Last Minute Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is a few days away and I know there are a few slackers out there. Whether you need ideas for Valentine’s gifting or you want to give your partner a few hints to make sure they’re on the right track, today is your lucky day. We’ve got a last-minute guide for all the procrastinators out there, especially anyone who is within driving distance of the Chicago metro area. All I know is that if I were to be on the receiving end of these gifts, I’d be forever grateful. This is definitely a gift guide for those who prefer experiences over things so if you’re looking for a few diamonds, keep scrolling.

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BOOK A PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION
If you and your partner are recently engaged or building a family, give them the gift of memories for Valentine’s Day. Purchase a photography session and if you feel comfortable, book a date for engagement photos, newborn photos, family photos or couple photos. The end result could be portraits, photo books, and so much more. Levine-Moore Photography is based in Chicago and do everything from branding to family photo sessions.

Photos from Levine-Moore Photography are also good for the furbabies!

Photos from Levine-Moore Photography are also good for the furbabies!

A NEW WARDROBE
Subscription boxes like StitchFix and Trunk Club have flipped shopping upside down. Where guys (and some gals) might have never considered new clothes as a gift option, there’s no reason not to with subscription boxes of clothes chosen by a personal stylist. Both companies send great quality items and Trunk Club is great with customization. And ladies, if you want to give your man the gift of a new wardrobe, StitchFix caters to guys too.

DINE WITH A VIEW
For Chicago locals, treat your Valentine to dinner with a view on a lake or river cruise. In full disclosure, options are limited but there are still opportunities available for a Valentine’s Day dinner on Mystic Blue, Odyssey, and Spirit Cruises. There are also reservations open through the weekend if you’d like to postpone your Valentine’s Day celebration to Friday, Saturday, or even Sunday night. Who could beat dinner with the Chicago skyline in the background?

Gorgeous views from the Odyssey on a warmer Chicago day

Gorgeous views from the Odyssey on a warmer Chicago day

WEEKEND ESCAPES & SPA TREATMENTS
Plan a mid-week escape at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort. 30 miles outside of Chicago, treat your partner to an overnight stay and dinner with a spa treatment. The Lincolnshire Marriott is offering special deluxe overnight accommodations with rates starting at $251 that include:

  • A bottle of Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries

  • Three-course prix fixe menu for two at Three Embers restaurant

  • Early check-in of 12pm and late check out of 2pm.

Choose from their many different services from massages to facials and more. Call before arrival for spa availability.

The Spa at Lincolnshire is also offering a special Valentine’s Day promotion during this time for couples to enjoy. For $250, indulge in a 50-minute essential massage with a 30-minute chocolate and rose inspired pedicure. What better gift to give than one that is all about pampering?

Eaglewood Resort in Itasca is also serving up a delicious Valentine’s Day promotion with their Spa & Dinner Package. Also available from February 14-16th, stay overnight in a deluxe golf course view room. The package includes:

  • A romantic, four-course candlelit dinner for two in Burnham’s Restaurant

  • Two complimentary drinks at Ogden’s Lobby Bar

  • Chocolates and a bottle of William Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 30-minute couple’s Swedish massage

  • Chef-crafted breakfast for two in Burnham’s Restaurant with a complimentary Bloody Mary or mimosa and more.

It’s an unbeatable experience for an overnight stay and you might just make this your annual tradition as well!

Get cozy at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort

Get cozy at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort

DINNER FOR TWO ON THE TOWN
If getting away isn’t something you can make happen this week, you can still make reservations at Three Embers for a romantic dinner. The three-course prix fixe menu they’re offering from February 14-16 only features delights like Carrot & Ginger Soup, Grilled Flat Iron, and Chocolate Decadence Torte. All the Valentine’s Day specials at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort are available from February 14-16 for a romantic experience you’ll want to return to every year.

Burnham’s Restaurant at Eaglewood Resort also has dinner reservations available for anyone who wants to share  a romantic meal for two. Enjoy a romantic four-course menu featuring items including the Pomegranate Midori Sorbet, Seared Pistachio Crusted Sea Bass, and Bourbon chocolate Pate. The prix fixe Valentine’s menu is $60 per person and reservations are highly recommended.