Christmas just ended, but there’s another gift-buying season right around the corner. The best thing about Valentine’s Day, however, is that it really is the thought that matters. (People lie about that at Christmastime, ya know.) To help you pick the perfect gift for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day, here’s our list of wallet-friendly but sometimes still-frisky ideas that he or she will love to unwrap.
There’s a bounty of underwear companies vying to cover your booty, but this year we’ve chosen one that’s reaching for the stars. Kyle’s recently released Sky collection features three color combinations, all with blue hues. Made with a cotton and elastane blend, the briefs, boxer briefs, and jocks provide plenty of room upfront and full back coverage, making them easy to slip into and even easier to take off.
eCupid the Movie
From writer-director-producer JC Calciano (Is It Just Me?) comes this fluffy love story about bored-with-his-life Marshall who ends his relationship with his boyfriend of seven years and goes looking for love online. Entering a world he’s been unfamiliar with for so long, Marshall gets more than he bargained for until a mysterious waitress played by Morgan Fairchild shows up to set him straight. Not literally, of course. Don’t go gettin’ all PC on us.
The Chocolate Cellar Wine
Before you pop in your newly purchased copy of eCupid, uncork a bottle of The Chocolate Cellar, a delicately balanced wine that features the aromas and flavors of candied cherry and decadent dark chocolate that unfold in layers across the palate, giving way to a long and lingering finish. Red wine lovers will enjoy this pleasing vino made from the finest vinifera grapes tinged with the taste of cocoa.
Therapedic Deluxe Royal Mink Heated Blanket
If you’re starting to notice a trend here—new undies, a festive film, a bottle of chocolate-lace wine—you’re right. Date night all snuggly and warm on the couch is almost complete with the Therapedic Deluxe Royal Mink Heated Blanket, an ultra-soft, 10-heat setting, oversized warming system of pure bliss. The blankets, available in three neutral colors—white, honey, and chocolate—come with a 5-year limited warranty, an innovative ComfortSet auto-off digital control, and an unofficial guarantee that something naughty will happen underneath.
What I Love About You
Many gifts come and go, but this guided journal where one partner is prompted by questions and fill-in-the-blanks about the other is a memory that will last a lifetime. Best-selling authors Kate and David Marshall created What I Love About You to celebrate love and offer a fresh way for couples to say those three special words to one another. Playful and tender, this is the ideal gift for the person in your life who makes your pulse race. It’s also super gay-friendly, too. A lesbian gender studies professor in Missouri approved of it enough to buy it and fill it out as a gift for her partner.
Bear Hugs & Kisses Valentine’s Day Chocolate Gift Box
Show your bear how much he means with this grizzly gift set that includes six individually wrapped milk, white, and multicolor chocolate pops, delivered in an elegant gift box with an ivory embossed gift card. Each pop is handmade, and two are customizable with the message of your choice. Just keep it short and sweet; no need to make the chocolatiers blush.
“I Love You” Street Art Print
For the art lover in your life, iPhone photography pioneer Greg Schmigel is offering a limited-edition 16-by-20 print of genuine street art emblazoned with the words “I Love You” in cursive black paint on a bright-red brick wall, captured on New York City’s Lower East Side. Each print (there’s only 50 available) will be signed and hand numbered by the artist himself. Schmigel, whose work includes a bevy of other thought-provoking pieces, has led the movement in iPhone photography (it’s almost unbelievable how photos taken on a tiny phone can be so brilliant) and has had is work adorn the walls of galleries in the United States, Spain, Italy, and Germany.
If your cutie is a coffee lover, consider the KeepCup, an eco-conscious alternative to the disposable ones he or she tosses in the trash on a daily basis. It’s the world’s first barista-standard reusable coffee (or tea or hot chocolate) cup that’s available in four sizes—extra small (4 oz.), small (8 oz.), medium (12 oz.), and large (16 oz.)—and, get this, 25,000 color combinations. Portable and unbreakable, KeepCups are made of four interlocking components: the cup, the lid, the plug, and an insulating band where customers can etch their personal preferences for baristas so they know exactly what you want when you want it.
No matter how well you know your honey, they can still be hard to buy for. Let Gift-a-Nator.com take out the guesswork with its wide selection of premade baskets that contain something for everyone. From a “Movie Night” basket filled with candy, a DVD, and the essentials to make homemade popcorn, to the “Classic Male,” brimming with shaving necessities like a new razor set, shaving cream, after-shave smoother, and pre-shave oil, the list of available and personalized baskets goes on and on.
Trojan Intimate Indulgences + Vibrating Mini™ + 2 Vibrating Rings
A nice-but-naughty gift for both male and female couples, the Trojan Intimate Indulgence gift set will facilitate hours of ecstasy in and out of the bedroom. The package includes one Tri-Phoria Intimate Massager with three interchangeable tips, a Vibrating Mini, two vibrating rings, a lavender soy candle, green tea massage lotion, lavender-scented bath salts, and an elegant satin bag for discreet storage. Because you just know your momma’s gonna snoop around your room when you leave her unattended during that unexpected visit.
U-Star Erotic Novels
Ever fantasized about your partner in unpredictable predicaments? U Star Novels makes it possible with its line of fun, personalized romantic and erotic same-sex novels. Customers can provide up to 30 different features and traits about themselves and their partner, including names, where they live, where they work, eye color, hair color, favorite scents, and many more characteristics that are weaved throughout a 160-180 page paperback novel that details all those dirty little thoughts that have been running through your mind.
Mikey Rox is an award-winning journalist and blogger who lives in New York City with his husband and their two dogs. Follow him on Twitter @mikeyrox.