THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX THIS VALENTINE’S DAY!

Sure, no one is going to turn down a box of chocolates or beautiful flowers for Valentine’s Day, but putting some extra thought behind your gift will go a long way!

Here are 5 original, oh so sweet ideas to spread the love:

THE GIFT OF GIVING

There’s something special when the person you love sees you for all that ignites you on the inside.  Turning passion into purpose can be the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift. Make a contribution to a charity or cause that’s near and dear to your loved ones heart, in their name and you can thoughtfully spread the love.

THE GIFT OF REFLECTION

We all have way too many memories locked away in our phones.  Printed photos and self made photo books are fairly easy to make nowadays, even if you’re tech-challenged.  Try making a book of your most favorite memories by uploading your favorite pictures from your last year together.  Numerous websites now offer step by step directions helping you create a personal album that’s sure to be a lifelong keep-sake for the one you love.

THE GIFT OF A NEW EXPERIENCE

Experiences are almost always better than gifts you can wrap.  Go on-line or pick up a tour book and research the top local sights or “off the beaten path” ideas for a city, town or trail near you.  Adventure is out there and there’s no time like the present! Spending the day doing something different can bring about the unexpected which gets the heart pumping.  Plan out the day or keep it spontaneous, either way make sure you have a list of ideas and directions to show you thought it out beforehand. Don’t forget, the forethought, planning and initiation can win over the love of your life even more so than the actual destination.

THE GIFT OF SELF CARE

A massage, detox soak or deep clean facial can make you feel anew.  An afternoon at a local spa can rejuvenate, recharge and reward the love of your life.  There are so many different styles of spas so do some research before booking the service.  You might consider delivering the news via breakfast in bed with a spa menu for them to choose from.  Ready, set… relax.

THE GIFT OF FREEDOM

The perfect gift for the overworked, underappreciated parent… their freedom!  This could be the most priceless gift of all and you can thank the popular, much loved babysitting app Bambino for it!  Bambino (www.bambinositters.com) helps you find, book and pay trusted, neighborhood sitters using your own personal and social networks.  It’s babysitting made easy and for Valentine’s Day, it could be the best way to say, I LOVE YOU! You’re welcome ;)

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