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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Dominate Game Night With Godzilla-Themed Monopoly and Jenga

Usaopoly
Usaopoly

Competitive board games have a tendency to bring out players' monstrous sides, and later this year, you'll be able to embrace those destructive impulses with Jenga and Monopoly games inspired by Godzilla.

Both products featuring Japan's iconic mutant menace are a collaboration between games publisher USAopoly (also known as The Op) and entertainment company Toho International, CBR.com reports. The first one, dubbed Monopoly: Godzilla, is billed as a "city-terrorizing twist on the classic board game." The properties available for conquering include Monster Island, Goro’s Workshop, and Kitakami Lake. Instead of the classic game pieces, players use tokens of monsters like Mothra, Rodan, and Godzilla to dominate the board.

The second game pairs so perfectly with Godzilla that it may rival the classic version. In Jenga: Godzilla Extreme Edition, the block tower resembles a skyscraper taken from downtown Tokyo, and it comes with a cardboard cutout of Godzilla unleashing a beam of atomic breath. With every role of the die, Godzilla moves along the "approach track," increasing the number of blocks removed each turn and hastening the building's destruction.

Godzilla Jenga.
Usaopoly

Monopoly: Godzilla will sell for $40, and Jenga: Godzilla Extreme Edition will cost $20. You can find them in select stores when they debut in the spring.

Are You a Friends Superfan? Then You Need This Friends-Themed Cards Against Humanity

The One With All the Cards/Amazon
The One With All the Cards/Amazon

For a seemingly simple show, Friends has continued to entertain fans around the world for more than 25 years. The ’90s sitcom allowed viewers to follow the lives of six tight-knit friends and—most importantly—quote many hilarious lines and references. Now, you can mix and match some of the show's best moments with The One With All the Cards game, which looks and plays a lot like Cards Against Humanity. You can find it on Amazon for $30.

While the game isn’t a Cards Against Humanity expansion pack, it’s quite similar. There’s a set of black question cards containing classic lines like “WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO MY SISTER?” to which players respond with white cards that feature answers like, “Feeling my bicep, and maybe more.”

When you’ve established who is the best at Friends quotes, you can see who the real superfan is with The One With All the Questions. This trivia game features more than 300 quiz questions and you can find it on Amazon for $33.

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