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No Gift for Your Valentine? Look No Further

In true notorious Penn State 20-something spirit, you’re probably reading this article for one of two reasons. One, you’re honestly and completely dedicated to Onward State and you’re just on your daily scroll (rock on). Or, you have chronic procrastination syndrome and have turned to us for some last minute gift ideas for your bae, in which case, you have made a wise decision.


You cannot go wrong with flowers, especially these roses. There are several places downtown that you can walk to, and are offering Valentine’s Day Specials. George’s Floral at 482 E. College has full bouquets starting at $29.95. If you’re feeling a bit more lackadaisical about your budget, you could head on over to Woodring’s on South Allen, where full bouquets start at five cents more.

Singing Candygrams

If you’re trying to stray from the norm, Penn State’s own Collegiate South Asian a cappella group, FANAA, can help you out. Singing Candygrams go for $4 and include a card, candy, and a surprise performance of a song to the designated recipient. They way these work is that you pick a song from a list (or request your own for an extra $1), pay FANAA, and then make sure the recipient of the candygram is at a pre-designated place in the HUB at the right time so they can be ambushed serenaded.  E-mail the club at [email protected] for more information.


Chocolates are pretty self-explanatory. McClanahan’s and even Rite Aid have a wide variety of cheap boxed chocolates. What says “I love you” more than CVS brand chocolates?


So let’s scratch the word cheap, and replace it with broke… The phrase “it’s the thought that counts” pops into mind. And nothing says “I spent just as much time on this as I would money if I hadn’t spent it all on drunken Taco Bell and taxis” like homemade shit. Get some construction paper and a pen at the Dollar Store and make an endearingly misshapen heart-shaped card. Write something really sweet about how you’re glad you didn’t meet in the frat bathroom, or about how glad you did. Make some IOU coupons for dinner and a movie, or a hot massage. Or if you’re hypersensitive to paper cuts, you could try baking. Some simple fudge brownies, two dozen vanilla cupcakes, and an apple pie would totally hit the spot. If your partner is super glued to their Beats, maybe a mixed CD would be better. Worst comes to worst, a hug works.

Breakfast In Bed

What sounds better than dining hall food in a cramped dorm bed? Going along with the homemade idea, you could cook breakfast for your partner in bed. Or, you could splurge on a pre-made Valentine’s Breakfast in Bed Basket from Irving’s for one easy payment of $39.95. Sure, it’s a bit pricey, but that means you get to sleep longer, not have to cook, and you’ll still make your partner happy. Baskets includes their award-winning bagels, chocolate cream cheese, Stonewall Kitchen jam, Nantucket Nectar juices, Ghirardelli hot chocolate, and some Valentine’s chocolates and candies.

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