The best last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts will arrive on time

The best last-minute Valentine's Day gifts will arrive on time

The best last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts will arrive on time


Let’s face it: Most of us have procrastinated before shopping for gifts for Valentine’s Day. Thankfully, there’s still time to pick up before Monday, February 14, especially if you know where to look. To help you find the right gift, we’ve rounded up some on-time delivery ideas. These include deals on smart displays like the Amazon Echo Show 8, as well as retro-style instant cameras, AirPods, and even a portable info gun.

For those who wait until Very Last minute, we also have some digital gift ideas, including digital gift cards and games. Remember, if you need more advice, you can always read our 2022 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide. There, you’ll find a range of ideas spanning technical and non-technical fields, some starting at just $10.

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Amazon’s second-generation Echo Show 8 offers the same Alexa functionality as Amazon’s Echo speakers, making it a great gift that can serve a variety of use cases. For example, your partner or friend can use the smart display as a digital photo frame, or use it to make Zoom calls, watch videos or control a number of smart home devices. The 2021 model also has an improved 13-megapixel camera and faster performance than its predecessor, which is one of the many reasons why we think it’s the best smart display for most people.

Normally $129.99, the Echo Show 8 is currently on sale at Best Buy for $89.99, an all-time low. The retailer even offers free shipping so you can get it in time for the holidays without paying extra. Read our review.

Echo Show 8 (2nd generation)

The Echo Show 8 is Amazon’s mid-sized smart display in the current Echo lineup and can be used to display weather, news, calendars, shopping lists, and more. You can also use it to control your smart home devices, watch streaming video or listen to music. It even supports video calling via Zoom and Amazon’s Alexa calling service.

Fujifilm’s discounted Instax Square SQ1 camera prints photos onto Polaroid frame film.Photo by Becca Farsace / The Verge

Instant cameras are quirky go-to gifts that you can usually give to anyone, no matter their age or vacation. Fujifilm’s Instax Square SQ1 resembles a classic Polaroid—it can even print square photos onto Polaroid frame film—but has some modern features, including a one-touch selfie mode and a mirror. Amazon is currently selling it for $119.99 and is currently selling a variety of colors for around $100, which is the lowest price yet. Amazon Prime members should be able to get it in time for the holidays, but if your local Best Buy has a camera in stock, you can also pick it up from a brick-and-mortar store for the same price. Read our review.

Instax Square SQ1

The Instax Square SQ1 is Fujifilm’s 2020 release of the point-and-shoot Instax camera that prints photos onto Polaroid frame film. Rather than adding more technology, Fuji made the SQ1 as simple as possible.

Apple’s third-generation AirPods are a great gift for music lovers or friends, with support for features like spatial audio that make listening to curated content a more immersive experience. The wireless earbuds are also sweat and water resistant, which will come in handy at the gym or while running, making them ideal for the fitness enthusiast in your life.

While these normally retail for $179, they’re currently on sale on Amazon for $149.98, the second-best price yet. Prime members should receive them in time for the holidays, but if they don’t, Target is offering the same $30 local pickup discount. Meanwhile, Best Buy is selling the latest AirPods for $169 with free shipping, which means they should arrive in time for the holidays. Read our full review.

AirPods (third generation)

The latest entry-level AirPods are similar in appearance to their sleeker siblings, the AirPods Pro, with a new charging case and shorter stem. Unlike the 2019 models, they’re also water-resistant and have better battery life.

If you’re hesitant to book a massage this year because of the ongoing pandemic, buying a massage gun like the Theragun Mini might be your best bet. The three-speed massager provides a safe way for your partner to enjoy a great soft-tissue massage in the comfort (and safety) of their home. Plus, it’s compact and quiet enough that your partner or friend can take it with you whenever they need muscle relief.

While there’s no discount right now, you can grab the Message Gun for about $199 on Amazon or Best Buy, the latter of which offers free shipping, before Valentine’s Day. Note, however, that only Amazon Prime subscribers will receive it in time for the holidays.

Theragun Mini

The Theragun Mini Massager is a small, ultra-portable massage device that quietly and effectively relieves muscle pain and eliminates tension.

Now is a great time to buy home theater and audio gear, as the Super Bowl season is in full swing and many companies are gearing up for 2022 models. Thankfully, if you’re looking to relive rom-coms with your loved ones this winter, the best streaming devices you can buy are on sale at many retailers. Google’s latest Chromecast supports 4K content, Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision HDR, and access to all major streaming services. It also makes it easy to find content to watch, and the software can aggregate recommendations from a variety of different streaming services.

Normally $49.99, the Chromecast with Google TV is now on sale for $39.99 at Best Buy and Walmart, matching its lowest price yet. Target is offering the same discount, though, if you want your streaming device to be available in time for the holidays, you’ll need to opt for in-store pickup. Read our review.

Chromecast and Google TV

Chromecast with Google TV introduces a dedicated remote and new software that aggregates recommendations from all of your streaming services. It also supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

Last-minute digital gifts you can buy at short notice

Subscribing to the Disney Bundle provides access to popular shows such as The Mandalorian.
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By subscribing to a streaming service, you can enjoy Valentine’s Day in the warmth, comfort and safety of your home. Each service offers a wealth of movies and TV shows that you and your partner can enjoy, no matter which one you subscribe to.

A Netflix subscription—available through Target, Best Buy, and Walmart—is an obvious choice, with recent hits like Ozark and the wizard, but the Disney Plus Bundle is also a great option. A $14 per month subscription gives you access to Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN Plus, which is cheaper than paying for each subscription individually.With it, you can also watch Marvel Cinematic Universe movies and recent shows like Book of Boba Fett and Pam and Tommy.smallMeanwhile, port fans can watch content that isn’t always available on regular ESPN via ESPN Plus.

Netflix Gift Card (Digital)

The famous streaming service offers individual subscriptions for $10 per month, as well as more premium tiers that allow for 4K resolution and more users.

Disney Bundle (Monthly Subscription)

For $14 a month, you get access to Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN Plus, which is cheaper than what you’d pay if you bought each subscription separately.

Video games are the ideal gift for the gamer in your life, but you can buy or give away thousands of digital games right away.However, if you’re looking for game recommendations that fit a Valentine’s Day theme, you might want to choose Two are required.

In Hazelight Studios’ brilliant action-adventure game, you and your boyfriend play as a couple on the brink of divorce as they learn to cooperate and overcome their differences while navigating obstacles and trials. While not on sale right now, you can grab the digital versions of the Xbox One and Series X/S for $39.99 at Best Buy or Amazon, or the PC versions at the same retailers (Amazon, Best Buy) for the same price.

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In an action-adventure game, you and your boyfriend play as a married couple on the brink of divorce, learning to cooperate and overcome differences while navigating obstacles and trials.

If you’re looking for more options – or you’re not quite sure which games your partner or friend might want – there are many other digital gifts you can give as well. These include Xbox gift cards (Amazon, Best Buy, or Walmart) starting at $5, as well as PlayStation Store (Amazon, Best Buy, or Target) and Nintendo eShop (Amazon or Best Buy) gift cards.

Xbox Gift Card (Digital)

With an Xbox Gift Card, you can buy Xbox games, downloadable content, and more from the Microsoft Store on console or PC. You can buy a card for as little as $10.

PlayStation Store Gift Card (Digital)

With PlayStation Gift Cards, you can buy thousands of games, add-ons, subscriptions and more from the PlayStation Store. You can buy a card for as little as $10.

Nintendo eShop Gift Card (Digital)

With Nintendo eShop Gift Cards, you can purchase over 1,000 new, classic and indie games from the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS series systems. You can buy a card for as little as $5.

Apple Music

You can use your Apple gift card for Apple Music and other Apple services.

If your recipient loves music, there are many music streaming services that offer gift cards to choose from. Spotify is a popular option (Amazon, Best Buy), but if you’re looking for an alternative, there are plenty of other options given the current controversy with Joe Rogan. For example, Apple gift cards (Best Buy, Target) can be used to access millions of podcast episodes and over 90 million songs through Apple Music ($9.99 per month). Meanwhile, an Amazon Music Unlimited subscription gives you ad-free access to more than 75 million SD, HD, Ultra HD songs—and spatial audio music tracks—…

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