Flowers, chocolates, fuzzy handcuffs? Uh, no thanks. We don't know what it is about a diaper-clad cherub shooting arrows, but Valentine's Day is the one day of the year when l-o-v-e really is in the air. Whether you're still getting used to being in a relationship, are engaged or have been married for what seems like a million years, we're got a gift for you. From matching pillows to personalized mementos, here are 11 Valentine's Day finds that don't suck.

Matching Bathrobes

Rubber duckie, you're the one

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The best part about “oh la la” vacations together are the matching bathrobes, right? Keep that loving feeling every day with a coordinating set at home. There's nothing quite like a romantic soak together, and then fluffy robes to cozy up in. The snuggle will be so real.

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Kitchen Aprons

Some like it hot

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Things could get steamy in the kitchen. And we're not talking about the bickering that breaks out when you're sharing counter space — we're talking about really good-looking aprons. For her: One glimpse of the retro, frilly Cherry Cupcakes Josephine apron by Jessie Steele and you’ll never want to take it off. For him: Have you tasted his handmade macarons? Only a superhero can achieve that kind of feat. 

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Smartphone Projector

I could watch you forever

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Watch your lovey-dovey couple moments on the big screen with a smartphone projector. The easy-to-assemble box fits almost any smartphone and projects your photos, silly videos and downloaded movies on an empty wall. There’s even a port to plug in speakers. Now that’s a reason to stay in.

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What I Love About You Fill in the Love Journal

Mad(ly in love) libs

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“Knock knock, who's there?" "Pauline!" "Pauline who?" "I think I'm Pauline in love with you." Okay, you may not be the next Pablo Neruda, but putting your feelings down on paper has never been easier with this fill-in-the-blanks journal. Fill the pages with everything you love about your S.O. Be serious, be silly, be sincere. 

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Mini Donut Maker

Donut worry, be happy

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Scenario 1: Valentine’s Day breakfast in bed with homemade mini donuts. Scenario 2: Valentine’s Day breakfast in bed with no homemade mini donuts. We know which we’d prefer. This tiny bringer of joy makes four sweet lil' donuts in minutes. Use the free recipe provided on Amazon for making the dough the night before (or grab a mini-donut cookbook), add a “Donut you know how much I love you?” note under the plate before serving, and you’re in the running for sweetheart of the year.

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Crosley Portable Turntable 

Fly me to the moon

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Dinner? Check. Mood lighting? Check. Music? We've got you. There’s nothing like the classic, soulful sounds of Ella Fitzgerald or Frank Sinatra to set the mood on Valentine’s Day. Dust off your old vinyl collection (or hit that one record store in town) and crank up the volume for a romantic night in thanks to your new record player, The Crosley Cruiser Portable Turntable. As the name suggests, you can take this music box anywhere you like. Hint hint: Picnic under the stars, anyone?

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Scratch Map

I can show you the world

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Aladdin was smooth. He took bae on a magic carpet ride around the world on their first date. Why don’t you do the same? You may not own your very own magical traveling carpet #sadtruth, but you can keep track of where you’ve been together with the Scratch Map. As you scratch, a colorful travel record is revealed. Can’t see enough color? It’s time to book your next holiday destination. 

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Tiny Bee Valentine’s Day Cards 

Hey corgeous!

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Pun lovers, skip the saccharine sentiments for a fun, pun-filled card from Tiny Bee Cards. With the wide selection of coffee puns, pizza puns, cat puns and even a cuttlefish pun, you’ll find one for your significant otter that expresses your relationship just right.

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Lyrical Artworks

Music and lyrics

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Every couple has “their” song, usually chosen as a cheeky inside joke or to define a special moment between the two (~swoon~). Thanks to Lyrical Artworks, you can pick up a piece of handmade modern art inspired by the song that always gets you two grooving. You can find lyrics from artists like The Beatles, Adele, Coldplay and Led Zeppelin. Can’t find “your” song? Send Mary, the artist, an inquiry and she might whip one up just for you. 

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Homemade Gin Kit

Love is like a bottle of gin

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Do you go together like gin and tonic? The Homemade Gin Kit contains everything you need to make your very own delicious not-bathtub gin in about a day. And with a tin of juniper berries and another containing a secret botanical blend, you’ll be as cool as a cucumber garnish come cocktail hour. 

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Nature's Blossom Sow and Grow 5 Herbs Kit

You reap what you sow

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When it comes to relationships, planting a seed is only the beginning. Nurture your love with an herb garden and watch it bloom. This kit has everything you need to grow your own organic, non-GMO culinary herbs in ecofriendly pots. Just, uh, don't let them die, okay? Then the metaphor gets a little dark.

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By Nicola Christoforos

Nicola loves Disney, peanut butter and Skyping with her family back in Oz. She has been seen eating Vegemite and actually enjoying it.