Last Minute Valentine Gifts Guide

Valentine’s Day might be one of the campier holidays, sure, but there’s nothing wrong with using it as an opportunity to show that special someone in your life how much you care. But if you’re stuck thinking only cheesy gifts like chocolates or a generic teddy bear are the way to go, then you’re doing yourself (and your partner) a huge disservice.

With the rise of online shopping and one day shipping it can take your last minute planning to a well thought gift from a diverse batch of tech, non-tech, and nontraditional gifts that will make your valentine light up with excitement. There are gifts for all types of people, too, from couples in committed relationships to friends who are looking to celebrate their singlehood status together.

Catalonia Blanket Hoodie | Price: $34.99+

True love is being comfortable enough around one another that you don’t care how ridiculous you look — and it doesn’t get much comfier than a hoodie blanket. Catalonia’s pullovers are great for getting cozy on the couch during the cooler months, and they come in loads of colors and patterns so you can each get one that fits your style.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 | Price: $69.95

Few devices are as charming for capturing social events and documenting everyday life as Fujifilm’s Instax cameras. The Mini 11 is our favorite of the bunch, namely because it offers great ease of use and photo quality within an affordable package. There’s just something special about instant film since each photo is one of a kind.

Alessi Pulcina espresso maker (three-cup) | Price: $89.81+

A good cup of espresso is like a work of art, and Alessi’s quirky Pulcina pot sports a modern design fit for a gallery. The three-cup espresso maker is the perfect size for an after-dinner caffeine kick for two, and it looks great in any home, regardless of whether you opt for the red handle or the jet-black alternative.

Ember Mug 2 (14-ounce) | Price: $124.95+

Never let your drink of choice go cold, even if you’re down to the last few drops. The Ember Mug 2 makes a great gift for any coffee or tea lover that has a tendency to get distracted before they finish their cup, especially since it allows them to set the smart mug to their perfect drinking temperature and hold that temp for up to 80 minutes.

Horrified | Price: $39.99

Horrified is a co-operative tabletop game that pits your survival against the classic horror movie monsters, including Dracula, the Wolf Man, the Invisible Man, the Mummy, and Frankenstein’s monster. It’s as fun to play as a couple given it only allows up to four players, and the difficulty is adjustable from novice-friendly to grueling depending on how much you want it to test you.

Vinyl Pros Record Display Set (eight-pack) | Price: $25.64

With a record display, you can turn the highlights of your vinyl collection into a showcase of refined, 12 x 12-inch wall art. Because nothing says “I love you” like giving your partner the okay to display their limited edition pressing of the Sonic Spinball soundtrack in your home.

Courant Mag:1 Essentials magnetic charger (with optional monogram) | Price: $40+

Courant’s magnetic Qi charger works great for juicing an Android phone or a MagSafe-compatible iPhone overnight. Unlike most tech, however, it doesn’t stand out as an eyesore on your bedside table. Each is covered with either a sleek fabric or quality leather, and for an additional $10, you can get it monogrammed for some extra swankiness.

Sonos Roam | Price: $179

The Sonos Roam is a terrific-sounding Bluetooth speaker that’s great for on-the-go jams as well as home use thanks to its seamless integration with the rest of the Sonos ecosystem. It also supports hands-free voice commands and features a waterproof design, so you can take it to the beach or even make it your designated shower speaker.

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