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7 Thrifty Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Recently, the National Retail Federation estimated that Americans will spend an average of $63.34 on each other for Valentine’s Day in 2010. That’s 6 percent less than last year, which is hardly surprising, given the recent economic tumult. It’s hard to justify spending obscene amounts of money on roses and fancy dinners when unemployment rates and house foreclosures remain steadily (and alarmingly) high. Frankly, I’ve always supported low-key Valentine’s Days. When it comes to showing love and affection, it’s the thought and effort, not the price tag, that matter. The best gifts to give on the fourteenth come from the heart, and, luckily for the cash-strapped among us, they won’t drive us into debt come February 15. Keep reading »

A Sweet Little Valentine’s Day Coupon Book

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us, and now is the time when desperation shopping usually begins. What can you slap together in a hurry that will still seem thoughtful? While you should ideally know your loved one well enough to figure out something sweet (check out our gift guide if you need a lil’ help), the coupon book is a tried-and-true, last-ditch gift. This little set of printable vouchers is $4 from Benign Objects on Etsy, and it would add a nice little boost to whatever you’re wrapping up for Sunday. But seriously, don’t just give your significant other a coupon book for Valentine’s Day, OK? [Etsy] Keep reading »

A Movie Montage Of Classic “I Love You” Moments

There is a little bit of a love cynic in all of us, especially around Valentine’s Day. But this montage proves that we all have a little bit of a hopeless romantic in us, too. Everyone has at least one movie moment that made them feel all warm and fuzzy, and this video tried to cram in as many of them as possible. So look for your favorite “I love you” or bawk at the ones that are missing (Hello, “Titanic”!), and then let us know what film scenes make you swoon. [Moviefone] Keep reading »

The Best (Non-Traditional) Valentine’s Day Ever

I used to view Valentine’s Day as annual torture from pink fluffy teddy bears, questionable lingerie advertisements, and the Hallmark overlords. So much worse than the iron maiden. Every year, V-Day signaled the boys I dated to forget everything they knew about me and my otherwise sane girlfriends to either retreat into nauseous couple cute-love or singleton-induced hatred for the world. Keep reading »

“Nuit Blanche” Will Break Your Heart

You know what? I don’t have a valentine! Yes, sniff, it’s terribly sad and terribly true. Why, God, why me? Anyway! That doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the holiday in my own twisted, weird way. Take, for example, this lovely noir homage to the power of love in which two strangers see each other across a city street, and what happens next — well, what does happen next? It’s sort of hard to say, except it happens in a fantastical sort of way. This short film was directed by Arev Manoukian, and you can check out the pretty amazing making of this surreal love story after the jump. Keep reading »

Win This! $50 Bare Necessities Gift Card

Happy almost-Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re single or taken, The Frisky wants to be your Valentine. Look for a contest each day leading up to Feb. 14. Prizes will include makeup, books, lingerie, jewelry, and more, but each one only lasts a day—enter now!

When it comes to making Valentine’s Day something special, there are certain basic musts: chocolate, flowers, and, of course, underwear so sexy it’ll make him wonder why V-Day doesn’t come more often. For everything underthings, turn to Bare Necessities, the online lingerie shop that carries some of our favorite basic Calvin Klein bras, classic Cosabella thongs, and tons of sleepwear, but also brings the best in completely romantic get-ups. Try a lacy cutout teddy by Blush, coquettish garter belts by Jezebel, or some cheeky embroidered-bum panties. Of course, you’re not obligated to spend your winnings on something that’s really meant for him, and you could, for example, stock up on some Spanx. [Bare Necessities]

WIN THIS! We’re giving away one $50 gift card to Bare Necessities, but you have to work if you want it. Tell us your best tip for picking out lingerie in the comments by 3:39 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9 (that’s tomorrow!). We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. Good luck!

UPDATE!The winner of the Bare Necessities gift card is wikid for this comment:

When shopping for lingerie the most important rule I follow is this: Does it turn me on to think about wearing it? This encompasses a few things: is it comfortable? Is it flattering? Do I feel sexy in it? Will my partner like it? But most of all it should reflect your desires and fantasies. Ultimately, lingerie is a way to escape to Sexyville and if it doesn’t have the gas to get you there, then you and your partner are both going to be stranded.

Thanks for all your lingerie-buying tips! Keep reading »

Win This! Mood Music By Beyonce, Maxwell, And More

Depending on what music you put on, you can turn your apartment into a disco dance party, or, how shall we put this, a more intimate affair. Tunes by Beyonce, Mary Mary, Maxwell, and John Legend will get you in the mood for some loving’ this Valentine’s Day (or embrace what a fabulous independent woman you are).


We’re giving away one set of mood music, including Beyonce’s I Am … Yours DVD, Maxwell’s BLACKsummers’night, Mary Mary’s The Sound, and John Legend’s Evolver, but you have to work if you want it. Tell us your favorite mood music in the comments by 2:59 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7 (that’s tomorrow!). We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. Good luck!

UPDATE! The winner of the mood music set is nataliamari for this comment:

I have to say, one of my fondest memories of my last relationship is when the he would pick out music for us.  We would start out just listening to it, and then, well….my favorites were Frank Sinatra, his Classical playlist, and then other random folk artists…I love feeling classy, and who doesn’t feel like a 40s starlet while they are making out to “The way you look tonight” or “Fly me to the moon”??!!

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Win This! Erica Weiner Skeleton Key Necklace

Happy almost-Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re single or taken, The Frisky wants to be your Valentine. Look for a contest each day leading up to Feb. 14. Prizes will include makeup, books, lingerie, jewelry, and more, but each one only lasts a day—enter now!

Typical Valentine’s Day jewelry is big on hearts, and while that shape is quite nice, we like the idea of keys as a symbol of affection even better. See, we already have a blood pumper of our own, so why do we need another one? A key, on the other hand, means that someone wants to let you inside his life — whether it opens his apartment door, or his heart. [$45, Elsewares]


We’re giving away one Erica Weiner skeleton key necklace from Elsewares, but you have to work if you want it. Do you think you should let your significant other know about the skeletons in your closet? Share your advice in the comments by 3:39 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6 (that’s tomorrow!). We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. Good luck!

UPDATE! The winner of the Erica Weiner necklace is taralee for this comment:

I think it really just depends on what the “skeletons” are. I really don’t care about who my husband boned (pun intended) before we got together or how many times he drank excessively and did something regrettable. The past is the past and people change… sometimes. Things that I would like to know about: STDs (current and history), previous convictions to include: rape, murder, assault, etc etc etc and whether or not they live in their mother’s basement. Hey… a girl has got to start somewhere.

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Win This! Jenna Leigh Kimono Robe

Happy almost-Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re single or taken, The Frisky wants to be your Valentine. Look for a contest each day leading up to Feb. 14. Prizes will include makeup, books, lingerie, jewelry, and more, but each one only lasts a day — enter now!

Sometimes the sexiest bedroom fashions are the ones that do a better job of covering up than they do revealing. (Plus, most of the time those over-the-top doo-dads are just plain uncomfortable.) Here’s something that’s both cozy and subtly seductive. Jenna Leigh’s jersey kimono robe features a low-cut neckline and super short hem but brings elegance with its draped sleeves and non-traditional peacock color. Of course, half the fun of this style is unwrapping it to reveal what’s underneath. Which, if he’s lucky, might just be nothing. [$96, Jenna Leigh Lingerie]

WIN THIS! We’re giving away one Jenna Leigh Kimono Robe but you have to work if you want it. Tell us how you get your partner in the mood (without lying on the bed naked) in the comments by 3:39 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5 (that’s tomorrow!). We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. Good luck!

UPDATE! The winner of the Jenna Leigh robe is ootie for this comment:

I have one perfume that I basically only wear for special (sexual) occasions. Now, whenever I put it on, my boyfriend gets instantly horny. I don’t think he’s put it together and realized that I put on a different perfume…the smell now just makes him think of sex.

Thank you for all your comments! (Just reading them sort of got us in the mood.) Keep reading »

8 Mistakes To Avoid This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and whether you’re a fabulous single, newly-coupled, an old married, or nursing a recent heartbreak, there are a few common mistakes you should be aware of. After the jump, check out the 8 mistakes you need to avoid to make this Valentine’s Day better than ever (or at least not as terrible as it could be). Keep reading »

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