Impress your sweetheart on a budget

Last-minute gifts for Valentine’s (that aren’t roses or chocolates)

You can breathe easy!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and you have procrastinated in purchasing a gift for your valentine for whatever reason. You don’t know what you want to surprise the love of your life with because you’ve been wracking your brain to think about something outside the norm of roses and chocolate, because you’ve been there and done that year in and year out or you’re thinking about your budget. No matter what you give the love of your life, your valentine will love you for who you are. But cognizant of the times that we are in, The Nassau Guardian has found some amazing gifts all under $100 that are creative, cute, and will surprise, delight, and impress your valentine. It’s up to you to consider which of the following gifts is just right for your sweetheart, we’ve just made it a little easier. Here’s to finding the perfect last-minute gift. So, stop freaking out! BTW (by the way) – if you love yourself, feel free to treat yourself too!

Self-care with Studio Luxe

On this Valentine’s Day, Studio Luxe reminds the love of your life to take care, slow down, practice intentional breathing, and turn the cell phone ringer to silent (they promise it’s okay).

Studio Luxe, a gifting, event planning and interior design studio that believes life’s story should be marked and remembered with expertly sourced and packaged gifts that are well thought out, has rounded up all the necessities for self-care Saturdays in one lovely gift box. After all, good things come from those who take care of themselves. What’s inside – silver needle white tea, herbivore bath salts or lavender farm bath salt (select one); Studio Luxe mini candle; Pre de Provence milled soap in wildflower; Studio Luxe notecard and envelope; Studio Luxe keepsake gift box. This is the perfect gift for the modern mom or the working girl, and those who love taking care of others.

Cost: $85

To order: Telephone 376-8486 or visit their website: studioluxe.co.

Let your love fly high with The Balloon People

Surprise your special person(s) with this custom photo balloon

arrangement titled “Our Love Is Flying High” from The Balloon People, and make this Valentine’s Day even more memorable. The 22-inch photo balloon delivers big impact. We’ll help you choose the border that is just right. Give us a high-quality photo and we’ll go to work for you to create a gift that is unlike any other.

Cost: $75

To order: Visit the store at Pineapple Bay Plaza, Soldier Road west, or send a message via WhatsApp to 557-1254, or telephone the store at 677-8677.

Graycliff Cigar Company for the cigar aficionado

If your sweetheart is a cigar smoker, gifting your sweetheart fresh, hand rolled cigars will indeed be memorable and impress your valentine. It will be a unique symbol of your affection. Choose the perfect cigar for your loved one, from a mild to a bolder flavor, the options are endless at Graycliff Cigar Company.

Cost: $12-plus VAT each (or 8 for $96-plus VAT).

To order: Visit the Heritage Shoppe on West Hill Street, or visit graycliffmarket.com./graycliff-hand-rolled-cigar.

Cheesecake Heaven’s take on a dozen roses

Cheesecake Heaven’s red velvet cheesecake stuffed cupcakes. AHVIA J. CAMPBELL

Cheesecake Heaven’s sweet take on a dozen roses, in the form of a red velvet cheesecake stuffed cupcakes will satisfy your valentine’s sweet tooth, and definitely make them swoon. A fluffy, moist cake with a lovely tangy cream cheese filling to complement the indulgent sweet red velvet crumb, which is again topped with more cream cheese indulgence. These cupcakes are impressive to taste, but just as lovely to behold, topped off with a half of a strawberry each. They’re also the perfect way to show yourself some love.

Cost: $53.75 per dozen inclusive of VAT.

To order: Telephone 341-3111 or 357-7712 or Kanoo order and pay.

Starbucks for the coffee lover

In the words of Jackie DeShannon, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love” and Starbucks Bahamas says we all have that one person in our life who we know can’t function without their coffee, so why not try something different and surprise the coffee lover in your life with the gift of coffee. Coffee for him and coffee for you. Coffee lovers will be pleased with the gift of coffee on the day of love. A Bodum 4 cup French press allows the hot water to soak the grounds. Allowing for extraction of more flavor and natural oils, and most coffee experts consider brewing with a French press the best way to make coffee. With what’s currently in stock, they’ve paired the French press with Mexican Oaxaca whole bean (blonde), a Starbucks coupon book, as well as a 24-ounce Kaleidoscope cold cup. They encouraged you to feel free to choose items to build a basket for your valentine.

Cost: $100.85 (85 cents over budget)

To order: Visit any Starbucks location

Bahama Barrels for the wine lover

The wine lover in your life (including yourself) will love the gift of a beautiful, luscious bottle, Graycliff has a deep cellar and price point from which to choose, but keeping it within our budget, they selected two beautiful bottles that come in well under budget – a Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 2016 and the Villa Loren Proseco – to allow for exploration of two worlds. The Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 2016 is a well-balanced and elegant wine that is structured, intense, enveloping and vibrant on the palate. It goes well with meat, spicy food and aged cheese. The Villa Loren Proseco is an extra-dry spumante. A fresh and velvety sparkling wine with scents of Golden Delicious apple, pear and acacia blossom – perfect as an aperitif and to liven up the evening.

Cost: $59-plus VAT for both bottles.

To order: Visit the Heritage Shoppe on West Hill Street or at graycliffmarket.com

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Shavaughn Moss

Shavaughn Moss joined The Nassau Guardian as a sports reporter in 1989. She was later promoted to sports editor. Shavaughn covered every major athletic championship from the CARIFTA to Central American and Caribbean Championships through to World Championships and Olympics. Shavaughn was appointed as the Lifestyles Editor a few years later.

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