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How To Avoid the Cold, Cruel World on Valentine's Day

DIY meal kits, booze, sweets, and delivery dinners for a V-Day at home.

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Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and to make matters worse, it's on a Saturday this year. If you haven't made reservations by now (our last-chance guide can help you), you might just be inclined just give up and stay home. Luckily we've got five great options for delivery and DIY that will knock your lover's socks (and possibly more) right off. Order full meals, booze, baked goods and flowers delivered directly to your love shack, and avoid the Black Saturday crowds.

946756_175612125931963_1488565506_n.0.jpg1. Breakfast in bed: Dinner at a fancy restaurant is nowhere near as rad as breakfast in bed, especially if you've spent Friday night cuddling up on some cocktails. Sprig is serving up a special Valentine's menu that includes sweet and savory crepes and a duck confit hash with sweet potatoes, greens and oyster mushrooms (sous-vide poached egg optional). Add on some local flowers or vegan, gluten- and dairy-free truffles for some extra brownie points. The menu will be available for delivery on February 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

946756_175612125931963_1488565506_n.0.jpg2. Baked treats and booze: Pass along some calories to show you care, via Doughbies and Merchants of Beverage. Choose from treats like red velvet cookies paired with tawny port and double-chocolate sea salt cookies paired with a three-pack of whiskey or a bottle of Scotch. Goodies get delivered within the hour, ensuring that your baked goods are as fresh as they get, and your booze requirements never go unfulfilled. And if you haven't already purchased a gift, MoB does pairings of truffle boxes and booze, or wine and stemware, as well.

946756_175612125931963_1488565506_n.0.jpg3. Carbo-load for love: Salumeria will make you look like a pro chef with their pasta kit for two. Cook an impressive meal of beet and rose pasta stuffed with ricotta and truffle ($45), then add on some cured meats, cheeses, a chocolate budino, or sparkling wine for the full effect. And if you're feeling really festive, try the blini making kit ($120). It comes with caviar, creme fraiche and everything required to make your own tiny little pancakes. Place an order online to make things as effortless as possible.

946756_175612125931963_1488565506_n.0.jpg4. Heart-shaped snacks: If you're low on time but still feelin' the love, order the entire shebang from Good Eggs. Local flowers, heart-shaped cookies, pies and cakes, boxes of chocolates, steaks, and surf 'n turf are all up for grabs in their Valentine's Day marketplace.

946756_175612125931963_1488565506_n.0.jpg5. Fully cooked and ready to roll: Munchery is opening up for dinner on a Saturday for the very first time, ensuring that the culinarily challenged can feast in the romantic confines of their own homes. Place an order ahead for dishes like New York strip steak, seared duck breast or spicy crab pappardelle from local chefs. And to celebrate their recent partnership with wine purveyors Vivino, Munchery is now offering wine by the bottle, specifically paired with the evening's menu offerings. Add on some molten chocolate-Nutella cake and a bottle of Prosecco and the deal is done.

6. Dinner kits spell success: Get everything you need to succeed in Luke's Local's Valentine's Day dinner kits. They'll deliver everything you need to get cookin', like all the ingredients to prepare filet of beef with bordelaise, chanterelle mushrooms, herb-roasted potatoes and truffle butter for two ($45). They've also got gorgeous flowers, chocolates and baked goods to round out the meal. Order by Thursday, February 12 for delivery on Friday February, 13th from 3pm-7pm or Saturday from 1pm-4pm in San Francisco, the East Bay and the South Bay. Also available for pickup during the same days/hours at 1750 Cesar Chavez St. Unit E.

7. Call in the professionals: There's still time to just completely blow your Valentine's Day date out of the water. Hire Kitchit's professional chefs to prepare dinner in the intimate setting of your own home. They've got a special Valentine's menu with items like baked oysters, a grass-fed beef filet with prawns and risotto and chocolate profiteroles.