Starbucks Valentine’s Day giveaway!


Our friends at Starbucks want to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day by offering one lucky Gadgeteer reader a Valentine’s Day gift box that they can share with their #1 sweetie. Included in the gift box are 2 ceramic mugs, one Sweetheart 2014 CD with some of your favorite romantic tunes and two boxes of Starbucks K-Cups (one Blonde Bright Sky Blend and one Blonde Aria Blend). What are you waiting for, hurry up and get your entry in!

How to enter (please read carefully – any missed steps and your entry will be disqualified):

1. Between now and 02/12/2014 11:59PM EST leave a comment on this page with your favorite Valentine’s Day memory.

2. At some point on 02/13/2014, I’ll pick 1 random winner using The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hrs to claim their prizes. If I do not receive an answer to my emails in that time period, I’ll do other drawings till the prizes are gone.


1. Only one entry per person (warning: I check IP addresses).

2. Gadgeteer writers, family members and close friends may not enter this contest.

3. is not responsible for any lost packages or incorrect shipping addresses.

4. Winner must have a US shipping address.


The winner is #38 Keith.  Congrats to Keith and thank you to everyone who entered and to Starbucks for sponsoring the contest.

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62 comments… add one
  • Matt February 11, 2014, 5:02 pm

    Best memory is actually simply staying home and watching a movie with a pizza. We have kind of made it a tradition now, except with home-made pizza.

  • judy February 11, 2014, 5:10 pm

    Love is in the air……………….

  • Roy Harrigan February 11, 2014, 5:43 pm

    Favorite Valentines memory is taking a girl out in college to Red Lobster. She ordered the most expensive thing on the menu, drinks, and a dessert. Then to top it off, she refused to speak with me the day after. Learned afterwards that Valentines isn’t about how much you spend but who you spend it with.

  • Amanda Rivera February 11, 2014, 5:48 pm

    My favorite Valentine’s memory is thanks to my dad. Every year, he would leave us a box of our favourite chocolates, a teddy bear, a flower and a card. The card was always sentimental and reminded us that he loved us and would always be our “valentine”. This means so much to me, and I’m glad I have these valuable memories from him.

  • jimlat February 11, 2014, 5:51 pm

    Valentine’s Day 1983…came home from college in New York City to visit my then-girlfriend/now-wife in a blizzard…over 20″ of snow…but it was worth it!!!

  • April Freeman February 11, 2014, 6:00 pm

    My fondest memory would be when my Husband returned home with a bouquet of flowers he picked from his daily walk, because we were too broke at the time for anything else.

  • Ray Raddatz February 11, 2014, 6:08 pm

    This year’s pending memory; going to a concert in North Carolina!

  • Patrycja Chudziak February 11, 2014, 6:10 pm

    My husband surprising me w/our puppy on VDay 🙂

  • David Watson February 11, 2014, 6:18 pm

    I got my (now husband) a box of double-dipped dark chocolate covered strawberries from Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Co. on our first Valentine’s Day together.

    He opened it and got a huge grin on his face.

    I then opened my gift only to find that we both got each other the exact same thing.

    It was meant to be.

  • Betty W February 11, 2014, 6:23 pm

    Roast duck for two at our favorite restaurant – which we hoped to do again this weekend but must wait, as in the last big freeze they had pipes burst in the kitchen so won’t be open for a while now.

  • Chris February 11, 2014, 6:24 pm

    My best valentine memory has to be last year where we went on a short easy hike near Boulder, CO and then grabbed some coffee and a movie!

  • Jennette February 11, 2014, 7:00 pm

    Picnic on the beach, while watching the sun set. Sushi, apple cider, and lots of love was shared. 🙂

  • Gabrielle February 11, 2014, 7:32 pm

    Having a BIG snowball fight, then going home to hot chocolate, roses, chocolate candy and late night movies.

  • mike February 11, 2014, 7:40 pm

    Having a teddy bear delivered to my wife before we were married! …25 years ago!

  • Ben February 11, 2014, 7:42 pm

    I used to love getting chocolate and cards from my parents when I was growing up. Family love… nothing stronger.

  • Jessie C. February 11, 2014, 8:34 pm

    The year I got a handmade dresser from hub is the best so far.

  • Anastasia February 11, 2014, 9:18 pm

    One Valentine’s Day, my daughters made me some lovely cards AND origami flowers! They were really beautiful and, truly, that was the sweetest, best, Valentine’s Day ever <3

  • Julia February 11, 2014, 9:20 pm

    My best Valentine’s Day memory was my boyfriend and mine’s first Valentine’s Day in 2011. He was away in basic training for the military and I wasn’t even thinking about Valentine’s Day because I was too sad that he wasn’t going to be around. Even with everything he was going through in training he took the time to make me a card (drawing and coloring pictures and all, and he deff is not an artist lol) and write a poem. I still have the card saved away and that is my best Valentine’s Day memory.

  • Everett Harper February 11, 2014, 10:05 pm

    Quiet days (and nights) together with a loved one, that is what it is all about.

  • BB February 11, 2014, 10:09 pm

    A walk in the neighborhood, and coffee and cake in a cafe. We were living in Berlin, and it snowed.

  • Yusuf Nasrullah February 11, 2014, 10:11 pm

    It’s got to be that intimate kiss in the house by the lake!

  • Susan Christy February 11, 2014, 10:37 pm

    My favorite Valentine’s Day was many years ago. My whole family was together in Kansas City because my grandmother was in the hospital (that part wasn’t good) but all of my siblings and spouses went out to Valentine’s Day Dinner together and celebrated with each other. Four young couples in love, surrounded by all of those we loved most – it was so much fun.

  • John February 11, 2014, 10:58 pm

    I’ve been married now for almost 20 years, and the first Valentine’s Day I shared with my wife was when we had been dating only 6 weeks. I knew without question she was the “one.” In our area we had the worst blizzard in memory, and the several feet of snow had been plowed, but was drifting everywhere in the roads. I had bought her roses and in trying to get to her house in the rural area where we live, I finally was stopped short (about 1/2 mile) from her home. I walked the rest of the way in freezing temperatures because I couldn’t give up on seeing her face and bringing a smile to her face. She brings a smile to mine every day, and it was time well spent. I couldn’t imagine a day without her.

  • Carla Pullum February 11, 2014, 11:52 pm

    My boyfriend surprised me last Valentines Day by having me go to the mall then calling me up and telling me to go to the Godiva store. I walked in and the employees said Happy Valentines day and there was candy and a bear! My boyfriend surprised me!

  • Corey Saxton February 12, 2014, 12:57 am

    Last year was the first Valentine’s Day that my wife and I spent together. We didn’t plan anything special, but that day was special nonetheless. Having her with me is the best present I could hope for.

  • Ed Hubert February 12, 2014, 7:49 am

    best Valentine’s was giving flowers to the woman that I now am married to. Best day of my life.

  • Fred February 12, 2014, 7:49 am

    Last year, I let my toddler son give his mother the Valentine Day present.

  • Joel Perlish February 12, 2014, 8:14 am

    … A great motorcycle ride to a little getaway at the shore. mmmm….

  • JEff BOwen February 12, 2014, 8:40 am

    I’ll let you know Saturday Morning!

  • dawgzilla February 12, 2014, 8:55 am

    Any Valentines day not alone is a great one! Be thankful for the one you are with.

  • Rick Smith February 12, 2014, 9:02 am

    My favorite Valentine memory is every year, when I have the chance to spend that day with my lovely wife of nearly 28 years!

  • Lynn Lopez February 12, 2014, 9:03 am

    My favorite memory is when my hubby took us out to a really nice restaurant on the San Antonio Riverwalk and then we had a night in the Fairmont hotel. There were rose petals on the bed and chocolate covered strawberrys. He is a keeper!

  • Beth February 12, 2014, 9:12 am

    Carnations …. simple flowers that mean so much from simply wonderful people
    & cheesy cards

  • tivoboy February 12, 2014, 9:16 am

    Best valentine is not on vday. It’s those little weekends we get away and alone, without work and just with each other. I honestly make an effort NOT to “celebrate” 2/14 but do little (or big) things every month to show my love.

  • Dan Mossman February 12, 2014, 9:20 am

    Asking my soon to be wife to be my Valerie and bride!

  • Rachel Cartucci February 12, 2014, 9:30 am

    my most favorite memory from Valentines day was when my sister hid in the trunk of a car for 2 hours while that car was being driven to another town.I was the only one in the car that new about it.Her boyfriend thought he was going to be a third wheel on my Valentines date but when I opened the trunk my sister popped out and scared the heck out of the guys. Best Valentines day EVER!!!

  • Lily Sheng February 12, 2014, 9:59 am

    My favorite Valentine’s Day memory was years ago with my fiancee (then boyfriend!). It was pouring down rain, and I had these nice sandals on for our romantic outing at a restaurant. We didn’t have a car then, so when we were done with dinner, he asked me to wait inside, then he ran out in the rain to the nearest Payless shoe store to get me a pair of water proof sketchers just so my high heel sandals wouldn’t be ruined! I thought that was a better and sweeter gift than the chocolates he got me 🙂

    Thank you for the givaway. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Keith February 12, 2014, 10:05 am

    High school: my friend gave another friend some underwear with “Happy VD” on them.

  • Rich February 12, 2014, 10:36 am

    First date with my wife was on Valentine’s day!

  • Joni Bender February 12, 2014, 10:51 am

    Grand kids making me great handmade cards…

  • Patricia February 12, 2014, 11:05 am

    When someone I really like gave me my first rose for valentines…

  • Rosanna Kallay February 12, 2014, 11:14 am

    Best Valentine’s Day ever: My young kids surprised me with home-made dinner and a lop-sided cake when I got home from work. I was a divorced mom and working all the time. I’ve never enjoyed tomato soup and semi-grilled cheese so much as when we sat down to eat and they were beaming with pride and I was trying to keep my tears back.

  • Donna T. February 12, 2014, 11:33 am

    My favorite Valentine’s Day memory is being made at this moment. This is the moment that I will remember because I love myself unconditionally and am now free to love others as I love myself and as God loves us all!

  • Rachel Quaill February 12, 2014, 11:52 am

    My fondest memory was surprising my husband with a two night trip to Frisco! We stayed at a cozy little japanese style hotel with a great view. Walked the city, sat in the park listening to the drum circle and shopped at vintage stores for hats and cd’s. It was amazing!

  • Samath February 12, 2014, 11:57 am

    My favorite Valentine’s Day memory is the day when he proposed me to marry him 🙂

  • Jeannine M. February 12, 2014, 12:05 pm

    My boyfriend and I had a romantic spaghetti dinner at home and watched Lady and the Tramp. I know now that Disney movies are not his thing, but you would never know it that night. He really made it special for me.

  • Donald Schoengold February 12, 2014, 12:06 pm

    Love their coffee; love my wife.


  • Stacy February 12, 2014, 12:26 pm

    Staying home and eating bad hors d’oeuvres have quickly become a family tradition.

  • CM February 12, 2014, 2:25 pm

    Mv favorite memory was when my 4 year old daughter asked me what Valentines day was.. After I explained that it was a day when one person professed a love for another by asking them to be their valentine. She looked at me completely straight faced and said “well, I love you, so will you be my valentine?” It was so sweet and genuine it almost made me cry. After I said “only if you will be mine” and her little voice saying “yes daddy!”, she proceeded to tell the dog that she loved him and she wanted him to be her valentine as well…

  • heatwave16 February 12, 2014, 3:04 pm

    Spent cuddled up at home watching TV with my wife and our 3 pups. Love a good love key moment. 🙂

  • Kimberly February 12, 2014, 3:55 pm

    The best memories I have was helping my daughters, when they were young, with their Valentine Cards for their classmates, wondering which little boy would get that special card from them. It brought back the innocence that I once felt as a child, when I myself would choose that special card out of many for that special boy in my class. The enjoyment of watching the giddiness of my children and others as they passed out their cards to each classmate and wondering what their special cards would say.

    I have to say, that it is nice to get flowers, a card or even go out to eat with your significant other. But, it is not the same as watching your child during this Holiday and seeing them smile. Now that my children are grown, I still live to give them that special Valentine card or gift and relive the moments that I have shared with them. 🙂

  • MarkW February 12, 2014, 4:13 pm

    Relaxing in a quite cafe with tea and coffee and just being. -Mark

  • Ronnie H February 12, 2014, 7:47 pm

    Had made a great chicken parm dinner, big salad and a bottle of Korbel champagne waiting for my girlfriend to arrive from work. Dinner was great and she loved it, opened two bottles of champagne and we both had a wonderful night together. Four days later our puppy became very ill found him on the floor not moving and off to the vet we went. One thousand dollars later and surgery we discovered that the puppy had chewed and eaten the champagne cork that we never knew where it went. One year later girlfriend gone dog stayed with me for eleven years. So Happy Valentine’s Day to my dog. BTW, I have never stepped foot in a Starbucks.

  • Kristin Cobb February 12, 2014, 8:57 pm

    My favorite valentine memory is when my husband and I went to New York for the weekend and WALKED everywhere as tourists, never took a cab!

  • Daniel Bertalotto February 12, 2014, 9:50 pm

    Great little resort in Ozark Mountains called Big Cedar Lodge. Most Februarys we take a few days to get a cabin, start a fire and get away from the everyday.

  • Juliana February 12, 2014, 10:13 pm

    My favorite Valentine’s memory is when my mom used to leave a box of chocolates under my pillow. In the morning I would eat some for breakfast. She didnt like that to much but it was Valentine’s Day!! Lol

  • Kimberly Wright February 13, 2014, 12:49 am

    My best memory of V-day is 2/14/09, my first V-day as a new mom. We had crab legs and steak , and chocolate fondue for dessert at our kitchen table with our two week old snoozing away in his bassinet. <3

  • Sandee Cohen February 13, 2014, 1:22 am

    Best memory.

    Getting a secret valentine card in 4th grade.

  • Anu February 13, 2014, 8:28 am

    The b’day after getting my first time.. I went to a Starbucks with my Valentine to grab some orange cake they had and a mug of whit chocolate mocha .. I love live Starbucks.. and thanks for reminding of these wonderful moments.

  • Julie Strietelmeier February 13, 2014, 8:45 am

    The winner is #38 Keith. Congrats to Keith and thank you to everyone who entered and to Starbucks for sponsoring the contest.

  • Julie Strietelmeier February 13, 2014, 8:45 am

    The contest is now closed.

  • Steve February 13, 2014, 10:54 pm

    Favorite Valentine’s memory is being with your loved one after being away so long from each other while in the Army Overseas!

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