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Guilt-Free Valentine’s Day Gifts

When we think of Valentine’s day, we traditionally think of that heart-shaped box full of chocolates.  As tempting as that may sound, it’s a sure fire way to overindulge and end up with "sugar shock."  I mean, seriously, can you really just eat one of those candies??  I find myself going back again (and again …and again …).   Anyway, you get the picture.

So, if you’re like me when it comes to chocolate, I’ve come up with a few gift ideas you can enjoy without paying the price later.

  • Fruit Bouquets – These are terrific gift ideas since they are pretty, delicious and healthy for you!  These "arrangements" can be ordered in a variety of sizes, with a variety of fruits (some even come with chocolate dipped fruit).  A number of different places create and deliver them.  The easiest way to find the location nearest you is to search the Web.
  • Spa/Beauty Gift Certificates – Another great gift idea is a gift certificate to your local beauty salon or spa.  Certificates can be purchased for a variety of services such as massages, pedicures, manicures or facials.  Some spas also offer more elaborate "day of beauty" services where two or more of these choices are combined.
  • Romantic Dinner Out – Not only do you get to spend time with your Valentine, you’ll get a night off from kitchen duty!  Just be sure to order healthy menu options and look for choices that incorporate fruits and veggies.
  • Flowers - What can I say–I’m a sucker for flowers!  It doesn’t matter what kind, it’s just nice to get a fresh, colorful bouquet this time of year when it’s so cold and gray outside.  It reminds me Spring is right around the corner.

Finally, regardless of what you get (or give) for Valentine’s day, just make sure you spend some quality time with the one you love.  It can be as simple as watching a movie together or going for a walk outside.  The important thing is to enjoy the day!

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