5 Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

02/11/2014 at 02:00 PM ET
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Courtesy The Bouqs

Whoops! You haven’t bought your Valentine a present yet? The big day is coming up fast — and you definitely can’t show up empty-handed to your February 14 dinner.

Luckily, you have just enough time to squeeze in some last-minute shopping — without looking like you did.

Courtesy The Bouqs

Flowers are picked the day you order them from this friendly flower biz — and delivered as soon as next-day. Molly Sims, Lauren Conrad and Jessica Biel are all fans of the gorgeous, bursting bouquets.

BUY IT! $40 and up, thebouqs.com

Courtesy La Tourangelle

Here’s one you don’t have to rely on the FedEx man for; these California-crafted cooking oils are available in dozens of cooking stores nationwide. Customize your own cute little three-pack with the oils shown above or plenty more choices, from coconut oil to avocado oil. Bonus: Include a handmade coupon promising her a date night in the kitchen where you do the cooking.

BUY IT! $15 and up, latourangelle.com

Courtesy Moet & Chandon

You can’t go wrong with a bottle of pink Champagne (head to your local wine store for that), but you can go extra right by adding Moët & Chandon’s pretty-in-pink box, which opens to become a chilling vessel for your bubbly — no ice required, and the isothermal design will keep a bottle cold for up to two hours. Perfect for picnics!

BUY IT! $56, reservebar.com

Courtesy C. Wonder

Mix up one of these Valentine’s Day cocktails to serve it in these too-cute tumblers. This is a gift that’s both practical and whimsical, and will make your Valentine happy with every sip.

BUY IT! $48 for 4, cwonder.com

Courtesy Blue Apron

Heat things up — in the kitchen! Sign yourself and your sweetie up for this easy meal-delivery service to guarantee some quality time together whipping up dinner: Recipes with corresponding ingredients will show up at your door each week. Wearing matching aprons: optional.

BUY IT! $9.99 per person, per meal, blueapron.com

—Marissa Conrad

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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