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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Valentine's Day gifts for parents, kids and co-workers

  • Valentine’s Day can be a romantic day for you and your significant other, but it’s also a great opportunity to show your love to all the special people in your life. Here are some ideas:

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  • Valentine’s Day can be a romantic day for you and your significant other, but it’s also a great opportunity to show your love to all the special people in your life. Here are some ideas:
    Parents
    A date. They were the first people to love you, and they’re the first to jump in and help when you need them. So give your folks a day off. Send them to their favorite restaurant and let them rekindle their own love. If your parents are no longer together, send Mom or Dad out to dinner with friends.
    Kids
    Homemade treats. Kids love to help in the kitchen, so bake heart-shape cookies together, then pass them out to friends. Not only will it be fun, it will be tasty, too. Plus, kids will beam when you boast about what budding chefs they are.
    A letter of love. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the daily grind of work, household chores and running the kids to soccer practice; you may not always get the chance to tell your kids “I love you.” So write it in a letter and send it in your child’s lunch or backpack. Even if your kids may be too young to appreciate the gesture, you can still save it for re-reading a few years down the road.
    Friends and co-workers
    Paper valentines. Take a cue from childhood and buy a pack of foldable valentines with cartoon characters on them and give one to everyone in your office or social circle. Attach a candy heart or bag of rose hips tea, and you’ll be loved by all.
    Fun music. Make a CD of fun Valentine’s Day songs (Connie Francis’ “Stupid Cupid” or Kristin Chenoweth’s “Taylor the Latte Boy,” for example) and distribute them among your crew. Even the singletons will have fun listening.
    Your time. Have you been promising to go out for that after-work drink for months and never made it? Have you been telling your best friend, “Let’s get together soon,” and you’re not coming through? This Valentine’s Day, set aside the time to let your friends know you’ll always be there.
    Advice for the secret admirer
    So you want to ask that special someone to be your valentine, but you’re not quite ready to let them know how you feel?
    Richie Frieman, who blogs on www.QuickandDirtyTips.com as Modern Manners Guy, says it takes a special finesse to win someone with secret admiration, but it can work.
    “The romantic in me still likes to believe there’s a place for secret admirers,” Frieman said. “However, there is a thin line between admirer and creep.”
    Page 2 of 2 - The key words, Frieman said, are “subtle” and “sweet.” If your crush is someone you see on a regular basis, try leaving a little note or gift every few days. It’s important to make the gifts very small and inexpensive, like a favorite candy. Or leave a poem you think your crush will like.
    Be sure not to go overboard on the romantic sentiment, though. You don’t want to seem obsessive, especially in this day and age of cyberstalking concerns.
    The other key thing is knowing when to reveal yourself as the secret admirer. Don’t let it go on for more than a few weeks, Frieman said. Your crush may get tired of the mystery or, worse yet, get annoyed.
    “You really don’t want to let it drag,” he said. “If you like someone, you have to tell them.”
    The big reveal should also be light, but it should be romantic, Frieman said. Ask your crush to meet you at a local coffee place to find out who you are. Leaving a note that says, “Tomorrow, I’ll be wearing a red shirt,” will give your crush a chance to process your identity before speaking face-to-face.
    Above all, show confidence, Frieman said. After all, the whole point is to get that first date.
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