14 Last-Minute Valentine's Day Gift Ideas She'll Actually Like

For the moment when you finally realize, “You don’t need to buy me anything,” is actually code for, “I want something that shows you care,” we’ve got you covered.
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Buying gifts can be a pretty taxing experience. And it's even harder with the pressure of Valentine's Day forcing you to try to express all your feelings for someone with just one gift. That's a lot to deal with, so we don’t blame you at all for putting it off. In fact, we want to help. We’ve rounded up 14 amazing and thoughtful gifts for her that you can easily pull together at the last minute. You can thank us later.

Pamper Her With Products

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Birchbox

Subscription boxes, like Birchbox, are a great way to pamper your lady without having to remember exactly which perfume is her current favorite. For $10 a month, she’ll receive a box of goodies picked out by the pros and delivered to her door. And each month, she’ll be reminded just how thoughtful and sweet you were to order it for her.

Crazy for Color

Want to impress her with your knowledge of this trendy new hobby? Give her a printable geometric calendar (which just so happens to be free). Not only is it incredibly fun to do, but it’s also a creative way to help her relax and destress. Top this gift with brand new sets of markers and colored pencils, and you’ll definitely bring a smile to her face.

Love Notes

Pink Paper Hearts

Pink Paper Hearts

Why buy a generic card when you could show your sweetie just how much you care with a plethora of hand-written notes scattered throughout the house. Start with a thoughtful note on the bathroom mirror where she’s bound to notice right away. Then line the halls with sweet sentiments to make her smile. Just when she thinks it’s over, surprise her with a note or two in her car or purse to let her know you’re always thinking about her.

Mom's Favorite Mug

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This gift is simple, sweet and so easy to do that you might just opt to replace every mug in your house. All you need are a few white mugs and a permanent ceramic marker. Draw a heart, write a poem, or even include an inside joke. This project is also a great way to let the kids in on the Valentine’s Day fun, and Mom is sure to love it!

Keep Her Entertained

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Tomas Espinoza/Flynnsideout Prod

Does your girl love to read? Indulge her favorite hobby, and stop by a local bookstore on your way home from work. To get ideas, check out the best sellers section. Chances are, you’ll spot a quirky title by one of your gal’s favorite women. Mindy Kaling, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler all have fantastic books out right now, just to name a few. You’ll have her laughing all weekend.

Soup for Two

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Whether you’re great in the kitchen or your specialty involves heating up a frozen dinner, this decadent dessert is bound to impress your sweetie. After all, it's literally soup made from chocolate. And since every mouth-watering ingredient can be easily picked up at any grocery store, this is a sweet treat that you can throw together at the last possible second. 

Make This: Chocolate Soup

Chocolate + Chai Fantasy

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If an entire bowl of chocolate sounds a little rich for you, this chocolate chai cup will be just the thing. What’s even better is that despite how impressive it looks, it’s actually incredibly easy to make. The secret’s in the balloons. Yep! To make the fancy chocolate bowls, you simply dip a balloon in the cooled chocolate and pop the balloon once the chocolate has hardened. Voila! You’re basically a chocolatier. P.S. The chai cream is also a breeze. 

Make This: Chocolate Chai Cups

Only the Best

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Amano Artisan Chocolate

But if even the thought of cooking is too much for you to handle, please don't resort to the cliché box of subpar chocolates you'll likely see in every grocery store checkout line. We’re all for gifting chocolate, but let’s at least step it up a notch. Try stopping into a local candy store and putting together your own box of delicacies. Or even grab a bar of specialty chocolate at the grocery store. Basically, chocolate = good. Just skip the heart-shaped box.

Our Product Pick: Amano Artisan Chocolate, $7.95

Couple Camping

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Kimberly Finkel Davis

While dinner and a movie is always a solid option, we think a sexy camping trip for two is even better. Pack a picnic and hit the road for an exciting outdoor adventure. And if the weather’s too cold to venture outdoors, surprise her with a grown-up fort and homemade dinner at home. Either way, it’s bound to be a weekend she won’t forget! 

Plan a Camping Trip for Two

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Set the Mood

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Snuggle Bunnies

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Tune In

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Heat Things Up

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Take It To Go

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Veggie Love

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Spice Things Up

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On the Side

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Be Prepared

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Laid Back and Easy

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On a Sweet Note

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Romeo + Juliet

Romeo and Juliet Cocktail

Romeo and Juliet Cocktail

Show off your mixology skills by concocting a romantic cocktail with a name that screams Valentine’s Day. The Romeo and Juliet cocktail blends tequila, Grand Marnier and a few fruity accents for a delicious concoction worthy of her affections.  

Song Bird

Courtship Serenade

Courtship Serenade

Does your lady love music? Buy her tickets to an upcoming concert, put together a killer Spotify playlist or write your own love song. There’s no need to spend a fortune to make her feel loved and show her how much you care.

Breakfast in Bed

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There’s no way she’ll think you waited until the last minute when you start the day with a romantic breakfast in bed. And with simple tips from entertaining expert Camille Styles, we know you’ll hit this thoughtful gesture out of the park. I mean, who wouldn’t want to wake up to heart-shaped pancakes?

Plan a Romantic Valentine's Day Breakfast in Bed

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Break Out the Good Stuff

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Read All About It

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Stop and Smell the Roses

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Bottoms Up

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Sweet Simplicity

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Hot Stuff

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From the Heart

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Nice Buns

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Ring My Bell

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How Sweet It Is

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Sexy Spa Day

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Take your day to the next level by arranging a relaxing at-home spa date for two. Not only does this make the perfect date idea for someone who didn’t quite manage to make any reservations for Valentine’s Day, but it’s also a fantastic way to simply relax and enjoy each other’s company in the privacy of your own home. 

Create a Spa at Home

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Setting the Mood

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Roses Aren't Always Red

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Rose Water

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Stay-Home Essentials

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Tension Tamer

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Happy and Hydrated

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Fresh and Clean

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Veggie Rejuvenation

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Nature's Antioxidant

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Sit Back & Relax

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Weekend Getaway

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Airbnb

To really make her swoon and give her something to look forward to, make reservations at a secluded treehouse for just the two of you. Airbnb has some incredible options to choose from. She’ll love the gesture and still have something exciting to look forward to. This is one “I owe you” that definitely won’t disappoint. Take a virtual tour now. 

11 Handmade Valentines

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Sweet Turtle Shell

Candy Necklaces

Cupid's Arrow

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Made From Scratch

Covered in Glitter

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Get Creative

Biggest Fan

Play Dough Hearts

Be Mine

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Bejeweled Hearts

Love Birds

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