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Hudson - Litchfield News | February 3, 2012 - 9

Valentine’s Day Gift-Giving Tips

line. Traditional gifts can be altered slightly with gifts that incorporate jewels, choco- late or flowers in an unusual setting. For example, a bouquet of chocolate-covered strawberries designed to look like a bouquet of roses, puts a unique twist on several of the more popular gifting items. Or deviate completely from the traditional and look for gifts your loved ones

would appreciate, but never expect for Valentine’s Day. Use your computer to help you find great gift ideas for others on your Valentine’s Day shopping list like your grandma and best friends. Use search terms like “gifts for grandma” and “Valentine’s gifts for friends” to help find ideas. * If you have an idea in mind, find product reviews and recommendations from ex- perts and savvy shoppers with a few quick online searches. Use forums like FatWallet to read reviews on products ranging from electronics to travel. This way not only will you be able to confirm that your idea is a great one, but also ensure you find the best prices, and the best retailer for that product. * Don’t forget to search for coupons and deals to maximize your savings. Use to purchase the gifts for everyone on your list and earn cash back on every purchase through thousands of retailers. For example, if you choose to go the tradi- tional route and order your girlfriend a beautiful bouquet of flowers from FTD, you can earn 20 percent cash back from your purchase, on top of any discount coupons available on Keep that extra cash back handy to make your Valentine’s Day celebration even more special. Many retailers provide free shipping or delivery, and you may discover you can

Giving your significant other the right gift can make or break your Valentine’s

celebration. If you’re also giving something to your best friend, mom and children, you may need a little help finding the perfect token. Erase some of frustration involved in finding the perfect gift and enjoy the holiday

of love and romance with these great Valentine’s gift-giving tips: * Want to take a unique route but lack a good idea? Start searching for ideas on-

stack deals, allowing you to save plenty of money this Valentine’s Day and helping to ease your gift shopping frustrations. Celebrate the holiday of love and romance this year in style with great gifts for

your loved ones. Go online, gather great and unique ideas and don’t forget to save while shopping.

- ARA Content The Gift of Good Health This Valentine’s Day Give Gifts from the Heart for the Heart

of massage as a luxury, but it’s therapeutic and can help reground them. It’s also the perfect gift for someone who does so much for everyone else.” “We’re in this together; we’re a team.” Working together on a common goal can make lasting memories. Signing up you and your valentine for a 5K, 10K, triathlon or other physical event can create memories to last a lifetime. That’s how Michael Lorenzen, 29, of Chicago ended up registered for his first ultra-distance triathlon. “My wonderful girlfriend, Brigit, gifted me a 2012 entry into a tri- athlon in Wisconsin.” He says his initial reaction was irritation, fol- lowed quickly by panic, which soon transpired into gratitude. “She did it because she knew I’d never sign up myself. I’ve never done an ultra-distance triathlon. I know I can, but committing to doing it is a big deal to me.” The gift, he says, showed him that she believes in him. It’s hard to get more romantic than that. “I want you in my life forever.” The vow is “in sickness or in

Buying the standard bouquet or box of candy for the love of your life doesn’t show

you’ve put much thought into the sentiment. In fact, if your valentine is like many others, they are just six weeks into the new year that likely began with all sorts of promises to get fit or lose a few pounds. Will chocolate really say “I love you?” Will flowers convey your devotion?

Instead, consider a gift that not only comes from the heart but benefits the heart. Here are better options for Valentine’s Day when you want to say: “You are adored.” There is nothing like a spa treatment to put your loved one on a pedestal. “A facial or massage is the gift of relaxation and self-care,” says Kate Rice, a massage therapist and the national massage educator for Life Time, The Healthy Way of Life Company. She says a gift certificate can be part of a bigger pampering day - per- haps along with breakfast in bed or an end-of-day bubble bath. “People tend to think

health,” but we’d all prefer good health. If your special someone knows they need to get fit or stay fit, they might need more than a gentle nudge. Hiring a personal trainer - for a private session or for the two of you - is a way to show your commitment to life and to each other. Tom Manella, vice president of personal training at Life Time, says they sell about 2,000 gift cards a year for personal train- ing services. “The gift of fitness lasts,” he says, suggesting health-re- lated gifts such as metabolism testing for someone who wants to re- fine his fitness goals, or a heart rate monitor to help her reach goals. “Valentine’s Day is about expressing how much you love someone,” he adds. “What better way to do so than giving the gift of health?” Resist the urge to go the traditional (and unimaginative) route

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Historical Event on February 14 Certain dates in history become associated with a particular

holiday or a special event, which outshines other occurrences that may have happened on the same day. February 14 is widely known as Valentine’s Day around the world. However, there are many other events that took place on this day throughout history that may make the fourteenth of February memorable for other reasons. Here is a number of events that occurred around the world on February 14 in various years.

1014: Henry of Bavaria, the German king, recognizes Benedict VIII as the rightful pope. 1610: Polish king Sigismund III, Forges Dimitri II and the Romanov family sign a covenant against Czar Vasili Shushki. 1630: A Dutch fleet of 69 ships reaches Pernambucu, Brazil. 1711: The opera “Rinaldo” by Handel premieres. 1794: The first textile machinery patent in the United States is

granted to James Davenport of Philadelphia. 1803: Chief Justice John Marshall declares that any act of U.S. Congress that conflicts with the Constitution is void. 1849: James Polk becomes the first U.S. president to have his photo taken. 1896: The Winnipeg Victorias beat Montreal Victorias to win the Stanley Cup. 1912: Arizona becomes the 48th state. 1919: The Polish-Soviet War begins. 1936: Maribel Vinson and Robin Lee win the U.S. female and male figure skating championship, respectively. 1945: Mostar is liberated by Yugoslav partisans during World War


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