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From boozy cupcakes to spaghetti for two, these same-day services have your date night covered. By Caroline Cunningham
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If you’re reading this, you’re probably already in hot water. But the good news is that these same-day services may be able to help you out with a quick turnaround that’ll get you sweets, gifts, and alcohol in time for your date.

Cupcakes and Booze

Crunkcakes, the liquor-infused cupcake bakery that operates out of Union Kitchen, has partnered with Klink, the urban alcohol delivery app, so that all orders placed between Friday at 5 and Saturday at 10 PM will arrive with two Crunkcakes. The two flavors are Buttery Nipple—vanilla cake with butterscotch liqueur and topped with Bailey's Irish Cream buttercream—and Cowboy Coffee, Guinness chocolate cake infused with Jameson and Van Gogh espresso vodka fudge icing on top.

Monogrammed Gifts

What’s better than boxers for Valentine’s Day? Monogrammed boxers. Now through Valentine’s Day, Thomas Pink will have embroiderers in store to add complimentary same-day monogramming to your purchase, and will even pour you a glass of pink Champagne while you wait. The benefits of this service are twofold: It helps make a basic gift makes seem more personal, and it'll make your SO think you actually put some time and planning into their gift. Thomas Pink, 1127 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-223-5390.

Dinner for Two

Ordering in doesn’t have to mean you’re stuck with pizza or spring rolls--Seamless can bring you dinner for two from more than 500 restaurants in Washington. Light some candles and play some romantic music to create an environment that’s more inviting than an overcrowded eatery, and still get dinner from one of your favorite restaurants around town.

Last-Minute Dessert

The Cupcake Delivers can rescue your date night with a rush order of cupcakes, cake pops and bites, chocolate-dipped Oreos, balloons, and teddy bears. Order an assortment of treats online and select rapid same-day delivery to make sure you’ve got dessert covered.

The Complete Package

You don't even need to leave the house to put together a last-minute celebration. Postmate’s She Loves Me shop will deliver wine, a dozen roses, all the components of an elegant Italian meal, including spaghetti, pesto, fresh mozzarella, and velvet truffles for dessert—plus massage oil and tea light candles for after. You can even get condoms delivered.

Posted at 12:50 PM/ET, 02/13/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Cute and creative gifts for the woman in your life. By Caroline Cunningham

Even if you’re “not doing anything this year,” it doesn't mean you're off the hook where Valentine's Day is concerned. Treat your lady like the treasure she is with one of these unique gifts. Whether her tastes run to glam gold accessories or tasty chocolates, surprise her with something thoughtful. The best part? We’ve done all the thinking for you, and even kept the wish list to under $50. Happy Valentine’s Day, indeed.

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Posted at 09:28 AM/ET, 02/09/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Creative, inexpensive gifts for the man in your life. By Caroline Cunningham

Let’s all just admit right now that finding a good Valentine’s Day gift for your guy is a headache: this holiday falls too close after Christmas, so his wish list is pretty short this time of the year, most guys don’t go gaga over flowers and chocolate—so those staples are out—and just writing a card seems like you’re skimping. If you’re wanting to make your man feel loved and appreciated this fourteenth, try one of these gifts that’ll make him smile without wiping out your savings.

The rubber wedge ice tray makes the perfectly slanted ice block that’ll keep his liquor cool without watering it down as quickly. Whiskey Wedge, $14.95 at Uncommon Goods.

Trade in his cluttered nightstand for this stylish wood dock that’ll keep track of all his necessities, including a dock for his iPhone, hooks for a watch and his keys, and a spot for his wallet. Docking Station, $39 at Etsy.

These geometric coasters make for great urban chic table toppers, as well as give you something to mess around with when he’s watching the game. Table Tiles Coaster Set, $15 at Poketo.

Bourbon and Oregon cherries make the perfect mix to dress up his nightcap. Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. Cocktail Cherries, $21.95 at Old Faithful Shop.

We know we said no chocolate, but there’s something respectably manly about the Mast Brother’s nautical print-wrapped dark chocolate with almonds, $10 at Dean & Deluca.

A high-quality razor is hard to come by, and the price point on this one is pretty good. Throw in some shave cream and a three blades, and you’ve got all he needs to stay smooth. Harry’s Deluxe Winston Shave Set, $30 at J. Crew.

This triumvirate of tie bars will ensure that he’s well dressed for every encounter. Brass Tie Bar 3-Pack, $45 at Nordstrom.

Sick of his phone dying midday—or worse, mid-conversation? Make sure he’s ready for the long haul with this portable phone charger, $49.95 at Incase.

Flowers die, but a potted plant lasts forever, or at least as long as he remembers to water it—which won’t be necessary with this Self Watering Planter, $50 at Joey Roth.

He is a man of many skills, so make sure he has the tools to match. He can mix up any cocktail with the Bar10der Ultimate Cocktail Tool, $29.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond.

He’s supposed to swap out his razor blade every week, but in case his stubble says he’s done otherwise, offer him a sharpener to make sure he gets a close shave every time. Razorpit Sharpener, $25 at Uncommon Goods.

If he’s a man of no frills, help mask his musk with this body spray that promises to do one thing: help him smell good daily. Smell Good Daily Eau de Toilette, $32 at Bespoke Post.

For the gamer he was in his childhood—and continues to be whenever you’re not in the house—let him reminisce about his first love, N64, with this Evolution of Video Game Controllers print, $38 at Pop Chart Lab.

He’ll appreciate being able to store his cash in this sleek leather wallet, and you’ll appreciate seeing it on him every time he pays for dinner. Herschel Supply Co. Charlie Leather Wallet, $35 at South Moon Under.

Get him the gift he’d never know to wish for: a get out of jail free card. We’ll leave it up to you to decide how much you’re willing to write off. Off Scot Free, $10 at Jack Spade.

Find Caroline Cunningham on Twitter at @crcunning.

Posted at 05:46 PM/ET, 02/03/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Perfect presents for the eager millennial in your life. By Kay Wicker

Washington is a veritable mecca for fresh-from-college career hunters. They land their first position in the big city, move into their own digs, and, according their Instagram, they’re as busy as the day is long and feeling very #blessed. Make sure they stay sharp on the job with these must-haves for the young professional.

Posted at 11:46 AM/ET, 12/22/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
A collection of gifts with twice the giving power. By Emma Foehringer Merchant

Double your gift-giving mojo by making your presents count for two times the holiday cheer. These items spread goodwill beyond their initial recipients by contributing to communities around the world, supporting causes as diverse as artisan training programs, vaccinations, and dog rescue. Click through our slideshow of ideas for the humanitarian do-gooder in your life.

Posted at 11:22 AM/ET, 12/19/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Fuel the wanderlust of your favorite traveler with these great gifts. By Caroline Cunningham, Emma Foehringer Merchant

Whether he's partying in Paris or sunning in Spain, he's the modern Ernest Hemingway, and the planet is his playground. She hasn't been home in months, but she has been to every continent—in the past year. They're always on the move, so their tastes are a little tricky to nail down. Fuel their wanderlust with one of the gifts in our slideshow that are sure to entrance your favorite traveler.

Posted at 05:10 PM/ET, 12/16/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Get creative with our curated list of gifts. By Kay Wicker

Though they're tasked with one of the world’s most important jobs—sculpting the minds of the future—teachers don't always get the credit they deserve. They wake up before the sun, stay up well into the wee hours fine-tuning their lesson plans and grading papers, and respond to even the most mundane of questions with an encouraging smile. Skip the Starbucks gift card and click through the slideshow for 14 creative gift ideas for the excellent educators you know.

Posted at 11:51 AM/ET, 12/15/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
A curated collection of great items to show her how much you care. By Kay Wicker

She's on the go from the crack of dawn—she spins, she cooks, she sneaks in some reading when she has time—and for all she does, she deserves a bit of pampering, to say the least. As usual, her jam-packed sched leaves her little time to make a wish list for herself, so if you're tired of giving your favorite lady the same lame presents (new spatulas, anyone?), take a look through our slideshow of gifts for the mom who makes your world go round.

Posted at 01:05 PM/ET, 12/10/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
A curated collection of cool gifts for your favorite trendsetter. By Caroline Cunningham

Dating a hipster guy has many advantages. You can always count on him to know the best music, tech, and places to be before you do, and his indie-brand-filled wardrobe puts yours to shame. The only problem? This makes it almost impossible to find the perfect holiday gift for him. If you've already spent too many hours hunting, click through the slideshow for 11 gifts for your hipster man that we think are pretty cool—just don't tell him we said so.

See also: Washingtonian Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Posted at 02:51 PM/ET, 12/08/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Glam gifts for the woman in your life.
Photograph of necklace by Mark Feigenbaum; Book, cocktail shaker, and clutch by Jeff Elkins; Shoes, rings, cards, and brushes by Jeff Elkins.

1. Make a Statement

Sophie Blake New York “Luna” necklace, 14-karat gold over brass, $695 at

2. Luxe Leather

Gold leather driving gloves, $75 at Kate Spade Saturday (3061 M St., NW; 202-471-5900)

3. Bubbly Buy

The Champagne Guide by Tyson Stelzer, $29.95 at Le Village Marché (2800 S. Rudolph St., Arlington; 703-379-4444)

4. That’s A Fitbit?

Slip a Fitbit fitness tracker in this metal bracelet, $195 at Tory Burch (1211 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-337-1410)

5. Jewel Box

Minaudière clutch by Shiraleah, $55 at Proper Topper (1350 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-842-3055)

6. Setting The Bar

Cocktail shaker plated in 24-karat gold, $92 at Salt & Sundry (Union Market, 1309 Fifth St., NE; 202-556-1866)

Photographs of shoes, rings, cards, and brushes by Jeff Elkins.

7. Fancy Fingers

Mischo Beauty toxin-free nail lacquer in “halo” color, $18 at the Emerald Door (8311 Grubb Rd., Silver Spring; 301-587-5800) and

8. Looking Sharp

“LoveHurts” 18-karat rose-gold rings with upside-down diamonds, $6,200 to $9,100 at Shah & Shah Distinctive Jewelers (1001 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-223-6001)

9. Brush Up

Alexis Bittar “Liquid Gold” makeup-brush set with stand, in 24-karat gold plate with Swarovski crystals, $175 at Sephora

10. Decadent Deck

Metallic playing cards, $18 at

11. The Beat Goes On

Beats by Dre “Studio” headphones in Champagne, $299.95 at

12. Paillette Perfect

Attilio Giusti Leombruni sequin oxford, $365 at the Shoe Hive (127 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria; 703-548-7105)

Find more perfect presents in our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.

Posted at 12:00 PM/ET, 11/26/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()