It's tempting to sip on a glass of wine while soaking in the tub, but if you're anything like me, something about a fragile piece of stemware perched precariously between the loofah and shampoo is cringe-inducing. I sometimes imagine the red wine spilling into the tub and the glass shattering on its way in. This thought is not relaxing. Thankfully, GoVino is one step ahead of this apocalyptic thinking and has designed a variety of shatter-proof, stemless wine glasses. Not only are they beautiful, you can rest assured knowing that if you knock the glass into the tub, you won't end up in the ER. (GoVino, $13 and up)
A soak in the tub without music playing can feel a little awkward. All I hear is water splashing and the strange squeaking noise my poor-quality bathtub makes when I change positions. Consider purchasing, or asking for, a Bose SoundDock to solve your bathtub acoustic problems. The system allows you to plug in your iPod with surround-sound quality. And retailing at under $200, it's reasonably priced for creating a spa retreat. (Bose, $180)
By now, we all know that retailers from high-end spas to dollar stores offer lotions and potions that claim to reduce stress. Aveda Salons actually manages to do so by using flower and plant essences to harness the power of aromatherapy. This gift set, including a body lotion, soaking salt and aromatherapy concentrate will set the tone for a relaxing soak in the tub — with the added bonus of making your skin feel great. (Aveda, $66)
Nothing about this gift idea is romantic, and I only suggest that it be given in conjunction with an additional bath-themed gift. However, it is practical. Nothing ruins bath time more than seeing a water ring around the tub or mildew all over the shower doors. The only thing that could make the scenario worse is actually having to clean the tub before starting the bath. Cleaning is the worst. (Walmart, $18)
Remember that time you bought an inflatable bath pillow, only to take it home to discover that it was totally gross and slimy within a week of purchase? Oh, that was me? Those days are gone now, with this Pretika Soft Spa Massaging Memory Foam Bath Pillow found at Sears. It wicks away moisture and is memory-foamy and truly delightful. It also dries quickly, which is a major plus. (Sears, $64)
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