Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Little Girls

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Valentine’s Day is one of the holidays that have become highly commercialized over the years. Once upon a time it was a simple little day, when young people where given the chance to formally express their feelings, but it has since evolved into a celebration and holiday where boys show their affection to the girls in their life by giving them gifts. It is easy to see why, hearts and flowers were never things that boys really cared for. Nowadays, it seems unfair to leave out even a very small child from this fun holiday. Like most holidays, it has become about showing that you care and giving gifts as a sign of affection. If you have a daughter, she might feel left out, seeing as how all the women around them are being given gifts. This is a list of some fail proof gift ideas for little girls that have been proven to work quite well.

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Cute stuffed animals 

This one is a no-brainer, a carefully selected stuffed animal can work wonders on girls and women alike. The go-to stuffed animal is usually a teddy bear, and for Valentine’s Day a pink or red one with a heart is sort of a standard. However, if you want to be a bit more personal with your gift, you can choose different animals or cartoon characters, depending on what the child likes best. It can be anything as long as it is vaguely related to hearts and love. Overall, big, pink and fluffy is the way to go.

A Guy’s Guide to Valentine’s Day Gifts

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Valentine’s Day can be a stressful time in any man’s life, whether you’re happily married or have only been dating for a few weeks. For one day a year, men are expected to be thoughtful, sweet, caring and giving, presumably to make up for being an emotional cripple for the rest of the year. While roses, candies and a reservation at a nice restaurant are the norm, you can go beyond the traditional gifts to give your gal a Valentine’s Day to remember. No matter what stage of a relationship you’re in, here are a few gifts that will make your lady’s heart melt.

Sugar and Spice

Your girlfriend may be sweet, but you can rest assured she won’t be everything nice if you don’t live up to Valentine’s Day expectations. For early relationships, it can be difficult to meet those expectations, but it’s hard to go wrong with the traditional roses and chocolates. However, don’t just pick up the heart-shaped box of assorted chocolates from the grocery store. Find a local chocolatier or bakery and pick up some gourmet chocolates or chocolate-dipped fruits.

It’s also common to send flowers on Valentine’s Day, but you might want to think out of the box this year instead of opting for the traditional rose bouquet. If your girl won’t be impressed by the cliché dozen red roses, consider sending a teddy bear. The Serious Teddy Bear Company has teddy bear gift baskets that come complete with cookies, candies and custom messages to show that you care. They offer a Valentine’s Day hug and a bear for anyone on your list, plus they offer overnight shipping for any last-minute shoppers.

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DIY Edible Valentine’s Gift Ideas

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show your loved ones how much you care. While you can certainly do that with expensive jewelry, romantic weekends away, or other lavish gifts, you don’t have to spend a fortune to show your love and appreciation. Edible Valentine’s gifts are not only delicious; they are an easy and economical way to say “I love you!” Sure, you can purchase a beautiful Valentine cookie bouquet or heart-shaped cheesecake online, but here are some DIY gift ideas to make this February 14th the best yet.

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Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Chocolate-covered anything is a terrific Valentine’s Day gift. Strawberries add a particularly romantic touch and can be the perfect sweet treat for your sweetheart. This easy recipe is courtesy of AllRecipes:

You’ll need:

· 1 pound fresh strawberries with leaves
· 16 oz milk chocolate chips
· 2 tbsp shortening
· Numerous toothpicks

To make:

1. Insert your toothpicks into the top of each strawberry.
2. Melt your chocolate and shortening. The shortening will make the chocolate just the right consistency. Stir until the mixture is smooth.
3. Hold your strawberries by the toothpick and dip them into the melted chocolate.
4. Turn strawberries upside down and insert the toothpick into the Styrofoam. If you don’t have Styrofoam handy, you can always place them on waxed paper as well.
5. If you want to add a little bit of embellishment, melt white chocolate with a bit of shortening and then drizzle it with a spoon onto the strawberries.

Encourage Healthy Living with the Right Gift

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As many individuals set the resolution to live a healthier life or shed a few pounds in the new year, many of them will not stick to it for more than a few weeks. Eating better, exercising often and even occasional meditation can help one live an all around healthy life. It has been known that healthy living is a lifestyle, not a temporary routine.

Simply because a friend or family member is on a "Diet", gift giving doesn't have to be hard. Whether you are looking for a gift for their birthday, anniversary or even an upcoming holiday, there are many gift ideas out there that can help motivate and encourage them to stick to their resolutions without offending them.