Warm and snuggly: A stuffed animal can be a fun gift, but don't feel like you have to stick to a traditional teddy bear. Find out whether your sweetheart collects any kind of unique animal, such as frogs, elephants or owls, and make a quick scan of the shelf to see if any are available. Or, if she does collect bears, find out if there is a certain collection she likes, such as Beanie Babies, and buy this year's Valentine's Day edition. Chances are she won't have it yet.
Candles: Candles offer a simple way to decorate for your date and can easily double as a gift. Candles can be found in most stores, and selecting a few of your date's favorite scents can add a personal touch to the present.
Sweet treats: Candy is a sure way to sweeten up your Valentine's Day date and usually offers the convenience of already coming gift-wrapped in a decorative box. Pick up an assortment of filled chocolates in a heart-shaped box, grab a few boxes of conversation hearts or surprise your honey with an array of his favorite candy bars.
Handmade gifts: Find a couple of markers, printer paper or cardboard and create a hand-drawn Valentine's Day card or Honey-do coupon book. Both will show that you took the time to personalize your message and will help you avoid grabbing the first card you see at the store. The Honey-do coupons also will allow you to spread out gifts, such as a dinner date or a couple's massage at a spa, or if you're on a tighter budget, create coupons for a foot rub or a home-cooked meal.
Roses may be the way to her heart, but if you happen to get to the florist as the last arrangement is being purchased, there are plenty of other options.
Lilies, carnations and tulips also make beautiful arrangements, and most florists will have them on hand. Another option is potted plants. Roses, orchids or hyacinths can be purchased in decorative ceramic planters and may last longer than the cut flowers that come in bouquets and vases.