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Choosing a last-minute gift for your sweetie pie should be as easy as pie

By: Jenna Nielsen, Journal Staff Writer
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You knew this would happen. Getting so caught up in work and errands. It's Valentine's Day and you forgot. Now what? We know people are busy and need to get in and out quickly, so we really push for the one-stop shop, said Dennise Groves, owner of Petals and Sweets in Auburn. We want to make last-minute shopping as easy and pain-free as possible. Besides flowers, Petals and Sweets offers cards, balloons, gourmet truffles and chocolates, homemade candles and even Shari's Berries, gourmet-dipped strawberries and chocolate straight from the Rocklin store where the creations are made. Everything is packaged and ready to go, Groves said. All customers need to do is come in, pick it up, pay and then they are out the door. Groves said a dozen short-stemmed roses can be picked up for under $60. Shari's Berries start at $14.99 for a box of four to $22 for a box of six. Truffles and chocolates range from $2 to $16 and the homemade candles from $6 to $20. Susan Urban, owner of Dawn's Hallmark in Auburn, said last-minute shoppers have a variety of options including earrings, watches, cards, balloons, initialed novelty items and more. The big thing this year is musical cards, Urban said. But we also have art supplies, CDs, gift books and windchimes ” lots of stuff. Price ranges for items start out at under $2, she said. If you are looking to go a little bigger this year, Harvey Roper, owner of Roper's Jewelers in Auburn, said he is ready to help. We are currently offering special prices on our Journey diamond pendants, Roper said. Journey pendants are typically a series of diamonds ranging from a small size to a large size, symbolizing your life together. The diamond gets bigger as your relationship grows. The pendants start at $400. Customers can just add zeros from there, Roper said. Roper's also carries diamond earrings in a variety of sizes. The jewelry store also offers sterling pendants and other pieces if you are not looking for diamonds. If you are not in the mood for a major investment, we have a lot of fun items that are sure to bring a smile to any face, Roper said. Here's a few more last-minute gift ideas no matter your price range: As close to free as you can get: - Make your sweetie a mix CD. Try some of the most romantic songs ranked by Amazon: At Last, Come Away With Me, If We Fall in Love Tonight and Valentine. - Send a text. According to recent data released by AT&T, Valentine's Day is the most popular holiday for text messages, beating out Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. Step aside conversation hearts, lingo likely to be exchanged by flying fingers this Valentine's Day includes: 2G2BT (Too good to be true), 4EAE (Forever and ever), FTBOMH (From the bottom of my heart), IWALU (I will always love you) and KOTC (Kiss on the cheek). - Cook dinner. The ideas flow on Web sites like epicurious.com and foodnetwork.com. And hey, if the soufflé catches on fire, at least you and your sweetie have a fun memory. $1-$20 - Buy a card. Poems, short and sweet messages and even cards that sing. All you have to do is sign your name, and let the card do the talking, or singing. - Rent a romantic movie. If you need some ideas, take a hint from Blockbuster's list of most romantic movie moments from films including Dr. Zhivago, Ghost, An Affair to Remember and Casablanca. - Chocolate. Truffles, chocolate-covered strawberries, the candy possibilities are endless. Local stores like Longs and Target even package them up in a heart-shaped box and top it off with a bow. $20 and up - Bling. Harvey Roper of Roper's Jewelers in Auburn has necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings ” plenty of ways to show your sweetheart how much they are loved with jewelry. - Flowers. Dennise Groves of Petals and Sweets said you don't have to stick with roses. Local shops offer plenty to surprise your sweetie, including orchids, carnations, tulips and more. - Perfume/cologne. Buy your sweetie's favorite scent at Gottschalks or let them try out something new. The Journal's Jenna Nielsen can be reached at jennan@goldcountrymedia.com or post a comment below.