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10 Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts for Every Type of Food Lover on Your List

Listen, I get it — life gets chaotic and all of a sudden it’s February, and maybe in the rush between errands and work and cooking every night, it might have just slipped your mind that Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. But now it’s time to step up. Time is limited to find the perfect gift, but just because you’re shopping at the last minute doesn’t mean you can’t find something that fits your budget and will wow whoever you’re shopping for, whether it’s your partner or your best friend. 

Don’t fret about where to shop either because there are thousands of gift options under $50 at Amazon. And yes, I did you a huge favor and sorted through all the options to find 10 that I can personally guarantee will be a winner — you’re welcome. From a trendy chili crisp to a handy milk frother, these gifts check all the right boxes: useful, attractive, and thoughtful. Keep scrolling to check out picks.

The Best Valentine’s Day Gifts Under $50 at Amazon 

  • Le Creuset Stoneware Mini Heart Bowls, Set of 4, $50 
  • Ghia Non-Alcoholic Le Spritz Combo 4-Pack, $24
  • Staub 9-Inch Pie Dish, $40
  • Stanley Quencher 20-Ounce Tumbler, $30
  • Fishwife Smoky Trio 3-Pack, $36
  • Instant Pot Milk Frother, $40 (originally $50)
  • Emile Henry Oil Cruet, $44 (originally $52)
  • Crock-Pot 2-Quart Slow Cooker, $17 (originally $22)
  • Kolkata Chai Signature Masala Chai, $18
  • Chemex Pour-Over Coffee Maker, $49
  • Fly By Jing Sichuan Chili Crisp, $11

Le Creuset Stoneware Mini Heart Bowls, Set of 4 


These pastel-hued heart-shaped pinch bowls are like a cheerful ray of sunshine for your kitchen. Not only do they look adorable, but they are also practical: They double as candy serving dishes and pinch bowls to store dry ingredients while you’re cooking or baking. They can also be filled with salt and pepper and left on the counter so your go-to seasonings are always within reach whether you’re cooking an omelet or making pasta. 

Ghia Non-Alcoholic Le Spritz Combo 4-Pack


Our editors love the Ghia berry aperitif, and the brand also makes a series of canned spritzes in herbaceous flavors like sumac and chili and lime and salt. The 8-ounce sparkling beverages bring to mind the tart and bitter flavors of an Aperol spritz without the alcohol, making them a great option to have on hand for weekday lunches or weeknights when you don’t feel like mixing a cocktail.

Staub 9-Inch Pie Dish


This elegant Staub pie dish features a crimped-edge design and shiny porcelain-enamel glaze for an even more attractive look. Even better, it’s made from scratch-resistant stoneware, the best material for bakeware because it heats evenly without creating hot spots that will burn your desserts. If you know a home baker who loves to serve pies on special occasions, this pie dish is sure to become the centerpiece at their next celebration. 

Stanley Quencher 20-Ounce Tumbler


Easily the most coveted drinkware product out there right now, this 20-ounce Stanley tumbler is going to make your Valentine’s eyes light up. Not only does it keep ice water cold for up to 11 hours, but the tough stainless steel exterior is near damage-proof. And it’s much less bulky, and therefore easier to transport to work or the gym, than the 42-ounce version. 

Fishwife Smoky Trio 3-Pack


Commerce Writer Katie Brown, dubbed Fishwife tinned fish one of the “trendiest food gifts.” The women-owned company promises ethically-sourced fish that can be added to salads, pasta, or pizza. Great for snacks and cocktail parties, this pack of three tinned fish varieties comes with smoked salmon, trout, and tuna. Grab this one for the seafood-enthusiast with the adventurous palette. 

Instant Pot Milk Frother


Making coffee at home doesn’t have to be boring. With this milk frother, you can give the gift of creamy, forty toppings for hot chocolate and coffee drinks. It makes cold foam, light warm foam, thick warm foam, and it warms up milk without frothing it. Plus, it’s so simple to use even beginner coffee-drinkers will love it: Just use the two buttons on the front to turn it on and pick your setting. According to the brand, your frothy milk is ready in seconds.  

Emile Henry Oil Cruet


This Emile Henry olive oil cruet is the perfect addition to a stylish kitchen — it has a rustic, almost vintage design. Yet, thanks to durable ceramic it can be used frequently without chipping or scratching. The front is stamped with the Emily Henry logo, and it holds up to 45 liters of olive at a time, so it doesn’t need to be refilled often. 

Crock-Pot 2-Quart Slow Cooker


This mini slow cooker is a handy gift if someone in your life has a small kitchen without a ton of room for additional appliances — but it’s also great for that person who loves whipping up big batch dips for social gatherings. The 2-quart capacity is large enough to feed three people, and with just two settings (either high or low cook times) it’s as close to effortless to use as you can get with a cooking appliance. Plus, it’s only $17 right now.

Kolkata Chai Signature Masala Chai 


The Kolkata Chai company opened a cafe in New York City in 2018, and now it offers its re-mixed chai spice blend so that you can make your own tea at home. Spices like ginger and cardamom compliment Assam black tea, and the whole package — which includes chai-making instructions on the back — makes around 20 cups. A tasty alternative to coffee the committed tea drinker in your life will love to have stocked in their pantry. 

Chemex Pour-Over Coffee Maker


The Food & Wine pick for the best pour-over coffee maker, thanks to its “sleek design and sizable brewing capacity.” Our testers noted that the Chemex “produced one of the best-tasting brews…noting smooth, velvety, and floral cups of coffee.” We also appreciate that it is made from heat-resistant glass and comes with a “a polished wooden handle that serves as a heat guard when handling and pouring.” If there is a coffee enthusiast in your life who is eager to start making professional-barista level pour over at home, they need the Chemex. 

Fly By Jing Sichuan Chili Crisp


This wildly popular chili crisp has sold out at least five times since it was released, and it has since become a Food & Wine editor-loved brand. This versatile chili crisp stands out for its crunchy texture (thanks to dried garlic and chili peppers) and it adds a punch of heat to nearly every dish you can imagine, from eggs to dumplings to ice cream. That person who enjoys a five alarm fire with all of their meals is going to devour this chili crisp. 


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