Maybe you forgot it's Valentine's Day. Or maybe you just found a Valentine? Either way, these gifts are sure to please, and can be picked up at the last minute, by which we mean today!
Payard Patisserie's Valentine's Day treats
Francois Payard's patisserie has delectable treats aplenty, but if you really want to make an impression, give your Valentine the Essence of Spring Macaron Collection, which comes in a heart-shaped box that can be re-purposed as a jewelry box. (Is your Valentine eco-friendly? She'll love this.) Flavors include caramel coriander, strawberry basil, lemon thyme with milk chocolate ganache and dark guanja chocolate and mint. $48 at select locations; Payard.com
Épicerie Boulud's Lovers' Breakfast in Bed
Daniel Boulud's retail store is an extra-special place to pick up a Valentine's Day treasure. Wow your loved one (or your date!) with some of the fanciest treats around. And if you want to get down to some serious business, snag the Lover's Breakfast in Bed, which comes complete with all the sweet and savory breakfast items you could want. It's perfect for the morning after. $159; at 1900 Broadway, 212-595-9606
William Greenberg Desserts Petits Fours
If you're looking for quality, look no further. At William Greenberg, open since 1946 on the Upper East Side, dessert making has been perfected to a science. (One of the original makers of the city's famous black and white cookies, Greenberg desserts boasts custom coloring!) But for Valentine's Day, you can't pick a more beautiful cake than the petits fours, made with fresh jam and delicate frosted sugar flowers. $6/each or $42 for a box of 12 minis ($3.50/each); at 1100 Madison Ave., 212-861-1340
Yellow Owl workshop cards
Nothing says "I love you" like well, a card that says "I love you." The card company Yellow Owl knows this and has created some very cute and quirky screen-printed cards to say something similar. These are especially good for the Valentines out there that value cleverness. $4; at Posman Books stores; Posmanbooks.com
Although it's not the most creative gift, flowers are a sure thing: They will put a smile on anyone's face. And even if you can't get out to pick some up, or you want to surprise your date with a bouquet delivered right to her office, visit Manhattanflowerdelivery.com for same-day service and free shipping.
Catch the local spirit Booze is always a great gift.
Johnny On-The-Spot NY State wine
If your date is a locavore, impress them with your attention to their ideals with a bottle of this wine from the Finger Lakes upstate. Choose between chardonnay and a cabernet franc/merlot blend. $12-15, locations: Onthespotwines.com
Kings County Distillery Chocolate Flavored Whiskey
This made-in-Brooklyn gift basically speaks for itself. Pick up the limited-edition flask-sized bottle and take nips off it all night long. (Just make sure you give your date the first swig!) $24.99, locations: Kingscountydistillery.com.
This brand new line of artisanal vermouths is made with chardonnay from Long Island's North Fork and apple brandy from the Finger Lakes. It's so smooth you'll want to drink it straight - just remember to chill. (Yes, we know it's Valentine's Day and that might be difficult!) $37, locations: Atsbyvermouth.com
For the single gal!
Sugarfina Anti-Valentine's Day gift set
If you're single on Valentine's but still want to get your (cheeky) sweet-fix on, stop by one of the city's Drybar salon locations (Get a blowout. Why not? You deserve it!) and pick up this anti-V-Day set of three types of candies. Now you can think "men are pigs" and eat them, too! $16 at Drybar locations, thedrybar.com.