Valentine's on a Budget: The Best Sexy Gifts Under $40
After Christmas comes the inevitable period of 'I spent HOW much?', which most of us are well familiar with - and for those of us with a monthly pay check, the wait between the early December pay day and the one at the end of January seems endless.
This can turn Valentine's Day from the relaxed, carefree expression of love it should be to a looming specter threatening to drain your bank account dry.
This is where Lovehoney and the Oh! Spot comes in.
We've got a list of the sexiest gifts you can get, all for under $40, so there's something to suit every single budget.
From underwear to dildos, and games to handcuffs, we've picked 15 of our Lovehoney favorites to ensure this is your steamiest Valentine's Day yet.
A classic choice, but not one without risk. Nothing says Valentine's like an outfit that makes you feel sexier than ever, but a mixed-up size or clashing taste can easily lead to quite the opposite of your goals.
Obviously, the best approach is to have an upfront discussion at some point with your partner about their tastes and preferences, and to check their sizes before ordering anything, but failing that, Lovehoney carry some stunning one-size garments that make anyone look jaw-droppingly gorgeous.
A sexy couple's game
What better way to spend a big night in than with a little fun and games? Monopoly isn't quite what we have in mind, though.
Both of these games clock in comfortably under £30, and each have distinct advantages. Monogamy is as much a tool for improving your sex life long term as it is a game to be played in a night, whereas Strip Blackjack is more suited to bursts of passion in a single evening, making it an ideal choice for when February 14th rolls around.
Yes, it's cliché and yes, some would say it's overdone, but flowers really are a valid suggestion. Not the cheap, half-dead ones from the back of the rack at the gas station, but a decent, pretty bouquet.
If you take the time to learn what types and colors of flower your partner really enjoys (and any allergies they may have!) flowers can make for a far more thoughtful gift than many give them credit for, and a great way to start a sexy Valentine's Day.
Handcuffs and restraints
For many, Valentine's Day is about adventure - pushing your love out past its usual safe comfort zone and seeing where you end up.
For those looking to add some new spice to the bedroom at a more reasonable price than some of the more advanced toys, handcuffs and restraints can be the perfect middle-ground of sexy fun and affordability.
You have a few basic categories to consider, with rope, handcuffs and ties being the most common. And each have their own pros and cons, as well as aesthetics which can be just as important.
As with everything sex-related, especially when it comes to kink, communication is key. If your partner has never once expressed an interest in being tied up, don't be too surprised if they don't take kindly to the sudden appearance of handcuffs in the bedroom. Similarly though, just because they never mention they have a thing for you in handcuffs, doesn't mean they don't.
Communicate, find out what each of you are interested in trying and have a go!
As much an ornament as a sex toy, glass dildos are popular for both their aesthetic appeal and their functionality.
The unique properties of the (super strong and safe) glass used means it retains temperature much more effectively than other sex toys, making them perfect for experimenting with temperature play on both the hot and cold ends of the scale.
The suspense and unrivalled intimacy of temperature play makes it a perfect candidate for Valentine's fun, and the beauty of the dildos themselves leaves an impression that will last just as long.
This Valentine's Day, don't fall into the trap of thinking a tight budget means there's nothing you can do for your partner. As we've shown, $40 is more than enough for some super thoughtful, fun presents.
More than anything though, and even if your circumstances are such that you can't afford any gift for each other but your love, remember this: your love and devotion are the best gifts you can give, and sex is free.
The ViBlogger is a student at the University of Leeds, where he studies Astrophysics. When he's not writing for The Sextbook, he can usually be found in a Yorkshire field reenacting the 12th century.
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