We’ve all seen that last-second shopper rushing to buy a gift for their loved one on Valentine’s Day.
Patch is here to help you avoid that hasty scenario.
There are many ways to go gift-buying for that special someone in the days and weeks leading up to Feb. 14. So for those that haven’t purchased anything yet - or just don’t know what to buy – here’s some gift ideas for guys and girls that may spur your interest.
No. 5 – Video Games
Yes, there may be a few head-scratchers on this one, but there are actually a pretty good number of men that fire up their PlayStation 3s and XBOX 360s to play games every night. The one drawback to this gift is that he may end up keeping his eyes on that new game than he does with you this Monday night. If you don't know what kind of game to buy, visit Gamespot.com and see which ones are popular!
No. 4 – Clothing
There’s a good portion of the male population that choose to wear their jeans or shirts until the final seems are hanging on by a thread. Though a man may not be head-over-heels with this gift at first, he will appreciate the new shirt or pair of pants when he’s at work and doesn’t have to worry about a wardrobe malfunction in front of his co-workers.
No. 3 – Athletic Gear
Let’s face it; almost every man participates in some form of athletic activity. A new racket, bat or basketball shoes could give your man that extra boost to claim bragging rights over his friends on the court, field or diamond. A short drive to downtown Los Gatos will give you many opportunities to buy the perfect gift for your sports-loving guy.
No. 2 – Treat your man to dinner
We all know the long-standing tradition of the man taking the woman out and paying the bill. Flip-flopping that old-school belief for one special day may be a nice switch to an old perspective. As long as he doesn’t run up the tab, it should set the stage for a nice evening. Here's a list of some restaurants in town that are offering dinner and overnight stay packages.
No. 1 – Accessories: wallets, cell phones, etc.
Those willing to go that extra mile to woo their man will knock his socks off with a brand-new designer wallet, an iPad or the newest Smartphone. Though these techno-gadgets may not be the most viable gift option for most women, they’ll certainly guarantee a happy man on Valentine’s Day. The Los Gatos Apple Store will for sure be crowded today, 23 N Santa Cruz Ave.
No. 5 – Take her out to dinner –a really, really nice dinner
Many spots in Los Gatos will be offering lavish dinners for lovers. Check out our list of great places to dine and wine in Los Gatos on Valentine's Day. For those who want to travel outside of Los Gatos, San Francisco or the Monterey Bay Area are best bets for having a night out on the town. There’s also the wine country in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys which offer many different choices for a scenic night out. The problem: many restauraunts require reservations that are taken months in advance. You might have more luck getting a romantic table in Los Gatos.
No. 4 – Chocolate
This is simple: buy a box of good chocolate, pop in the film “Chocolat,” mix a bottle of fine wine, and it’s the closest thing you have to a romantic slam dunk, and probably hundreds of dollars less than the previous suggestion. Powells Sweet Shop and nearby patisseries are open today offering the best chocolate and yummy treats around!
No. 3 – Flowers
To be specific, roses. Get the best looking red stems you can find, maybe get a bouquet or two with a touch of some pink or white roses in the mix, and give them to her in person. Visit Whether at work or school, it will make her day.
No. 2 – Lingerie
It’s no-brainer for most men. If she’s ok with it, buy it. Romantiques is the place for you in Los Gatos.
No 1. – Jewelry
Here’s the one gift that’ll make her eyes sparkle with the same glint the gift has. Women love showing off a new bracelet, necklace or ring. It’s a conversation piece that she will put you in the front and center of when she's talking to her girlfriends. Blacy's Fine Jewelers, 51 University Ave., is offering some great sales.
Remember, these lists are intended to help give you an idea of what to buy a loved one.
Asking them what they want will be the best option for a great start to Valentine’s Day.