Valentine’s Day has accumulated quite the reputation. All the treats and gifts marketed to influence your perfect purchase are fine at best and unbearably cheesy at best. Do we really need all that plasticky chocolate in heart-shaped boxes and stuffed animals that are cute for the three seconds before you throw it in the garbage?
Here’s the thing. Valentine’s Day is a holiday, and it can be about whatever you (and your partner) want. It helps to think about it as a dedicated time to spend together. The gift that is a good gift is good because you’re giving it to someone with intension. You know he’s been paying more attention to brewing slow coffee and afternoon teas. You notice she hasn’t taken much time recently to just chill. I wouldn’t say it’s the thought that counts, but it is the thought that makes a gift good.
That’s step 1: simplify. Step 2? Get something that is sweet but not over the top, something that will brighten up their week or make your date night a little chiller. Plus, no worries if you’ve procrastinated on getting that item just right. We rounded up some of the best Valentine’s Day gifts to give, including fun, creative, and simple Valentine’s Day gifts, most of which are eligible for that quick free shipping we know and love. Here are the 40 best last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts for that special someone in your life.
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Portable coffee mugs are important, even if they are only being transported from the kitchen to the couch. Fellow’s mug is, one, beautiful and two, lined with a ceramic coating that won’t make the coffee taste all metallic. This is good for a new relationship, when all you are certain about is that they regularly drink coffee.
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Valentine’s Day Collection
Keep him fresh and clean with these V-day-themed soaps and scents from Dr. Squatch. Our favorite? Their Scentual Scents Bundle, which includes an alpine sage candle, two pine colognes, and a strawberry bar soap, will leave him smelling like a romantic staycation.
Lou Malnati’s Deep Dish Pizzas + Garrett Popcorn Tin
If the best way through his heart is through his stomach, then give him two of Chicago’s classic dishes: Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizzas and Garrett’s popcorn. Shipping within the continental US is pretty quick, and your order will most likely arrive within a week.
747 Boxer Briefs Kit
6-Month Audible Subscription
Yep, it is time. Even the biggest of real-book nerds can get in on audiobooks—you just have to get them with the right genre. Or, help them help themselves. Nothing better than a last-minute gift to any loved one than a subscription.
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1 Year Subscription
Headspace rules and there is no way around it. Its expansive library has recordings for everything: focusing, sleeping, walking, and even working out. It can be used alone or as a couple and it’s about as easy of a last-minute gift you could get.
V60 Olive Wood Stand
Making coffee is a sacred experience, and a bit of decor can help it look the part. This wood stand saves you both from any dangerous balancing act performed during a pour over. Your wife will thank you.
For those who are cooking at home and enjoying the experience, a little something special to add to the kitchen is always a happy gift to give and get.
Foldable Lounge Floor Pillow
For the home that prefers a plethora of seating options—especially for those homebound in 2021—this lounge pillow is a game changer. Use it for meditating, reading, lying down, or rolling up as a pillow. What could be a better last-minute Valentine’s Day gift than the gift of total comfort.
Date Night Box
Bring him the gift of travel with this date night package, which contains six European wine tubes to try, so he’ll feel like he’s in wine country without having to book a plane ticket.
Another idea that lasts longer than a bouquet of flowers: dried eucalyptus. They look cool as hell, first, and they also have a refreshing scent rather than the funeral kind, courtesy of cheap flowers.
Designs Picture Frame
For a cheap, simple, and romantic last-minute Valentine’s Day gift, print out a favorite photo of you together and stick it in a frame. It’s both thoughtful and incredibly efficient.
Aeroccino3 Milk Frother
A milk frother is the item your kitchen has been missing. It makes everything feel a little more romanticized, from that slow morning latte to the nighttime hot chocolate.
Enameled Cast Iron Signature Sauteuse Oven
Sometimes we use gift-giving events as opportunities to buy something that would be nice to have, but maybe we don’t need. A beautiful Le Creuset is just that special thing.
Female Form Body Flower Vase
Sometimes we all gotta get a little playful with the holiday of extra-ness, no? A quippy form vase is whimsical and empowering as heck.
Partner not big on Valentine’s Day presents? Give them a bath soak and an hour to themselves. Like a day at the spa, with none of the work.
Himalayan Salt Lamp Bowl
It’s always nice to help make a home feel cozy, and warm lighting does that. This salt lamp bowl is the best last-minute Valentine’s Day gift for the meditation extraordinaire.
Yep, this is indeed another Valentine’s Day-approved alternative to a plain old bouquet. These dried flowers are much more modern and require zero upkeep. Plus, you can order these for next-day delivery.
Warby Handwoven Rug
Upgrade his entryway with this jewel toned rug, which makes for a thoughtful statement piece (and housewarming gift).
Slip Silk Queen Pillowcase
Premium Laptop Sleeve
Keep his most prized work essential stylishly protected.
Snoozewear Blanket Robe
This is one of the thickest and coziest robes we’ve ever tried. Good luck trying to get him out of bed once he’s tried this on.
Do not gift the non-romantic something romantic. They don’t want it. Instead, just get ’em something they really want—like a fresh new pair of their favorite sneakers.
Chimes Ginger Chews 1lb Variety Bag
Sure, a drugstore box of chocolate can be cheesy. But a 1-lb. bag of candy? Now that’s how you do candy for V-day.
If you share a home, something a little special you can both enjoy makes for a great last-minute Valentine’s Day gift. This diffuser is subtle enough to go with most styles, and you can change up the scents to your preferred notes.
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We know you think your boyfriend doesn’t want slippers. We know he thinks he doesn’t want slippers. But he wants these slippers. Trust us.
Ergonomic Foot Rest Cushion
For the no-frills partner more partial to ergonomics than romance, get them a comfy foot rest for keeping their home office optimally functioning this Valentine’s Day.
Cha Kyusu Maru Tea Pot
With limited access to cafes, people have been turning to their own kitchens for fun beverage experiences. Help the tea lover out with a pot that brews in plain sight.
Better Than Sex Blend
And, of course, a tea that fits the bill. There is perhaps no blend more on brand for this holiday than one entitled “Better than Sex.” You can judge that claim for yourself.
Brut Rose Champagne
No need for strawberries with this bubbly: Billecart Salmon’s winning Champagne Rosé packs floral and berry notes that’s refreshing but not too fruity.
Collapsible Coffee Cup
Most portable coffee cups are heavy and bulky and always in the way. And sometimes you just plain don’t want to use a paper cup. This one folds up and stores away easily.
For the light sleeper, Bose Sleepbuds are made to mask specific noises and rock you right to bed. A bit pricey, but they’re worth it for better sleep.
3 Month Coffee Subscription
There is perhaps no wrong way to gift coffee, but a subscription to a top-notch company like Blue Bottle is a different kind of right.
LES Boy Smells Candle
Candles always help set the mood for Valentine’s Day—and this trendy option from Boy Smells also has a delicious scent of peach blossom, jasmine rice, and white cedar.
Only real coffee machine connoisseurs will understand the power of a good morning brew. This one will change both of your wake ups for the better.
JIC Gem Bookends
For the reader with an eye for a good-looking bookshelf, a set of stunning bookends.
Fruit Infuser Water Bottle
Obviously, this gift isn’t for every partner. But if she’s someone who appreciates a fine melon-infused water at the spa, then bring the spa home to her.
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