Simple Valentine's Day Gifts For Last-Min Shoppers

by Kaitlyn Wylde

If you're a hopeless romantic and Valentine's Day is your holiday, you've probably been planning Feb. 14, 2017 since Feb. 14, 2016. You already got the gifts, you already know exactly how you're going to present them, you know what's for dinner, what's for dessert, the outfit is planned and the hair-do is pinned. You know who you are, you Nicholas Sparks lovers, you! You're all ready for the big day and you can't wait to get things started. It feels good to be beyond prepared.

But if you're anything like me, you're a weird mix of overwhelmed and underwhelmed regarding the holiday and thus you've done zero planning and now have anxiety about not doing anything and yet no motivation to do anything. It's a tough spot to be in. You don't want to be the love Grinch, but you also don't feel like cutting out paper hearts and gluing doilies and calling a million restaurants to try to find on reservation in the near vicinity.

You're looking for something simple that says "I love you" without too much effort. So for you, I've compiled a list of simple gifts that will appear as totally planned-out and thoughtful, but won't take any of your time to put together.


Wall Banner, $7, Amazon

If you're stressing out because you can't find the perfect gift, give the gift of festiveness. Spice up your lover's room with some Valentine's Day-themed decorations. It's super easy and the gesture will go a long way.

Order In


Delivery, Price Varies, Seamless

OK, so you don't want to risk cooking an inedible meal and you don't want to deal with a prix fixe restaurant situation. Instead, you can compromise: order in! Invite your boo over and schedule a delivery feast to arrive at the same time. Light some candles, make it cozy, and enjoy that five star meal from the comfort of your own home.

Something Soft

Amped Fleece Throw Blanket, $59, Urban Outfitters

Psychologically, the act of touching soft things makes us feel good. So if you're feeling stumped and don't know what to get your Valentine, opt for something cozy, you won't go wrong.

Bath Salts

Bath Salts Duo, $55, Mullein & Sparrow

A fresh new set of bath salts is a great excuse to draw a leisurely bath for you and your Valentine. Set the lighting, turn on some music and enjoy your calming soaking salts together.

Unique Candle

Tatine Devotion Candle, $22, The Stell

This unisex soy candle is not your average flowery and bright scent. It's deep and earthy and will definitely set the mood this Valentine's Day.

Hair Oil

MyHavtorn Hair Oil, $45, Ayla Beauty

This Swedish oil smells incredible and and is perfect for hair or facial hair. It's the perfect gift to share.

Magic Face Oil

Vinter's Daughter, $185, Ayla Beauty

I don't use the term "magic" lightly. This unisex facial serum is a game-changer. Composed of activated botanicals, this sweet smelling, fast-acting, skin-saving miracle potion is worth every penny. It's the perfect Valentine's Day gift for anyone who gives a damn about their face!

Love Kit

Species Love Kit, $32, Urban Outfitters

If you're having trouble thinking of something creative, just let the professionals do it for you. This love kit by The Thousands is the perfect blend of trinkets and useful components. Your lover will enjoy an herbal spray, a crystal and a candle all in the cute packaging you didn't have to deal with.

Sex Dust

Sex Dust, $60, Amazon

Yes, really. This holistic formula is designed to work with your body to active and harness your sexual energy. The herbal blend promises to wake you up in all the right places — the perfect stimulation for Valentine's Day. Just sprinkle it to your morning smoothie or coffee.

Lover Shirt

MNKR Lover Pocket Tee, $28, Urban Outfitters

It doesn't get much simpler than this. It's unisex and you'll probably end up stealing this back at some point. It's straight to the point and totally adorable, too.

Dance Class

Ballroom Dancing, Price Varies, Dance With Me USA

You can't get much simpler than a gift that requires a third party to execute. Get your boo a ballroom dancing class that you don't have to teach. All you have to do is show up!


Veuve Cliquot, $65, Amazon

When in doubt, get a nice bottle of champs. For Valentine's Day, and for any day, really. Pop a bottle of Veuve for your boo and enjoy that sweet buzz that makes whatever your doing feel more fun than it is. This bottle is extra-special because you can leave a personalized audio message in it.

Chocolate-Dipped Anything

Chocolate Dipped Oreo Hearts, $49, Compartes

Chocolate is always the answer. A nicely boxed sweet treat will never go under-appreciated. And these Oreo-dipped chocolates are a serious home run.