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.

Celebrate Earth Day With 7 Eco-Friendly Fashion Options That Won't Pollute the Planet

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Fashion is one of Earth’s most resource-intensive, environment-polluting industries. Manufacturing clothing requires vast quantities of water, international transport, and labor—and after all that, clothes regularly get thrown away after just a few months or years. (In part because recycling fabric into new textiles is very difficult.)

But that doesn’t mean that you need to become a nudist in order to save the Earth. There are plenty of clothing companies that take their environmental impact very seriously, using recycled and organic materials and trying to minimize the carbon footprint of their supply chain and manufacturing process. This Earth Day, take a look at some of the clothing that allows you to feel good about looking good.

1. Ralph Lauren Earth Polo

While it’s easier to find eco-friendly clothing at outdoor and sporting retailers, some mainstream fashion companies are getting in on the trend, too. Ralph Lauren just launched its first polo shirt made of recycled material—the Earth Polo. Available for both men and women in four different colors, the shirts are made with fabric derived from plastic bottles. Though they look nearly identical to the company’s regular styles, each Earth Polo is made from approximately 12 recycled plastic bottles. And to reduce water pollution, the colored fabrics are dyed with a process that requires no water.

Buy it from Ralph Lauren for men and women for $90.

2. Madewell Second Wave Swimwear

Madewell launched its first sustainable swimwear line in February 2019, meaning that you can feel a little less guilty about ocean trash while frolicking at the beach. Made from recycled plastic bottles, Second Wave swimsuits are available in two-piece or one-piece designs in a variety of colors and patterns. According to the company, the one-piece suits incorporate material from eight used plastic bottles, while its separates are each made from two plastic bottles. (In other words, if you want to save the environment, cover up!) We like the simplicity of this $80 red one-piece suit, but there are plenty of options to choose from starting at $45 per piece. Sizes run from XX small to 3X.

Buy it at Madewell for $45 and up.

3. PrAna Shirts

The California-based clothing company prAna is all about sustainability, from its materials to its manufacturing to the composting program at its headquarters. It makes pieces with organic and recycled materials and participates in fair trade and bluesign certification. You can filter items in its online store based on whether it’s made with recycled content, and there’s a lot to choose from, whether you’re looking for something to wear to the office, the beach, or yoga class. The Iselle t-shirt line for women is made with 92 percent recycled polyester and 8 percent hemp (which requires fewer pesticides and less water to produce than cotton), and comes in short-sleeve (left), long-sleeve, and tank designs. For men, the Transverse line of shirts is made with 95 percent recycled polyester and 5 percent hemp. There are also dressier options—the Merger button-down shirts (right) are made with 44 percent recycled polyester, 53 percent hemp, and 3 percent spandex.

Buy it from prAna.

4. Patagonia Stretch Rainshadow Jacket

A navy blue Patagonia jacket
Patagonia, Backcountry.com

Patagonia’s Rainshadow jackets are designed to keep you dry but cool during summer showers or while you’re working hard. The latest version of the design—which is fully waterproof but still breathable—is made with ECONYL, a recycled nylon made from discarded materials like abandoned fishing nets. ECONYL’s manufacturer estimates that the material reduces the climate change-related impact of nylon by up to 80 percent compared to new construction made from oil.

Buy it from Backcountry.com for men and women for $200.

5. Mammut Convey Recycled Down Jacket

Down-filled jackets are a reliable way to stay toasty during the cold months, but you may worry about the impact your outdoor adventures have on the ducks and geese that serve as the source for your jacket’s filling. Many outdoor retailers are switching to recycled down, which repurposes down from used bedding, cushions, and other items that would otherwise end up in the landfill. Mammut’s Convey is one of the best puffy jackets for cold weather, according to Popular Mechanics, and its 700 fill down comes from recycled sources.

Buy it from Mammut for men and women for $200.

6. Decathlon Fleece

Decathlon, a French mega-retailer that’s essentially the IKEA of sporting goods, makes a number of jackets, shirts, and pants using recycled polyester and other eco-friendly materials. (It’s also dedicated to reducing any unnecessary packaging.) The company just launched its first U.S. store in the Bay Area, and is rolling out its online store nationwide. If you’re looking for gear made with recycled materials, head to the fleece department—it its lightweight Forclaz 50 fleece jackets are made with 100 percent recycled polyester. The company also manufactures plenty of warm-weather gear with recycled materials, too, like its TREK 500 t-shirts (available for men and women) and flip-flops, all made with a majority, if not 100 percent, recycled materials. Oh, and did we mention that everything is dirt cheap?

Buy Forclaz 50 fleece jackets from Decathlon for both men and women for $5.

7. Pacsafe ECONYL Backpack

Recycled fabric isn’t just for clothing. A number of retailers also use sustainable textiles to make accessories. Pacsafe, which makes secure bags designed to keep your stuff from getting snatched while you’re traveling, makes a line of anti-theft bags designed with ECONYL regenerated nylon. The carry-on backpack has all the same security features as the company’s other products—cut-resistant straps and fabric, locking clips and zippers, and more—but it’s made with recycled materials. And all the profits from the line go to the Turtle Fund, the company’s conservation effort aimed at helping endangered sea turtles.

Buy it from Pacsafe for $130.

Ninja’s Hot & Cold Brewed System Is the Only Coffee Maker You’ll Ever Need

Amazon
Amazon

Update: The Ninja Hot & Cold Brewed System is on sale for $120 ($40 off) for Sam's Club members until May 19.

For people who just want a cup of joe to help them get out the door in the morning, the French presses, Chemexes, Aeropresses, Moka pots, and other specialized devices that coffee aficionados swear by probably seem more overwhelming than appealing. Ditto the fancy cappuccino machines at local cafes. That’s where Ninja’s new Hot & Cold Brewed System comes in: It was created to give coffee addicts a myriad of options with minimal fuss, not to mention minimal equipment. And it makes tea, too!

“Coffeehouses are known for having an endless selection, but current at-home brewers haven't given users the vast variety of choice we thought possible, and certainly not all in one product," Mark Rosenzweig, CEO of SharkNinja, said in a press release. "The Ninja Hot & Cold Brewed System changes the category entirely. This innovative system is more than just a machine you use in the morning; it's your all-day brewing partner.”

The Hot & Cold Brewed System comes with two baskets: one for coffee and one for tea. It knows what you're making to make based on the basket you insert, and the available options for that basket will light up. The machine allows the user to make six different sizes of coffee or tea, from a single cup all the way up to a full 50-ounce (10-cup) carafe.

And of course, as the name suggests, the system can make both hot and iced beverages. For coffee, it has five brew options: classic, rich, over ice, cold brew, and specialty (a concentrated brew for milky drinks like cappuccinos). If you’re making tea, you can choose between hot and cold brews optimized for herbal, black, oolong, white, or green tea.

When you select an over ice or cold brew, the machine automatically doubles the strength of your beverage so it doesn't get overly diluted by the ice cubes in the carafe. Even better, the Ninja can make cold brew in just 10 to 15 minutes, whereas other systems and methods typically take hours. (Hot coffee is brewed at 205°F, while the cold brew is made at 101°F.) And the system has a hot and cold frother that folds into the side so you can make barista-level lattes, too.

These bells and whistles sound impressive on paper, but how do they perform in real life? Ninja sent me Hot & Cold Brewed System to test for myself.

Ease of Use

Though it might look like something developed by NASA, the Hot & Cold Brewed System is designed to easily work with the twist of a dial and the push of a button, and it delivers. From loading in the correct amount of grounds with the system’s “smart scoop” to picking what type of brew you’d like, it’s simple enough to use even while bleary-eyed in the morning. It’s also easy to schedule a delayed brew so you can do the rest of your morning routine while your coffee brews. (Here’s the only drawback I can think of about this machine: When it starts brewing, it’s kind of noisy—loud enough to make my cats jump. It’s not a dealbreaker, but if you live in a small apartment and plan to brew coffee so that it’s ready right when you wake up, it might be something to consider.)

The system even tells you when it needs to be descaled. The “clean” button will light up, at which point you simply fill the water reservoir with descaling solution and water and press the clean button. A countdown lets you know how much longer the clean cycle will last.

Taste and Flavor

I swapped out an old, cheap coffee maker for the Hot & Cold Brewed System, and the difference was immediately noticeable. Whether hot or cold, the coffee made by the H&CBS was a better, smoother cup of joe. That’s due to what Ninja has dubbed Thermal Flavor Extraction automated brewing technology, which, according to a press release, “knows the precise temperatures, correct bloom times, and proper levels of saturation for every possible beverage combination to ensure a great taste every time.”

Whatever tech they use, it works. The coffee I make in this machine is consistently tasty. The rich brew setting works exactly as advertised, too, providing a richer, bolder flavor than the classic brew.

Features and Accessories

One of the best things about the H&CBS is the fact that it cuts down on waste significantly. Unlike other machines, it doesn't require any plastic pods or paper filters. Instead, it comes with two permanent filters, one for coffee and one for tea.

And the cold brew function is a game changer if you prefer iced coffee to hot. Not only does it brew quickly, but it eliminates the messy cleanup that comes with making cold brew yourself.

Typically priced at $230 for the thermal carafe version (or $200 for the glass carafe), the Hot & Cold Brewed System is significantly more expensive than a simpler drip coffee machine. But if you’re a cold brew addict looking to treat yourself, it’s worth it. Consider springing for the slightly more expensive thermal carafe model, which will keep your java hot or cold for hours. (I’ve left ice in it overnight and found cubes the next morning.)

You can get the Hot & Cold Brewed System on Amazon, Walmart, Macy's, Sam's Club, or directly on Ninja’s website starting at $160.

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