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The Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and whatever your relationship status we all recognize V-day as a holiday filled with expectations and confusion. 'Are we together?', 'What should I get him?', and 'What will he get me?' are famous catchphrases heard on the romantic day.

So whether you’re a new fling, long time lover, or looking to grab something for yourself, let our guide help you never receive tacky lingerie again.

Turn the page, and while you're at it, get something for your friends too.
Tulip HubUSB Tulip Hub $24
Turn your desk into a blooming garden with this USB Hub that’s compatible with most USB plugs, for both Mac and Windows systems.

Jimmy Jane little samplerJimmyjane Little Afterglow Natural Massage Oil Candles $15
Light a candle, then drizzle the warm oil onto each others skin for the perfect massage.

SKYY INFUSIONS strawberrySKYY Infusions Wild Strawberry $26.99/1.75L
Strawberries have been referred to as the “fruit of love,” making a this vodka the ideal accompaniment to any Valentine’s Day festivities.

gshock watchCasio G-Shock $170
The gloss red with golden mirrored LCD's and gold IP metal accents are the perfect pallet for this 30th Anniversary timepiece.

ipad caseiPad Mini Envelope $150
godiva cigarsGodiva Chocolate Cigars $15

TRUKFIT Glow in the Dark shortsTRUKFIT Glow in the Dark Shorts $44
In case you need another reason to get your boo these fab shorts, they were recently spotted on Lil’ Wayne.

bobbi brown pink and red lip glossBobbi Brown Sheer Lip Gloss $23 each
Wear these limited edition shades on their own for sheer color, or add to lipstick for extra shine.

ValentinesDayMinisBaked by Melissa Valentine’s Day Cupcakes & Gift Sets $1.00 per cupcake/sets start at $10.00
From February 11th-17th, special Valentine minis will come in three mouthwatering flavors – Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Icing and Heart Confetti, Hot Pink Velvet Cake with Pink Cream Cheese Icing topped with Pink & Red Sugar Crunch, and Red Velvet with Chocolate Icing and a Heart Candy.

Molton-Brown-Pink-Pepperpod-Body-Scrub-ExfoliatorMolton Brown Paradisiac Pink Pepperpod Body Exfoliator $48.00
Why spend tons of money on a spa when you can get a spa-like experience at home?

RedEnvelope Couples PillowRed Envelope Personalized Famous Couples Pillow Cover $59.99
Celebrate your relationship and list your names with the famous romantic greats.

Boudior bibleThe Boudoir Bible: The Uninhibited Sex Guide for Today $22.76
Get up-to-date instructions on covering new territories such as bondage, role playing, and sex toys.

incaseIncase Metallic & Crystal Case Bundle $59.95
Incase combined two of their most popular cases, the Metallic Slider Case in Raspberry with Crystal Slider Case in Pop Pink. Both for under $60.

wren and glory Gold arrow stud earringWren & Glory Gold Arrow Stud $32
Even if cupid doesn't strike you with his bow and arrow, snag your own guy with these gold earrings.

fondue kitGodiva Chocolate Fondue Kit for Two $42
waffle makerCucinaPro 1475 Classic Heart Waffler $42.95
Give your sweetie heart-shaped waffles that are ready in 90 seconds or less.

philosphy lotionPhilosophy Falling In Love super-size body lotion 32 oz. $53
Falling in love can be easy, but maintaining skin that feels soft and hydrated is much harder. Try your hand at both with this jumbo lotion.
Dior-Spring-2013-Cherie-Bow-Palette-in-Rose-PoudreDior Cherie Bow Palette in Rose Poudre $80 
Get a jump start on Spring with this collection of pale pinks, grays, and deep charcoal eyeshadows.

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