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As Valentine's Day approaches, the pressure to get the perfect present builds. Of course, there's the tried and true options like red roses and heart-shaped candy, but sometimes, those options can feel a little stale.
If you're tired of the same old things, or just looking to switch the holiday up, Good Housekeeping's Lori Bergamotto is here to help you out! Whether you're looking for gifts for her, him, or even for the kiddos, we've got great suggestions to share with anyone you love.
Read on for Bergamotto's picks below.
- 1. The Perfect Man Chocolate, $9, Dylan's Candy Bar
The Perfect Man
Looking for a Galentine's Day gift? Look no further than this solid milk chocolate man from Dylan's Candy Bar. Sweet and rich, it's the perfect man for anyone!
- 2. Scentbird Fragrance Subscription, $15/month, Scentbird
Scentbird Subscription Service
Perfume is a great gift - but it's all too easy to get it wrong, and commit to a bottle that will never be used. Scentbird is here to rectify the problem with their subscription service! Each month, your loved one can choose from more than 400 options, and receive a 30-day supply to try it out.
- 3. Essential Hammered Heart Hoops, $49, Stella & Dot
Essential Hammered Heart Hoops
If perfume and candy aren't cutting it, there's always the jewelry option - and it's impossible to go wrong with these hoops from Stella & Dot. Sweet and fashionable, these uniquely-shaped earrings are made of featherweight sterling silver and will be a constant reminder of affection.
Be strict about bedtime. A study published in 2013 in the journal Pediatrics found that seven-year-olds who had irregular bedtimes had more behavioral problems than did those with consistent bedtimes. And the longer the lack of a strict bedtime went on, the worse the problems became. If you work outside the home, it's tempting to keep kids up to have more time with them. But as much as possible, stay the course—even if that means you sometimes miss lights out. "We all make sacrifices," says Heather Taylor, Ph.D., a psychologist at the Morrissey-Compton Educational Center, in Redwood City, California. "Call or video-chat to say good night. Just be part of the routine."
- 4. Madewell Heart Locket with Mirror, $30 (originally $38), Madewell
Heirloom Heart Locket with Mirror
Functional and sweet, this heart-shaped locket holds a small mirror, perfect for on-the-go touch-ups. This fun twist means that it can be for anyone - your best friend, your partner, or even yourself! (Hello, self-love!)
- 5. Custom Cookies, $10+, Tiny Kitchen Treats
Tiny Kitchen Treats
If customized Valentine's are your thing, check out Tiny Kitchen Treats' hilarious and heartwarming cookies. Featuring puns and pop-culture references, the brand's Valentine's Day Shop has the perfect sweet treat for any relationship.
- 1. Animal Mask Notecards, $16, Fredericks and Mae
Animal Mask Notecards
These clever and creative notecards will encourage notekeeping and creativity among kids. The striking masks come in a variety of creatures, along with accompanying envelopes so they can be shared with the world.
- 2. Primary Pajamas, $15+, Primary
Looking to outfit your infant or toddler for one of their first Valentine's Days? Check out the onesies and pajama sets available at Primary! With a huge variety of colors and solid, striped, or patterned options, you'll find something for any little love.
Explain to your kids why values are important. The simple answer: When you're kind, generous, honest, and respectful, you make the people around you feel good. More important, you feel good about yourself.
- 3. Kid Made Modern Rock and Gem Crayons, $13, Amazon
Kid Made Modern Gem Jackpot Crayon Set
Also available from Rose and Rex .
Looking to surprise an artsy little one? Check out these gem-shaped crayons! The delicate points are perfect for drawing lines, and the wide sides are great for filling in swaths of color. With easy to grasp shapes and vibrant colors, they're perfect for any beginning artist!
- 1. The Manly Man Jerky Heart, $35, Man Crates
Man Crates Jerky Heart
The perfect romantic gifts for him might be a little harder to find. We recommend this clever, unique Jerky Heart - with ten different flavors of beef jerky, every partner will find something that they like.
- 2. Radiate Portable Campfire, $28, Amazon
Radiate Portable Campfire
Looking to celebrate Valentine's Day with some time outdoors? Use this portable campfire to add some romance to any adventure. Sleek, portable, and easy to light and reuse, it has 3-5 hours of burn time and uses non-toxic recycled soy wax that reduces soot and embers.
Finding the perfect present can be a challenge, but Shop TODAY's up to the task. No matter who you're looking for, we've got gift guides for everyone on your list, including:
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Know when to toilet train. Look for these two signs that your child is ready to use the potty: He senses the urge to pee and poop (this is different from knowing that he's already gone), and he asks for a diaper change.
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