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Guest column: Keeping your resolutions for Valentine's Day

January is a time for making resolutions.  Eating healthy, exercising more.  Great goals to start a new year!  Then comes February and Valentines Day.  Suddenly we are back to being surrounded by candy and treats and our resolutions don’t seem as prominent and important anymore.  It’s time to put a stop to this common progression!  Let’s commit to sticking to New Year’s resolutions by offering non-candy treats for Valentine’s Day this year. Here are some ideas to try!


Non-candy Valentines Day Treats


Nail Polish: This is an excellent idea for young ladies, pre-teens, teachers, and co-workers. Nail polish in a Valentine’s Day color such as pink, purple, or red is perfect for the Valentine’s Day season and gift giving. Plus, it is a gift that will last many uses, not just one like a candy bar would. Pair with a colorful nail file for an extra touch.


Hand lotion/sanitizer: Hand lotion and sanitizer always come in handy! In fact, this is one of those Valentine’s Day gifts that keeps giving long after the holiday.  Gift these items to students, teachers, coworkers, or anyone who could use them. Choose a sweet or floral scent that compliments the holiday well, and add some ribbon for a festive touch.


Playing cards: You can gift your Valentine a deck of playing cards along with a note that reads, “You are my King/Queen of hearts.” This is the perfect gift for a person who loves card games or games in general. Wrap them up with some ribbon and you are all set.  You may even find specialty cards that suit their personality specifically.


Candles: Doesn’t everyone love candles? Gift your Valentine their favorite sent along with a note that they “light up” your life. You can find holiday scents or dress up an everyday scented candle with some colorful ribbon or a gift bag. Chose this gift that any candle lover is sure to get use out of.


Socks: Getting socks as a kid isn’t exciting, but getting socks as an adult always is! Head to Dollar Tree and snag some Valentine’s Day themed socks for your sweetheart. They are sure to appreciate the gesture and enjoy something so practical.  


A Picture Frame: What could be better than a picture frame that showcases you and your sweetheart in it? Give your Valentine a framed picture of the two of you to enjoy for years to come. If you wish, you can even paint and decorate the frame to your liking.  You could even branch out and have a special picture taken just for them to make it extra special.


Fruit Basket: All that sweet taste without the added sugar.  An assortment of fruit makes for a colorful and healthy gift!

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