowd. This time of year is the midst of hockey and basketball seasons, so there are plenty of events to choose from. Buy tickets for a game later in the month to give your date something to look forward to.
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Gift Certificates to the Spa
Spa Vital at Pura Vida
Hours: Mon – Thurs 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Fri – Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
There is nothing better than a relaxing massage to help loosen up and ease tension. If she’s been working really hard this past year, send her to the spa. Most spas will offer a variety of services such as massages, facials, manicures and body treatments. Treatments can usually be purchased individually, or package deals may be available. Services are usually tiered as well and are priced depending on the type and length of service.
A Home Cooked Dinner
Marcyzk Fine Foods
Horus: Mon – Sat 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Forget to make a reservation and now your favorite restaurant is all booked up? Fortunately, there is an endless supply of amazing recipes at your disposal. Logon to your favorite recipe website, find one worthy of a five-star restaurant and cook it for him or her at home. There are specialty gourmet grocery stores in Denver where you can pick up the ingredients and even a tip or two from the staff. If you’ve burned your romantic dinner, there are premade gourmet dinners that you can pick up and take home. As a bonus, you won’t even have to worry about noisy restaurant crowds, and you can snuggle up on the couch and watch a movie when you’re done.
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Fifth Avenue Designs
Hours: Mon – Sat 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Nothing screams I love you like jewelry. Even at the 11th hour, there is always something nice that you can buy for her. A nice pair of earrings, fashion rings or a necklace is a great way to say, “I love you.” Available in many colors and sizes, jewelry is an easy way to give her something personal that will sparkle and perk up any outfit. Plus, she can wear it and think of you. If you find the prospect of picking out a piece of jewelry daunting, or if you don’t want to give the wrong impression, keep it simple. Stick with a simple pair of diamond studs or a gemstone necklace. Simple pieces of jewelry are elegant and easy to pair with almost anything.
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Alaina Brandenburger is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.