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20 Really Cute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Your Special One

20 Really Cute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Your Special One

On Valentine’s Day, it can feel like there is a lot of pressure to come up with just the right gift.

However, you don’t need to spend a lot to make your love known. Homemade personal gifts are often the ones that communicate our love the best.

You can’t go wrong by making the effort to show and recognize your love on Valentine’s Day, but you could go wrong by just ignoring the day entirely. Aren’t your loved one worth it?

Check out these 20 Valentine’s gift ideas to ease your stress over the holiday and make those you love feel amazing!

1. Engage All Five Senses

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    Decorate a five drawer set for the holiday and put something to tease each of the five senses in each drawer. Ideas would be perfume, candy, massage oil, lingerie, etc. This gift can also be made for the woman in your life. Use your imagination and watch your Valentine be surprised!

    2. Beer Me Flowers

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      Who says you can’t get a man flowers? Any beer lover would love this adorable valentine!

      3. A gift that keeps giving every day

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        All you need is a white board marker to tell your loved one how special they are everyday just by changing the message. Easy to make with simple craft store items!

        4. For your booklover

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          This one appears to be possible to DIY, but it also has an online order option. The online option is not cheap, but would be a forever keepsake for your most beloved book worm, or give the folding a try yourself.

           5. All the pieces of your heart

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            This Valentine is personal, special and affordable. Surprise your Valentine with a puzzle made from your favorite picture of the two of you.

            6. Perfect Match

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              This gift is simple, easy to make and yummy!

              7. Many Hearts Cheesecake

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                This would be an adorable surprise for your sweetheart. And it looks very impressive!

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                8. Treasure Hunt

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                  This says it’s for a husband, but it could be for wife, girlfriend or boyfriend. Send your loved one on a fun treasure hunt ending just where you want them to!

                  9. Cupcake bouquet

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                    For this cute gift, you could bake your own cupcakes or buy a variety of bakery cupcakes to put in your arrangement.

                    10. Heart Bath Bombs

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                      Any woman would love to get this gift. Bath bombs can be pricey to buy, but you can make them yourself. Pair it with other bath spa items and have a night of romance.

                      11. Two Person Journal

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                        This is a couples journal for you both to complete by filling it in. This gift will help communication and connection building!

                        12. Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

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                          Doing chocolate dipped strawberries would be a wonderful valentine treat for a man or woman. If they are a football fan, consider this added white decoration.

                          13. Photo Phone Case

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                            Your valentine will always be holding you in their hands with this gift.

                            14. Engraved Alloy Wallet Card

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                              Make a message to your loved one

                              a permanent reminder they can see everytime they open their wallet.

                              15. A Year of Dates

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                                Why not celebrate your love with a special date night once a month? Use a basket and twelve envelopes to hold each date description. Prepaid and pre-planned! What a great idea!

                                16. Jenga Love Game

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                                  Take a normal Jenga game and put clever questions or loving actions on each piece. If they pull a piece, the action is to be followed.

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                                  17. Chocolate Dessert Bowls

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                                    How about skipping the heavy dinner out and do dessert in? This is sure to be a sweet hit.

                                    18. Breakfast in bed

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                                      Simple and thoughtful. Everyone loves to be surprised with breakfast in bed. Try this simple twist on cinnamon rolls.

                                      19. Love Painting

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                                        Just by gathering your kids, some paints and a canvas you can create a one of a kind piece of artwork for your valentine.

                                        20. Love Box

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                                          Put together a box with fun small gifts and messages of love for your valentine to dive into on a bad day. This is great for a long distance partner too!I hope you found something to spark the inspiration to recognize your special valentine!

                                          Featured photo credit: Valentines Day background with hearts and flower via shutterstock.com

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                                          Last Updated on August 12, 2019

                                          12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                          12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                          Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                                          But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                                          I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                                          Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

                                          1. Nuts

                                          The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                                          Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                                          Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                                          Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                                          2. Blueberries

                                          Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                                          When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                                          3. Tomatoes

                                          Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                                          4. Broccoli

                                          While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                                          Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                                          Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                                          5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                                          Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                                          The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                                          Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                                          6. Soy

                                          Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                                          Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                                          Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                                          7. Dark Chocolate

                                          When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                                          Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                                          8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                                          Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

                                          B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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                                          Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                                          Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                                          To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                                          9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                                          Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                                          Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                                          Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                                          10. Gingko Biloba

                                          This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

                                          It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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                                          However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                                          11. Green and Black Tea

                                          Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                                          Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                                          Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                                          12. Sage and Rosemary

                                          Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                                          Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                                          When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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