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13 Essential Bondage Gifts For Beginners

So you've been thinking about making your Valentine's Day a little kinkier. You've come to the right place.

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First, let's set the mood.

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1. SM 101: A Realistic Introduction

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It's vital to educate yourself first, and this book is great for both newbies to BDSM (erotic practices involving dominance and submission, roleplaying, and restraint) and those already in it to win it. This is a solid all-around guide for anyone who is seriously considering exploring safe, sane, and consensual BDSM. $20 here.

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This is a great multifunctional whip for newcomers. Made of genuine bull leather tresses, it's soft enough for beginner play but heavy enough to deliver a firm whack if you wanna go up a level. The handle is hand-blown glass and doubles as a glass dildo for vaginal or anal play. It can also be heated or cooled for temperature play. $25 here.

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Maybe you became curious about BDSM thanks to Fifty Shades of Grey. If that's the case, you might want to add this replica of Christian Grey's silky gray tie — perfect for blindfolding or binding — to your cart. $10.95 here.

6. Pinwheel

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Yes, these can be sharp. But if (and only if) you know how to play it safe, this can provide the perfect amount of pain. Try using it on yourself first, it's important to know what it might feel like to your partner. $3.69 here.

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Been thinking about kinbaku — which is Japanese for tight binding? These are essential for tying things up using simple yet visually intricate patterns. Looks difficult? Don't worry it can be as easy as tying your shoes. $4.85 here. Still unsure? Check out The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage for in-depth tutorials and pictures. $22.59 here.

Remember: The most important parts of BDSM are to be consensual, have fun and play safe!