Best Valentines Day gifts for women: Valentine presents for moms, girlfriends and wives

Did you put off Valentine's Day for your gal? Now at the last minute, Feb. 14, you grab chocolates and flowers. Sorry guys, thanks for the thought, but boring. Here are frugal, thoughtful Valentine gifts for women--wife, mom, girlfriend--that will delight. Use for women's birthday, Christmas, Mother's Day gifts.

First what not to buy: candy (she may be dieting and it's
impersonal), bouquet of flowers (she may have allergies, it's also impersonal, they die quickly), sexy lingerie (unless you know her size FOR SURE, you'll either get it too small or too big. Both cause seven levels of drama), stuffed animals or other stupid tchotchkis (childish, impersonal), sex toys (unless she specifically asked for a vibrator, it's just a bad idea).

Also avoid anything that represents work. Women work all the time. So you get her a waffle iron--oh how nice. She can jump right up and go make everyone waffles. Seriously, guys, would you want a weed whacker for Valentine's Day? On heart day, women need to be pampered.

How about a spa Valentine's Day gift, suggested the Christian Science Monitor Feb. 13. Women love long soaks in a hot tub. If you can't afford to treat your woman to a spa day, no problem. Make a spa kit. Include any or all of the following: plush bathrobe, slippers, spa head wrap, eye patch, loofah sponge, back scrubbing brush, wooden massage beads, body scrubber, natural sponge, spa scrubbing gloves, bath pillow, neck roll, bath oil, bath salts, spa mud face mask and of course, cucumbers for eyes.

Bed. Bath and Beyond carries the above spa supplies and bath tub caddie. This metal or wooden rack attaches to the side of the tub. The bath book holder has an easel to hold her book upright. There's a special holders wine glass, candle, flower vase and a surface for spa treats. Remember to include a wine glass, bottle of wine (or tea mug and favorite tea), fresh rose bud (you may give one), chocolates (just a couple) and a copy of the newest book by her favorite author.

You will win that special woman's heart with this gift from the heart.

100+ cheap Christmas stocking stufferrs, non-candy Trick-or-Treat prizes

Halloween and Christmas are top-grossing holidays and that's largely down to indulgent parents. But overindulgence doesn't lead to happy kids--if you give too lavishly, expect greedy, demanding children. If you load those children up on holiday candy, you have sugar-crazed, spoiled brats.  How about some practical inexpensive gift-giving ideas for Christmas stocking stuffers or Halloween giveaways that are sugarfree. Keep the holidays simpler and more special with these cheap, non-candy gifts and prizes.  Halloween alternatives: 100+ non-food, non-candy Trick-or-Treat prizes, giveways

Toddler birthday party do's and don'ts: Preschool party activities for toddlers

A toddler birthday party-or any party for kids--can go either way -- great fun for all or completer disasters. Many a toddler birthday party fails because it doesn't provide age-appropriate preschool party activities for toddlers. That toddler birthday party will end in crabby out-of-control children and stressed, grouchy parents. Here are do's and don'ts on preschool party activities for kids. Do's and don'ts for toddler birthday party cover party planning, age-appropriate party activities for toddlers, crafts, games and child-friendly food ideas.   Toddler birthday party do's and don'ts: Preschool party activities for toddlers | Examiner.com

Fathers Day gifts for dads under $50: Budget gifts for men, guys gifts under $50

Back in the day, Fathers Day gifts for dads were ties, after shave or an ashtray you made in art class. Well, times have changed and so, mercifully, has the understanding of appropriate gifts for dads. It's important too, that as costs rise, folks demand better value for their gift-giving dollar. Here are budget gifts for men under $50.   Fathers Day gifts for dads under $50: Budget gifts for men, guys gifts under $50

Mothers Day gifts for mom: Best presents come in acts of love, not boxes

 Mother's Day gifts for mom are a no-brainer right? Just get flowers (but she's allergic and they die in a few days), candy (but she's on a diet) and a card (which costs $5 and gets tossed). How about some better Mothers Day gifts for mom? These gift ideas range in price--some cost nothing and all reflect lots of love.



Start by remembering that your mom starts your Christmas shopping in July, gets in fights at the mall to procure the shoes you wanted in just the right color, and went to 15 different stores to find the video game you had to have. So give some thought and energy to Mothers Day gift ideas for this very special lady, huh?  Mothers Day gifts for mom: Best presents come in acts of love, not boxes | Examiner.com

Bridal shower mimosa bar: Budget DIY mimosa champagne cocktail bar for parties

Looking to host a bridal shower with class? Why not serve a bridal shower mimosa bar. The mimosa is a traditional beach-themed champagne cocktail. The mimosa brunch is popular in New Orleans. Here's a guide for budget, DIY mimosa brunch bar for wedding showers. Bridal shower mimosa bar: Budget DIY mimosa champagne cocktail bar for parties | Examiner.com

Free printable all occasion greeting cards, party invitations, birthday cards

Making and sending greeting cards has been a time-honored tradition in my classroom and homeschool. We made Get Well Soon, birthday cards and holiday cards. We made our own party invitations, too. Holidays, birthdays, new baby, wedding, anniversary, sympathy, illness, congratulations, whatever the event, out came the construction paper, scissors and markers. We shunned pricey impersonal party invitations and made our own. Here are free printable all occasion greeting cards for kids to print and make. Whatever the occasion, greeting cards make people smile.  Free printable all occasion greeting cards, party invitations, birthday cards | Examiner.com

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