The ability to track time during the pandemic has been elusive. Some months feel like years and others go by in a flash. This year alone, it seems like we’ve lived multiple lifetimes (and news cycles). So it’s not a surprise that Valentine's Day has managed to sneak up on us. If you feel totally blindsided by the sudden and unexpected arrival of the occasion, we’re here to quell your worries with thoughtful gifts that will arrive on your love ones' doorsteps by February 14.
Whether you’re all-in on trying to create a romantic Valentine’s Day at home with your partner or you're celebrating (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 fresh flowers and potted plants to delicious chocolate and enchanting candles, here are 24 last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts that don’t look last-minute at all.
1. Fresh flowers from The Bouqs, $39+
If there were ever a time for fresh flowers, Valentine’s Day would be it. The Bouqs is one of our regular go-tos for online florals, and during its current special, you can double the number of flowers in some of their most popular bouquets for the same price, so it’s a win-win for your loved one and your wallet. We suggest ordering early to avoid shipping delays.
2. La Maison du Chocolat Valentine's Day Gift Box, $55-$135
There might not be any international traveling on the horizon but that’s more reason for you to grab a box of these handcrafted chocolates from La Maison du Chocolat in Paris. Shipping and delivery times differ depending where you or your recipient live, so make sure to use the handy estimator tool.
3. Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe, $109
For someone who loves their sleep, try a buttery-soft and aptly named Cloud Cotton Robe. Lightweight and wonderfully textured, it’s perfect to send anyone off to la la land—or just the living room for another episode of Emily in Paris.
Plant parents will definitely welcome this fun red bromeliad with open arms. It’s easy to care for, and pet-friendly, too. Just make sure to order by February 3 for a Valentine’s Day delivery.
For those flying solo, or for someone who just wants some alone time, this virtual class teaches you how to write a love letter to yourself—a handy reminder that self-love is the best love. This gift will arrive in their inbox for them to book the class during a time that suits them. Grab a calming set of shower steamers if you want to send an extra self-care gift.
6. Kosterina Greek Glow Gift Set, $85
When skin-care meets self-care, this gift set includes a mini bottle of EVOO, plus a multi-purpose balm and facial oil both packed with EVOO and antioxidants.
Few things are better than a cup of Magnolia’s banana pudding…like two cups of the classic pudding, two cups of the red velvet version, and two cups of chocolate hazelnut. Magnolia delivers quickly nationwide, but you can also order online for an in-store pickup if you’re in New York City, Los Angeles, or Chicago.
Sabobatage is a boba-inspired card game where players have to create drinks while getting sabotaged by others—hence, the name. It’s endlessly fun and great for little ones, too. Bonus points if you make some bubble tea for game night.
9. Otherland Chandelier Candle, $28
With Otherland candles, half the beauty is in the packaging. Each candle, or trio of candles, comes in a limited-edition gift box and with a set of matches, all beautifully designed and ready for gifting.
10. 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.
11. Dash Mini Waffle Maker, $12.99
We like mini anything—especially mini pancakes. This small, lightweight appliance heats up quickly, so breakfast will be ready in no time.
12. 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.
13. Bombombs DIY Hot Chocolate Bombs Kit,
Valentine’s Day is a chocolate holiday, so you might as well have some in liquid form. This kit comes with everything they need to DIY hot chocolate bombs, complete with melting chocolate, sprinkles, and little gift bags if they want to spread the love.
14. American Sfoglino: A Master Class in Handmade Pasty, Evan Funke,
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.
15. Costa Farms Snake Plant, $39.30
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.
16. Nest Fragrances Bamboo Candle,
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.
17. Oster Fondue Pot,
If dipping small morsels of food into melted chocolate and cheese isn’t romantic, we don’t know what is. This easy-to-clean fondue pot comes with eight long forks engineered for optimal dunking without burning your fingers.
Colorful, enamel-coated beads are the specialty of jewelry designer Roxanne Assoulin. This pastel number is just the playful piece of wrist candy your loved one won’t want to take off.
19. Brooklinen Mulberry Silk Eyemask,
The self-care enthusiast in your life will appreciate this luxurious sleep mask. 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 a wardrobe essential. This classic-fit, golden pair is a worthy addition to any loungewear collection. Plus, it’s made of recycled materials.
21. Fujifilm instax Mini Bundle, $89.99
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, so there’s still that instant gratification, but with the added value of a tangible, vintage-style souvenir.
22. Lodge Cast Iron Skillet,
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.
23. Vitruvi Stone Diffuser, $119
We could all use a little stress relief and this essential oil diffuser is a good place to start. The textured stone makes it look more decorative than utilitarian, and it's so quiet that you won't even realize it's spreading calming scents like rosemary and eucalyptus throughout your home.
24. Heart Talk: The Journal: 52 Weeks of Self-Love, Self-Care, and Self-Discovery, Cleo Wade,
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.