Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

Planning your Valentine’s Day in a pinch? Evansville Living has you covered. From fancy dinners to clever cards, we’ll help you find the best ways to say “I love you” to your sweetheart.

5-course Upstairs Dinner at Schymik’s Kitchen
Feb. 14, 1112 Parrett St. •
Treat your valentine to a memorable, upscale five-course meal as part of Schymik’s Kitchen’s Upstairs Dinner series. From starters like butter lettuce salad, creamy she-crab soup, and shrimp cocktail to a main course of braised short rib and caramelized onion risotto and pots de crème caramel for dessert, this dinner will wow your significant other. Each $150 per-person ticket covers tax and gratuity and includes a glass of champagne and a $25 Schymik’s Kitchen gift card for use starting Feb. 15.

4-course dinner at Comfort by the Cross-Eyed Cricket
Feb. 11-14, 230 Main St. •
Looking for a budget-friendly dining experience or a romantic dinner on a night other than Feb. 14? Comfort by the Cross-Eyed Cricket has created a special Valentine’s featured menu available for four nights starting Feb. 11. Dive into plates of Alaskan king crab stuffed mushrooms, eggplant parmesan, seafood stuffed salmon with roasted red pepper sauce, applewood bacon-wrapped filet mignon, bourbon pecan pie, sweet rum bread pudding, and more for $65 per person. Enjoy seating on Comfort’s main floor or tucked into the basement-level Hideaway space. Comfort’s standard menu is also available on these evenings. Reservations are recommended by calling 812-909-3742.

Painting with a Twist’s Valentine’s at-home “date night” kits
5625 E. Virginia St., Ste. A •
Feel like staying in? Bring Valentine’s Day fun home with at-home painting kits from Painting with a Twist. For $60, any of its painting kits can be made “date night” ready with two 16-inch-by-20-inch canvases, painting supplies, and written and video instructions.

“Rocky Horror Picture Show” by STAGEtwo Productions
7:30 p.m. Feb. 11; 7:30 Feb. 12; midnight Feb. 13, 321 N. Congress Ave. •
Indulge in a spectacularly strange Valentine’s date by taking in STAGEtwo Productions’ 7th annual staging of “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” This highly interactive production includes pre-show games, prop bags for purchase, and drinks and concessions. Tickets are $15 and available for purchase at the door and online. Audience members are required to wear masks.

Cute Greeting Cards at River City Coffee + Goods
223 Main St. •
Who says Valentine’s cards have to be saccharine and mushy? River City Coffee + Goods has an impressive collection of funny, irreverent notes to send your sweetheart. Some include tender notes like “You’re the best thing I’ve ever found on the internet” and “You make me feel all koozie inside.” Others kick off a wave of nostalgia by featuring scratch-off messages on Nintendo, Etch-A-Sketch, and Tamagotchi designs. Send your special someone a sweethearts confettigram, have them unlock a secret message in a heart decoder card, or paint a cute watercolor monster or unicorn valentine.

Cuddlegrams from the Vanderburgh Humane Society
What says “love” more than a hug? Send your valentine a cuddlegram from the Vanderburgh Humane Society. For 30 minutes, recipients can snuggle a puppy ($100), kitten ($75), or rabbit ($50), plus enjoy a personalized card, chocolates, and red roses. 100 percent of the proceeds from the cuddlegram fundraiser stay with VHS. Orders must be placed by 5 p.m. Feb. 11 by calling 812-426-2563 x203 or emailing

Rage Room at Escape Evansville
600 N. Weinbach Ave., Ste. 940 •
Harboring pent-up anger at an ex this Valentine’s Day? Escape Evansville invites you to book 30 minutes of quality time with its $30 Rage Room, where the Tri-State can suit up and rage out. Protective gear is provided along with bats, clubs, hammers, and things to smash, and participants can bring one item of their own — a perfect way to get rid of that old framed photo of your ex.

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