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Valentine's Day: The best – and worst – last-minute buys

By Samuel Muston

The good.... Avoid venturing out into the wintry cold for a disappointing set menu and pick up the M&S Valentine's meal deal instead (£20, marksandspencer.com).

  • Today is the last day of the Moët & Chandon pop-up shop in London's Covent Garden. Get down there quick for a customised bottle before they're gone.
  • Champagne not your love's thing? Pick up some Lov Organic rose tea, which comes in an elegant pink caddy tin. (£9, johnlewis.com)
  • Feeling the post-recessional chill in the wallet? Save the pennies and score brownie points with a Spotify playlist of "your" songs instead.

...the bad and the ugly

  • Tell us please, what exactly is romantic about an "erotic" pork sausage from the Art of Meat butcher in Cambridge?
  • What was Waitrose thinking with its hand-picked rose-petal sprinkles? Poor bald roses. (£1.99, waitrose.com)
  • If you aren't a banker or a lottery winner, you may want to avoid London's Lanesborough hotel, where the seven-course Valentine's menu with wine comes in at £230 per person. Recession? What recession.
  • Say it with heartburn: apparently Pot Noodle has a special "couples pot" in development for next year's festivities. Current suggestions include lobster and garlic, oysters and chilli and rare steak.

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