Given the pressure and feelings of obligation around Valentine's Day, when shopping for loved ones it's easy to fall back on classic but uninspired gifts. But the following unexpected and utterly cool presents provide fresh ways to show your love-and your good taste-without breaking the bank.
Brighten up your loved one's wall with the gift of an original screen-print poster from Ork, which offers versions depicting his or her favorite city or hometown ($22).
Kitchen Gadgets You'll Really Use
Whimsical Phone Dock
How cute is Jonathan Adler's porcelain cell phone dock ($48)?! Designed to look like an old rotary phone, the base accommodates the cord from your phone's charger and is able to cradle most smartphones, making it an awesome gift for the gadget lover you love.
If your honey is a fashionista, wrap up a killer pair of shoes for them this Valentine's Day. Thanks to retailers who offer last season's shoes at a discount, you can snag a stylish pair of kicks for men or women for less than $50! Case in point, the glittery G by Guess pumps ($45) and Sperry top-siders ($50)-both from DSW-pictured above.
Those with wanderlust will love the gift of Moleskine's travel box set ($50 from Barnes & Noble), which includes a travel journal and supercute luggage tags that look like mini Moleskin notebooks. For a more custom look to your gift, wrap the box in a map from their favorite destination!
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Geeky guys and girls will definitely appreciate a present from our favorite resource for nerds: ThinkGeek. The latest hilariously awesome offering from the online shop is the Star Trek motion-activated electronic door chime ($30), which replicates the "swoosh" noise of doors on the Starship Enterprise.
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