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Last-minute Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

It’s Valentine’s Day and you’ve totally forgotten to buy or order a gift for your SO! What to do, what to do? Since 2-day and overnight delivery from online shops is now totally out of the question, you’re going to have to get creative with your same-day shopping.
So, here are some down-to-the-wire gifts that will surprise your sweetheart and—most importantly—can be easily bought, assembled, or done on Valentine's Day to avoid any heartaches.

Best Gift for Your First Valentine's Day Together

The 5 Love Languages Hardcover Special Edition. The Five Love Languages is a bestselling 1992 book by Gary Chapman. It outlines five general ways romantic partners express and experience love, which Chapman calls "love languages." They are acts of service, gift-giving, physical touch, quality time, and words of affirmation. Gift this book for Valentine's Day, and take some time to read through it together to figure out exactly how to show each other how much you care.

Best Gift for Couples

Card Games for Couples. Settle in for your romantic date night at home by opening a bottle of wine and playing a couples' card game such as the BestSelf Co. Intimacy Deck featuring over 150 prompts that will help spark fun, thoughtful conversations with your partner; or Artagia Date Night Box Set With Conversation Starters where couples can choose to talk, flirt, or even do fun dares that will help create an even stronger bond in their relationship.

Best DIY Gift

DIY Valentine's Day Gift Basket. DIY baskets are an excellent Valentine's Day gift idea for various reasons. Not only are they easy to purchase (all of the items are easily available at your nearest big box store), but they'll be much cheaper than those pre-arranged Valentine's-themed baskets on display. Moreover, you get to choose the type of products you include in your basket, so the receiver gets to indulge in their preferred goodies.

For your wife or girlfriend, consider assembling a spa basket with her favorite body lotion, bar soap, bath bomb, body scrub, foot soak, shower gel, and a mesh sponge. Meanwhile, the man in your life would likely appreciate a whiskey kit complete with a bottle of Macallan 12-year-old and whiskey essentials like a hand-made decanter, bottom rocks glasses, ice sphere molds, and coasters.

For couples looking to top their Valentine's Day with a sexy nightcap, consider a naughty gift kit that includes champagne, massage oil, chocolate body paints, an aromatherapy candle, edible body tattoos, and so much more that challenge the limits of your naughty imagination!

Most Spontaneous Romantic Option

Check-in for a Valentine's Day Hotel Staycation. While Valentine's Day may be a little too late to book a special Valentine's Day package at a hotel near year you, barring full capacity, you can still check into a local hotel at regular rates and plan for a spontaneous romantic getaway. Shuttle the kids over to their grandparents for the night and pass by a supermarket for some champagne, roses, chocolate, candles, and a bubble bath on the way to your Valentine's rendezvous.

Best Budget Gift

Go Stargazing. Short on cash for a Valentine's Day gift for your SO? The best budget Valentine's Day date is the free (and still romantic) kind. And guess what—stargazing on Valentine's Day costs absolutely nothing! Just as long as the weather is clear, and if you live far away from many city lights, this will be pretty easy to pull off. But if you don't, go for a drive outside of the city so you can see the stars. Even better, if you have some pocket change to spare, bring a picnic mat and stop by a supermarket for some cheap wine and snacks to have a picnic at the same time.

Bonus: Before you drive off to your stargazing spot, visit a star naming service like or to name a star after your partner, which makes for an excellent way to top off your star-themed date.

No matter what you decide to do this Valentine's Day, remember this: Quality time doesn't have to cost a dime or need a lot of effort. For a same-day or last-minute gift option, you can't go wrong with a sincere love letter and one-on-one time spent with each other. Make the day about being intentional and thoughtful, not Instagram selfies or TikTok videos. Make Valentine's Day about you and your significant other only. That's what makes Valentine's Day truly special and romantic.
Mel Feb 13, 2023