Fun and Quirky Gifts for Valentine’s Day

This Valentine's Day, trade in the usual flowers and chocolates for something extra special you and your honey will enjoy

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Platine Bakery "Shades of Love" cake

Treat the sweetheart in your life to a delectable dessert almost too beautiful to eat ... almost! Designed by “Elevate the Everyday” blogger Ross Sveback, this “Shades of Love” cake is a mouthwatering mixture of vanilla bean butter cake and buttercream frosting.


Visit Williams Sonoma here; $99.95

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Create a website for your hubby

Can’t pull your loved one away from his iPhone long enough to show how much you care? Bring your love to him with a one-day-only website you create. Simply upload your favorite home videos, a romantic note or a photo collage of your relationship timeline. It’s the most 2013 way to say “I love you.”


Visit Etsy here; $59.

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"Love is Art" kit

Here’s a gift you can both play around with. Your man may not be an art aficionado, but this is sure to pique his interests. Just strip down, paint up, and preserve your most passionate memory on a canvas included in this “Love is Art” kit. Once it’s mounted on your wall, you won’t be able to look at it without feeling inspired.


Visit Uncommon Goods here; $60

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New York Sports Club's "Tough Love: Bars, Bands & Blindfolds Bootcamp" class

For those of you left just a little curious and in search of a wild sex life after devouring Fifty Shades of Grey, engage in a little Fifty-inspired fitness foreplay with New York Sports Club’s new “Tough Love” boot camp. Channel your inner S&M for one hour in a completely safe and supervised group exercise class. You and your partner will dabble in debauchery with the trust relay, balance and blindfolds, strength and core training, and bands and bondage segments. We promise, it sounds headier than it is.


Available at select locations (New York Sports Club's 59th & Park location, Boston Sports Club's Government Center location, Washington Sports Club's North Bethesda location); Free

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Dirty Rotten Flowers

If you plan to spend this V-Day dressed in black, boycotting true love or plotting sabotage for an ex-lover who scorned you, look no further. Dirty Rotten Flowers will do the grunt work. What better way to say “I absolutely hate you” than with a darling bouquet of decomposing flowers delivered right to his door? Maybe a dead lei for a “bad lay”? After all, revenge is a dish best served rotten.


Visit Dirty Rotten Flowers here; $29-$33

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Wearshare bracelets

Turn your Facebook and Instagram pictures into bracelets with WearShare. Simply drag and drop 7 of your favorite photos into the easy-to-use template, choose a color and “Add to Cart.” Orders come with two matching bracelets—one to wear, the other to share.


Visit WearShare here; $7/Set of 2

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Adopt a farm animal for your loved one...

Make a difference this Valentine’s Day and sponsor a rescued animal from Farm Sanctuary. Gift recipients will receive an adoption certificate, a color photograph of their new pet and a VIP invitation to visit at one of Farm Sanctuary’s three locations.


Visit for more info; donations vary

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...or name a roach

If cute, fuzzy animals aren’t your loved one’s thing, name a roach after them at the Bronx Zoo. For just $10, you can claim one of the 58,000 Madagascar hissing beauties. Then, send your someone special (or not-so-special) a certificate notifying them about their new love bug.   


Visit here; $10

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Cute, funny cards for the man in your life

When Hallmark can’t convey exactly what you’re trying to say, head to for handmade cards for the hottie in your life. The subtle, and sometimes snarky, displays of affection are sure to make your man smile…and maybe even put a naughty idea or two in his head for later.


Visit here; starting at $5.50

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Personalized throw pillow

Once upon a time there was Romeo & Juliet, Anthony & Cleopatra and you & your honey. Let it be known on a personalized throw pillow also stitched with the names of literature’s greatest couples.


Visit here; starting at $59.95

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How About We for Couples

Looking for new date ideas? Sign up for HowAboutWe for couples to get a curated catalog of the best ways to spend Valentine's Day in your city sent right to your inbox. Iceskating in the park or dinner and jazz doesn’t sound so bad, especially when someone else is planning it for you!


Visit HowAboutWe for Couples here; prices vary


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