It's better late than never when it comes to Valentine's Day gifts.
Here are a couple creative ideas for gifts—including some that you can pick up locally and others you can order online.
GIFTS FOR HIM
1. SOMETHING TO WARM UP THOSE COLD WINTER NIGHTS...
Consider a fine sipping liquor for your gentleman. Someone at Dobby's World-Wide Liquors, 315 S. Brockway St. in Palatine or Teddy's Liquors at 25 North Northwest Highway or 1735 North Rand Road in Palatine can recommend something great. D-Vine Wine, 725 E. Dundee Road in Palatine, or The Wine Cellar, 361 West Northwest Highway in Palatine, has a wide selection of fine wines.
Consider the gift of relaxation and stress relief with a 60-minute gift certificate for a massage. Try Salon Elite & Spa, Mark William Salon & Day Spa, Arete Salon and Spa or Salon Lorrene in Palatine.
Delta Sonic, 1245 E. Dundee Road in Palatine, or Proshine Auto Detailing,1436 N. Rand Road in Palatine, offers car detailing. If you're not sure what your guy would like, a nice gift certificate to an auto store could work, too.
4. THE WAY TO A MANS HEART…
Why cook? Select a complete gourmet dinner at one of Palatine's many restaurants. Can't decide where to go? Patch.com has a list of five fabulous restaurants in Palatine to check out this Valentine's Day.
5. A SHARED EXPERIENCE...
Is his favorite band coming to the area this summer or perhaps, he wants an excuse to check out a Chicago Blackhawks' game? Spring for two tickets to a game or a concert and you can both share in the experience together. Another great idea would be for two tickets to Second City in Chicago or to the Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field this weekend.
GIFTS FOR HER
1. BIG THINGS IN LITTLE PACKAGES
You could also check out Chandelier Boutique
Foxglove Cottage or Monson Jewelers for some special finds.
2. DATE NIGHT
3. DAY OF RELAXATION
4. CAN’T FIND THE RIGHT WORDS?
5. GO TRADITIONAL WITH FLOWERS, CHOCOLATES AND CARDS
If you are looking for specialty chocolates, check out Morke's Chocolate, 1890 N. Rand Road in Palatine. And, of course, if you really run out of time, there is always CVS, Jewel-Osco and Walgreens, which will have all the traditional Valentine's Day chocolates and goodies.
Above all, remember: it's truly the thought that counts!
What are you planning to do this Valentine's Day? Tell us in the comments' section.