Sure, giving your Valentine a sex toy as a gift can cause a ton of negative feedback if you select something too risque, cheesy or just plain cheap and offensive, especially if it’s your first date. (Unless you met on Craigslist Casual Encounters, in which case, kudos, but please, please make sure someone knows where you are.) That said, a sex toy can actually be a much more meaningful and unique gift if you shop right. That means selecting something that not only looks elegant but can also be put to fun use in the bedroom – just make sure it’s not too terrifying to use. You’ve got to save the more outlandish, fetish-revealing sex toys for a more special occasion like your anniversary, right? When it comes to buying sexy gifts for commercial holidays, think sleek and useful first. Here are our favourite sophisticated sex toys for Valentine’s Day 2014…
Kiki de Montparnasse 24K Handcuffs with Key and Chain
Forget heart-shaped lockets and pendants. The ultimate way to say “I love you” with jewellery on Valentine’s Day is obviously with 24K gold-dipped handcuffs. Sure, the $575 USD price tag might seem steep at first but, ladies, you can actually wear both cuffs on the same wrist as an avant-garde style statement during your pre-bedtime activity to get excitement levels up while out for dinner. The gold key on the chain is also an amazingly hot everyday necklace to wear as a signature accessory to constantly remind the two of you on any given day of the week that the best things in life are free. Guys, if jewellery was what you had in mind as a present for your lady, why not give the gift that keeps on giving? Unfortunately, Kiki de Montparnasse can only ship these bad boys within the USA, so you’re either going to have to have a US mailing address handy or make the trip to one of the brand’s boutiques in either New York, Las Vegas or Los Angeles. Either way, they’re totally worth the extra effort.
If handcuffs are a little too rough on the wrists for you but bondage is still an area of intrigue, we suggest trying your luck with non-sticky bondage tape ($8.81 per roll of tape). This PVC tape, available in five different colours including non-threatening purple and pink, only sticks to itself. That means you won’t have that terrifying realization that you’re about to wax whatever hair was left on your body off when you’re done being tied up, and there’s no sticky residue on your skin. That means you can also use it as a blindfold without losing valuable eyelashes and eyebrows, too.
Babooshka Silk Blindfold
There’s no way to confuse this silk blindfold ($60) for a sleeping mask. Cover your partner’s eyes and let your real Valentine’s gift be whatever you decide to do next. You can sleep when you’re dead… or single.
Lovers Leash Set
If you’ve been tempted to bring a little BDSM into the bedroom then nothing says “let me be your slave” quite like a leather lovers leash set ($37). Download Secret Diary of a Call Girl or something a little playful to ease your way into gettin’ your whip on lightly without going all Berlin underground fetish party right off the bat. Save some of the freaky S&M stuff for more appropriate holidays like Labour Day.
Please Sir Flogger From The Fifty Shades of Grey Official Collection
The best way to introduce your lover to a little whipping in the bedroom? By opting for a flogger from the seemingly playful Fifty Shades of Grey Official Collection, available at Pink Cherry Canada… what’s more mainstream and yet still taboo as that? Use the long silver tassels to tickle each other delicately, or hold the whip by the handle and give it to each other with a little more force. Role-playing Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele scenes from the book is optional and not recommended by 4 out of 5 View the Vibe staffers.
Check out the video below to see the flogger in action…