Gift Edit 2023

17 Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts (That Totally Still Feel Like You Tried)

updated Feb 2, 2024
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This feature is part of Apartment Therapy's Gift Edit, our editor-curated collection of gift ideas. Need more inspiration? Check out all our guides here.

Did Valentine’s Day sneak up on you this year? Do you and your partner usually not really do Valentine’s Day but they happened to mention they got you something? Have you spent so much time trying to figure out the perfect present for that special someone that now you’re worried it’s too late? Don’t panic. Valentine’s Day is all about showing your loved ones, well, love, and you can do that with everything from a simple note to a delicious, homemade dinner (our friends at Kitchn created a quick, last-minute Valentine’s Day menu that’s sure to satisfy any palate). However, if you’re looking to get them a little something they can unwrap, we’ve got you covered there, too. Below we rounded up 17 of the best last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts they’re sure to love, from traditional gifts like flowers and candy to games and fun activities you can do together.

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MasterClass is a perennial favorite for anyone who loves learning anything. For design lovers in particular, the educational subscription service offers a robust slate of design and style classes that will cut through the clutter of chocolate boxes and conversation hearts. Learn about creativity and leadership with Anna Wintour; explore self-expression and authenticity with RuPaul; or study interior design with Corey Damen Jenkins (read about our style editor's experience with this class).

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If you want a gift card that won't find its way to junk drawer oblivion, our editors absolutely love Gold Belly, a delivery retailer that ships all sorts of foods and food experiences from iconic chefs and restaurants around the country. If your giftee loves sweets, they can get a dozen cookies from Ina Garten. If they prefer savories, they can order a Pastrami Queen feast. Gift cards come in any amount and open up a whole world of one-of-a-kind foods.

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Uncommon Goods

Humans have been studying how the heavenly bodies affect our fates and fortunes for nearly 5,000 years, so you know there's a lot more to astrology than just checking your horoscope app. In this 75-minute class, leading astrologer Emily Klintworth will demonstrate how to chart your unique astrological forecast for the next 12 months, making this an experiential gift you (or any astrology lover) are sure to enjoy.

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was $266.00

This Valentine's Day, give the gift of luxury with this gorgeous heart-shaped necklace. Crafted in 14K gold, it features a puffed motif design that adds a special touch to any outfit. Its polished finish and thoughtful details make it timeless.

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This fun take on the initial necklace is one they'll love sporting for years to come. Stylish and effortlessly glam, it can be customized with their name, your initials, or the first letters of your kids' names for an extra sweet gift.

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One of the most popular Valentine's Day trends of 2022? Date night in. With this fun cookbook, you'll have access to 120 recipes perfect for a delicious Valentine's Day meal that can be made from the comfort of your own home. Simply carving out time to talk, cook, and eat together can be the ultimate relationship booster you need. So this Valentine's Day, throw on an apron and get cooking!

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A romantic hero in any light, The Soft Launch bouquet from Urban Stems exudes passion from every angle. With its medley of roses and carnations in a blend of soft pinks and whites, it's the perfect way to show them how ardently you admire and adore them.

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Who doesn't love waffles? For the ultimate Valentine's Day morning delight, whip them up a heart-shaped waffle with this adorable mini waffle maker from Dash. After all, meals made with love are always the best. (Bonus points if you serve them in bed.)

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Thinking up date night ideas can be hard. Perfect for all ages, the Adventure Challenge is filled with 50 creative date ideas, ranging from baking an apple pie blindfolded to painting on a unique canvas. For an especially sweet keepsake, pair it with an instant camera so you can take pictures as you go. Boring date nights are a thing of the past!

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Airbnb Gift Card

Give the gift of planning, looking forward to, and finally experiencing a romantic getaway together. The gift card alone is great, but to show a bit of extra effort, print out a few vacation options your valentine might especially like (a trip to see the Northern Lights, anyone?).

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Sometimes the best way to show someone you love them is through your words. With this adorable pocket-sized fill-it-in book, you can wax poetic (i.e. fill out the prompts) about why you love your partner and your relationship. Warning: There may be some tears shed.

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Speaking of the power of words, why not turn date night into a game night with Love Lingual? This card game is broken into five categories — family, intimacy, couple, individual, and past and future — with 150 conversation starters designed to help you and your loved one connect on a deeper, more meaningful level.

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Looking to spoil them? You can't go wrong with a pair of Apple Airpod Pros. These headphones are worth the splurge, thanks to upgraded features like active noise cancellation, touch sensors (easy for answering calls), and sure-fit silicone tips. Plus, is there anything cuter than watching them jam out to their favorite tunes?

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Give the gift of a delightful and romantic modern love story in the form of The Spanish Love Deception, delivered straight to your valentine's Kindle. After fibbing to her family about a thrilling American boyfriend, Catalina Martín desperately needs to find a date to her sister’s wedding — and someone willing to aid in her deception. When her colleague Aaron Blackford offers to step in, Catalina reluctantly agrees, only to find he may not be as insufferable in real life as he is in the office.

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We know The Comfy might seem a little silly, but believe us when we say we have yet to meet a user of this wearable blanket who hasn't become obsessed. If your loved one is always cold, this cozy gift will make their year.

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With so many streaming service options, you don't need to head to the theater for an awesome movie night. Step up your next at-home marathon with this projector from Kodak. With Android TV built-in, you can display all your favorite films, TV shows, and digital content with the click of a button.

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Milk Bar

For the anti-flower valentine, we've got something, well, better. The Assorted Truffle Box from Milk Bar comes with 18 decadent, bite-size truffles in three melt-in-your-mouth flavors: B’Day, Chocolate, and Red Velvet. (If you're really nice, they might even share.)

Sarah M. Vazquez also contributed to reporting.