Meaningful Valentine’s Day Gifts

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

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Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate your significant other. What better way to show your love than by giving a unique gift, one filled with meaning? There’s nothing wrong with a bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates, but gifts with a bit more meaning attached may be remembered and enjoyed far longer.

Here’s my list of Top Ten Valentine’s Day gifts:

  1. Handmade card

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Cards today are ridiculously expensive and often get tossed away shortly afterward. Have you ever received a handmade card? Perhaps it’s the labor that went into making it, or the thought, but either way, a handmade card is always treasured and personal.

  1. Travel book

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If you and your partner love exploring and traveling, why not gift him/her with a beautiful photography travel book? You can choose a book focusing on a specific country, or one that encompasses the world. A book is always a great gift and in this case you can sit down together and plot your next destination!

  1. Personalized treat bag

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Fill a bag with candy your loved one prefers. If they’re into white chocolate, caramel, marshmallows, licorice, etc. fill it with sweets of their liking. Attach a note with your own message.

  1. Mail delivery gift

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How about a gift that keeps on giving? You can arrange a monthly gift for your loved one, whether it’s monthly delivered chocolates, cookies, flowers, or a magazine subscription. Your other half will have something to look forward to each month and your thoughtfulness will keep on giving for months.

  1. Write a love letter

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Sound corny? Your loved one won’t think so. No one writes letters in cursive script anymore. But imagine writing down your thoughts about the person you love. List the reasons you fell in love or recall past memories. A love letter will only take a few minutes of your time but will be entirely unexpected—which is a feat unto itself these days.

  1. Art work

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Does your loved one have a passion for something? Have you visited museums? Why not gift your spouse with a piece of artwork they’ve always coveted. It doesn’t have to be Van Gogh! Maybe it’s a colorful piece that reminds you of your tropical honeymoon. Or a team photo of your spouse’s favorite team.

  1. Unique flower arrangement

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Flowers are popular gifts for Valentine’s Day. No wonder. They’re beautiful and often expensive. But how about a unique floral arrangement? Maybe a wreath of flowers or an unexpected arrangement. Does your spouse love desert climates? Your florist can arrange cactuses in a pottery bowl or box. Visit your florist, they have great ideas.

  1. Camper couch

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Whether you like to camp or not, a camper couch is a nifty idea and a great excuse to lounge close together. Put it in your yard, or on your deck and it will be a great conversation starter.

  1. Personalized gift

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This is easy to do nowadays with online printing services. You could create your own wine bottle label and attach it to a favored bottle. This gesture is no longer reserved for wedding gifts only. Or how about a personalized pillow, with a mug of your loved one’s favorite pet? The possibilities are endless.

  1. Event tickets

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Sometimes your spouse may need a kick of motivation to take a night off from work. What do they enjoy? Movie night, concerts, opera? Splurge on some tickets and take them out on the town. If mainstream venues are too pricey, consider buying tickets for a community theater production or orchestra event.

20 Fabulous Gifts For Writers

20 FABULOUS GIFTS FOR WRITERS

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The month of December has arrived, along with the pressing need to purchase gifts. I hate gift shopping. A lot. But it’s something that must be done and I worry endlessly about giving a ‘meaningful’ gift. I try to avoid gifting friends and family with things they’re not going to use or things they may dislike. Writers, unless they have another passionate hobby on the side, can be difficult to buy for. So I came up with this list of 20 fabulous gifts for writers. Do you have a writer on your list? Check out these great gift ideas with literary appeal.

1. Word games. Did you know several classic board games feature editions specifically for book lovers?

Jenga and Scrabble both offer book lovers editions. Other fun word games for writers include Bananagrams and Boggle.

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2. Leather journal notebook. Great for logging emails, websites, dates for book signings, or perhaps plot points for their next great masterpiece.

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3. Calligraphy set. The author on your list can practice his/her signature for their next book signing.

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4. Humorous gifts. Writers have great humor. Literary toilet paper? Lettered bookends? Perhaps a literary umbrella might make them smile.

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5. Book tote bag. Your writer friend can stash his/her favorite reads beside a desk or bed for easy access.

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6. Travel gifts. It can be tedious and mundane for writers to find inspiration within the same four walls and so those lucky enough to travel for their research, consider gifting them with items that suit their travel needs. Luggage tags, travel guide books, and even a nice duffel or weekender bag would be a sure hit.

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7. Literary flip-flops. Yes, there is such a thing! Bet they’ll be the only ones on the beach sporting these!

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8. Books on writing. On Writing by Stephen King, poetry books, Writer’s Market, or Guide to Literary Agents, would definitely be appreciated. Writers love to read, especially about how to write.

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9. Anthology collections or literary classic gift sets. Whether they’re into reading classic literature, or steamy Christmas romances, boxed gift sets or anthologies are a nice gift and will provide many hours of enjoyable reading.

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10. Elegant pen set. Yes, most writers save their documents on their laptop or tablet, but some prefer to record their notes in a journal. A nice pen to write with would be a thoughtful and useful gift idea.

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11. Books,calendars and poetry games with inspirational quotes. Sometimes writers get the dreaded ‘writer’s block’. Or their creative juices dry up. A simple inspirational quote can bring a smile and get him/her writing again. This ‘happiness’ magnetic poetry game is a cute gift idea.

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12. Thesaurus. While words of similarity and related meaning can be looked up online, sometimes  writers find themselves without internet connection, maybe while camping, or hiking or sitting on the beach. Think they’re not writing? Think again! Writers write everywhere and a thesaurus at the ready will be used. Guaranteed.

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13. Idea Paint. Now this is a cool idea that is sure to please the creative writer in your life.  Allow them a wall and the freedom to go crazy. I promise, they will. They’ll have the storyline, plot, chapters and character descriptions all laid out on the wall. Just make sure it’s a wall in an obscure place unless you don’t mind the scrawl!

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14. Vintage gifts. Old, time-worn notebooks, journals, key chains, mouse pads, anything that has a distinctly vintage look to it. How about an antique typewriter from an antique store? Writers will love this!

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15. Items with literary quotes or images. Mugs, eyeglass cases or pencil cases, pillowcases, etc. The list is endless.

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16. Kindle reader. Writers like to read and get deals just like anyone else. A Kindle reader is a sure-fire way to delight your favorite author this Christmas.

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17. Credit card chip reader. If your author friend is planning a book signing, this little gem is a life-saver. Instantly allow customers to scan and pay for their books using their credit cards. This device is easy to use and set up. It does not record or keep any personal data so people’s credit card numbers will be secure. Great gadget for those book signings and craft fairs when it’s time to sell those books!

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18. Keyboard for tablet. This makes writing that great novel so much easier when not at home.

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19. The Writer’s Tool Box. This is the perfect gift filled with ideas and games for those suffering from writer’s block!

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20. Book jewelry. From charms and pendants to earrings and bracelets, book jewelry is a popular item for writers and readers and anyone who loves books and jewelry. Whether you decide to purchase online, or craft something yourself, these items are delightful and whimsical and would make a great stocking stuffer.

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For these and other items, please visit the following websites:

http://www.amazon.com

http://www.cafepress.ca

http://www.theliterarygiftcompany.com

http://www.chapters.indigo.ca