With Valentine's Day less than a week away, this weekend's your last good chance to buy a gift for that special someone. Fortunately, there are plenty of deals out there on both traditional and nontraditional Valentine's Day gifts. Here are some of the best we found.
ProFlowers.com offers its usual array of discounts for shoppers smart enough to navigate via its coupon page. The best of the bunch is a 20%-off discount on orders over $39, but if you don't hit that threshold you can still get 15% off. There's also a buy one, get one 50% off deal. Just remember that the discount doesn't apply to shipping, which can be pricey: Standard shipping rates range from $7.99 to $17.99, and if you want it delivered on Valentine's Day it'll cost you an extra $4.99. For cheaper shipping, you might check out FloraFlora, which has flat-rate $6.95 shipping on Valentine's Day and is currently taking an extra 15% off with the code CUPID12. Or you could just grab some flowers from a local shop and deliver them in person on your lunch break.
It's not the most traditional present, but if you want electronics, Best Buy is using Valentine's Day as an excuse for a sale (a "Connect the Love" sale). There are deals on computers, cameras and TVs, but the best deal is good through Saturday only: That's the deadline for reserving a free $50 Best Buy gift card, which you can then secure by purchasing a smartphone (with new two-year agreement) by the end of the year.
If you want a soundtrack for your romantic evening, Amazon offers an MP3 album of 100 classic love songs for just 99 cents. Sold individually, the songs are all 99 cents each, which means you save $98.01 by buying them as an album. Or to put it another way: Even if there are only two songs on the whole album that you actually like, it's still more cost-effective to buy the album.
LivingSocial has a bunch of good Valentine's gift ideas, some of which are off the beaten track. One is this deal offering a "name your own star" package in the International Star Registry for $20, marked down from $65. Your recipient will get a certificate with the star's name and coordinates, as well as a sky chart and a booklet on astronomy. And a thousand light years away, an alien empire will begrudgingly rename its sun after your girlfriend.
Matt Brownell is the consumer and retail reporter for DailyFinance. You can reach him at Matt.Brownell@teamaol.com, and follow him on Twitter at @Brownellorama.