8 Unique Gifts for Valentine’s Day

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Fuji/Amazon

There's a lot of pressure on Valentine's Day to find a unique gift for your special someone. Go beyond the typical heart-shaped box of chocolates with these gifts that have a personal touch for all different tastes.

1. Planet Lollipops; $30

Galaxy lollipops
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Skip the chocolates this year and give your significant other sweets that not only taste good, but also say you mean the galaxy to me. Each lollipop is decorated with an edible 2D image representing all eight planets in our solar system (plus Pluto) and the Sun. And each one has its own flavor: Mercury is tropical punch; Venus is cherry; Earth is cotton candy; Mars is pear; Jupiter is Key lime; Saturn is guava; Uranus is blackberry; Neptune is mango; Pluto is strawberry-kiwi; and the Sun is marshmallow.

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2. saint candles of historical, literary, and cultural icons; $14

Candle with Jane Austin on it
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The Unemployed Philosophers Guild adds a touch of personal flair to the traditional saint candle by slapping icons from pop culture, literature, and politics right onto them. Decorated with the likes of James Baldwin, Jane Austen, and Harriet Tubman, just to name a few, you can give your loved one a unique gift adorned with their personal hero.

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3. Fuji Instant mini Film Camera; $116

Fuji film camera
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While your phone is great for capturing photos, there’s something special about being able to hold actual prints in your hand. But unlike traditional film cameras, you won’t need to wait on getting pictures developed as the Fuji prints out credit card-sized photographs instantly. With a built-in flash and manual brightness adjustment, this gift is perfect for the photographer in your life.

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4. 100 Things to Do Scratch-Off Poster; $15

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Give the gift of spending time together with this scratch-off poster of bucket list activities you can do as a couple. Once you've done an activity, just scratch off the top layer of each panel to reveal an illustration that goes along with the different ideas, like a ski trip or bungee jumping. And once you’ve scratched them all off, you’ll have a unique piece of wall art to commemorate all the adventures you’ve had together. Or if you’d rather, check out this scratch-off poster with 100 different date ideas.

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5. Bob ross mug; $16

Bob Ross Coffee Mugs
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Everyone needs to be reminded that "We don't make mistakes, we have happy accidents" every now and again. And what better way to remind your significant other of those wise words than with Bob Ross and a morning cup of coffee? Like Bob Ross's canvases, this mug looks blank at first, but simply add a hot beverage to make a beautiful nature scene and his signature quote appear.

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6. Valentine hot Chocolate on a Stick; $15

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Hot chocolate just got even sweeter with these added hearts inscribed with cute messages. Depending on your recipient's preference, you can order a three-pack of Belgian milk chocolate or French dark truffle.

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7. Literary Scarves; $48

A scarf with passages written on it
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Each of these scarves is silkscreened by hand and contains passages from either Jane Eyre, Alice in Wonderland, Pride and Prejudice, or Sense and Sensibility. They're also made of medium-weight cotton, meaning they're perfect for early spring weather, which is just a few weeks away. If you aren’t interested in those particular titles, check out the artist’s other literary and music scarves.

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8. Bourbon-Infused Coffee Beans; $20

Bourbon-infused coffee
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If you have someone that loves their bourbon and a morning cup of coffee, give them the gift of both. These are 100 percent Arabica beans that are infused with bourbon for a kick of flavor without any actual alcohol. And if your loved one is more into wine, check out this merlot-infused coffee.

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10 Products for a Better Night's Sleep

Amazon/Comfort Spaces
Amazon/Comfort Spaces

Getting a full eight hours of sleep can be tough these days. If you’re having trouble catching enough Zzzs, consider giving these highly rated and recommended products a try.

1. Everlasting Comfort Pure Memory Foam Knee Pillow; $25

Everlasting Comfort Knee Pillow
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For side sleepers, keeping the spine, hips, and legs aligned is key to a good night’s rest—and a pain-free morning after. Everlasting Comfort’s memory foam knee pillow is ergonomically designed to fit between the knees or thighs to ensure proper alignment. One simple but game-changing feature is the removable strap, which you can fasten around one leg; this keeps the pillow in place even as you roll at night, meaning you don’t have to wake up to adjust it (or pick it up from your floor). Reviewers call the pillow “life-changing” and “the best knee pillow I’ve found.” Plus, it comes with two pairs of ear plugs.

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2. Letsfit White Noise Machine; $21

Letsfit White Noise Machine
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White noise machines: They’re not just for babies! This Letsfit model—which is rated 4.7 out of five with nearly 3500 reviews—has 14 potential sleep soundtracks, including three white noise tracks, to better block out everything from sirens to birds that chirp enthusiastically at dawn (although there’s also a birds track, if that’s your thing). It also has a timer function and a night light.

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3. ECLIPSE Blackout Curtains; $16

Eclipse Black Out Curtains
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According to the National Sleep Foundation, too much light in a room when you’re trying to snooze is a recipe for sleep disaster. These understated polyester curtains from ECLIPSE block 99 percent of light and reduce noise—plus, they’ll help you save on energy costs. "Our neighbor leaves their backyard light on all night with what I can only guess is the same kind of bulb they use on a train headlight. It shines across their yard, through ours, straight at our bedroom window," one Amazon reviewer who purchased the curtains in black wrote. "These drapes block the light completely."

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4. JALL Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock; $38

JALL Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock
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Being jarred awake by a blaring alarm clock can set the wrong mood for the rest of your day. Wake up in a more pleasant way with this clock, which gradually lights up between 10 percent and 100 percent in the 30 minutes before your alarm. You can choose between seven different colors and several natural sounds as well as a regular alarm beep, but why would you ever use that? “Since getting this clock my sleep has been much better,” one reviewer reported. “I wake up not feeling tired but refreshed.”

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5. Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light; $200

Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light
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If you’re looking for an alarm clock with even more features, Philips’s SmartSleep Wake-Up Light is smartphone-enabled and equipped with an AmbiTrack sensor, which tracks things like bedroom temperature, humidity, and light levels, then gives recommendations for how you can get a better night’s rest.

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6. Slumber Cloud Stratus Sheet Set; $159

Stratus sheets from Slumber Cloud.
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Being too hot or too cold can kill a good night’s sleep. The Good Housekeeping Institute rated these sheets—which are made with Outlast fibers engineered by NASA—as 2020’s best temperature-regulating sheets.

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7. Comfort Space Coolmax Sheet Set; $29-$40

Comfort Spaces Coolmax Sheets
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If $159 sheets are out of your price range, the GHI recommends these sheets from Comfort Spaces, which are made with moisture-wicking Coolmax microfiber. Depending on the size you need, they range in price from $29 to $40.

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8. Coop Home Goods Eden Memory Foam Pillow; $80

Coop Eden Pillow
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This pillow—which has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon—is filled with memory foam scraps and microfiber, and comes with an extra half-pound of fill so you can add, or subtract, the amount in the pillow for ultimate comfort. As a bonus, the pillows are hypoallergenic, mite-resistant, and washable.

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9. Baloo Weighted Blanket; $149-$169

Baloo Weighted Blanket
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Though the science is still out on weighted blankets, some people swear by them. Wirecutter named this Baloo blanket the best, not in small part because, unlike many weighted blankets, it’s machine-washable and -dryable. It’s currently available in 12-pound ($149) twin size and 20-pound ($169) queen size. It’s rated 4.7 out of five stars on Amazon, with one reviewer reporting that “when it's spread out over you it just feels like a comfy, snuggly hug for your whole body … I've found it super relaxing for falling asleep the last few nights, and it looks nice on the end of the bed, too.” 

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10. Philips Smartsleep Snoring Relief Band; $200

Philips SmartSleep Snoring Relief Band
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Few things can disturb your slumber—and that of the ones you love—like loudly sawing logs. Philips’s Smartsleep Snoring Relief Band is designed for people who snore when they’re sleeping on their backs, and according to the company, 86 percent of people who used the band reported reduced snoring after a month. The device wraps around the torso and is equipped with a sensor that delivers vibrations if it detects you moving to sleep on your back; those vibrations stop when you roll onto your side. The next day, you can see how many hours you spent in bed, how many of those hours you spent on your back, and your response rate to the vibrations. The sensor has an algorithm that notes your response rate and tweaks the intensity of vibrations based on that. “This device works exactly as advertised,” one Amazon reviewer wrote. “I’d say it’s perfect.”

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Make Breakfast for the Family in a Flash With the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker

Dash/Amazon
Dash/Amazon

The number of ways you can eat eggs is limited only by your cooking ability and imagination. Now, thanks to the foolproof Dash Rapid Egg Cooker, even that doesn't have to hold you back, because you'll be able to prepare your eggs exactly how you like them in just minutes—no flipping, stirring, or frying required.

Weighing roughly 1 pound and measuring 7.5 inches across, this egg cooker is the perfect size for a shelf or countertop. Its design accommodates a variety of egg preparations, so if you like your eggs boiled, you can fit up to six of them on the tray at once and cook them until they're soft-boiled, hard-boiled, or somewhere in between. The cooker also features trays for poaching eggs and making omelettes.

Rapid Egg Cooker.
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The device comes with a measuring cup showing how much water you need to cook each style of egg, and it buzzes and shuts off automatically when they're done. That way, you can make your perfect breakfast even before you've had your first cup of coffee.

The gadget is super popular with breakfast-lovers. It has a 4.6-star rating on Amazon, and the online retailer lists it as one the most-loved items on the site. You can purchase it on Amazon today for $20.

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