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Inexpensive Valentine’s Gift Ideas for Her

Valentine’s Day is coming and some are still clueless about what gift to give their special someone. It does not need to be expensive. As the saying goes, it’s the thought that counts. You just have to let her know that she is being thought about despite your busy schedule. Here are inexpensive gift ideas for Valentine’s Day.

Flowers are already a given. Flowers are a standard for Valentine’s Day. Bouquets can start

 from $50 to $200. Giving a more expensive bouquet doesn’t mean it will be appreciated more. Your special someone wouldn’t know the price, anyway. Just make sure the arrangement of the flowers look nice and the bouquet doesn’t scream “cheap.” Flower shops are everywhere. There’s bound to be one near you!

Along with the flower bouquet, you can add some more items to make your gift look more sophisticated and fun. Bear stuff toys are a common add-on. If she’s too old for that, skip the stuffed toys. Chocolates are also a good addition to your flowers. Now, chocolates could be a little bit tricky. She could easily determine if the chocolates you bought are cheap because of the brand. You still do not need to buy expensive chocolates. If you can afford it, go ahead. If you can’t, a good alternative is to buy chocolates from those brands that she is not aware of. There are countless bakeshops and homemade chocolates that still tastes wonderful. Just make sure the packaging of the chocolate look expensive. If you do not have time to taste chocolates from bakeshops, Godiva has Valentine’s chocolates starting from $15. You might want to check Always On My Heart for great presents.

Spa gifts are also a good addition to give to your special someone. Women love products that will pamper them. You could buy a gift certificate package from a spa salon and give it along with your bouquet. Beauty shops will offer spa packages complete with brushes, soaps, loofahs, etc. You could also consider beautiful looking scented candles, lotions, and fragrances.

If your special someone is really fond of makeup, give her cosmetics as gifts. It is unusual, but it just says that you are paying attention to her and you are taking the extra effort of finding makeup that suits her (a very daunting task especially for a man). When a man gives a woman makeup gifts, the woman is very sure that the man went an extra mile (and brought his manly ego down) to ask someone else what makeup would be best for her. A lot of small makeup companies/retailers will be willing to help you determine the best cosmetics to give to your special lady. (Tip: try asking Tamera Szijarto’s online cosmetics store for advice)

Remember, an expensive Valentine’s Day gift does not mean that it will be appreciated more. The important thing is that the woman knows that you are thinking of her and you are willing to make some effort just to give her a meaningful gift.

Ceramic Art Gift Ideas for Her

Valentine’s Day, Easter and Mother’s Day Gifts for Special Occasions

Special occasions and holiday celebrations create the perfect opportunity to present a mom, a wife or a girlfriend with a unique, handmade, ceramic art gift.

Valentine’s Day, Easter and Mother’s Day are only a few of the special occasions that require unique gift ideas. Traditional gifts such as roses can be fun to send and receive, but consider adding a unique touch of a handmade ceramic gift to take the gift to the next level.

Ceramic Vases

A bouquet of roses is a customary gift for special occasions, but roses delivered in a handmade one-of-a-kind ceramic vase will add a wonderful personal touch to the special gift. Consider having the flowers delivered to the recipient’s place of work for an added touch.

White ceramic vases finished with a clear glaze will match any décor. This vase will look good no matter where it is placed and won’t compete with the colors and beauty of the flowers. The ceramic vase can also be painted to match a certain room’s décor. Match the vase by color or theme for a perfect fit. A vase can also be painted one solid color. This works well when the designated room needs accent colors to finish it off.

Ceramic Plates

A fun idea for a ceramic plate is to decorate more than one. Make a matched set that can be used for an elegant dinner for two. If the dinner will be a family affair, make a special plate for each family member. Food-safe paint will allow the family to eat from the plates for years.

Make special holiday plates for Valentine’s Day by painting the ceramic plates with hearts. Easter plates might have a cross or a few brightly-colored Easter eggs in the center or place along the edges. Mother’s Day plates can have brightly colored flowers or an image of something mom likes painted onto the surface. Other themes can commemorate various events. Match the theme to the special occasion.

Ceramic Mugs

Ceramic mugs allow a gift-giver the opportunity to create a unique, mug-themed present. A finished gift wrapped in clear cellophane and sealed with a coordinating bow makes a beautiful package. A chocoholic will appreciate a gourmet chocolate hot cocoa theme. Coffee lovers will enjoy a coffee-oriented gift basket.

For the hot cocoa theme, paint the mug with a fun design and pair it up with a hot cocoa mix. Make sure to use food-safe paint for the mugs. A mint-flavored, chocolate-covered stir spoon will add a minty taste to the hot cocoa mix when the owner mixes the concoction together.

For the coffee lover, place the ceramic mug, a variety of gourmet coffees and some biscotti in a pretty gift basket.

Choose one of these fun ceramic gifts or come up with a unique idea that isn’t listed. The special occasion will be memorable whether the gift is a fish-shaped ceramic figurine or a traditional set of dishware. Consider the likes and dislikes of the person on the receiving end to commemorate her special day with style.