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Out-of-the-Box Valentine's Day Gifts

… perfect for when roses and Russell Stover just won't cut it.

Valentine's Day leaves many of us in an existential crisis. How do you intuit someone you barely know? How do you top last year's offering?

Sometimes we need a creative boost. Sometimes – if the feeling really gets you there – you want to think squarely outside the heart-shaped candy box. No, wait. Scratch that. You want heart palpitations. You want to move mountains. Summon tears of utter joy. Make a romantic night's sexy meter climb several notches past maximum overdrive, landing firmly in ecstasy's embrace. In short, you want to dazzle your intended with … wait for it … something … new?

BLAC's Valentine's Day gift guide – for him and for her – is here to help you fan Eros' flame.

FOR HER ...

Ancestry Gift Subscription 

Everything you know about her, you love. So why not learn even more together? Plan your future as she discovers her past. Access all U.S. records for $99 for six months or $189 for a full year, or browse U.S. and international records for $149 for six months or $299 for one year. ancestry.com.

The Night Sky Custom Star Map 

Your first date. Your first kiss. Your wedding day. You'll never forget when and where these things happened, and now you can see exactly how the stars aligned overhead. Enter the location and date of your special occasion to view a custom map of the night sky at that moment. Add a personal message and get an 18-by-24-inch print for $60 at thenightsky.com.

LoveBook Personalized Storybook 

Remind her, page-by-page, why you fell in love. First, choose a cover and give your love story a name; then, design characters to your likeness and fill your book with unlimited and customizable illustrated pages. Paperbacks start at $44.95 while hardcover copies are $49.95. lovebookonline.com.

Scentbird Gift Subscription 

Why elbow your way to the perfume counter only to spend $100-plus on a scent she may or may not agree with? This option from scentbird.com lets her choose from over 450 designer fragrances and get a different one delivered each month. Subscriptions are available in three-, six- and 12-month options and are $44, $84 and $164 respectively.

 

FOR HIM ...

VR Headset 

Nothing says "I love you" like "I love you three-dimensionally." Virtual reality is back and better than ever. Now you can play games, immerse yourself in cool environments and travel 'round the world from the comfort of your home – or on-the-go. The Sony PlayStation VR is $299 for a standalone headset; a standard mobile VR headset, which works with smartphones, runs $5-$17. playstation.com or walmart.com.

Personal History Canvas 

We're all a part of history, and this gift helps your man find his place in it. Select his year of birth and he'll get some historical context. Like they say, how do you know where you're going if you don't know where you've been? $39.99 at gifts.com.

Gourmet Gift Baskets Beer Basket 

A package deal is always welcome. Consider this: Men inherently love to hunt, and a gift basket is one way to satisfy that craving. This is especially true if it includes beer, popcorn, peppered beef jerky and nuts. From microbrews to premium taste, this gift's versatility is a welcome addition to your significant other's man cave. $39-$69 on gourmetgiftbaskets.com.

Pressurized Growlers 

And while we're on the subject of craft beer – a uKeg is a prime pick for any carbonated beverage your man enjoys. Whether housing hops or perhaps champagne, a wine spritzer or even just pop, these 64- and 128-ounce copper vessels promise to keep things "popping" for at least two weeks. Get the smaller version for $169 on Amazon; spend $229 to hold a full gallon.

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