Ever since the pandemic hit, the ability to track time has been elusive. Some months feel like years and others go by in a flash. Already, it seems like we’ve lived multiple lifetimes (and news cycles) within 2021. So it’s unsurprising that February and its signature holiday of love have managed to sneak up on us.
If you’re like us and feel totally blindsided by the sudden and unexpected arrival of the occasion, we’re here to quell your worries. Thanks to the magic of the internet, you can find tons of thoughtful gifts that will arrive on your doorstep by February 14th.
Whether you’re all-in on trying to create a romantic Valentine’s Day at home with your significant other or you opt to celebrate (from a distance) with friends and family, we’ve found the presents that show how much you care—and hide the fact that you waited until the eleventh hour to order.
From cozy socks and warm beanies to enchanting candles and potted plants, here are 17 last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts that don’t look last-minute at all.
1. Ban.Do Compliment Pencils, $10.95
Give your favorite person a daily boost with this rainbow pack of graphite pencils that feature phrases like “You are so smart,” and “You’re fresher than lemonade.” They’ll know exactly how you feel.
2. Dash Mini Maker Electric Round Griddle, $14.99
We like mini anything, but we especially like mini pancakes. This small, lightweight, user-friendly appliance heats up quickly, so breakfast will be ready in no time.
3. Farkle, $9.99
A gift for anyone who has the opportunity to play, Farkle is a classic dice game that can get competitive really quickly. While rolling is pure luck, serious strategy is required when it comes to the decision to walk away with your points or keep trying for more.
4. Plush Heart Rolled Fleece Socks, $16
These bright red socks are equally adorable and cozy. The cutesy heart pattern will stand out with any outfit (including a pair of comfy pajamas).
Valentine’s Day is a chocolate holiday, so you might as well have some in liquid form. This high-quality mix makes for a rich, smooth hot chocolate that’s most delicious when topped with mini marshmallows and whipped cream.
There is nothing quite as romantic as homemade pasta, except perhaps a cookbook that teaches you exactly how to make it. Evan Funke, the chef of Los Angeles’ beloved Felix Trattoria, offers step-by-step instructions for all the essentials, from expert dough to delicious sauce.
7. Hat Attack Bryce Faux Fur Beanie, $70
The gift of a chic, chunky knit beanie in warm blush definitely says, I like you enough that I want your head to stay warm. Or literally anything else. It’s just a cute hat.
8. Costa Farms Snake Plant, $27.99
Potted in a sleek, minimalist standing planter, this 12-inch snake plant is ideal for even beginner plant parents. It only requires water every two weeks, can tolerate all types of light, and boasts beautiful, sword-like leaves.
9. Nest Fragrances Bamboo Candle, $41
Flowering bamboo, white florals, sparkling citrus, and fresh green notes make up the captivating scent of this candle. It’s made of a highly-refined wax that’s designed to burn slowly and emit fragrance liberally.
10. Oster Fondue Pot, $34.99
If dipping small morsels of food into melted chocolate and cheese isn’t romantic, we don’t know what is. This easy-to-clean, DuraCeramic fondue maker comes with eight long, skinny forks engineered for optimal dunking.
Colorful, enamel-coated beads are the specialty of jewelry designer Roxanne Assoulin. This rainbow number is just the playful piece of wrist candy your loved one won’t want to take off.
12. Slip Pure Silk Pillow & Mask Travel Set, $124
The self-care enthusiast in your life will appreciate this luxury, sleep kit. The soft, silky material makes for comfy dozing, while helping to prevent bed head and hair creases.
With all the time we spend on the couch, super-soft sweatpants are now a wardrobe essential. This classic-fit, golden pair is a worthy addition to any loungewear collection. Plus, it’s made of recycled materials.
14. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera, $56.48
You can snap hundreds of pictures on your phone and forget them immediately. With this retro film camera, capturing memories counts. It prints out images instantaneously, so there’s still that instant gratification, but with the added value of a tangible, vintage-style souvenir.
15. Lodge Cast Iron Skillet, $34.49
Revered by chefs and home cooks alike for its supreme ability to retain and evenly distribute heat, the cast iron skillet is a magical kitchen tool. If your beloved doesn’t already own one, this gift will vastly improve their cooking experience.
16. Vitruvi Stone Diffuser, $119
We could all use a little stress relief and this terracotta essential oil diffuser is a good place to start. The sleek ceramic device doubles as a decor piece as it spreads calming scents like rosemary and eucalyptus throughout your home.
17. Heart Talk: The Journal: 52 Weeks of Self-Love, Self-Care, and Self-Discovery by Cleo Wade, $13.04
Poet and activist Cleo Wade uses gentle prompts, thought-provoking questions, and words of encouragement to inspire an inward journey through journaling in this companion to her best-selling book. If healing is what your recipient is after, this may just help.