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Say It In A Valentine Card

Express Your Love with a Valentine Card

Valentine’s Day is celebrated every year on February the 14th. This day is celebrated to express love. For lovers it is the most important day to express their deepest feelings to their loved ones.

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On Valentine’s Day we honor all those people who we love the most. Love is the most beautiful feeling in which our heart does the talking. To express this beautiful feeling,  millions and millions of dollars are spent on cards, flowers, gifts and candies every year. The best way to express the impact of love is with a Valentine card.

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A Valentine card gives your loved one the message of how much you love them and how important he or she is in your life. The most important thing in the card is the message while the colors and design provide a supporting value.

A Valentine card can be very helpful when someone is expressing his or her love for the first time. This is a very special occasion for many people and requires a lot of courage. A Valentine card can be very helpful at this time as it can easily convey your message in an appropriate manner to your loved one.

One way to impress your sweetheart is to give a handmade Valentine card. You can decorate it with pictures of your own choice, glitter or any other type of crafts. You can also write an endearing message. If you need a little help with that, you can find many ideas online. Adding a poem can also be very romantic.

Another idea is to create your card online or electronically. There are various websites which allow you to create cards of your own choice. These websites provide different types of fonts as well as covers. You can also write your own message or choose one of their verses inside the card. This is a perfect way to express your true feelings.

Plantable Valentine’s Cards

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And now there are even Valentine cards that are plantable. Yes, that right! Just imagine giving a card that can be planted and admired for months or even years to come.  The recipient can plant their card in the ground or in a planter and watch it grow. Planting instructions are printed on the back of every card along with the seed mixture. Truly unique and an inviting concept!

You can find a whole collection of Valentine cards and other greeting cards on my website.

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Our cards are eco-friendly, made of 100% recycled ingredients and contain no chemicals.

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Personalized Gifts For Valentine’s Day

Personalized Gifts for Your Valentine

Make your Valentine’s Day memorable this year.  Valentine’s Day is almost upon us – the holiday of love, romance, and sentimental gifts. Choosing the perfect gift for your loved one doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task however. When in doubt, personalized gifts are
always a great option, allowing you to show you care in a unique and creative way.

Valentine8Flowers, chocolates, and the like are romantic, but may lack a little personality. By taking the time to design a custom, personalized gift for your loved one, you show them that you truly care about them on this special day. By engraving a special item with a custom quote or message, you can create a truly unique gift that they are sure to treasure for all time.

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If you’re looking for another great personalized gift option, consider a photo gift. Dating, wedding, or anniversary photos make wonderful personalized gifts, allowing you to reminisce about special moments together.

Consider inscribing a favorite photo in crystal for a long lasting and thoughtful gift that is sure to melt her heart. Or have your wedding invitation mounted in a personalized frame for a lasting memory of your special day. There are many wonderful options available for preserving photos. You can choose an engraved album, custom scrapbook, or even have the photo itself etched in glass.

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If you’d still like the idea of giving jewelry as a valentine gift, then consider having a special piece of jewelry personalized with her name. Or an engraved photo locket allows your loved one to wear a special family picture, keeping her loved ones close at all times. Customized photo jewelry can also be engraved with a special message, name, or date, making it an unforgettable gift.

Valentine9If you’re looking for the perfect valentine gift for the man in your life, consider an engraved wallet or money clip. Or how about a photo frame with a loving, witty, or humorous message showing him just why you care.  You could also engrave a sports mug with a custom message. Imagine the smile on his face when he uses his new mug, labeling himself the “World’s Most Handsome Man” for all to see. Personalized gifts are limited only by your imagination, so start dreaming up a great gift today!

Personalized gifts set you apart from the crowd. By choosing to honor your loved one with a special item, created just for them, you show them that you truly care. Take the time to personalize a special item, piece of jewelry, or photo engraved for your loved one today. These personalized gifts make the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, as well as any other special day that the two of you share.

For more personalized gifts and ideas, visit my website where we have over 600 unique gifts to choose from.  We have something for everyone.  http://www.debrasgifts.labellabaskets.com

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Married Couples

Giving Valentine’s Day Gifts

Valentine’s Day Gifts For Young Couples

Valentine’s Day can hold great importance for young or newly dating couples who are still experiencing the passion and all-encompassing rush of new love. Impressing someone with elaborate gifts can be one way of telling the person you are dating that you think they are special, and you have great hopes for the relationship. Valentine’s Day gifts in this stage of a relationship can tell people a lot about each other. It can also be a good indicator of where the relationship may be headed.

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Married Couples

But what about couples who have been married for a while?

For married couples, Valentine’s Day isn’t less important. It is just different and in many ways it is better. It is a time to celebrate love and reminisce about all the Valentine’s Days that you have spent together. Gifts given on Valentine’s Day to a spouse can have much more significance, because you should know your spouse well enough to give something that has special meaning. A diamond anniversary band or a three stone ring given to a wife tells her that you are glad that you married her and that you value your life together. A gold watch given to a husband tells him that you appreciate him and want him to have the very best.

But, married couples don’t have to give elaborate, expensive gifts on Valentine’s Day.  Meaningful gifts that say you care or a sweet gesture of love are just as special. When you are married, the thought that is put into the gift is the important factor. A jewelry gift that says I know you, and I know what makes you happy goes a long way towards making someone feel that they are special and valued. If your wife likes heart shapes then giving her a diamond heart pendant or bracelet with heart-shaped charms can mean much more to her than simply handing her a gold chain. It shows that you know what she likes, you listen to her, and you put thought into your gift. Jewelry that celebrates each others individuality, as well as the life that you have made together, can be priceless no matter what the actual cost.

Giving your spouse something they have been considering buying for a while is a good way to show your love. To come up with an original Valentine’s Day gift think about what is important to your spouse; what makes him or her happy. Does your husband love to golf? Give him a gift certificate for a round of golf at his favorite course. Does your wife love classical music? Tickets for a night out to see the symphony lets you plan a second night to spend together. A gift of jewelry is a lasting reminder of this Valentine’s Day and your relationship and jewelry is always appreciated. And don’t forget about giving flowers. They may seem traditional, but flowers brighten a winter day and are romantic.

One of the reasons that successful marriages stay that way is because the spouses try never to take each other for granted. And, the right gift on Valentine’s Day can go a long way in proving your commitment to that ideal.

Still need a little help choosing that perfect Valentine gift for your spouse? We have over 1,000 gifts to choose from, whether you are looking for a themed gift basket, a floral bouquet, a cookie bouquet, candles or a personalized gift for your special someone.

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Sending Valentine Flowers

Why You Should Send Valentine Flowers

For hundreds of years Valentine’s Day has been celebrated by lovers everywhere. Where did this tradition start anyway, and why do we exchange Valentine flowers, candies and cards with each other?red heart bouquet

There are some interesting stories that go along with this tradition. Some of these stories may be true and others may be, well, just stories. Here is a short version of what may have really been the beginning of sending Valentine’s Day flowers on Valentine’s Day.

Why Was St. Valentine So Important?

About eight hundred years before Valentine’s Day was established, A man named Claudius was in power in Rome . He felt that marriage was a bad thing, because it made poor soldiers out of men. So, he banned marriage from his empire. St. Valentine did not agree with this rule, so he would secretly marry couples that came to him. St. Valentine was caught and soon after he was stoned and then beheaded.

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In Wales, wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on February 14th. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favorite decorations on the spoons. The decoration meant, “You unlock my heart!”

In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.

In some countries, a young woman may receive a gift of clothing from a young man. If she keeps the gift, it means she will marry him.

Some people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine’s Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and live happily ever after. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a rich man.

No matter what is true and what is myth, Valentine’s Day has become increasingly commercialized and a popular gift-giving event. There are boundless Valentine’s Day themed advertisements encouraging spending on loved ones.Red Ribbon Heart small

Valentine’s Day has become an especially big business for the flower, card, and candy companies. And, many of those companies do a major portion of their business on Valentine’s Day.

If you are a man and have a wife or girlfriend, and you let Valentine’s Day go by without getting her flowers or candy, your going to be in big trouble. So take my advice, and put some effort into your gift, too. A carefully chosen Valentine’s Day card will take you a long way. Take it from a woman who knows, however, Valentine’s Day flowers are still your best bet.

If you are lucky enough to have someone who loves you, then on Valentines’s Day show him or her how much they mean to you. Those who give Valentine’s Day flowers may be a big money making machine for the flower and card companies,  but this day allows many the opportunity to show their loved ones how much they care. Valentine flowers makes it easier for everyone to prove their love and devotion to the one’s that love them.

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Christmas Gift Basket Ideas

Give A Christmas Gift Basket

When its time to celebrate the season, a little creativity can help
with gift giving. Imagine how nice it is to get a Christmas gift basket after a hectic schedule of preparing Christmas dinner or hosting a party.

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Christmas baskets are the perfect way to celebrate the season. There is no better gift during the holidays than an assortment of the season’s best. A basket brings together a variety of treats and gifts in a beautiful presentation. Sending a Christmas gift basket during the holiday season is a great way to show you care.  It can be the ideal gift for someone who lives far away.

Many people simply need cheering up during the holidays. A Christmas basket can be just what they need to make them feel special. When you add some signature items and unique decorations, your gift will be even more memorable!

holidaytraditionsWhen I was invited to a recent holiday party, I didn’t know what to take along for the hostess. I decided to make a Christmas basket to do something a little different. I picked out some gourmet food items, a few holiday toys for the kids, and decorated it with Christmas ornaments. She loved it and was overjoyed by the personal attention I gave her gift.

On another occasion, my neighbors were pleasantly surprised when my family and I sent over some holiday gift baskets filled with home made treats. It added a personal touch to the season instead of just buying a box of chocolates. I have realized that making your own Christmas baskets can be especially helpful in sharing the spirit of the holidays. Baking up some treats with the family can become a tradition in itself!

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Most Christmas baskets are made up of gourmet chocolates, Christmas tree ornaments, nuts, snacks, and other treats. Finding a few unique or imported items is a great way to dress up a basket. It’s easy to be creative with holiday decor to put together the presentation.

I’ve sent custom gift baskets to the neighborhood retirement homes and senior centers, since the residents there often don’t have family close by. Sending a basket of goodies during the holidays is the perfect way to cheer someone up.  This can be especially valuable to people who are lonely during the holiday season, or those who do not have family members to share it with.

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However you choose to give during the holiday season, consider the many options with either a hand made or a custom Christmas gift basket from any one of a number of gift basket companies.

Your gift recipient will be very pleased and grateful.

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Online Holiday Shopping

Holiday shopping for family members and friends you will not be seeing this holiday season can pose a significant frustration for some shoppers. Here’s my solution. Why not bring a little elegance right to the door of those dear to you with online shopping? Online holiday shopping can be a rewarding experience.

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Avoid Frustration with Online Holiday Shopping

Heavy traffic, car door dings, over crowded malls and the cold weather elements are just a few of the things you can easily avoid this holiday season. Also, you don’t have to roam the parking lot looking for a parking space, stand in long lines, and find the time to actually set out shopping or deal with grumpy people who don’t want to be shopping either. With online shopping there is no need to find a good parking spot, the traffic is generally friendly and when it comes to checking out, you’re always first in line. And most importantly, you don’t have to wrap the gift and get it to the post office or mailing service by a certain date.

Wouldn’t it be nice to avoid all the shopping headaches by shopping online? With just a few clicks of the mouse, you can easily shop for the perfect gift and have it sent directly to the recipient whether they live close by or all the way across the country. So, online shopping is my favorite method of shopping whenever possible.

There are so many online gift stores to choose from other than the big name sites and stores we are all familiar with. You can search the internet for websites that specialize in what you may be looking for. Or search the many gift websites to find that perfect gift. So many websites and so many choices! I’m sure you can find something for everyone on your gift shopping list.

An online specialty gift store provides many truly unique gift ideas. The admiration you have for the recipients of your gifts is far beyond ordinary, which is why you should never settle for less than the best.

As urban sprawl continues, online shopping becomes an even more important time saver. And for those who live in rural areas, online shopping has benefits because of its ability to bring world class and elegance to any address.

When you need a gift or many gifts try online shopping first, and you may find exactly what you’ve been looking for.

Happy Shopping!

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Holiday Shopping for Men

Let’s talk about holiday shopping for men and how to make it easy and fun.

We all know how Holiday shopping can be crazy!  There are too many crowds, too many cars on snowy or rainy roads, too much shopping stress and little time with busy schedules.  So what does that do for holiday fun?

Remember when gift giving WAS fun? It can be again, with a little help with online shopping.  Online shopping is your ticket to easy shopping and FUN gift giving this year. Finding online coupons can make your shopping even more enjoyable, because you are saving money.   And, who doesn’t like to save money? Don’t forget to look for free shipping deals, too.  Many sites offer free shipping during the holiday shopping season. Just be aware of shipping and delivery schedules.  Remember, shopping early in the season will ensure your gift purchases arrive on time.

One of the big worries at holiday time is what to buy that special someone in your life. Many men and women alike, struggle over what to buy each other. Instead of aimlessly wandering through the shopping malls, take a fun stroll through the internet. This is such an easy and enjoyable why to shop. So why wouldn’t you want to shop leisurely from the comfort of your home for some great gift ideas?

Internet Shopping for Your Special Man

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For your special man, try searching consumer electronics, gadget, sports or men’s gift websites. Following are a few great gift ideas that might be the right fit for your special man or at least give you some ideas to encourage your imagination and find a gift he would like and appreciate:

iPad or iPhone Accessories
Headphones & Earbuds
Stereos, Radios & Speakers
Remote Control Toys
Electric Tools
Grilling & BBQ
Home Bar Accessories
Personal Grooming
Physical Fitness Accessories
Personalized Signs
Sports Memorabilia
Sporting Equipment
Sports Clothing
Computer Accessories
Cameras & Photo Accessories
Home Theater System
Audio Books
CD Gift Sets
Video Gift Sets

So what are some good shopping websites you can browse? Here is a list of my top, personal favorites:

Amazon
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Hammacher & Schlemmer
LL Bean
Men’s Best Gifts
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Woot

So it’s important to keep three things in mind when shopping this holiday season:

1) Shop Early in the Season
2) Take advantage of internet shopping to find the best deals
3) And, most of all, have some fun and enjoy the holidays with your special someone.

Happy Shopping!

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Holiday Gifts for Women

Yes, I know, we women are mysterious creatures.  But one thing most of us have in common is we like receiving gifts.  Just remember, there is a caveat when it comes to giving gifts to women. We don’t want blenders, self-help books, or vacuums.  In simple terms, we like gifts that make us feel good.

If you want to make the ladies in your life happy, you need to follow a few simple rules.

No Joint Use Gifts

If you’re in a relationship, never buy “joint use” gifts unless previously agreed upon.  For example, buying your sweetheart a 60″ LED TV when you live together may send the message that the gift is really for you.

No Appliances

Do not, and I repeat, do not buy your significant other an appliance for Christmas. Believe me, if she wants a new blender, she will by one herself.

Buy the Right Size

If you buy a women on your list an article of clothing, which is generally inadvisable, make sure you know her size.  You don’t want to buy something too big or too small.  And if you buy her lingerie, give it to her in private.  You don’t want to explain to her nieces and nephews what a lace negligee is!

Know When to Avoid Lavish Gifts

When buying for colleagues, bosses, and acquaintances, don’t buy too lavish a gift.  Buying an expensive gift can send the wrong message or make the gift recipient uncomfortable because her gift to you was moderate in comparison.

Avoid Embarrassment

Think about how the recipient will interpret your gift choice.  For example, would your sister appreciate the sentiment behind your choice of anti-cellulite cream or a book on how to lose weight?  Or, do you want the girl you’ve gone on two dates with to read more into your relationship by giving her expensive diamond earrings?

In general, try to find out something about the recipient, so that you can purchase a thoughtful gift that she’ll love.

In the event that you’re completely clueless, pick something from this list and you’ll avoid the bad gift blacklist for another year.

Top Gifts Suggestions for Her:

Designer Handbag

You can never go wrong with a designer handbag or wallet.  Most major department stores have a variety of designer bags to choose from.  Rely on the sales staff to help you make the perfect choice.

Theater or Show Tickets

Whether it is for a concert, a play or other type of performance, buy her a pair of tickets.  Make it clear that these tickets are for her and a friend and are for a performance that she has a particular interest in. You wouldn’t want to her to think that these tickets are really for you!

Makeup

When buying cosmetics, stay away from items like foundation, powder, and blush.  These things are extremely individual and women like to pick the beauty staples out themselves.  Eye shadow, lip gloss and nail polish palettes that include a wide variety of colors make wonderful gifts for women.  There is always a color she will like.

Pretty Makeup Bags

Most women like make up products and pretty makeup bags to keep their make up in.  There is a wide variety of styles to choose from and are easy to find in most drug, fashion boutiques or department stores.

Jewelry Storage

If the lady on your list already has a solid collection of jewelry, get her a stylish way to organize her jewelry.  For the woman on-the-go, give her the gift of tangle-free jewelry.  A jewelry roll lets her travel in style.  These are easy to find on-line.

Jewelry

Many women love receiving jewelry.  Just use good judgment when selecting jewelry items to be sure the cost of the jewelry is appropriate for the woman you are buying for. A watch always makes a great gift.  To some women, a watch is more than a useful item rather it is used for fashion.  And today bangle bracelet watches are quite popular, fashionable and inexpensive.

Music Boxes

Music boxes make a very nice gift for women of all ages from teens to grandmothers.  They are available in a variety of themes, colors, finishes, inlays, sizes and songs.  And music boxes range in price  so you will be able to find something appropriate.

Personalized Gifts

Personalized gifts are much appreciated and there are so many selections to choose from.  Picture frames, wall art, mugs, key chains, book marks and jewelry are just a few suggestions.  Visit an online website that specializes in personalized gifts and your choices are almost endless.

Scented Candles

Many women love candles, and it is an appropriate gift for virtually every women on your list.  Yankee Candles offers a wide variety to candles and candle holder gifts to choose from.

Reed Diffusers

The hottest trend in home fragrance is reed diffusers, and the women on your list will appreciate your foresight.  You can find these online or in most department stores.  Pier One Imports always has a nice selection of reed diffusers.

Bath Gift Sets

Show her you know a thing or two about luxury.  Bath & Body Works has a tremendous selection of bath gift sets with many aromas to choose from. The store staff will be happy to help you make the appropriate selection.  Drug and department stores also carry a good selection of bath gift sets.  Include a super soft over-sized towel, too.  It’s such a wonderful feeling emerging from the shower and enveloping yourself in a luxurious, oversized bath towel.  Surprisingly, many women don’t buy these for themselves.  So step up to the plate and dazzle her.

Journals

Show her you care about her feelings with a journal or luxury notebook for jotting notes or even shopping lists.  This makes a perfect gift for sisters, nieces, co-workers and acquaintances. Book stores usually have a good variety of journals and luxury journals.

Scarves or Shawls

Whether it is a luxurious cashmere scarf or shawl, they make great gifts and are well received by most women of all ages.  Infinity scarves are especially popular today.  You can easily find these items in department stores, women’s apparel shops and online.  Choose from a variety of colors, fabrics, and sizes, so she can wrap up in style and luxury any time she chooses.

Comfy Throw

Picture her curled up on the couch with a good book, hot chocolate and a soft blanket on a cold winter night.  If she’s your girlfriend or wife, maybe she’ll even share.

Tea, Coffee or Hot Chocolate Lovers

Does the woman on your list love tea, coffee, or hot chocolate?  If so, then she’ll love a gift set or gift basket of her favorite hot beverage. You can get a little creative and package a variety of teas in a pretty tea pot some tea cookies.  Or you can find gift baskets online or at a coffee shop store like Starbucks.

Say It with Chocolate

Sure, you can always buy her Godiva, but why not fill her stocking with more exotic chocolates?  The Grand Collection from Chocolate Celeste features heavenly flavors like amaretto, key lime, chili pepper, coconut, Dulce de leche, golden cinnamon, red raspberry, champagne, Chai, milk chocolate parfait, need I say more?

Perfume/Cologne

Perfume is a tricky gift.  Unless you know the women really well, I suggest a different gift.  However, if she’s asked for perfume or you know she’s open to trying new things then by all means go for it.

Gifts for Her Pets

If the women on your list has a pooch, chances are the little fur ball is like a child to her.  Giving her a gift for the dog will show how sensitive and thoughtful you are.

Gift Certificate to a Spa

This is one gift certificate that’s far from impersonal.  Go to Google, type in “day spas” along with your city name, and most of the time you can order a gift certificate online.

Gift Certificate to Department Stores

When you’re buying for women you don’t know well, like a second cousin or your 14 year old niece who lives in Idaho, a gift certificate to a large department store is great because she can shop for whatever she wants.  Women and girls like clothes and since they are so hard to buy for someone else, a gift certificate covers your bases.  It also gives her something to look forward to after all of the other presents are opened.

Hope this article gives you some good ideas for shopping for all those women in your life. I also invite you to visit my gift websites listed below, where you can find many of the items I suggested above or just give you some more ideas!

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