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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:00 am

Valentine’s Day is here and the time to purchase a gift for that special someone is running out.

Several Ralston businesses still have plenty of ideas for any last minute Valentine’s Day shoppers.

Applewood Hy-Vee has a wide selection of Valentine’s items, according to Hy-Vee Human Resources Manager Deb Gerch.

The store has plenty of traditional items like chocolates, flowers and stuffed animals, but also many more creative kinds of Valentine’s gifts like wine, fruit kebabs and even bath salts.

Hy-Vee also has special Valentine-themed food items, like heart-shaped pizzas and cookies.

In particular, Gerch likes the variety of food available.

“We have this steak and shrimp dinner for two, and it is so good,” she said. “There is tons of food here.”

Gerch assures that with the wide selection available at Hy-Vee, there will gifts available for everyone, even at the last minute.

Flowers are a staple to Valentine’s Day, and A Flower Basket in Ralston is the go-to place for all kinds of flowers.

“Valentine’s Day is kind of tricky, everybody usually waits to the last minute,” said A Flower Basket owner Deneen Badami. “But we can help them out.”

Badami said she has a wide selection of flowers including lilies, carnations, daises and traditional roses. She recommends a mixture of all kinds of flowers for Valentine’s Day to make it as special as possible.

With such a large variety, they guarantee that no customer will be turned down and everyone can find the right flowers for Valentine’s Day.

Alternatively, Hy-Vee also has a wide variety of flowers in their floral department, including a special offer of a dozen roses for just under $20.

So for anyone looking for something special on Valentine’s Day, there is still time.

The wide varieties offered by Ralston businesses will help make Valentine’s Day special for everyone.

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