Romance outside the Box: 5 Alternatives to Generic Gift-Giving

Steamy Souvenirs

Stevanne Auerbach and her husband exchange loving gifts throughout the year, but it's special during the holidays. "We set up a massage table, light lots of candles, have warm oil on hand and give each other full massages in front of the fireplace. It's a gift that warms the heart, body and hearth," says the 65-year-old writer from San Francisco.

Relationship expert April Masini ( is on board with the massages but goes further. Much further. "Give him XXX-rated coupons," she suggests. And have each coupon list something sexy and fun like:

  • 6 nights of oral sex
  • 1 full body massage with benefits
  • 1 half-hour-long foot massage
  • 1 night of fantasy role-playing (as the characters of his or your choice)
  • 1 weekday lunch hour with a quick room-service lunch before you both head back to the office

For extra credit, you can give field-trip coupons with goodies like:

  • 1 trip to the local adult toy store
  • 1 shopping trip to a lingerie store (he picks the purchases, and you try them all on)
  • Then there are "lost weekend" coupons with which you can:
  • Tell him to pack an overnight bag and kidnap him for an escape to a casino hotel in Vegas or Atlantic City
  • These gifts may be so enjoyable that you'll want to extend the holidays. Christmas in July, anyone.
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