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From Murder Mystery Boxes to Online Courses, These Are The Most Popular Last-Minute Gifts This Year

Best Last Minute Gifts For Valentine's

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If you have a tendency to leave your Valentine’s day shopping to the very last second, you’re certainly not alone. While there’s certainly still ample time to check off everyone on your gifting list before the holidays arrive, if you do in fact procrastinate this year, you’ve still got plenty of options that you can order and send instantly online—but will actually look like you didn’t wait until the day before the holiday to think about it.

Whether you’re strapped for time or prefer to shop from the comfort of home (and let’s face it, most of us will be going this route this year because of social distancing restrictions in place across most of the country), we’ve rounded up seven of the most popular last-minute gifts to shop this year.


Monthly Date Night Subscription Box

Just because date night has been quarantined, that doesn’t mean you can’t stop crafting unique, monthly experiences with your significant other! Behold the date night box, a subscription of monthly surprises that packs a whole note adventures into one box. Each date experience promises a theme (the ’80s, murder-mystery night, game shows even national parks and more) and engaging relationship-building games and activities that will help you laugh and reconnect.

Date Night Box $25 Buy It

Wine Club Subscription

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There are a number of food and beverage delivery options these days, but we like Winc — a California-based winery that offers a more personalized experience when it comes to wine. While other subscription services pre-select wines and ship them to you monthly, Winc lets you choose your own wines, based on your palate, price point and occasion(s). Many of their wines are featured at some of the best restaurants across the country, and they’re all carefully chosen by the site’s in-house sommeliers (see their current roster of wines here). Never pay for a bottle you don’t like, and you can skip a delivery any time you want. Bottles start at just $13. If you prefer not to sign up for a subscription, individual gift boxes are available to ship as well. Purchase: $13+ at Winc.com.

BUY NOW: $13.99+ Buy It


Murder Mystery in a Box

If your partner is obsessed with the tricky and manipulative, then we highly recommend this beloved mystery game. This 6-episode mystery game is about 10 to 15 hours of mystery-solving. Centered around an Alaskan attack, a graduate student is found dead and the incident is blamed on wildlife. But the more you learn, and the deeper you dig the more it seems as if this was no accident at all! If you’re looking to kill time and be wildly distracted from your surroundings, trust the overwhelmingly positive Amazon reviews and buy yourself a little mystery.

Hunt A Killer Box $180 Buy It

Craft Beer of The Month Club

Know someone who prefers beer over wine? Get them a subscription to this popular craft beer service, which will send your recipient 12 world-class craft beers a month. Each delivery includes the backstory of each brewery, so you can re-order the beers you like and get to know exactly what you’re drinking. Deliveries also include bonus gifts, like limited-edition bottle openers, coasters and more. There’s no membership fee to join and you can cancel anytime. Our suggestion: sign your friends up for a 3 or 6-month subscription, then leave it up to them to continue. Purchase: $42 at CraftBeerClub.com.

BUY NOW: $42+ Buy It


Cameo Gift Guide

Can’t be with your loved one this Valentine’s Day? Send your sweetie a love note via big screen actor and star of “Three Men and A Baby” Steve Guttenberg instead. Craft a personalized message from a Hollywood hot shot for your loved one thanks to Cameo. There are hundreds upon hundreds of television stars, musicians, athletes and (naturally) reality TV stars to choose from. You’ll even get big name a-listers like Sarah Jessica Parker or Snoop Dogg who use their cameo time to fund charities close to their heart. Personal favs. include most of the cast from “The Office,” Sean Astin, Ice T, Jon Taffer and almost all of the Real Housewives.

Magazine Subscription $20 - $500 Buy It


Urban Stems

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Send the traditional bouquets of flowers to anyone you love by gifting them with a gift that will keep on giving. Urban Stems offers a few plan options: Classic ($50), Seasonal ($75) or Luxe ($100). It can be as often as bi-weekly, too, so the giftee in question can have constantly have fresh blooms arriving at their door.

BUY NOW: $50+ Buy It


Spa Finder Gift Card

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Want to book your loved one into a spa or retreat, but need to be flexible with dates? Pick up a gift card from SpaFinder. The gift cards work at thousands of beauty and wellness studios across the country, with options for salons, spas, fitness classes, acupuncture, Botox, meditation retreats and more (see all participating partners here). Best of all: the cards never expire. Order a gift card and have it emailed to your recipient for immediate delivery, or package it in a free gift box and have the site send it by mail. Purchase: $50+ at SpaFinder.com.

BUY NOW: $50+ Buy It

ESPN+ Subscription

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For the sports fans in your life, get them a subscription to ESPN+, the sports broadcaster’s new direct-to-consumer streaming service. For around $5 a month, customers get access to hundreds of live games from MLB, MLS, the NHL, Grand Slam Tennis, international soccer, Top Rank Boxing and more. Beginning in 2019, UFC fights will also be included as part of the package. The service also includes on-demand access to exclusive ESPN originals, like “30 for 30,” “E:60” and “OJ: Made in America.” Stream them anytime from almost any device. Worth noting: ESPN+ subscribers will not see display ads, pre-roll and post-roll video ads anywhere on the ESPN platform, which means no annoying commercials to wait through when you’re checking scores and highlights on ESPN.com or on the ESPN app. Plans start at $5.99/month or $49.99/year. Purchase: $5.99+ on ESPN.com.

BUY NOW: $49.99+ Buy It


MasterClass Annual Membership

Whether you want to update your skill-set or inspire a friend or colleague, pick up an all-access pass to MasterClass, which features dozens of courses spanning film, food, writing and more, all taught by celebrity instructors. Learn how to shoot a basketball with Steph Curry; learn to cook with Gordon Ramsay; learn photography from Annie Lebowitz; the options are endless. MasterClass charges $90 for individual courses, but your best value is their $180 annual membership, which provides unlimited access to all 90+ courses taught by some of the best — and most famous — experts in almost every industry you can think of. Purchase: $180 on MasterClass.com. If the subscription isn’t right for you, try their two-for-one classes deal they have running for the holidays.

BUY NOW: $180 Buy It

Amazon Prime Subscription

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Amazon Prime has the best value of any online membership. One year costs $119 (that’s almost $50 less than Netflix), and gets you free shipping on just about anything to your doorstep in less than two days, a ton of original content through Amazon Studios, unlimited access to Amazon Music. You also get access to unlimited books and magazines and can enjoy Twitch for video game lovers, plus more. If any of your friends or family members don’t have Prime, this is the time to get them a gift membership. It’s one gift that will keep on giving through the year. Purchase: $119 on Amazon.com.


A Magazine Subscription

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One of the fleeting joys of quarantine is getting something (anything) in the mail. Escalate that feeling by ordering a subscription to your favorite magazine for 2021. It’s quick, simple and gives your special person a little surprise all year. Our top suggestions include: Rolling Stone, Robb Report, Esquire, Mens Health, Real SimpleTravel + Leisure, Domino, Vogue, Highlights, The New Yorker, Time, The Atlantic and Architectural Digest.

Magazine Subscription $20 - $150 Buy It