22 Very Sexy V-Day Gifts
BY Diane Anderson-Minshall
February 14 2013 5:00 AM ET
Date Night on DVD
Mariel Hemingway and Patrice Donnelly are sexy ‘80s-era, pre-out Olympian athletes who fall in love while competing for a spot on the U.S. team in Personal Best. Donnelly, one of the three actual Olympians in the film (Jodi Anderson and Kenny Moore are the others), is compelling and refreshing in all the perfect girl jock ways, but it’s the love story between her and a very young Hemingway who make this a lesbo classic. And in The Bouquet, sad news brings two sisters home to help save the family floral business and mend mom’s broken heart in this schmaltzy, perfect-for-lovers-of-TV-movies DVD. One of the sisters is played by Kristy Swanson, the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and if you don’t have a date, you may want to watch this one with your sibling. Personal Best is DVD on Demand only at WarnerArchive.com, $18.95; The Bouquet is at Amazon.com, $12.99
The Perfect Freudian Chocolate
Everyone will drool for this set of Ultimate Belgian Chocolate Frozen Bananas from Golden Edibles: a collection of bananas dipped in milk, dark, and white Belgian chocolate, then rolled and embellished in the company's best-selling flavors: Macadamia, Walnuts, Heath Bar, Chocochips, Yogurt Chips, Toffee, Pistachio, Nonpareils, Almonds, Color Chips, Oreo, and Coconut. Yum. $69.95, GoldenEdibles.com
Jewelry for Hipsters and Those Who Love Them
Need a heart-shaped necklace? Try Proposition Love. Need matching stainless rings? Try Love and Pride. But if you want something that's a little more unusual, a little more contempo? Get her (or him) something from YouGNeek.com, a repository of fun, funky, handmade jewelry that recreates tiny working miniatures into working jewelry. Among our many favorites: YOU Light My Fire: Working Leather Lighter Cufflinks; YOU Are Sooo Sharp: Working Tiny Folding Knife Earrings; YOU Are Sooo Dangerous: Working Switchblade Knife Tie Clip; or for those anti-size queens: Give Me an Inch, a Real One-Inch Ruler Necklace. (pictured left) $9 to $99, YouGNeek.com
The Bond Double Shot
Still marveling at the recent homoerotic Bond moment in Skyfall? Snag the DVD to watch bisexual villain Javier Bardem seduce on instant replay, and then cuddle up while poring over this massive book, James Bond: 50 Years of Movie Posters. The latter offers an unforgettable gallery of Bond posters, teasers, and lobby cards from virtually every country where Bond movies have been screened. That’s an awful lot of filmdom’s sexiest and most enduring super spy. DVD: Amazon.com, $16.99; Book: $50, DK Books
Move Over, Beekman Boys!
Ever wanted to make your own cheese? Belle Chevre's DIY Cheese Kit offers everything you need to make goat cheese in your very own kitchen, with guidance from one of the most awarded and recognized creameries in America. The kit includes instructions and recipes, citric acid (for several batches of cheese), cheese salt, food-safe thermometer, cheese towel, and gift-ready storage container (in case you don’t plan to eat it all yourself). BelleChevre.com, $27.95
Is Dog Your Copilot?
Then skip all the traditional tarot cards for your V-day reading and get the beautifully illustrated Dog Tarot, a fortune-telling deck and book that’ll unlock the secrets behind your dog’s confounding behavior. After all, for many of us, that’s our primary relationship, right? $14.95, TheDogTarot.com
Or Make Kitty Your Superstar
Show your sensitive hipster side by giving her (or him) one of Kin Ship Goods’ soft and super comfy “furst edition” smart kitty pullovers, which are hand-printed by artisans in Louisville, Ky. $42, KinShip.co
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