5 Apps for Valentine’s Day
Valentine's Day is all about expressing one's love, and most people want that manifestation of love to be a romantic evening with pretty hearts and flowers. So whether or not you choose a tiny heart-shaped tin of chocolates or a fragrant bouquet of roses, forgetting about February 14th is no longer an option—especially since we’re bringing you five mobile applications to make sure the night runs smoothly.
These five mobile apps lend creative Valentine’s Day ideas to even the most luckless lothario, providing easy checkout and delivery for dinner, searchable restaurant databases and even a second chance at love. From gifts of flowers and chocolates to restaurant reservations to finding a new paramour, these apps can change anyone from zero to hero on Valentine's Day.
If Valentine's Day is about chocolates, then the Godiva mobile app is a must. Although the app is solely about buying Godiva chocolate, it does break down Godiva's products into succinct categories, such as Seasonal Gifts, Bakery Shop and Business Gifts.
Those wanting Valentine's Day chocolates will find them in the seasonal section, where Godiva's heart-shaped pink tins and boxes start at $6. Armed with express checkout, the chocolates can be shipped immediately, or those last-minute users can also use the app to find stores that sell Godiva chocolates locally. (Free for iPhone and BlackBerry)
With the 1800Flowers mobile app, you can start off the day by sending your sweetheart a bouquet of roses or a cluster of carnations delivered right to their workplace or home.
The app is divided by occasions, including Get Well, I'm Sorry, Sympathy, and Anniversary, so it may take a few times to find just the right kind of bouquet for your significant other on Valentine's Day (our vote is to try Best Sellers.) Simply choose from the photo, buy and send, and no one needs to know that you never set foot in a flower shop. (Free for Android and iPhone)
Valentine's Day evening often starts off with dinner. To make the night go as smooth as the wine you’re drinking or the chocolate you’re eating, you can use OpenTable. OpenTable is the mobile app counterpart of OpenTable.com, and it lets you make reservations at 15,000 restaurants around the globe.
Search for a specific date and time and get anywhere from 20 to 100 results at once. But don’t get overwhelmed—users can also filter results by cuisine, price and neighborhood. Its clean interface makes it easy to use, and the app also offers dining information and reward points at participating restaurants.
The best part? If a restaurant is booked solid, the app will recommend similar restaurants that can seat you, so you don't have to worry about ruining the romantic date you had planned. (Free for Android and iPhone)
Impress your date or long-time sweetheart by choosing the perfect wine for the occasion. With the Hello Vino wine app, all wine recommendations come complete with higher-end, popular and bargain-brand selections, along with other types of wine you might enjoy.
If you want to play the sommelier but are really just a wine newbie, take a snapshot of your wine label (an in-app purchase of $0.99 for 20 shots), and Hello Vino will pull up all the information you need about the bottle—ratings, vintage, region and description. You can also add your own wine review after your romantic evening. (Free for Android and iPhone)
For those without a romantic partner on Valentine's Day, there's OkCupid, a social dating app from the online dating site OkCupid.com, that lets users check who's available and where.
To set up a profile, you’ll answer a variety of questions about yourself and upload a few flattering photos. After creating a thorough description of yourself, the app allows you to customize searches to find the closest matches, find the matches online and send and receive messages.
For those of you that are lovelorn, you can also broadcast your locations, just in case you would like to meet up with some local love seekers. Our test run brought back plenty of results, but the highest match was a mere 55 percent. Perhaps we're too picky? (Free for Android and iPhone)