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26 Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts That Still Show You Care

These thoughtful Valentine's Day gifts ship quickly to ensure your sweetheart knows just how much you care.

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Love is in the air

We’ve all been there: staring down February 14 and realizing that we forgot to buy a Valentine’s Day gift ahead of time. You may be tempted to do what you’ve done in years past, buying some Valentine’s flowers on the day of or swinging by the drugstore on your way home from work for some Valentine candy, like conversation hearts and Valentine’s chocolates. But if you have a couple of days to spare, these last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts will show you put some thought into the things.

Feeling the Valentine’s Day time crunch but have no idea what to buy? We found the very best last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts, from Valentine gifts for her and Valentine gifts for him to cheap Valentine’s gifts that will warm your true love’s heart without hurting your wallet—all with one- or two-day shipping. Just don’t cut it too close this year, as the COVID-19 pandemic is still impacting shopping and shipping times.

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Harry & David Donut Bouquet Gift Box

Who doesn’t love a good donut? Especially when it’s covered in chocolate and sprinkles. For the person who’d rather receive sweets than flowers, this donut bouquet is the ideal last-minute gift. Express overnight shipping is already included, so you can stop stressing about the gift and start thinking about the perfect Instagram caption for your Valentine’s Day post with your sweetheart.

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Sugarwish Custom Candy Delivery

Does your Valentine have a sweet tooth? Send a Sugarwish, and your sweetheart will receive an immediate email announcing the gift and prompting them to select their favorite goodies (which will be delivered a few days later). This is an especially great gift idea for newer relationships because you don’t have to guess what your crush will love; they get to pick their treats, whether that’s gummies, chocolate, hard candies, taffy, or another confection. If your loved one doesn’t have a sweet tooth, you can send a popcorn, snack food, coffee, or tea instead. Bonus: The cute package design will make their heart go pitter-patter.

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The Adventure Challenge Couples Edition

Whether the romance has gotten a bit stale or you want to keep it exciting, this book will breathe new life into your relationship. Scratch off each challenge in the book for fun and creative dates that will bring you closer together. Here’s another fun activity for February 14: Play Valentine’s Day bingo.

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Costa Farms Aloe Vera Plant

Valentine’s Day roses are a great idea, but they don’t last forever. Give them a plant they’ll cherish for years to come: aloe vera, complete with a Valentine-themed pot.

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Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Co. Rose Garden Skin Care Gift Box

Is there anything sweeter than the smell of a rose garden? Give your true love Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Co.’s aromatic rose garden essential oil blend, and you’ll both feel the love. This self-care bath kit comes with soap, bath and body oil, bath salts, shea butter, and a rose sachet filled with organic rose petals. Don’t miss these other soothing self-care gifts that will give your loved one a little extra TLC on February 14 and beyond.

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Sacheu Gua Sha Tool

It may not be intentional, but most gua sha tools are heart-shaped, making them a festive choice for last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts. This 100 percent stainless steel option is nonporous, so there’s no risk of trapping and spreading bacteria during a de-puffing and contouring skin-care routine. Finish the gift with a DIY Valentine’s card for extra thoughtfulness.

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Bonne et Filou Macaron Dog Treats

If you find yourself single on Valentine’s Day this year, you can still lavish your furry best friend with a little love. Bonne et Filou Rose Macarons are made with human-grade ingredients (oat flour, honey, coconut oil, and yogurt filling) in the United States. The treat is healthy, but your pooch will definitely believe he’s enjoying a decadent dessert. You can order a single box of six treats or a pricier gift pack with three boxes of six treats each.

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Star Wars Yoda One for Me T-Shirt

Any Star Wars fan will feel the force (of love) upon receiving this adorable graphic T-shirt. And because it’s available in styles for men, women, and kids, the whole family can show their love of the master Jedi. For bigger, better last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts, pair this tee with one of these stellar Star Wars gifts.

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What I Love About You

Have a tough time expressing yourself? What I Love About You will help you find the right words with prompts that capture your feelings for your Valentine. Your entries can be as mushy or spicy as your heart desires (you can take inspiration from these romantic love quotes), and your beloved will no doubt read your words over and over again.

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Akudy Heart-Shaped Push-Pop Fidget Toy

Don’t forget about the littlest loves of your life! Kids go wild for pop-it toys, and this heart-shaped version says “I love you” and “I totally get you.” For more ideas, check out these festive Valentine’s Day gifts for kids.

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AOA Studio Makeup Brush Set

The beauty-obsessed can never have enough brushes, so add to her stash with AOA Studio’s affordable 10-piece set. These versatile, plush brushes will cover all of her eye-makeup needs. The bristles are synthetic, which means they won’t absorb (read: waste) product, are also cruelty free, and the pink brush case is made of vegan leather. Up the gift-giving ante by tossing in a brush cleanser and brush cleaning egg.

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Take My Face Off Vlada’s Mitty Pout Lip Cleanser

Get your Valentine’s Day pucker ready with a Vlada’s Mitty Pout. Designed in collaboration with renowned lip artist Vlada Haggerty, this soft product removes lipstick without smearing. Plus, it helps reduce waste: It’s machine washable and lasts for years, minimizing the need for single-use cotton balls. Go above and beyond by packaging this gift with some nail polishes she can use to create gorgeous Valentine’s Day nails.

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PureWine The Wand Wine Purifier

The most romantic evening of the year often involves a glass (or two) of red wine, but don’t let a fun night ruin your next morning. Add The Wand, which claims to help eliminate wine headaches, congestion, and skin flushing by removing the histamines and sulfites that trigger these issues. More than 4,000 five-star reviews say the wand works like magic. It’s one of the best last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts for wine lovers.

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Takeya Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Want your true love to think about you every time he or she takes a sip of water? Play Valentine cupid by gifting this practical and thoughtful water bottle. Takeya’s insulated stainless steel bottle, in a precious blush pink, is BPA free, and comes with a spout lid or straw lid. This Amazon Prime–eligible gift can be delivered overnight, making it one of our favorite picks from our last-minute Amazon Valentine’s Day gifts list.

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Luna Bean Hands Casting Kit

Looking for the perfect way to cement your love? Sure, you could get matching tattoos, but a plaster molding kit may be a bit less risky. Simply grab the hand of your loved one, and use the Luna Bean kit to create a romantic keepsake mold—no needles required. It’s a fun craft kit for kids as well.

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Paddywax Impressions Candle

Send a small gesture showing that you’re enamored with your Valentine by gifting a hand-poured scented candle. The dusty pink color and contemporary heart design will make your sentiments clear, and the vanilla- and tobacco-scented soy-blend wax will set the mood for romance. Single this V-Day? Buy a few of these as Valentine’s Day gifts for friends.

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PediPocket Foot Pocket Blanket

Who wants to spend Valentine’s Day snuggled up on the couch bingeing rom-coms? Your significant other, that’s who. Make the experience as cozy as possible with a super-soft and red-hot PediPocket blanket that’s designed to cover you from head to toe, thanks to its brilliant foot pocket.

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Vahdam Blush Assorted Teas

If the way to your lover’s heart is through a warm cup of something cozy, then Vahdam’s tea set is sure to do the trick this Valentine’s Day. The sampler set includes three tins of fragrant organic blends: sweet Himalayan detox green, Earl Grey masala chai, and saffron premium masala chai teas. Each would make a nice wind-down sip after a delicious meal, perhaps at one of these best places to eat for Valentine’s Day in your state.

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Floral Street Wonderland Bloom Reed Diffuser

You know what’s better than one little vase of flowers? The scent of fresh flowers dispersed throughout your home. Floral Street’s reed diffuser is a Nordstrom exclusive bursting with the fragrance of pink peonies, pink guava, and pink cotton candy. Be sure to choose one- or two-day shipping at checkout, or opt for curbside pickup at your local store.

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Best Self Intimacy Deck

Get your love something to spark conversation and bring you closer together. Leave your phones in the other room, then dive into this deck of 150 questions that build communication between partners and help you connect more intimately and deepen your love.

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Puzmug Hot Chocolate Bomb Mold

What’s better than a cup of hot cocoa on a chilly February evening? How about making homemade hot cocoa bombs with mini marshmallows and sprinkles? Make your loved one’s dreams of Valentine’s Day chocolate a reality with fast shipping on silicone molds made for creating hot chocolate bombs and other goodies. Add fun to your V-Day by making hot cocoa bombs together before cuddling up with a warm cup.

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Sonia Kashunk Rose Quartz Face Roller

Rose quartz is the crystal for self-love, so we especially love it on Valentine’s Day. This face roller provides a de-puffing massage element to anyone’s skin-care routine, and it feels really good on the face. Even better: It’s eligible for two-day shipping on orders over $35.

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Birthstone Heart Earrings

Sure, you can find plenty of heart-shaped stud earrings for your Valentine. But these earrings are personalized with the color of your loved one’s birthstone to show you pay attention to detail. Luck be to ladies born in July—the ruby birthstone is a Valentine’s-appropriate red rose color.

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Skin Camp Rose Lippie Mask

You’ll have to add a few other items to your Target online shopping cart to get two-day shipping on this rose lip mask, but as most Target shoppers know, there’s never a shortage of stuff to buy at the superstore. Your Valentine will love the fun oversized silicone lip shape that leaves lips soft, hydrated, and kissable. Mwah!

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Avidlove Satin Mini Teddy

Is it really Valentine’s Day without new lingerie? You can get next-day shipping on this best-selling nightgown that doubles as a sexy piece of lingerie. The satin piece features a halter top and lace bust details. It’s available in 19 colors;  sizes range from small to 4XL.

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Bgraamiens 1,000-piece Puzzle

Puzzles make perfect last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts for couples who prefer quiet nights in over bustling nights out on the town. Clear some space on the dining room table, pour yourselves a glass of vino, and get to work. For an added challenge, every petal on the puzzle is combined with at least two colors, and the color combination of each petal is different from the next. If you love this puzzle, move on to these other puzzles you can find on Amazon.

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Jill Schildhouse
As an editor-at-large for Reader's Digest, Jill Schildhouse regularly covers travel, wellness, food, beauty, consumer products and product reviews. She has more than 20 years of experience as an award-winning lifestyle writer and editor, and she frequently contributes to Travel + Leisure, Bride’s, Southern Living, Taste of Home and Insider. Jill has traveled to 36 countries and is always planning her next domestic or overseas adventure.