Guys: A guaranteed-to-please last-minute Valentine gift

For Valentine’s Day, sure, you can always say it with flowers. But your best girl’s Inner Deplorable demons may appreciate an alternative gift even more.


WASHINGTON, February 14, 2017 – Far too many guys wait until the last possible moment to remember it’s Valentine’s Day. Having awakened to the impending reality of a romantic disaster, they tend to rush out and pick up a showy but cheap bouquet for their significant others at the local grocery store.

That evening, as you swashbuckle your way into your shared abode and present that bouquet with a flourish, your recipient will generally be moderately happy you at least remembered.

But, deeply perceptive as always, she has also spotted the telltale signs that these flowers represent a clever but desperate late-inning save.

While flowers—or even that other last-minute fave, the Whitman’s Sampler (a favorite of the calorie unconscious)—can stave off a notable relationship fail and a chilly night on the couch, the truly dashing knight who knows full well what his lady fair truly desires will always be prepared to reveal one final pièce de resistance to seal the deal:


What real love looks like.

Posted by SOML on Thursday, February 9, 2017


Read also: Ringing in Valentine’s Day? Listen to your heart, not the ads


—Hat tip to the writer’s sister for sending along this Facebook video.

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Terry Ponick
Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17