Three last minute ideas to save your Valentine's Day

The signs that love is in the air are everywhere, yet, some people do not heed the message and must come up with a last-minute gift for their Valentine.

Luckily, several local businesses are willing to help.

Send a sweet message

Sweets are a great way to show love. However, a box of chocolates is not very original. Cookie Text in Yorktown, bakes and delivers homemade cookies with a personal message.

While there is no store, if ordered online by 9 p.m., the gift will be delivered in the local area (from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach) the next day, said Jeanne Fiocca, founder of Cookie Text.

It is a chance to send a personal message and even share an inside joke, she said.There are six different cookie flavors from chocolate chip to peanut butter. Balloons can be included as well.

“You can order a cookie with a personal message and three balloons for less than $50 delivered. And our prices do not increase because of Valentine’s Day,” Fiocca said.

Prices range from $25-$55; or more information and to order visit

Start with a hot bath

Merle Norman Boutique and Bags in Williamsburg is the place to shop for a unique gift.

They guide the gift seeker with personal service.

Diane Webb, owner of the 17-year-old shop, recommended the line of body washes and body scrubs that can be personalized.

“We ask a few questions so that we can figure what the person receiving it really likes,” she said.

There is a large selection of unique and colorful Laurel Burch umbrellas and scarfs, Webb said.

In addition, the store has consigned designer handbags and locally made earrings.

For the last-minute shopper, they wrap gifts as well.

The store is in the Monticello Marketplace. For more information visit

Spa day

The Williamsburg Salt Spa offers relaxation in a salt cave, massage services, two float tanks and a gift shop.

Owner Aga Drygala said most of her visitors are couples looking for a way to relax together in a climate-controlled environment of 75 degrees. While Valentine’s Day is busy with reservations, she said gift certificates make a great last-minute romantic gift.

If you want to enjoy a bit of the spa at home, try the gift shop which carries bath salts and scrubs along with Polish amber and sterling silver jewelry.

The Williamsburg Salt Spa is located in the Old Colony Professional Center, 1111 Old Colony Road. For more information visit

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