**As Jackie DeShannon sang in 1965, What the World Needs Now is Love – and Feb. 14th is the traditional day for “love and romance.”
So whether you have someone special or not, there’s still reason to celebrate. If you are alone for Valentine’s Day, treat YOURSELF special. Consider getting carryout from your favorite restaurant (don’t skip on bringing home a decadent dessert), and curling up with a good book like Killing Cupid by funny lady Laura Levine (see Mystery category for book review) or watch a favorite movie on DVD .
Maybe a trip to your local bakery is in order – treat yourself to some Valentine cupcakes or cookies to have with your tea or coffee. Maybe take a shopping trip to the local mall or outlets to buy yourself something fabulous (or at least fun) — there should be lots of good sales and clearance! Call up a “pal” to meet for a Valentine’s cup of joe or go alone and treat yourself to a gourmet coffee concoction instead of your usual coffee to kick start your day.
Spending it with someone special? Chocolates and flowers are always the rage, but if you want to give something different, how about a box of gourmet biscotti for coffee and tea lovers, or a gift card for the local gourmet coffee shop (affixed with red ribbon to their favorite brew-at-home coffee). How about fresh bakery Valentine cookies or cake?
If your friend is into music or reading, pick up their favorite book or music. Are they rockers? How about a gift subscription to Rolling Stone Magazine? Concert tickets?
Does your friend have a favorite car? Buy a model car and attach some candy or a gift card.
Do they like jigsaw puzzles or brain game activity books? Bundle a few together with a nice red or pink ribbon or add to a festive gift bag.
If you enjoy the outdoors, consider strolls through your local park or nature center, with a special lunch or brunch afterwards. How about a local winery tour?
Visit the “Style” category on our website for more gift ideas (there’s no law against buying “yourself” gifts!).
Make Valentine’s Day special by spoiling yourself or someone else.
**What the World Needs Now: lyrics by Hal David, composed by Burt Bacharach (1965). The song was originally offered to Dionne Warwick and Gene Pitney, who both “passed” on it.