Valentine’s Day can sneak up on you before you know it. If you want to take your relationship to the next level — or keep the serious one you currently enjoy — play it safe and secure gifts and dinner reservations now.
To help you out on the gift front, we rounded up some businesses in the Valley that offer Valentine’s Day items your significant other will love, such as flowers, sweets, electronics, books and a few other creative ideas.
Unless you know your partner absolutely detests a bouquet of roses or an orchid arrangement, flowers are a Valentine’s Day must. If you wait until the last minute on Valentine’s Day your only options will be through-the-roof expensive or half dead — a possible foreshadowing of your relationship by evening’s end.
Founded in 1972, this popular flower and gift shop maintains five stores in the area. Drop in or order online for Valley-wide delivery. Order by 1 p.m. to receive same-day delivery.
Bonus: If you want to keep the Valentine’s Day romance alive the rest of the year — and not kill your bank account — show up to a store Fridays after noon and you’ll find flowers for 50% off.
Carefree – 36889 N. Tom Darlington Rd., Ste C-2, Carefree
Chandler – 2040 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler
Glendale – 20211 N. 67th Ave., Glendale
Phoenix – 4700 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Scottsdale – 10822 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Hours: Varies. Typically Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Sunday Closed except Scottsdale location, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Phoenix Flower Shops
Started in 1960, Phoenix Flower Shops offers six retails locations around the Valley and consistently ranks as on of FTD’s Top 100 flower shops in North America. In addition to traditional red roses, the florist offers a wide selection of alternative arrangements, plants and gifts. Swing by a store or order online.
Glendale – 51st Ave & Northern: 5018 W Northern Ave., Glendale
Phoenix – 50th St & Thomas Rd: 5012 E Thomas Rd., Phoenix
Phoenix – 7th St & Bethany Home: 6041 N 7th St., Phoenix
Phoenix – 19th Ave & Union Hills: 1907 W Union Hills Dr., Phoenix
Phoenix – Cave Creek & Greenway: 15215 N Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix
Tempe- Broadway & Rural: 737 E Broadway Rd., Tempe
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday, Closed (Phoenix at 50th & Thomas open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Run by the same owner, and at the same location, since 1979, this Phoenix-based florist offers gorgeous pre-made arrangements. However, you can also call them and customize your perfect bouquet or gift basket. The shop can deliver to the entire Valley.
Location: 2007-A W. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix
Phone: (602) 246-1271
Chocolates and other sweets might not win points for originality, but you can easily lose relationship points if they fail to put on an appearance. Also, just because they’re expected doesn’t mean you can’t get a little creative.
Who can resist a gourmet cupcake? This local bakery makes a wide range of classic and intriguing flavors from All About Chocolate and Red Velvet to Lemon Raspberry and Keylime. You can order individual cupcakes, cupcake batches or full-fledged cakes for pickup or delivery.
Address (Gilbert): 2270 E Williams Field Rd, Suite 114, Gilbert
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Address (Scottsdale): 7014 E Camelback Rd, Suite 2258, Scottsdale
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m – 6 p.m.
Brownies are a fantastic chocolate delivery system, and Phoenix-based Fairytale Brownies offers a wide selection of styles to choose from. Whether your partner likes chocolate chips, caramel, nuts, fruit, blondies, bars, fudge, or plain, they’re available.
Naturally, the company offers a number of Valentine’s Day packages at prices that range from $12.95 to $84.95. You can buy online or visit the retail store.
Address: 4610 E Cotton Center Blvd, Suite #100, Phoenix
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
More info: www.brownies.com
Zak’s Chocolate in Scottsdale hand manufactures its own chocolate from raw cocoa beans. Small batches, ethically sourced beans from around the world and finely tuned flavor profiles elevate their product above the usual store product.
You can visit their factory or order online. Just do it soon; order fulfillment and shipping can take up to 14 days.
Address: 6990 E Shea Blvd. Ste 116, Scottsdale
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday-Monday by appointment
More info: zakschocolate.com
Chocolate Tour of Scottsdale
Speaking of chocolate in Scottsdale, a Chocolate Tour makes the perfect gift for the chocoholic in your life. Walk through downtown Scottsdale and pop into chocolatiers and local shops to sample a range of chocolate in various forms.
Tours only run January to March, are limited to 12 people and sell out fast, so you’ll want to secure a place now.
Learn more: www.chocolatetourofscottsdale.com
TVs & Electronics
Whether you spend a lot of time cuddled in front of the TV or texting each other, the right electronics can make a great Valentine’s gift. And going into debt isn’t mandatory.
Best Deal AZ
This Tempe store carries slightly older electronics and accessories, plus open box and overstock items, at prices that leave enough money left over for flowers and sweets. You can visit the store or buy online.
Address: 235 E. Baseline Rd, Tempe
Hours: Daily 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (6 p.m. on Sunday)
A great place to pick an Apple or two, this shop with locations in Phoenix, Chandler and Mesa specializes in refurbished Macs, iPads and Apple accessories.
Address (Phoenix): 3543 W Thunderbird Rd, Phoenix
Address (Mesa): 244 N Country Club Dr. Suite #202 Mesa
Address (Chandler): 1919 W. Chandler Blvd Suite #1 Chandler
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
A Tempe staple since 1957, Walts carries the latest TVs, plus home theater sound systems and accessories, at competitive prices. Installation and repairs services are available as well.
Address: 1746 W. Ruby Dr. Suite 110, Tempe
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
If your partner prefers a bouquet of books to a bouquet of flowers, we know just where you should do your shopping.
Changing Hands Bookstore
Whether you want the latest best-seller or a pile of used books – including first editions – Changing Hands Bookstore should be your first stop. It offers a massive selection and very helpful employees, and maintains convenient locations in Tempe and Phoenix.
Changing Hands Tempe
Address: 6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.;
Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Changing Hands Phoenix
Address: 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
VNSA Used Book Sale
Every year, the Volunteer Nonprofit Service Association hosts a massive used-book sale at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. Browse tens of thousands of books that cost much less than retail — and a selection of rare books that cost a bit more. For less than the cost of a dozen roses, you can probably fill a shelf or entire bookcase.
This year the sale takes place February 11-12, which — for those not keeping track — happens to be the weekend before Valentine’s Day. For a bookworm it could be the most romantic date imaginable.
Where: Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 West McDowell, Phoenix
When: Saturday, Feb. 11 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 12, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: Free admission,
More info: vnsabooksale.org
Other gift ideas
Odyssey Etching & Engraving
Give your sweetheart a completely unique gift. This Mesa company can sandblast a custom saying or image into just about any surface, including glass, metal and granite, and even on personal objects.
Learn more: www.odysseyetching.com
Photos are so 20th century. At STAX3D you and your significant other can get a full-body 3-D scan that results in a 3D-printed, full-color figurine. You can include kids, pets or anything else that fits in the 3-foot-diameter scan area.
Learn more or schedule a scan: stax3d.com
While they specialize in large wall coverings, decals and prints (also good gifts), this company can create artsy, custom murals, die cut decals and large prints from submitted photos.
Learn more: wallheroes.com