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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 September 18, 2020

                                          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                          Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                                          Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                                          1. Exercise Daily

                                          It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                                          If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                                          Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                                          If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                                          2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                                          Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                                          One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                                          This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                                          3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                                          Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                                          Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                                          Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                                          4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                                          Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                                          The basic nutritional advice includes:

                                          • Eat unprocessed foods
                                          • Eat more veggies
                                          • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                                          • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                                          Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                                            5. Watch Out for Travel

                                            Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                                            This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                                            If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                                            6. Start Slow

                                            Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                                            If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                                            7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                                            Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                                            My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                                            If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                                            I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                                            Final Thoughts

                                            Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                                            Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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                                            Featured photo credit: Alexander Redl via unsplash.com

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