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27 Last-Minute Gifts for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and the last shipping date for most retailers is February 10. If that fills you with panic, don’t fret; we’ve scoured the internet and our archives to find the perfect gifts, all of which you can order last minute. Whether you’ve been with your partner for five months or five years, we’ve found gift options for every type of valentine, from the Star Wars stan to the valentine who’s speeding through their 2022 Goodreads challenge. While most of the gifts are available on Amazon, we’ve found some options elsewhere, too, for those who like to shop around (even with a time limit). To find more Valentine’s Day presents, visit our gift-guide hub. We’ve also added in the last date each item can be ordered with guaranteed delivery on or before the 14th and flagged if it’s available via Amazon Prime.

For the valentine whose Netflix login is used by their sister, their mum, and at least two friends

Signing up to indie-film streaming service MUBI is like receiving a curated cinema ticket every single day. It only takes a few minutes to subscribe, so it’s the perfect last-minute gift for any film lover, whose algorithm has been ruined by a password-borrower.

Last date to purchase: 14 February.

For the valentine who uses your Disney+ to watch The Book of Boba Fett on repeat

Writer and LEGO enthusiast Michael East said this model of the Millennium Falcon “will be one of the centerpieces to any Star Wars LEGO collection.”

Last date to purchase: 12 February; ordered with next or named-day delivery.

For the valentine who is now back in the office

A shot of espresso (or two) will help with those bleary-eyed mornings.

Last date to purchase: 11 February (Prime).

For the valentine who is still WFH two years on

This candy-coloured serotonin-inducing wireless keyboard, recommended by Strategist contributor Keah Brown, will perk up their space instantaneously.

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

For the valentine who never finishes a game of Monopoly

Big Potato ‘Nice Buns’ Game
£22
£22

Nice Buns is a strategy game for two to six players, and the aim is to be the first person to fill your “plate” with three sets of different-coloured bao buns. This involves rolling three separate dice and picking up, swapping, and stealing buns from other players, all while trying to avoid the grey fish-head buns, which spoil your plate. A much simpler (and quicker) alternative to Monopoly.

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

For the valentine who nabbed tickets to Love on Tour

So they have a safe place to stash their phone while they’re dancing wildly to Watermelon Sugar.

Last date to purchase: 11 February (Prime).

For the valentine who listens to the Tick, Tick … Boom! soundtrack on repeat

From £5

A gift they’ll actually use, that will arrive instantly.

Last date to purchase: 14 February.

For the valentine whose watering can is gathering dust

Watering globes stick into soil and gently release water; a great gift if your valentine loves plants but never remembers to water them. This Bordy watering system was first recommended to us by Guardian columnist Coco Khan, and now three Strategist UK staff members own one too.

Last date to purchase: 11 February (Prime).

For the valentine who’s racing through their 2022 Goodreads challenge

This ladder-shelf bookcase will allow them to proudly show off their mounting TBR pile.

Last date to purchase: 11 February (Prime).

For the valentine whose love language is a home-cooked meal

Le Creuset Heart Ramekin
£13
£13

This cheap but expensive-looking Le Creuset is a fraction of the cost of a cast-iron.

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

And you can get them a recipe subscription, too (for a gift that’s mutually beneficial).

Last date to purchase: 14 February.

For the valentine who’s extended Veganuary indefinitely

This selection box of bite-size chocolate cupcakes will go down a treat.

Last date to purchase: 11 February; order by 4pm for next-day delivery.

For the valentine who’s breaking away from Apple

£179

The Powerbeats Pro by Beats were the best-rated earphones for battery life on Amazon.

Last date to purchase: 11 February (Prime).

For the valentine who’s a skincare novice

This Neutrogena moisturiser is a favourite amongst Strategist readers and staff alike.

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

For the valentine who burns through candles at a rapid rate

This Muji diffuser will add the same level of ambiance as a status candle, but it’s refillable.

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

For the valentine who’s just started Joy Harjo’s poetic-thinking Masterclass

£12

A classic notebook they can use to channel their inner Rupi Kaur.

Last date to purchase: 11 February (Prime).

And a stylish pen to go with it.

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

For the valentine who favours a night in

These comfy slippers came recommended by Drag Queen Chai T Grande, who said “there’s nothing better than some easy slip-on (but somewhat sturdy slippers) after a long day in fuck-me pumps.”

Last date to purchase: 12 February; ordered with next-day delivery.

For the valentine whose New Year’s resolution was to floss more

This Pecham water flosser is the best-rated on Amazon for sensitive teeth. Many customers commented on how happy they were with the flosser’s range of settings and battery life; one reported that they only had to charge their flosser after three weeks, while using it twice a day.

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

For the valentine who will wear any jewellery as long as it’s gold

Ridge Hoop Earrings
£94
£94

Fashion stylist Thea Lewis-Yates recommended Missoma for its sensibly priced, elegant jewellery pieces. These Ridge Hoop Earrings also feature on our Strategist 100 list; our collection of the best, most stood-behind products that we have featured on this website.

Last date to purchase: 11 February; ordered with nominated-day delivery.

For the valentine who will wear any jewellery as long as it’s silver

We love this recycled-silver necklace from Loveness Lee, with pearls Harry Styles would definitely approve of.

Last date to order: 12 February (before noon).

For the soon-to-be-reunited long-distance valentine

One expert called the We-Vibe Sync the “ultimate couple’s sex toy.”

Last date to order: 12 February (Prime).

For the valentine who guestimates pasta portions

Alessi Spaghetti Measure
£21
£21

A practical gift that any pasta lover will appreciate.

Last date to order: 12 February (Prime).

For the valentine who’s perfected their Jamaican jerk marinade

Weber Smokey Joe
£91
£91

Get them this expert-recommended barbecue fit for any host.

Last date to order: 11 February (Prime).

For the valentine who valiantly completed dry January

A bottle of Moët will certainly start the evening off in style.

Last date to order: 12 February (Prime).

A fancy champagne also deserves some fancy glasses.

Last date to order: 12 February; ordered with next or named-day delivery.

For the valentine who insists they only want something small

Bloom and Wild send their letterbox flowers via Royal Mail’s Tracked service for free, next-day flower delivery, as long as you place an order before 10 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Last date to order: 11 February; order before 10pm for next-day tracked delivery.

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27 Last-Minute Gifts for Valentine’s Day