Last-Minute Valentine's Gifts With A Little Help From Oprah
Written by Amanda Williams
You'll already know Northern Cards as Canada’s Greeting Card Company but in the near future, we'll be launching a selection of gifts too. In this blog, written by guest writer Amanda Williams, you'll find some amazing gifts to treat your loved one to this Valentine's Day and they're all available on Amazon.com.
'Oprah's Favourite Things' was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show many times over the years and was always the most-watched episode annually. The infamous list, where she lets others know about noteworthy items, including ones that she thinks would make great gifts, is now also an integral part of her website, and in December, she told us about plenty of options to give as Christmas presents.
We think that many of these are also ideal to give your loved one this Valentine's Day, so if you've left it to the last minute, just put the kettle on, put your feet up and let us do all the hard work for you in finding your other half something special - with a little help from Oprah! So, without further ado, here are our top ten from 'All of Oprah's Favourite Things For 2021' - whether you're stuck for ideas for a man or a woman for Valentine's 2022.
If your special someone is into technology and something tech-savvy makes them all excited, this is definitely what you should buy them this Valentine's. With stunning image quality and full HD resolution, the Aura Carver smart digital frame comes with a screen that shows clear images, has unlimited storage and you're allowed to send more than 10,000 pictures from your phone to it. All you have to do once you receive it is download the Aura app and set up the frame so that your other half can watch pictures and short videos on there - so make sure there are plenty of ones of you pre-loaded! What makes this one of our absolute favourite last-minute Valentine's gifts is the fact that it comes in a beautiful gift-ready box, so you don't even need to remember to buy wrapping paper.
Takeaway hot beverages can be annoying, as they can get cold fairly quickly, so if your favourite person always has to take their favourite hot drink along with them when they're out and about, this is the perfect solution to hand over to them as one of your last-minute Valentine gifts. This Corkcicle cup comes loaded with special features, including a slim design to fit most bike and car cup holders, a ceramic-coated interior to keep beverages warm and a spill-proof 360-degree sip lid for mess-free travelling. Not only does the Corkcicle Commuter Cup work really well (and for cold drinks too) but it also has a stylish and sleek look and is available in nine different colours. You have various options to choose from according to your loved one's preferences, though if you ask me, the 'Nebula' and 'Dragonfly' colours look perfect for gifting on Valentine's Day.
Does your other half have a habit of planning their week beforehand or maybe they even plan their entire year in advance? Well, with Oprah's The Life You Want™ Planner (which is also part journal), you'll have the perfect gift to give them this Valentine's. It's specifically designed for people who are always working on their schedules but also includes quotes, advice and writing prompts from Oprah herself and follows an undated format, so you can plan and journal at your own pace. It has plenty of room for schedule-keeping and notes, along with weekly and monthly calendar pages, but what makes it one of my favourite gifts on this list is that the hardcover book itself looks stunning, both inside and out. This planner will help your loved one to pause, reflect and plan accordingly for the upcoming week, month or even year and they'll appreciate that you thought of them when you saw it on this list.
For the woman of your dreams, there can often be nothing better than gifting them a jewelry item to show you love and care for them on this special day, and with this purchase, you actually get more than one, as you'll receive a stack of three gorgeous bracelets. This trio bracelet set from Maya J Jewelry is specifically designed to turn heads, using stunning 14k white or yellow gold-plated brass, and we're sure your lady will love the look of them. They can turn out to be a great addition to any ensemble, whether they're worn as a set or individually, and there's no need to worry about sizing, as they're adjustable and designed to fit almost all wrist sizes. For one of your last-minute Valentine's gifts, all you have to do is wrap these with care and then gift her on the day to see a beautiful smile on her face.
Charging your phone or headphones can sometimes be a bit of a drag, especially when the socket is far away from your bed or sofa, so to sort this issue for your loved one, you can get them this wireless charging station. While it may not be a romantic gift, the Courant Essentials Catch 1 is incredibly useful and has a modern and unique look that can easily blend with any decor, so we love it for our last-minute Valentine's gifts list. Some of its features include being space-saving and lightweight and having a naturally elevated appearance and it also has a large coil to reduce charging dead zones. The cherry on top is that it's super easy to set up, so your other half will appreciate the thought, and every time they charge their phone without having to get up, they're going to think of you! So, what are you waiting for? Your partner's new wireless charging station is just a click away!
Are you looking for something thoughtful yet especially cute for your Valentine? One of these Sonoma Lavender stuffed animals could be the answer! Whether you choose a puppy, frog, bear, monkey, elephant, lamb, koala or Poodle, it can alleviate anxiety and stress when your loved one cuddles it, due to its aromatherapy benefits, and it's not only able to be heated (as you'd expect with microwaveable plushies) but they can chill it if preferred. With its calming and soothing scent of lavender, which is known to help reduce anxiety and stress, it can also help with pain management, and when your partner hugs it, they'll no doubt think of you and how thoughtful you were to gift it them.
When you love someone, you want them to take care of themselves in every way possible, so what better than giving them something that helps them do so? The powerful botanicals that this set contains promote the skin's elasticity, enhance skin health and help diminish visible imperfections, which is a win-win situation for your partner. With its gorgeous packaging, this UMA gift set can prove to be an exceptionally great gift for your special one this Valentine's, and then there are the gorgeous aromas of sandalwood, jasmine, lavender and other essential oils that add to the excellent benefits that this lovely bath set has to offer.
Samsonite and Sarah Jessica Parker have partnered up to give us this bag that magically transforms from a duffel bag to a hands-free backpack in the blink of an eye but you can also carry it handheld, wear it crossbody or even off the shoulder! If your Valentine loves travelling, as well as using elegant bags that SJP herself would use, then this is one of the best gifts you can get them this year. The Shoeful Convertible Duffel comes with a removable pouch that can be used alone for accessory storage, it has a water-resistant coating and its dedicated tech compartment is so handy for her laptop or tablet too. What's not to love?
For the day of love, how about gifting your partner a premium healing crystal set that includes a gorgeous handmade pink onyx heart bowl and several polished rose quartz crystal pebbles. The stone of unconditional love is rose quartz and it's said that it helps open the heart as well as heal it, and it also looks and feels beautiful too. These ones in particular are high quality and if they're good enough for Oprah, then they're more than good enough for your other half! The Urban + The Mystic's motto is 'All you need is love... and some crystals' so shower your loved one with both this Valentine's and see just how touched they are.
Who doesn't love a scented candle, especially on a romantic occasion such as Valentine's, and these tomato, sage and rosemary candles will remind your partner of you every time they light them. You'll receive one each of Roma Heirloom Tomato, Adriatic Muscatel Sage and Climbing Tuscan Rosemary and they're all made of vegetable wax and have a cotton wick. Their burn time is an almighty 60 hours, so you get a lot of bang for your buck with these, the glass is fully recyclable so you get to do your bit for the environment too and for every product bought, a tree is planted by Flamingo Estate. These lush candles will create a relaxing environment that your loved one will adore not only for a Valentine's dinner but also for future days to come, so order in time and put a smile on their face.
Now all you need to do is choose your favourite (or more than one) from the above list, head to Amazon and splurge on your loved one - but you need to get your skates on to order in time!