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Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

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Valentine’s Day is on Wednesday, February 14, this year. If you haven’t found the right gift for your valentine, don’t panic: There’s still time to pick out something thoughtful. Luckily, we here at The Strategist have been compiling gift guides all month — from gifts under $25 to the best gifts for every type of dude in your life. But as the clock ticks down, I’ve made this nifty list of 30 of my favorite gifts that will arrive in time to give to your loved one. And if you’re looking for even more ideas, we’ve compiled all of our best Valentine’s Day gifts here in one spot.

For the valentine who soaks before bed


I suggest this geranium-leaf-scented scrub from Aesop.

For the valentine who smokes before bed

A pack of adorable strawberry-flavored pre-rolls.

For the valentine who’s in a committed relationship with their Airwrap

Strategist contributor Rio Viera-Newton says these silk pillowcases are a perfect dupe for her more expensive Parachute pillowcase.

For the valentine who’s always fixing things around the house

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This French folding knife will be perfect for any household project and comes recommended by fourth-generation butcher Cara Nicoletti, who says she was shocked by how often it “came in handy for small everyday tasks.”

For the valentine who thinks Hallmark cards are insulting

For the valentine who’s particular about their nightstand

The lube we dubbed the best of the best, which comes in a stylish glass bottle you won’t be embarrassed to leave out.

For the valentine who’s particular about their toy box

The Pure Wand is sleek, sexy, and can be used for both P-spot and G-spot stimulation.

For the valentine who’s particular about their toy box (and high-tech)

Our best-in-class, app-compatible couples vibe for some after-dinner fun.

For the valentine who drinks old-fashioneds

Some fancy, syrup-soaked cherries.

For the valentine you go on road trips with

A black-and-white disposable camera they can take along on your next adventure.

For the valentine whose favorite meal is candy

Instead of getting your valentine gummy worms, gift them this Danish-made licorice.

For the valentine who just wants a good chocolate bar

The graphic packaging alone makes these chocolate bars worth buying, but they also happen to be delicious (and their manufacturing practice supports slave-free chocolate production).

For the valentine who hates chocolate

As Strategist senior editor Hilary Reid once wrote, marzipan manages to “combine kitsch (delightful), miniatures (also delightful), and candy (delicious).”

For the valentine who prefers salty snacks

Try this gift pack of Jose Gourmet tinned fish.

For the valentine who has tried every status candle

A Diptyque is always nice, but this one’s much more fun: Light it up and then use the oil to massage your partner.

For the valentine who prefers incense

You can’t go wrong with some tasteful incense sticks that smell like Oribe’s signature fragrance.

For the valentine who stays up late reading fanfic

Writer Molly McGhee recommends this old-school book light for any night-owl bookworms who are looking to keep “the blue-light blues at bay.”

For the valentine who takes their writing instruments seriously

According to André Aciman, it’s “the Volkswagen of pens, with a Jaguar engine.”

For the valentine who already has a deck of Tarot cards

The cheeky, illustrated 78-card deck is designed with New York City symbols, like an everything-bagel Page of Pentacles.

For the valentine who needs a little help getting to Zoom meetings on time

From $35

A handsome Timex with an army-green strap.

For the valentine who thinks holiday restaurant reservations are a scam

A set of on-theme Le Creuset cocottes.

For the valentine who always has a pie in the oven

Abi Balingit’s tome of Filipino American desserts will offer plenty of new ideas.

For the valentine with a bun in the oven

Body oil will keep their skin hydrated and stretch marks at bay.

For the valentine who gets lonely working from home

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From $32
From $32

A desk buddy to keep them company in Valentine’s Day red.

For the valentine with too many Squishmallows

For the valentine who drinks coffee all day long

Hario makes this very handsome copper version of its gooseneck-spout kettle that will look great hanging out on the stovetop.

For the valentine who dreams of Southern France

Bring a little bit of Provence to their windowsill with this lavender grow kit.

For the valentine who wants something to last


A bouquet of flowers that will never wilt.

For the valentine who can never decide what to wear

This Japanese dictionary of color combos makes the art of dressing a lot simpler.

For the valentine who already has a NuFace

Strategist contributor Diksha Basu swears by her Solawave wand, which makes her skin “glow and my eyes look much less tired than they feel.”

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Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts