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Hearts, flowers, and apps – oh my!

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It’s not too late to do something special for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. If you’re too busy, too confused or simply forgot the big day, there’s a procrastinator’s paradise of tech tools at your fingertips.

Heartfelt and homemade

If I tried to whip up something crafty overnight, it would look more like something the dog coughed up than a token of affection. Instead, turn to sites such as Lovestagram to do your romantic bidding. It’s a simple Valentine creator that generates a sweet little storyline out of shared Instagram photos. Of course, you and your sweetheart need Instagram accounts for this to work.

Another good choice is creating your own love poem, one that’s actually good, via the Instant Poetry app. Create and print your own personal coupons, as "G" rated or not, as you dare through A good option if you’re already in a relationship is an app for couples called TheIcebreak. It’s a fun and flirty new way to communicate through technology that can help bring you closer together in real life.

Want more traditional?

If you’re more into a traditional display of affection, such as flowers, a website subscription service such as H.Bloom can send its "Hero" bouquet of red roses the same day you order them — up until 2 p.m., in some areas. However, be aware a notice on the H.Bloom site says it will accept Valentine’s Day orders until 5 p.m. ET Feb. 13th.

Facebook Gifts lets you buy and give real gifts to Facebook friends without ever getting up off the couch. Consider the "I Would Cuddle You So Hard" T-shirt or the "Grow Your Own Tree Kit." Aside from an overnight Amazon gift, this is a seriously simple way to give great gifts in the 11th hour.

You’ve likely heard of the OpenTable restaurant reservation app. But did you know that you can use it with geo-location on your smartphone to find a last-minute reservation at a fabulous restaurant near you even on Valentines Day? Or, you can use its classy new restaurant gift certificate service, Treatful, for a romantic raincheck on any night of your choice.

If you want to take the spur-of-the-moment romantic evening one step further, the app Hotel Tonight shows last-minute hotel rooms available in a particular city.

Gifts in a pinch

If you’re set on running out to an electronics store this second, see if you can snap up Sony’s lovable little new WX80 digital do-it-all cybershot camera.

It has built-in Wi-Fi for easy sharing, so you can update your Facebook profile the same second you switch your status from "single" to "in a relationship." The WX80 also shoots full HD movies, and takes great shots in low light.

What I like most about it is that it really puts your best face forward with built-in beauty effects such as teeth whitening, skin smoothing and shine removal, all done automatically.

Bluetooth-enabled portable speakers, such as Jawbone’s red or pink Jambox are great choices.

Or, you can send a more serious, "I always want to be connected with you," message with i.Sound’s Portable Power Max back-up battery charger.

This little brick back-up battery gives you hours of connection on the go.

Another easy go-out-and-get-now gadget gift is a Serta Ivory electric foot warmer. Don’t laugh, this is one of those gifts you have no idea how much you’ll love until your tootsies are toasty and warm.

There’s no shortage of truly beautiful and practical Valentine-theme jewelry this year. For women, there’s the Swarovski Crystal Heart Pendant necklace that doubles as a USB key. Check out the 54 Indian Siam crystals on this little bauble.

For men, there’s a trendy polished silver set of Wi-Fi connected USB cufflinks.

Maybe just turn it all off?

Want to give a really, really great Valentine?

How about turning off all the tech gadgets for at least one night.

I know, novel concept, but what the heck … you might just walk away more connected, at least with your loved one, than ever before.

Jennifer Jolly is an Emmy award-winning consumer tech contributor and host of USA TODAY’s video feature Tech Now. E-mail her at

(c) Copyright 2013 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.

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