Last minute Valentine’s Day gifts

Alexis Myszka

The countdown continues as the Hallmark Holiday grows closer; Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. For those who may have forgotten and are rushing for that perfect present, here is a list of places to purchase those last minute gifts right here in Ames.


If you’re looking for a one stop shop, look no further than Target. From candy to candles, they have something for everyone. dedicates an entire page to Valentine’s Day.

According to Target’s website, some popular gifts include a box of assorted Lindt chocolates, a coffee mug, “Reason Why I Love You” book and nail polish. 

 2. Chocolaterie Stam

For those with a sweet tooth, take a trip to Main Street and discover a decadent paradise. Chocolaterie Stam offers handcrafted chocolates among other confections. They sell gifts already assembled with goodies all wrapped in a bow, as well as individual sweets that can be selected to create a more personalized chocolate box.

3. Coe’s Floral and Gifts

Open Monday through Saturday, Coe’s offers fresh flower bouquets that can be purchased online and delivered to that special someone here in Ames. Keep in mind that same day delivery is no longer available, so place your order soon.

4. Hy-Vee meal kits

Instead of purchasing a gift, consider cooking a homemade meal with a little bit of help. Hy-Vee offers meal kits that can be purchased in store or online for delivery. They include an entree and a side with all of the pre-measured ingredients, as well as step by step instructions on how to cook the meal. Impress your date by becoming a chef for the night.

5. Cinemark Movies 12

If you’re looking for an experience that the two of you can share, a movie could be the perfect Valentine’s Day Date. Cinemark Movies 12 is a short drive from campus, with comfortable reclining seats and the latest movies as well as a full menu on top of the classic movie theater snacks and candies.

6. CVS

If money and location are an issue, CVS is right across from campus on Lincoln Way and offers various creative Valentine’s Gifts at discounted prices. The CVS website has also dedicated an entire page to Valentine’s goodies such as candy, photo gifts and perfume or cologne.