You may have already noticed the unusually large amounts of flowers, candy and teddy bears being carried around this morning. You may have also noticed the large number of shoppers packing into stores all over the Bay Area as you made your way to your morning commute. No, you’re not imagining it—it’s Valentine’s Day. February 14 can be a stressful day for some—especially when you’re shopping for the perfect gift last minute—but it doesn’t have to be. Here is a list of places around Tampa that will ensure your last minute shopping experience is smooth and enjoyable as possible.
Tuesday’s Hours: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The Nature Shop has gained the respect of many in the Tampa Bay area. This shop is very big on customer satisfaction and is always willing to help customers with Valentine gift ideas around the shop. From rose baskets to Zen orchids, the Nature Shop has many flower arrangements to choose from. Can’t come into the shop physically? Luckily they also do same day delivery—this means you’ll have some extra time to look really sharp tonight. Give them a call or visit today and they’ll be happy to treat you.
Tuesday’s Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
What better way to show your sweetie some love on Valentine’s Day then with a couple of Sweetie’s mouthwatering treats? This family owned bakery has a wide selection of goodies at hand for the special occasion. Here you will find over 20 different flavors to indulge in as well as great customer service. As an added bonus, Sweetie’s Delights is offering plenty of affordable treats today.
Tuesday’s Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
If you’re looking for last minute jewelry bargains or other fashion accessories, Love That Boutique is your go to spot today. Located in the Winthrop Town Center, this boutique has plenty of beautiful jewelry, fashion bags, adorable bling tops and other cute fashion finds. Love That Boutique items are affordable and never exceed over $50. Customers can come in with $20 and still leave with a nice gift and money for a cup of coffee next door.
Tuesday’s Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This family owned flower shop in Tampa has been around for 27 years, has been recognized as one of FTD’s top members, and even has a master florist on board. With all of that recognition, you know that Bloomingdays will have your back when it comes to your last minute Valentine’s Day shopping! Don’t hesitate to tell the florists about any gift ideas you may have. These guys are big on ideas; they’ve made flower arrangements to look like beer mugs, birthday cakes and even cupcakes. Throw in a little stuffed animal with your arrangement and you have yourself the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.
Tuesday’s Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Everyone’s heard the way into a man’s heart is through his stomach, and luckily Debbie is nice enough to supply you with delicious goodies. Debbie’s Chocolate Delight has many customers cheating on their everyday chocolate bars–can you blame them? Why give your Valentine something everyone else is getting? Instead go for a nice edible frame with your picture in it, an edible chocolate box filled with candy or if you’re feeling extra lovey-dovey today, a custom made Valentines Day basket. Those who are looking for a gift on a budget will be glad to know that Debbie’s prices are just as yummy as her chocolates. Put down the cliché heart-shaped boxes and head down to Debbie’s Chocolate Delight today.
Geraldine Sanchez is a student, fashion blogger, and freelance writer struggling with a case of restless fashion syndrome. She is currently curing it with large doses of retail therapy throughout the Tampa Bay area. Her expertise is on shopping and style. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.