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22 Valentine's Day Gifts That Actually Aren't Corny

Giant gummy bears, anatomical clay pots, romantic terrariums, and 19 other gifts that will earn you much more than a courtesy thank you this year.

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1. An eight-piece coaster set that'll be both practical and full of heart.

Promising review: "These are awesome. Bought as a gift and I was worried about how they would look but they are durable, colorful and cute." —Karyn Kucel

Get it from Amazon for $22.62.


4. A beautiful Le Creuset French press that'll be a secret gift for yourself.

This 12-ounce stoneware appliance helps maintain even temperatures and has incredible thermal resistance. (It's safe for the freezer, microwave, oven, broiler and dishwasher.) Oh, and, it's incredibly easy to clean.

Promising review: "This is an excellent press that is just right for a single mug of tea or coffee. The stainless mesh press assembly can be removed and taken apart for easy cleaning. The stoneware pot keeps liquid warm while steeping. I use this press almost every day. Sometimes more than once. It is my go-to when I want a cup of tea (I have the larger version that I use for morning coffee). It is easy to use, easy to clean and looks great." —Alexander Waverley

Get it from Amazon for $49.95 or Jet for $49.95.

6. A witty book of illustrations detailing the things we do for love. (Just be prepared for your SO to treat every entry as a legally binding agreement.)

Promising review: "I bought this book for my girlfriend. She thoroughly enjoyed it, however she now expects me to give her a reasonable amount of time to get ready, and to wake her up only in the event I have fresh donuts ready for her to eat. That being said, this book is absolutely worth it." —Jordan Strasen

Get it from Amazon for $9, Barnes & Noble for $5.19, or Indiebound for $12.95.

7. A unisex waffle spa robe, to give them the greatest gift of all: lounging around all day.

Promising review: "I got this as a gift for my girlfriend. It tends to be colder in her house in the winter so I wanted something that she could wear around casually and something that could keep her warm after the shower. The quality seems incredible and the waffle material used makes it that much more comfortable. Would highly recommend."

Get it from Parachute Home for $119. (Find something similar on Amazon for $29.95)


8. A mini terrarium with a hidden "gentle reminder," because you're so madly in love, you'd shout it from the mountaintops — inside a glass bottle, even — if you could.

10. A box of chocolate soaps, because, individually, soaps and chocolates are boring gifts, but when combined are rousing as hell.

11. A bamboo and chrome caddy that'll make their bathtub a place they'll never want to leave ... unless it's to pour another glass.

Promising review: "So far, so good! I've had this for a couple of months now, and use the bathtub often. It has not split, cracked, or faded yet. It expands to reach across even wide bathtubs. This is a must for anybody who likes to take a book, kindle, tablet, or a drink into the bathtub." —Brett

Get it from Amazon for $39.99, Jet for $44.99, or Overstock for $46.99. (Find something similar at Target for $21.24.)


12. A vintage calendar perfect for your design-conscious SO whose preferred mode of transportation is bicycle.

15. A mini cinema light box you can write something clever and/or sappy on prior to gifting.

Promising review: "I’ve had my mini light box for a few days now, and it is a welcome addition to my bedroom! It makes a fun little nightlight and I’m looking forward to coming up with messages I want to convey with it!" —bkaudreycanbk

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $29.


16. Sculptural flower blocks, the rare gift that would please a grown adult and an infant in equal measure.

Promising review: "This is so cute. It looks just like the picture. I love it because it looks good sitting anywhere. I am not possessed of the urge to "clean it up" all the time, because it is like art."

Get it from Amazon for $48.99.

18. A five-pound gummy bear, because a standard plush one just won't do.

Promising review: "Perfect novelty gift! It really is as big as it says and looks just the regular sized gummy bear. I got the cherry flavor and it was very yummy! It tasted like the regular red gummy candy flavor but a bit stronger and better. My boyfriend loved this present and it took him days to eat. " —sophia

Get it from Amazon for $28.08.

19. A tonal boob pillow that'll turn any seat into a loveseat.


21. A foot massager with built-in heat, because it's a life-improving gift your SO never knew they kneaded.

Promising review: "I bought this mainly for the warming foot massage, but after using it once I was delighted to see the pain in my back had subsided. I was able to get up without cringing. What a relief and what a wonderful surprise. I highly recommend this device. It feels wonderful on my feet.....and the side affect is even better. Thank you." —Patricia E Schick

Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

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