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5 gender-neutral gifts to get your number one crush this Valentine’s Day

It’s that time of year again. 14 February 2023 is just around the corner and if you’re anything like me you probably haven’t had a chance to cherry-pick a present for your special someone just yet—or, you’re simply avoiding it because you’re completely stuck on where to begin. Either way, Valentine’s Day can be daunting for a number of reasons, and it’s a good reminder that you never need an excuse to treat someone, no matter your relationship status.

However, if you are crushing on someone this year, here’s a list of five presents guaranteed to drag their attention away from their FYP. And if all fails, I’m sure Chat GTP has some good ideas as well.

1. Go classic with a box of chocolates

There are very few things in this life that can’t be solved with a box of chocolates. And if you add a hue of luxury on top, you’re almost certain to win over your crush. Godiva is the Jeffree Star of chocolate brands—rich, dripping in luxury and prone to controversy. But when it comes to V Day, you can’t go wrong with a collection of Godiva treats.

Coming in a rosy plush red keepsake box, Godiva’s £68.76 Valentine’s Day Fabric Heart Chocolate Gift Box features 37 decadent treats. If this gift doesn’t sweeten up your crush, nothing will.

2. Go big or go home: the romantic getaway

If you’re looking to push the boat out, there’s always the option to whisk your crush away on a mini break. Take a day of annual leave and spend 48 hours pretending that Rishi Sunak doesn’t actually exist, if you know what I mean.

If you already have a specific destination in mind, then you should do you, boo. But if you’re a bit stuck on where to escape, then I’ve got a tested and approved getaway for you. Situated in beautiful Tarragona, eastern Spain, the spacious and bright Classic Mare room features impressive views of the sea, and even comes accompanied with a bottle of cava to set the mood, and the most romantic meal known to man—strawberries and chocolates.

Also included in the package is a buffet breakfast for two. Stay in and enjoy the room or go out and explore the city’s rich culture—either way, this present is the perfect way to make some incredible memories with your beloved.

At only £120.38, you honestly can’t go wrong with this one. Valentine’s Day is only a couple of days away, so hurry up and head over to  H10’s website to book this bargain.

3. Put on a show (the right kind)

Okay, okay—this one will definitely set you back a couple of hundreds, but you can’t put a price on love, am I right? Pick up some tickets to one of 2023’s most anticipated shows, Beyoncé’s Renaissance tour.

Belt your heart out to all of Queen Bey’s hits with your favourite person by your side, and make memories that will last forever. Just make sure you order yourself a silver cowboy hat beforehand.

Alternatively, if you aren’t a member of the Beyhive, TicketNetwork also has tickets to one of the hottest and longest-running West End theatre shows, The Lion King. Tap into your childhood nostalgia with a live on-stage rendition of your favourite Disney story—I have been, and trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

Beyoncé tickets are currently available for £332.88 on TicketNetwork. If I sold you more on The Lion King musical, tickets start at $69, so £56.65.

4. Capture your love

No need to break the bank when it comes to showing someone just how much you care about them. Compile all the special moments you’ve spent with them in Snapfish’s LOVE Linen Photo Book, which retails at £28.99, and offer them the chance to never forget about your relationship’s highlights.

5. Treat yo damn self

This one is pretty much a 2-for-1 present. Give your crush some well-deserved relaxation time and create the perfect date night all in one go. If you tend to be extra, create an at-home spa experience with candles and zen music.

LOOKFANTASTIC’s skincare package is currently on sale for £24.50 and includes a set of 12 facemasks. You can use them for V Day and beyond.

5 sex tech products to help you survive Valentine’s Day (whether you are single or not)

“Love is a losing game” sang Amy Winehouse in 2006.

Whether your sentimental status is currently on the same page as her anguishing words or not, you must feel it coming too—the dreadful Valentine’s Day. And if love is a losing game, Valentine’s Day is, without a doubt, the lamest one ever. The festivity has the reputation of being a materialistic celebration of monogamous and heterosexual traditional couples, and fairly so. In other words, Valentine’s Day is the feast of love’s many stereotypes, not Saint Valentine’s Feast.

In order to break free from Valentine’s Day traditional outcomes and survive this heart-shaped day that feels like a week for most of us, I shortlisted five sex tech products that will improve your love life, whether you’re coupled-up, single, or somewhere in between. Each of these products and devices will not only make your sex life and relationships more festive, but these might even open up your spectrum of pleasure by breaking the boundaries and taboos surrounding it and by empowering you to feel more comfortable with your sexuality. Okay, I’ll stop teasing you now, here we go.

1. The Osé, and all things Lora DiCarlo

This is a fundamental one, and not only because it was the sex tech company’s first device, but because it is amazing. Osé uses micro-robotics inspired by human movements to give its users a full-bodied climax. How? By aiming for both clitoral and G-spot orgasms simultaneously. The award-winning robotic massager designed for hands-free orgasms made the headlines in 2019 after getting banned from CES.

Shortly after that, DiCarlo’s founder Lora Haddock DiCarlo fought the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and rewrote the rules to create a safer and more inclusive environment at CES. This gave sex tech the space and recognition it deserves. This year, Lora DiCarlo introduced its two additional devices at CES 2020: the Baci, a “microrobotic pleasure device that simulates the feel and motion of the human lips and tongue,” and the Onda, a product which replicates the movements of human fingers.

So even if the Osé isn’t for you, don’t stress, Lora DiCarlo has plenty of other high-end choices.

2. OMGYes subscription

Not all sex tech comes in the shape of a vibrator. For those who are interested in discovering more about sexual pleasure, female orgasm, or just to expand their sex and body education, OMGyes is the right platform for you. This website merges academic research with catchy insights on the universe of sexuality, providing subscribers with two seasons of episodes covering new innovative investigations presented through engaging videos.

Because, at the end of the day, pleasure is all about knowing your body.

3. The Lioness

The Lioness is that one product that blurs the line between sex tech and digital health. By using AI and data visualisation, this vibrator delivers way more than just orgasms: it provides users with all the information required to know more about their orgasm’s patterns. The Lioness’ sensors track pressure, tension and temperature and lets users access the information via the app that comes with it. Charts will show repetitive patterns, forwarding the understanding of female sexual pleasure through data-based technology.

4. Interactive sex toys

For those who are in a long-distance relationship, I haven’t forgotten about you. Interactive sex toys could help you bridge the geographical gap. Regardless of the distance, many of Lovense’s products allow couples to have long-distance sex by connecting both sex toys via Bluetooth. Once the partners are both online and active on the app, one of the two can send a notification to start the session.

The toys respond to the person’s movements and send feedback to their partner. This way, one has the impression of feeling the other person’s touch from a distance (the whole practice can be accompanied by a video call or texts). In case of privacy concerns: all data that passes through Lovense’ servers are fully encrypted, so go for it.

5. XConfessions subscription

Everyone loves PornHub and its genius marketing strategy, but if this year’s Valentine’s Day is about expanding your understanding of sex and relationships, it might be good to subscribe to alternative film platforms too––you know, for research.

Famous director and producer in the porn industry Erika Lust started XConfessions in 2013 as an online space for people to share their sexual confessions, but over the years, it has grown into a global community of like-minded people seeking inclusive and varied erotica film.

Today, the website has organically grown into a platform where filmmakers, performers, and artists turn people’s sexual confessions into explicit short movies. If someone’s anonymous confession is picked to be turned into a film, the person gets rewarded with a free access pass to the site. XConfessions is a creative way of exploring pornography while keeping this gigantic industry challenged and diverse.

Based on this list, it looks like love doesn’t have to be a losing game after all.