The best last-minute Valentine’s Day


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Finding the perfect Valentine’s Day gift seems impossible—it’s even harder if you’re shopping last minute. There are so many candles, wallets, and whiskey stones in this world—how are we ever supposed to know if those items are something your partner wants that’s also in stock? Sure, they could tell you what you should buy them for Valentine’s Day, but that takes the fun and mystery out of gift-giving. And, there’s no other feeling like finding the perfect gift, agonizing over the wait to give it, and finally watching your partner’s face light up at your thoughtful present. Building on our 14 for Feb. 14 suggestions from earlier in the week, our last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts are as close to perfect as one could get.

Best topping: Hello Cake Flavored Lube

This is Valentine’s Day, after all. This water-based lube makes oral and penetrative play a little zestier with flavors like coconut lime, peach ginger, and vanilla chai. Throw it on your favorite sex toy or lick it off your sweetie—we won’t tell anyone how you decide to use it.

Best candle: Yankee Candle Fresh Cut Roses Scented Candle

Setting the mood to explore some of our more interactive suggestions? If you can’t buy them an actual bouquet, this candle makes for a great last-minute Valentine’s Day replacement—and a perfect standalone gift. We recommend getting a Classic Large Jar, which yields 110 hours of burn time. That’s lots of time to relish in the sweet scent of roses and love.

Best lingerie: Adore Me Yolandi Babydoll

Impress your partner by buying them lingerie they’ll look stunning in. You won’t have to guess their cup size and risk buying the wrong size thanks to straight sizing, which is imperative when you’re shopping last minute; fully adjustable straps and a mesh skirt add to the garment’s size flexibility. And, it’s just the right amount of revealing without making your partner feel exposed. This one is also machine washable for easy care.

Best vibrator: MysteryVibe Poco

This bendable targeted G-spot vibrator adds a bit more excitement to the boudoir thanks to its discreetness: it fits in your palm, meaning it won’t be as clunky while using it with your partner or during solo time. It’s also showerproof, bendable, and can be used externally or internally—talk about versatility. And, app connectivity allows you to customize vibration and save your favorites. Or, you can hand your phone off to your partner and give them the controls.

Best lube: Maude Shine Organic Lube

You’re not using lube? You’re missing out. This vegan and cruelty-free lubricant adds a bit more slip for easier insertion or for solo play (save the lotion for your body, please). The organic version is aloe-based and can be used with devices or condoms; the silicone version should not be used with silicone toys, but it can be used underwater and with condoms.

Best for a couple’s shower: Womanizer Wave 2-in-1 Showerhead

Speaking of using lube underwater … upgrade your shower with this discreet option that’s just as utilitarian as it is steamy. Adjust the shower head from rain to jets, and customize intensity with a built-in slider. You can even install it yourself in less than five minutes. It also uses 60% less water than conventional showerheads. Take that, every single joke made in an early-2000s rom-com.

Best NA wine: Surely Dealcoholized Sparkling Brut and Rosé

You don’t need booze to have a good time. We love sipping on the best non-alcoholic drinks when we want to give our partner all of our focus or when we just aren’t in the mood for a high-ABV cocktail. This dealcoholized wine is aged in the barrel and then goes through vacuum distillation to evaporate the majority of the alcohol in the wine. The flavors remain without the next-day hangover or regrets.

Best for cooling things down before things heat up: QelviQ Personal Sommelier – smart wine chiller & warmer

When it comes to a romantic evening, the little details count. Details like ensuring the wine is at the optimal temperature—whether it’s the effervescent NA sparkling wine above or the lush, fleshy and floral Tensley Santa Barbara County Syrah pictured above. And if you want to take the guesswork out of things for yourself or a wine-loving partner, the QelviQ Personal Sommelier is the perfect investment. The sexy cylinder connects to an app on your smartphone, which you use to scan the label of your wine. The app then determines the perfect temperature for the varietal and, once the bottle is placed inside, the QelviQ’s thermal engine circulates air to cool or warm the wine to the perfect pour and maintain it indefinitely. On top of that, the app offers food pairings, so it can be the centerpiece of a seductive surprise in more ways than one.

Best for nibbling before nibbling: Boos Block

Need something to pair with your bubbles? Prepare that special someone a snack-cuterie board. First, you’ll need a sturdy cutting board, naturally, like this John Boos Walnut Wood Block—a 1.5-inch thick, large edge grain rectangular reversible platform for nibbles (that’s right, Boos and booze). Fill little bowls with everything from CheeseBits Mozzamini Pearls (the wood-smoked are particularly good) to the umami bombs that are the Confetti Snacks Green Curry Mushroom Chips. Plus, add your sweets of choice to balance out the savory.

Best wallet for men: Fossil Men’s Leather Bifold Wallet with Flip ID Window

It wouldn’t be a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift guide without a wallet listing. This one is made of 100 percent cowhide leather and is RFID-protected, meaning you don’t have to sacrifice style when keeping your banking data secure. It has two ID windows, two slide pockets, and eight card pockets to keep all of your frozen yogurt punch cards organized and at ready.

Best wallet for women: Kate Spade New York Staci Medium Compact Bifold Wallet

Women carry wallets, too, so it’s about time women’s wallets get representation in a last-minute Valentine’s gift guide. This one from Kate Spade will last for years thanks to its high-quality Saffiano leather and timeless design. It’s just as practical as it is beautiful, thanks to eight credit card slots, an ID window, four slip pockets, and a spacious zipped pocket for change, receipts, or a sweet note from your lover.

Best face mask: Dermalogica Hydro Masque Exfoliant Hydrating and Exfoliating Face Masque

Nothing completes a couple’s DIY spa night like a face mask. But what if you are looking for some exfoliation while they want some hydration? Kill two birds with one stone with this mask that does both: bamboo provides the exfoliation, while snow mushroom tackles hydration. Simply push the top to dispense, apply liberally to face and neck, massage until the spheres disappear, wait 3-5 minutes, rinse, and you’re done. Now you and your partner have baby-smooth skin and can get back to that Love Island marathon.

Best electric razor for men: Braun Series 9 Electric Razor

If you’re looking to give one of the best electric razors as a last-minute gift, this one from Braun is guaranteed to give a close shave and prevent a close call with gift giving. The battery will keep going up to 50 minutes at full charge, and a digital display counts down the time left so you don’t have to worry about surprise power outages. For tricky, hard-to-cut hairs, two specialized titanium-coated trimmers use 10,000 micro-vibrations to catch them where they grow. You can also use this razor wet or dry.

Best splurge for her: Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 Eau de Parfum

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TikTok perfumeheads consider this to be the perfume people lust after, thanks to its floral-woody combo that has a powerful, all-day projection and sillage. It’s the Bella Hadid of perfumes at the moment, and it will be well-appreciated even if she occasionally dabbles in perfume. It’s unisex, in case you want to get a sniff for yourself.

Best splurge for him: Salvatore Ferragamo Mens IP Yellow Gold 38 mm Vega Bracelet Watch

This two-tone watch will go with any outfit, and the Guilloché watch face is simple and elegant without being boring. And, Swiss-made means it’s built to last—just like you and your partner.

Best for backyard dates: Solo Stove Bonfire 2.0

Sometimes, you just want to cozy up by the fire, but not everyone has a fireplace in their home. Enter the Solo Stove, which we’ve found easy to use, portable, and less smoky than a traditional fire. We also love the company’s Pi Pizza Oven for pizza night and the Mesa tabletop fire pit in red for a smaller—but equally as romantic—outdoor fire.

Best that says “USB-Mine?”: ASUS ROG Swift PG32UQ

A computer monitor is an essential tech accessory for remote students or workers, which is why it’s one of the most thoughtful tech gifts you can give this Valentine’s Day. ASUS’ ROG Swift PG32UQR is a 32-inch 4K monitor with multiple inputs, which will allow your partner to use it as a TV for their game console or media streamer when they’re not at work. Gamers will appreciate the PG32UQR’s high refresh rate, which will allow them to play the latest titles at their maximum level of fidelity.

Images, videos, and text will look extremely clear on the screen, and its sheet size will give them a massive digital canvas to work with. The best part about this gift is that you know they’ll use it every day for years to come, and they’ll think of you each time their screen comes in handy.

Best for the classroom: American Greetings Scratch-Off Space and Astronauts

If you’re a busy parent, you know the anxiety of finding the perfect last-minute Valentine’s cards for your child’s classmates. These feature an astronaut pattern (cool) with scratch-off messages (even cooler), which equals a very happy kid chuffed to have given one of the coolest Valentines in class.

Best for gamers: Nintendo Switch

In a relationship with a gamer and don’t know what to get them? The Nintendo Switch is the third-best-selling video game console of all time, has a robust catalog including the latest entries in the Super Mario and Legend of Zelda series, and features a hybrid home and portable console design. But what makes this system the perfect game console for a couple is the fact that it comes with two detachable Joy-Con controllers, so you and a partner can play the best multiplayer Nintendo Switch games out of the box.

Best for home chefs: Anyday Large Dish

We get it: The idea of cooking your Valentine’s Day dinner in a microwave sounds like a recipe for disaster, but that’s not the case when you use quality cookware. And Anyday encourages you to use an appliance most of us already have but don’t use to its full potential. Its Large Dish was designed to accommodate roughly four portions of a main dinner dish—the company has dozens of recipes on its site, which you can follow along to make dishes like One-Dish Chicken, Orzo and Feta, Scalloped Potato Gratin, or Momofuku Miso Cacio e Pepe Noodles—in under half an hour. The cookware looks wonderful, and the meals we’ve made there have always turned out. Anyday even has a recipe list for desserts, which can help you end the night on a sweet note.

Best for music lovers: Fluance RT81+ Turntable

Want to set the mood with some music this Valentine’s Day? Pick up the Fluance RT81+. There are less expensive decks out there, but the Fluance is a perfect balance of quality and price. The belt-driven turntable comes pre-loaded with an Audio Technica VM95E cartridge and comes with a built-in preamp if you don’t have one already—or your receiver or powered speakers don’t have a dedicated phono input. We’ve used this record player for a couple of months, and it offered rock-solid performance and great sound whether we played new or vintage vinyl. Building up a record collection together is a great way for couples to bond throughout the year, and you can relive the memories of picking up a hard-to-find album on special nights.

Best for audiophiles: Klipsch R-51 PM Speakers

What’s a turntable (or home, really) without a good pair of speakers? Klipsch’s R-51 PMs were designed to work with everything from the most analog of turntables—there’s a phono input—to your smartphone via Bluetooth. We’re recommending a pair of powered speakers because it’s an all-in-one audio system, with no AV receiver necessary. The R-51 PMs are also outfitted with an optical audio input and USB port so that they can be connected directly to a TV or computer in a home theater or home office respectively. If you and your partner love music, this gift is a slam dunk. If you really want to impress them, consider gifting the Klipsch The Nines speakers. Trust us on this one.

Best for kids: LEGO Icons Wildflower Bouquet

Bouquets of flowers are a classic last-minute Valentine’s Day gift, but they only last about a week and a half before they need to be discarded (hopefully composted!) The LEFO Icons Wildflower Bouquet will last a lifetime and a kid can help put it together. Once assembled, the 939-piece set looks like a traditional assortment of flowers, and LEGO even includes stems of varying lengths, so they can be arranged on a tabletop or in a vase. If you want even more arrangement options, LEGO recommends combining this set with similar flower sets from its botanical collection.

Best for movie lovers: XGIMI Halo+

Show the cinephile in your life you care with an HD projector that can be taken anywhere. XGIMI’s Halo+ is an HD projector with built-in stereo Harmon Kardon speakers that runs Android, which means you can access the latest streaming services like Netflix or Hulu directly from the device. If you want to connect a game console, like the Nintendo Switch, for instance, you can use the Halo+’s HDMI port—no adapter necessary. This projector’s greatest strength is its battery, which allows the Halo+ to last up to two and a half hours without being charged. You can take this projector anywhere there’s a screen or blank wall, and set up a movie night with your partner. Whether you’re checking our new releases, introducing them to one of your old favorites, or re-watching a movie you’ve seen a zillion times, using a projector is completely different than watching it on TV.

Best for cuddling: Bedsure Oversized Big Fleece Blanket

Bedsure’s Oversized Big Fleece Blanket is every bit as comfortable as it sounds and encourages copious cuddling for Valentine’s Day and beyond. The couch-length blanket comes in multiple sizes, can be used as a comforter, and will comfortably cover couples relaxing in the same room. We’ve tested this blanket, and while its size initially seems ridiculous, its utility becomes apparent very quickly. Who doesn’t want a giant blanket, after all? We’ve been especially impressed by how well it’s held up after months of use, with minimal pilling and no sign of wear. If this particular blanket doesn’t scratch your snuggle itch, consider our other picks for the best blankets.

Best for remembering memories: Aura Mason Luxe Smart Frame

This frame, which topped our list of the best digital picture frames, allows anyone with a WiFi connection and a smartphone to add photos in seconds—making it perfect if you want to remind your partner of gorgeous vacations and memories of yore. Unlimited cloud storage also means you’ll never run out of space to store those photos.

Best fitness watch: Garmin vívomove Trend

If you’re looking for a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift for an active person in your life, consider the Garmin vívomove, which has a sleek, analog face with smart features like sleep monitoring, stress tracking, and specific activity profiles for pilates, yoga, running, and more. If you’re looking for other fitness watches to gift last-minute for Valentine’s Day, Gamin has other fitness watch deals that will come in time for the big day.

Best for audio smut lovers: Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation)

“What in the world is audio smut?” Well, it can encompass the audiobook version of your favorite smut novel, or delicious audio platforms like Dipsea and Quinn that offer short, sexy stories—kind of like NPR meets the late-night programming on the IFC channel where they play European art films. They’re noise-canceling and have spatial audio … we’re not going to judge the kinds of things you’ll listen to on them.

Best to block it out or get into it: Nodpod Sleep Mask

Want to really lean back and give into the power of the audio smut, smelly candle, battery-operated pleasure assistant or doting partner? The nodpod sells itself as a “weighted blanket for your eyes” and the gentle pressure it applies, plus the 100-percent blackout design, really does lead to better relaxation. You can even throw it in the freezer if you need to cool down after exercise, or to soothe a migraine, or to try and take your mind off of all the TPS reports you have due. You spend all day under pressure, so when you get home at night you’d think the last thing you’d want is more pressure … but this is the good kind.

Best for the next morning: ESPRO BLOOM Pour-Over Kit

So you had a great Valentine’s Day … so great it lasted till the next day. And what better way to wake up that special someone than with a cup of rich, flavorful pour-over coffee. The ESPRO BLOOM Pour-Over Kit includes everything you need to make it. The kit includes a brushed, stainless-steel brewer with a precision-cut micro filter. The steep slope of the brewer, along with the filter design process, allows it to finish brewing in just 2 minutes. The thermal sleeve keeps coffee hot (without burning your fingers), and the borosilicate glass carafe has a dot and line marking system, as well as a handle on the side. Of course, you can’t have a great cup of coffee without great coffee beans, so gift a Bean Box World Coffee Tour variety pack, which comes with 12 freshly roasted selections you can grind after you grind. Then you can sit around and fantasize about traveling together, whether it’s to Seattle, where Bean Box and many of the small-batch roasters are based, or to all the regions these microlot bean producers are sourced from. (Got extra beans? You’ll want to store them in an air-tight container, like the Planetary Design Airscape Stainless Steel Coffee Canister.)

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