Because no one wins with heart-shaped chocolate.
For the sexually submissive girlfriend with BDSM fantasies:
No Master-in-training could go wrong by offering his sub an understated gift, like a copy of Pauline Réage’s Story of O . But, according to local BDSM enthusiast and Sexploratorium employee Jeremy Graber, a leather collar with a leash attachment is more symbolic. Submissives are generally required to “earn” their collars, says Graber. By presenting one as a gift, a Dom is promising a serious commitment. Leather bondage collar, $20 and up. Sexploratorium, 620 S. Fifth St. 215.923.1398. sexploratoriumstore.com
For the significant other who can’t lighten up under the covers:
Aside from munching edible undies, there’s nothing that brings out the goofier side of sex quite like painting on your partner’s sensitive spots. The current must-have accessory is the Edible Finger Paints box. It comes with four flavors—cherry, strawberry, blueberry and apple. For something less risqué, check out the adult games at Condom Kingdom. We’re fond of the Lover’s Tower , a naughty cross between Jenga and truth-or-dare. Edible Finger Paints, $9.99; adult games, $11.99 and up. Condom Kingdom, 437 South St. 215.829.1668.
For the man in your life who isn’t gettin’ any:
You must have a unique relationship with a guy if you plan on giving him a masturbation toy. Try Tenga Eggs , discrete masturbation aids designed to look like real eggs and packed with lube and a ribbed sheath. Throw in some high-quality lube, too. We recommend Stroke 29 Masturbation Cream , an uncommonly silky product practically guaranteed to last longer than he will. If you’re feeling especially generous, go for the Five Finger Massage Glove , a waterproof, multi-speed device that works well with one player or two. Tenga Eggs, $9.95-$49.95; Pleasure Chest, 2039 Walnut St. 215.561.7480. Stroke 29 Masturbation Cream, $8; Five Finger Massage Glove, $60. Velvet Lily, 1040 N. Second St. 800.328.5459. thevelvetlily.com
For the gal-pal complaining about her relationship’s lack of passion:
When recommending gifts for couples, Passional Boutique owner Kali Morgan suggests her shop’s Passion 101 classes , specifically those with a bondage theme. “ The classes are about establishing a connection of trust,” she says. “You’re not going to let someone tie you up if you don’t trust them!” Previous classes have covered knife play and suspension bondage. Next up is a “Sex Positions for Couples” workshop on Feb. 12, and a “Rough Sex for Beginners” workshop on Feb. 19. Passion 101 classes, $20-$30. Sexploratorium, 620 S. Fifth St. 215.923.1398. passion101classes.com
For your promiscuous gal-pal, who brags about random hookups:
Inside the tacky sex-toy shops lining South Street, the classiest offerings are often by Kama Sutra. We’re partial to the Weekender Kit , described as “a travel set for spontaneous romance,” and featuring massage oils, skin balms, lubricants, honey dust and a feather applicator. There’s also the Getaway Kit , sized to meet flight regulatory standards. We also recommend The Kama Sutra Deck: 50 Ways to Love Your Lover , which contains 50 Kama Sutra-themed cards, each with a lovemaking tip. Kama Sutra gift sets, $27.50-$75. The Kama Sutra Deck, $14.95. The Mood, 531 South St. 215.413.1930. themood.com
For the couple stuck in a sex rut:
Everyone knows that sex in a hot tub doesn’t work. But sex in the shower? For lovers concerned about slippery tile, the Velvet Lily carries waterproof shower-sex accessories. There’s the Locking Suction Handle , which gives you something other than wet skin to cling to. There are the Locking Suction Foot Rest , for complicated positions. There’s even Suction Handcuffs , and something called the Waterproof Wallbangers Deluxe , which is a vibrator with a clit massager that sticks to the wall. Waterproof shower toys, $15-$40. Velvet Lily, 1040 N. Second St. 800.328.5459. thevelvetlily.com
For the boyfriend who hasn’t discovered the joys of back-door action:
When Passional Boutique owner Kali Morgan was asked to suggest an appropriate Valentine’s gift for single guys, she mentioned the Aneros prostate massagers . Ass play is unexplored territory for most guys, she says. Originally developed for use in medical settings, the products in the Aneros line help some men achieve body-rattling orgasms. Aneros Prostate-Perineum Stimulator, $59.99-$89.99. Sexploratorium, 620 S. Fifth St. 215.923.1398. sexploratoriumstore.com
For the girlfriend who enjoys the occasional porn flick:
Assuming your significant other is the type who likes to squawk about supporting local arts, you can’t go wrong with a blue movie from TLA Video, which is one of the biggest distributors of such films on the East Coast. We suggest PopPorn’s silly Guide to Making Fuck. Porno DVDs, $16.99-$22.99. tlavideo.com
For the roommate who goes through vibrators like underwear:
According to the Mood’s Andre Dawson, bullet vibrators are one of the shop’s best-selling items. And while most customers purchase the original, Dawson suggests something completely different: the Silk Touch Egg Vibe . It’s preferable to a regular bullet vibe, he says, and comes with six speed settings, perfect for helping a loved one come out of her shell. Sea Foam Silk Touch Egg, $32.99. The Mood, 531 South St. 215.413.1930. themood.com.
For the buddy who can’t seem to get laid:
For nice guys, the mystery of women preferring bad boys can be painful. If there’s a fellow in your life who could use an education in the seductive arts, get him a copy of The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists, by Neil Strauss. The book looks like a Bible, and its tips and techniques are considered gospel. And since your pal will almost certainly have a full dance card soon, think about throwing in a copy of The Guide to Getting It On, by Paul Joannides. This phonebook-sized book is considered to be the finest instructional sex manual in existence. Sex and relationships books , $19.99-$26. Barnes & Noble, 1805 Walnut St. 215.665.0716. bn.com
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