Thrillist’s Ways to C.Y.A.: Last-Minute Tips for Men on Valentine’s Day

Thrillists-Ways-to-CYALast year, many diners booked their Valentine’s Day reservations on OpenTable in the week leading up to the big day. And the guys over at Thrillist wouldn’t be surprised if most of those last-minute bookers were men. According to Ben Robinson, senior editor of the site that specializes in uncovering the best of your city’s food, drinks, gear, services, entertainment, travel options, and events, “Unlike women, men are inherently lazy, negligent, and terrified to think they know who they’ll be buying a lobster dinner for three weeks from now; naturally, they assume all other men are just like this as well.” But, says Robinson, “There are always some guys who brazenly break ranks and actually book Valentine’s Day reservations before 5:00pm on the 14th, but the rest of the men need help, and OpenTable’s there to rescue them.”

While OpenTable can help rescue dinner, we can’t take care of every aspect of a creating a successful Valentine’s Day for you and your girl. Fortunately, Robinson, who has been with Thrillist for three years, is sharing his “Valentine’s Day You-Know-What Savers” for every man without a plan.

1. Tailored Music. Robinson raves, “This service is incredible! They actually create a custom love song for your lady that’s totally personalized for her and even comes in a special CD package with the lyrics. The only way you could ruin this one is by trying to sing it yourself.”

2. Chocolate Nation’s Chocolate Concierge. He recommends these chocolates with a personal touch, saying “These guys take info on your special woman, such as hobbies and culinary likes and dislikes, and turn that into a bespoke box of chocolates pulled together from some of the finest chocolatiers in the country, who even make specialty chocolates if your girl is kosher, vegan, or just really committed to fair trade.”

3. The Ultimate Rose. Robinson recommends saying it with flowers — really, really big flowers! He advises guys, “These cartoonishly oversized roses range from three to six feet long, meaning they make up for all the times you forgot to get her flowers. Actually, that’s not true at all.”

4. Call Me Casanova. “Casanova never lets you forget another must-gift day. Just pre-set what you want to send to your main squeeze, from flowers to jewelry, when you want them to send it, and they take care of the remembering. You can also have them send pre-penned love notes stuffed in bottles — you just have to pray she’s forgotten your handwriting,” he adds.