The planned and unplanned last-minute Valentine's Day gift-buying

February 14, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN |
  • Jeremy Grove of Hagerstown and his son, Jason, were out buying last-minute Valentine's Day gifts for Heather Grove, wife and mother, who had given birth to new daughter, Elizabeth, on Sunday.
Photo by Caleb Calhoun

Hagerstown resident Nile Daley said he usually shops for Valentine’s Day gifts at the last minute.

“I don’t have to hide the gifts if I buy them on the day,” he said. “I planned on shopping on Valentine’s Day.”

Daley was among area residents shopping for last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts on Tuesday. He bought flowers at Chas. A. Gibney Florist and Greenhouse and said that he has no trouble shopping for them on Feb. 14.

“I think the flowers are a little fresher on Valentine’s Day,” he said. “I also like delivering them myself.”

On the other hand, Zach Sauble said he usually does not shop for Valentine’s Day gifts at the last minute, but that his circumstances changed this year.

“We saw a movie recently and my girlfriend said she liked a flower that was in it,” he said. “I had to call and order it last week.”

Sauble, 19, of Hagerstown, said that between work and school, he had trouble finding the time to shop for gifts.

“She only likes certain colors,” he said. “And I still plan to get candy.”

Carla Pullen, 39, of Hagerstown, was shopping for flowers on Valentine’s Day, but she said that last-minute shopping for the holiday is not stressful for her.

“There’s not as much pressure on girls because we’re more in it for the romance,” she said. “All the guys are here though, and they’re smart. I can imagine it’s stressful for them.”

Jake Hinlicky, 23, of Keedysville, was helping his friend, Brett Anderson of Sharpsburg, shop for a Valentine’s Day gift.

“It’s the right thing to do,” he said. “Brett helped me out a week ago shopping for my girlfriend.”

Hinlicky, 23, said he would deliver flowers to Anderson’s girlfriend at work.

Jeremy Grove of Hagerstown also was doing last-minute shopping, but said he does not do that every year.

“My wife, Heather, had our daughter, Elizabeth, on Sunday,” he said. “My son, Jacob, and I need to buy them flowers.”

Grove said last-minute shopping could be stressful.

“It’s a little crazy. The store’s real busy,” he said. “Hopefully, there are some good roses left that we can pick out.”

Cheryl Cannon, manager of Chas. A. Gibney Florist and Greenhouse, said business on Valentine’s Day is always hectic and people should shop for gifts ahead of time if they can.

“We have a lot of people come in and want something delivered on Valentine’s Day,” she said. “By that time, we usually are filled up with our deliveries.”

Pat O’Brien, owner of Ben’s Flower Shop in Hagerstown, said Valentine’s Day is busy.

“We almost stopped taking orders,” he said. “People have to come in and choose what we already have made.”

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