11 Last-Minute Valentine’s Gifts You Can Buy on Amazon

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iStock.com/Yana Tatevosian

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 with Amazon Prime shipping, anything is possible. Here are 11 gifts for your main squeeze that will still arrive by February 14.

1. Funko Pop! Television: Bob Ross

A Funko Pop! Bob Ross figurine holding a paint palette
Funko, Amazon

If you’ve got a nerd in your life, you can never go wrong with a Funko Pop! figure. There’s one for every kind of fandom, whether your sweetie is a fan of Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Mister Rogers, or Iron Man. We can’t help but be delighted by the Bob Ross version.

Buy it on Amazon for $11.

2. Paddywax Parks Collection Candle

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 on Amazon for $28 to $30.

3. Baratza Virtuoso Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

A Baratza burr grinder
Baratza, Amazon

If your beloved loves coffee, chances are, they’ve been coveting a fancy burr grinder for a while. A high-end grinder is one of the first things baristas recommend when it comes to making really good coffee at home. If your favorite coffee connoisseur has been making do with a cheap blade grinder, we recommend splurging for the Baratza Virtuoso, a high-end model that features 40 different settings and produces the consistent, even grind that is necessary for coffee to extract properly.

If you’re not ready to drop $230 on a kitchen gadget, the slightly cheaper Baratza Encore is the brand’s most popular grinder, and it’s an excellent alternative, though it’s a little slower and a little louder than the Virtuoso. (This $35 Cuisinart option isn't quite as good, but we admit that it's a hard-to-beat price.)

Buy it on Amazon for $230.

4. Living Language Dothraki

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 on Amazon for $16.

5. Wowbox Canvas and Leather Messenger Bag

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 on Amazon for $44.

6. KitchenAid 3-Speed Hand Blender

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 on Amazon for $45.

7. TheraFlow Dual Foot Massager Roller

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 on Amazon for $19.

8. Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Instant Film Camera

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 on Amazon for $118.

9. Pendleton 5th Avenue Throw

A striped Pendleton throw blanket
Pendleton, Amazon

Give your partner a gift that says “I’d love to curl up on the couch with you.” Pendleton blankets are renowned for their quality, and though they’re definitely an investment, they’re sure to last you forever. This one is particularly cozy. As one reviewer writes, “I've used several Pendleton blankets before, but trust me, this new 5th Avenue line feels twice as soft and luxurious as their other blankets.”

Buy it on Amazon for $180.

10. Chilly Dog Barn Yarn Wool Cat Toys

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 them on Amazon for $12 for three toys or $20 for six toys.

11. Chase 'n Chomp Amazing Squeaker Ball

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 on Amazon for $8.

11 Patriotic Products to Celebrate the Fourth of July

Amazon
Amazon

Whether you’ll be lounging by the beach or grilling in your backyard this Independence Day, don’t forget to show off your all-American spirit with a little swag. Here are 11 products to help you celebrate Fourth of July—all of which would pair nicely with your collection of presidential bobbleheads.

1. Declaration Of Independence Signatures Mug; $15

Mug decorated with the signatures from the Declaration of Independence.
CafePress, Amazon

The names of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence are on display on this ceramic coffee mug. Studying the signatures each morning might inspire you to perfect your own John Hancock.

Find it: Amazon

2. Stars And Stripes Cufflinks; $55

Cufflinks with images of stars and stripes on them

Cufflinks Inc., Nordstrom

Brighten up your wardrobe with a splash of American pride. One half of this cufflinks set is striped red and white and the other is blue and spangled with stars. Together they make a patriotic accent piece.

Find it: Nordstrom

3. Fireworks Light Show Projector; $41

Portable fireworks light projector.
Uncle Milton, Amazon

If you want a low-hazard Fourth of July that still delivers thrills, consider getting a light show projector. When it’s pointed at a wall, the device displays vibrant fireworks animations accompanied by realistic sound effects. And it works indoors, so you can count on your Independence Day party ending with a light show no matter the weather forecast. (There's also a Disney version available for just $20.)

Find it: Amazon

4. Inflatable Cooler; $14

Inflatable American flag cooler filled with ice and drinks.
Fun Express, Amazon

When preparing for a picnic or barbecue this Fourth of July, don’t bother breaking out your tiny roll-away cooler. This 54-by-28-inch inflatable trough holds enough bottles and cans to keep your party going well past sunset. Once the cooler has been drained and deflated, it folds neatly for easy storage.

Find it: Amazon

5. American Trivia Cards; $15

Even players who paid attention in American history class might find this game challenging. Each box comes with 150 cards of United States trivia. Some questions—like what was the first state to grant women the right to vote—highlight important moments in our nation’s history. Others—like how many columns the Lincoln Memorial features—are a little more random.

Find it: UncommonGoods

6. U.S. Navy Blanket; $200

The U.S. military has been going to Faribault Woolen Mill Co. for its blankets for over 100 years. This one is crafted from 100 percent wool and weighs 3.5 pounds. The design is inspired by the blankets supplied on Navy ships—and if it’s tough enough for the Navy, you can bet it will withstand a Fourth of July picnic. We like the gray version, but it comes in several different styles and colors.

Find it: Faribault Woolen Mill Co.

7. American Flag Cornhole; $90

Two American flag cornhole boards with bean bags.
GoSports, Amazon

Baseball faces some stiff competition from cornhole for the title of No. 1 American pastime. This lawn set includes four blue bean bags, four red bean bags, and two boards decorated to resemble the American flag.

Find it: Amazon

8. U.S. Map Cutting Board; $20

Wooden cutting board in the shape of the U.S. map.
Totally Bamboo, Amazon

This 100 percent bamboo board eschews the traditional rectangle shape in favor of the outline of the American mainland. You can either keep it in the kitchen and use it as a cutting board or bring it out to the party as a serving platter for fruits, cheeses, and other hors d'oeuvres.

Find it: Amazon

9. Boston Tea Party Tea Sampler; $15

Six piles of loose-leaf tea.
Solstice Tea Traders, Amazon

A sip of one of the teas in this sampler will put you in touch with your inner revolutionary. Each of the six loose-leaf varieties—bohea black tea, oolong, congou black tea, souchong, singlo, and hyson—was among those tossed over the sides of British ships during the Boston Party. Whether you drink the tea or chuck it into the nearest harbor is up to you. (If you're looking for something to put on display, UncommonGoods also sells a slightly pricier, more elegant option with five teas.)

Find it: Amazon

10. State Map Prints; $27 and Up

A poster featuring a colorful map of Wisconsin
Bri Buckley, Society6

These unique prints by Bri Buckley highlight the beauty of each U.S. state in vibrant color. Each state map is available in both a modern and a vintage style, and like most Society6 art, the design is also available on tapestries, shirts, pillows, tote bags, and more.

Find it: Society6

11. Bald Eagle Pool Float; $15

A man and a woman ride a bald eagle pool float
Swimline, Amazon

Cool down the patriotic way this Fourth of July. This massive 8-foot-by-6-foot bald eagle pool float can fit up to two people comfortably, and will look great floating around your pool during your backyard barbecue.

Find it: Amazon

A version of this article first ran in 2017. It has been updated for 2019.

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Turn Your Phone Into an Instant Camera With KODAK's New Handheld Printer

KODAK
KODAK

Instant cameras are all the rage, but when you're already carrying a high-end camera everywhere you go in the form of your smartphone, the idea of carrying around an extra gadget might seem like more work than it's worth. You don't have to choose between the convenience of your phone's camera and the fun of having a tangible memento. KODAK's new SMILE digital printer combines all the fun of using filters and image editing on your phone with the delight of having a printed copy of your photo.

Blue, green, black, red, and white KODAK SMILE printers printing photos
The KODAK SMILE line of instant digital printers
KODAK

The handheld Bluetooth printer—which is roughly the same size as KODAK's SMILE instant digital camera—lets you edit photos on your phone, then print your image instantly on 2-inch-by-3-inch sticker paper. Using the KODAK SMILE app, you can add Instagram-esque filters; rotate images and change contrast, brightness, and other characteristics; and add stickers, text, doodles, and borders.

Most uniquely, you can add augmented reality elements to your photos, so that when you (or someone else with the KODAK SMILE app) point the app at the physical print, the image is replaced by a short video clip. The effect is something like the moving photographs in Harry Potter—you can surprise your friends by asking them to view a photo through the app's AR function, then watch their delight as the still image begins to move.

The KODAK SMILE app
KODAK

KODAK sent Mental Floss both the SMILE instant camera and the SMILE printer to test, and while there's a lot of fun in snapping photos on an instant camera and accepting whatever weird flaws that photo might have (though you can do some light editing on the SMILE camera before printing), in our opinion, the breadth of image-editing features and convenience of being able to print photos you've already taken on your smartphone makes the digital printer the better option if you're trying to choose between the two.

This is especially true if you're going on vacation or trying to capture a night out on camera; it's just easier to whip out your phone rather than break out another camera, and it's easier to edit photos on your phone than to manipulate photos on the SMILE instant camera's small screen.

Blue, black, green, white, and red KODAK SMILE instant-print cameras
The KODAK SMILE line of instant-print digital cameras
KODAK

The SMILE printer is available on Amazon and Walmart for $100 and comes in five different colors: white, black, blue, green, and red. The SMILE instant-print digital camera is also $100 on Amazon and Walmart and is available in the same colors.

While the camera and the printer both come with a starter pack of sticker-backed ZINK photo paper, you can get 50 refill sheets for $24 when you run out.

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we choose all products independently and only get commission on items you buy and don't return, so we're only happy if you're happy. Thanks for helping us pay the bills!

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