11 Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Wowbox/Funko/Amazon
Wowbox/Funko/Amazon

So you still don’t have the perfect gift for your significant other for Valentine’s Day, huh? Not to worry—you may have left things to the last minute, but if you act fast, anything is possible. Here are 11 gifts for your main squeeze that will still arrive by February 14.

1. A Funko Pop!; $7-$12

Albert Einstein Funko Pop
Funko/Amazon

Funko Pops are the go-to last-minute gift idea, because there’s virtually no subject they don’t cover. If your significant other is into science, pick ‘em up an Einstein Pop. Movies? They’ve got everything from Star Wars and Lord of the Rings to A League of Their Own and The Godfather. There are also Pops based on historical figures, the royal family, ad icons, and the list goes on and on. These adorable 3.75-inch hunks of vinyl are lifesavers if you’re a late shopper.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Paddywax Parks Collection Candle; $30

A pink cement candle jar
Paddywax, Amazon

Candles make great all-purpose gifts, whether you’re in a committed relationship or you’ve just started dating someone. Paddywax’s Parks candles have scents inspired by beloved natural parks like Yosemite (cottonwood and oak), Grand Canyon (cactus flower and fern), Great Smoky Mountains (maplewood and moss), Yellowstone (sagebrush and fir), and Glacier (white pine and hemlock). Get your significant other a candle that reminds them of their favorite place or that inspires them to want to visit somewhere new—hopefully with you.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Takeya Cold Brew Maker; $18

Takeya Cold Brew Maker on Amazon.
Takeya/Amazon

Cold brew has gotten suspiciously expensive over the past few years, and if your loved one is a caffeine fiend, you can save them a small fortune with this cold brew maker from Amazon. The whole thing is incredibly simple: just fill the canister with water and put coarsely-ground coffee beans in that middle filter (around 2 tablespoons of ground coffee per every cup of water). Let it all brew in the fridge overnight (think 10-12 hours), and you’ll have incredible homemade cold brew the next morning without paying $5 a pop. If you need a grinder, this one from Mr. Coffee is a solid low-cost option.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Living Language Dothraki; $15

The cover of 'Living Language Dothraki'
Living Language, Amazon

If date night for you means settling down with the latest episode of Game of Thrones, consider giving your beau the gift of language—the Dothraki language, that is. The 128-page book and one-hour audio course is written by David J. Peterson, the “language creator” who developed Dothraki for the HBO show, and includes all the phrases, vocabulary, and grammar that you need to know, including some words you have never heard before on TV.

Buy it: Amazon 

5. Wowbox Canvas and Leather Messenger Bag; $40

A leather and gray canvas messenger bag
Wowbox, Amazon

Has your partner been lugging around their laptop in a ragged backpack for years? Give them an upgrade that will look polished no matter if they’re in the office, on their bike, or at dinner. This unisex canvas-and-leather messenger bag fits laptops of up to 14 inches and has plenty of compartments to keep all their stuff organized.

Buy it: Amazon

6. KitchenAid 3-Speed Hand Blender; $59

A KitchenAid hand mixer set
KitchenAid, Amazon

Despite its small footprint, a hand blender is one of the most useful kitchen tools around. It can blend, crush, chop, whisk, and puree, processing everything from smoothies to chopped nuts to whipped egg whites. Home cooks and Great British Bake Off fans will be delighted by this KitchenAid immersion blender, which is $35 off right now.

Buy it: Amazon

7. TheraFlow Dual Foot Massager Roller; $19

Two feet on a TheraFlow roller
TheraFlow, Amazon

Nothing says “I love you” like a foot massage. You don’t have to get in there with your own hands, though. TheraFlow’s dual foot-massage roller soothes tired feet, stimulating myofascial release with gentle, sustained pressure as the user glides their feet across the rollers.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Instant Film Camera; $108

A brown Fujifilm instant camera
Fujifilm, Amazon

An instant camera is one of those slightly pricey purchases that people love but hesitate to buy for themselves. Do they really need to be able to print photos on demand when they just got Portrait Mode? No, but they'll be delighted by the option! Give your beloved the gift of being the most popular person at the party with this retro-looking Fujifilm instant camera, which is conveniently $62 off right now.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Beer and Food Pairing Guide Towel; $14

UncommonGoods beer and food pairing towel.
UncommonGoods

If your significant other is either always testing out new recipes or dragging you to the latest local brewery, this gift is the perfect marriage of passions. Each kitchen towel features a chart with 40 beer styles (from bright ales to dark stouts) and 61 different food options (including meats, cheeses, and seafood). The chart grid will then indicate if the beer style you have in mind matches with the recipe you want to try with the help of some pint glass-shaped icons. And for wine lovers, the same product exists for pairing vino with dinner.

Buy it: UncommonGoods

10. Chilly Dog Barn Yarn Wool Cat Toys; $20

An array of knit cat toys
Chilly Dog, Amazon

Don’t pretend Valentine’s Day is only for human loved ones. Treat the real love of your life—your cat—to a toy they won’t want to put down. Chilly Dog’s Barn Yarn knit toys are handmade and stuffed to the brim with catnip. They come in an assortment of adorable animal designs that your cat (or your significant other's!) will delight in trying to kill.

Buy it: Amazon

11. Chase 'n Chomp Amazing Squeaker Ball; $8

A squeaker ball in its packaging
Chase 'n' Chomp, Amazon

Want to get on a pup’s good side this V-Day? Whether it’s for your No. 1 pooch or your new beau’s rescue, this squeaky ball is sure to please. It’s virtually indestructible, even in the jaws of the most aggressive chewers. One reviewer compares her dog’s obsession with it to Golem and his One Ring.

Buy it: Amazon

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Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

Wayfair/Weber
Wayfair/Weber

This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
Brisbane/Wayfair

- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
Dyna-Glo/Wayfair

- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.
GoSports

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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10 Products for a Better Night's Sleep

Amazon/Comfort Spaces
Amazon/Comfort Spaces

Getting a full eight hours of sleep can be tough these days. If you’re having trouble catching enough Zzzs, consider giving these highly rated and recommended products a try.

1. Everlasting Comfort Pure Memory Foam Knee Pillow; $25

Everlasting Comfort Knee Pillow
Everlasting Comfort/Amazon

For side sleepers, keeping the spine, hips, and legs aligned is key to a good night’s rest—and a pain-free morning after. Everlasting Comfort’s memory foam knee pillow is ergonomically designed to fit between the knees or thighs to ensure proper alignment. One simple but game-changing feature is the removable strap, which you can fasten around one leg; this keeps the pillow in place even as you roll at night, meaning you don’t have to wake up to adjust it (or pick it up from your floor). Reviewers call the pillow “life-changing” and “the best knee pillow I’ve found.” Plus, it comes with two pairs of ear plugs.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Letsfit White Noise Machine; $21

Letsfit White Noise Machine
Letsfit/Amazon

White noise machines: They’re not just for babies! This Letsfit model—which is rated 4.7 out of five with nearly 3500 reviews—has 14 potential sleep soundtracks, including three white noise tracks, to better block out everything from sirens to birds that chirp enthusiastically at dawn (although there’s also a birds track, if that’s your thing). It also has a timer function and a night light.

Buy it: Amazon

3. ECLIPSE Blackout Curtains; $16

Eclipse Black Out Curtains
Eclipse/Amazon

According to the National Sleep Foundation, too much light in a room when you’re trying to snooze is a recipe for sleep disaster. These understated polyester curtains from ECLIPSE block 99 percent of light and reduce noise—plus, they’ll help you save on energy costs. "Our neighbor leaves their backyard light on all night with what I can only guess is the same kind of bulb they use on a train headlight. It shines across their yard, through ours, straight at our bedroom window," one Amazon reviewer who purchased the curtains in black wrote. "These drapes block the light completely."

Buy it: Amazon

4. JALL Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock; $38

JALL Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock
JALL/Amazon

Being jarred awake by a blaring alarm clock can set the wrong mood for the rest of your day. Wake up in a more pleasant way with this clock, which gradually lights up between 10 percent and 100 percent in the 30 minutes before your alarm. You can choose between seven different colors and several natural sounds as well as a regular alarm beep, but why would you ever use that? “Since getting this clock my sleep has been much better,” one reviewer reported. “I wake up not feeling tired but refreshed.”

Buy it: Amazon

5. Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light; $200

Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light
Philips/Amazon

If you’re looking for an alarm clock with even more features, Philips’s SmartSleep Wake-Up Light is smartphone-enabled and equipped with an AmbiTrack sensor, which tracks things like bedroom temperature, humidity, and light levels, then gives recommendations for how you can get a better night’s rest.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Slumber Cloud Stratus Sheet Set; $159

Stratus sheets from Slumber Cloud.
Slumber Cloud

Being too hot or too cold can kill a good night’s sleep. The Good Housekeeping Institute rated these sheets—which are made with Outlast fibers engineered by NASA—as 2020’s best temperature-regulating sheets.

Buy it: SlumberCloud

7. Comfort Space Coolmax Sheet Set; $29-$40

Comfort Spaces Coolmax Sheets
Comfort Spaces/Amazon

If $159 sheets are out of your price range, the GHI recommends these sheets from Comfort Spaces, which are made with moisture-wicking Coolmax microfiber. Depending on the size you need, they range in price from $29 to $40.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Coop Home Goods Eden Memory Foam Pillow; $80

Coop Eden Pillow
Coop Home Goods/Amazon

This pillow—which has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon—is filled with memory foam scraps and microfiber, and comes with an extra half-pound of fill so you can add, or subtract, the amount in the pillow for ultimate comfort. As a bonus, the pillows are hypoallergenic, mite-resistant, and washable.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Baloo Weighted Blanket; $149-$169

Baloo Weighted Blanket
Baloo/Amazon

Though the science is still out on weighted blankets, some people swear by them. Wirecutter named this Baloo blanket the best, not in small part because, unlike many weighted blankets, it’s machine-washable and -dryable. It’s currently available in 12-pound ($149) twin size and 20-pound ($169) queen size. It’s rated 4.7 out of five stars on Amazon, with one reviewer reporting that “when it's spread out over you it just feels like a comfy, snuggly hug for your whole body … I've found it super relaxing for falling asleep the last few nights, and it looks nice on the end of the bed, too.” 

Buy it: Amazon 

10. Philips Smartsleep Snoring Relief Band; $200

Philips SmartSleep Snoring Relief Band
Philips/Amazon

Few things can disturb your slumber—and that of the ones you love—like loudly sawing logs. Philips’s Smartsleep Snoring Relief Band is designed for people who snore when they’re sleeping on their backs, and according to the company, 86 percent of people who used the band reported reduced snoring after a month. The device wraps around the torso and is equipped with a sensor that delivers vibrations if it detects you moving to sleep on your back; those vibrations stop when you roll onto your side. The next day, you can see how many hours you spent in bed, how many of those hours you spent on your back, and your response rate to the vibrations. The sensor has an algorithm that notes your response rate and tweaks the intensity of vibrations based on that. “This device works exactly as advertised,” one Amazon reviewer wrote. “I’d say it’s perfect.”

Buy it: Amazon

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