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Last-Minute Valentine's Day Gifts: Free Food, Candlelight Dinners, Flowers

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By Joshua Nichol-Caddy, dealnews contributor

Today is Valentine's Day, and you still haven't decided how to express your love for her? While we don't necessarily recommend following your wallet over your heart, today we've found the best last-minute Valentine's Day gifts for those with emptier hands and pockets. From Krispy Kremes to FTD and Amazon, it will be a happy Valentine's Day after all. And if you find yourself single because a candlelight dinner at White Castle didn't do the trick, some of these freebie deals can probably help you drown your sorrows (see: The Ben & Jerry's offer) or laugh through the tears (see: Chuck E. Cheese cards).

  1. Valentine's Day Deals that Offer Free Food
    Expires: February 14

    Is It Worth It?: Wanting to look your best on Valentine's Day, you've been dieting for weeks. Now, it's time to indulge! First, you can buy one dozen Krispy Kreme donuts and receive another dozen free, so you can share your appreciation for the office and introduce a lonely accountant to the new advertising manager over a mouth-watering breakfast. Or take your love out for a bite and show her that saving is caring, by snagging two entrees for the price of one at Qdoba with a kiss. Perhaps you're feeling like a pick me up? You can score another "BOGO" offer at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf; buy one drink and get one free, and you'll have enough energy to stay up all night. But hey, if your night takes a turn for the worst, you can always cry into a free serving of Americone Dream ice cream from Ben & Jerry's and let the sweetness numb your pain.

  2. Deals for Valentine's Day Dinner Ambiance
    Expires: February 14

    Is It Worth It?: Does the idea of kissing in front of Qdoba's other diners makes you cringe? Well, while grand public gestures might make you and your significant other uncomfortable, you simply can't ignore Valentine's Day. So keep it casual and let White Castle and Waffle House take care of the romance. Both will provide tablecloths and candlelight, and White Castle also offers free dessert for you and your Valentine. Whether you choose to chow down on sliders or split a double waffle with pecans, you're set to have a Valentine's Day to remember.

    If these eateries aren't your ideal evening out, then first of all, we are shocked. But secondly, we recommend checking out Restaurant.com to secure 80% off gift certificates (via coupon code "SWEETIE") to thousands of other restaurants.

  3. Free Printable Valentine's Day Cards
    Expires: February 14


    Is It Worth It?: Whether you have a 4th grader in the family, or just friends who are geeky and fun-loving, you can probably make use of a deal that couples the puns and unusual tie-ins that Valentine'S Day seems to inspire. Print these free Star Wars Printable Valentine's Day Cards (pictured) or Star Wars Printable Cut-Out Valentine's Day Cards featuring Yoda, Ewoks, and the ever-romantic droids, and share the force.

    If Star Wars characters aren't quite your thing, consider the fun gift of Chuck E. Cheese's Valentine's Day Cards. Just print them out and they become redeemable for 10 tokens with the purchase of food.

  4. Amazon's Valentine's Day MP3 Album Gifts
    Discount: $2 off via coupon code "GIFTLOVE"
    Expires: February 14

    Is It Worth It?: Get Al Green's Greatest Hits for $3.99 after the above coupon (a low by $6), or another album of romantic tracks, with this Editors' Choice deal from Amazon. The discount takes $2 off any album of $5 or more that you send to a friend or loved one. This alone probably doesn't qualify as an acceptable Valentine's Day gift for your significant other, but you can pad another thoughtful gift with these tunes or score a soundtrack for the evening ahead of you. (And if it is the only thing you get them, be prepared to receive Adele's breakup classic 21 come February 15.)

  5. Flowers from FTD
    Discount: 20% off
    Shipping: $10.99 s&h with same-day delivery
    Expires: February 14

    Is It Worth It?: Let's say you've been in a coma or maybe a country without Internet for the past few weeks, and that's why you have yet to order flowers for Valentine's Day. FTD makes your procrastination a little less painful, as it offers 20% off flowers sitewide — many arrangements of which are available for same-day delivery. Flowers marked with "Same Day Florist Delivered" can be ordered as late as 2 pm local time today, although delivery times may vary based on location. See individual bouquets for guaranteed delivery options.

  6. Name a Roach, Receive a Cocoa-Roach
    Vendor: Bronx Zoo
    Price: $25 with free shipping
    Expires: February 14

    Is It Worth It?: Show that special someone that your love for him or her will survive a nuclear apocalypse by naming a Madagascar hissing cockroach at the Bronx Zoo in his or her honor. Recipients will also receive an e-card and an edible roach made entirely of chocolate. Love never tasted so creepy crawly, outside of a Tim Burton movie.

Front page photo credit: Wy My

Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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