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Review and Giveaway for Jeremy Camp CD: The Answer

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JEREMY CAMP “THE ANSWER”

To say that I was super excited and honored to get to review the latest Jeremy Camp CD called The Answer would be an understatement. In all my years of working as a blogger, I have found myself getting to meet many great music artists in person at various events and sometimes having the privilege to hear their testimony on a personal level. This was the case when I got to hang out with Jeremy Camp many years ago and actually stood beside him while he had me sign autographs (as a humble blogger!) while he signed autographs of his latest album that year. He taught me to use special silver or gold sharpies so they show up on dark colored objects, and shared lots of great tips.

Getting to meet him several times and hearing his music first hand was awesome, but it was his bits of testimony about all God helped him endure during his life that touched me the most. His fire and passion for living was amazing, and his strength of heart was so full that it gave off energy as if he was a light source himself. We all know WHO was creating that light source though, don’t we? It is the love of Jesus that shines brightly through Jeremy Camp and touches people no matter where he goes.

I really hope you’ll take the time to watch a few of these videos and enjoy the blessing of his inspired gift of music that God gave him. His music is a beautiful and harmonious reflection of that great light of Jesus even now in his 2017 album titled: The Answer. Guess what the Answer is about? You got it – Jesus! Once you are on the path to share the love of Christ with all your heart, it’s impossible to stop you! Jeremy knows how to spread the amazing love of Jesus and he has a very special gift of God’s love wrapped up in this awesome new CD for you this year! Don’t miss hearing ALL the terrific songs on his new album THE ANSWER!

Social Corner: Watch some of these song videos of his new album!
Word Of Life Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrX2tGgADu0
Word Of Life Song Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGuxZC7Ncn4
The Answer Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQHXJi1EhDM

Ready to buy this great new CD for gift giving this holiday season or for your own listening pleasure? Grab it HERE

Official Hashtag:
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GIVEAWAY TIME!

Enter for a chance to win your own copy of Jeremy Camp CD: The Answer! THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. Congratulations to our winner: Nicholas W.!!
Prize: One winner will receive a physical CD of the new album The Answer by Jeremy Camp!
Age: Must be 18 years or older to enter. Void where prohibited.
Location: Open to continental US.
Date:Oct 2 to Oct 11 at midnight EST! (Part of our Holiday Tweet Fest!)
How To Enter:
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“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

All In! Matthew West CD Review and Giveaway

Kicking off our Holiday Tweet Fest #htfest with a very special new CD by Matthew West titled: All In! Come check out this amazing album filled with the glorious sounds of God’s blessings on a man touched by God’s gift of music. What a great way to Praise the Lord – with an album declaring you are ALL IN for Jesus! I just love it!

 Ready to face all of life going ALL IN for Jesus and living the life you were always meant to live? What an incredible collection of great songs that both encourage and refresh your spirit as you learn to let go of the cares of this world and trust in God alone. Some of my favorites were All In (of course!) and others like Dream Again, Mercy Is a Song, Broken Things, Becoming Me, and The Beautiful Things We Miss. I really (to be honest) enjoyed the entire album!
My husband likes guitar more where I tend to like the drums and a dance beat or pop style in music. In this album there seems to be more use of drums than some of his others (to my happy surprise!) which gives it a real upbeat flair and some cool keyboard/electronic sound inspirations that always excite my musically oriented son who loves to play keyboard and memorize Matthew Wests songs for playing in church worship on Sundays.
 
Try the new Matthew West Album All In and be inspired!
Matthew’s heart behind the album:
Matthew wrote his new album All In with the goal of encouraging himself and others to get up off the sidelines of their faith and really live it out – to go all in in your time with God, all in with your family, all in with your community, and all in battling your fears that may hold you back from becoming who God made you to be. Along that same theme, Matthew will be launching a 6-week All in Challenge on his social media starting 9/18, and each week Matthew will be challenging his fans to go all in in a different part of their
lives. What does it look like when a heart that knows Jesus takes a step and holds nothing back? How can we go All In in the places that mean the most?
Social Corner: Watch these great vidoes of some of the new songs!
Broken Things (story behind the song): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BipPAfDq9ns
All In (Story Behind The Song): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmjVt4zkkRo
Ready to Buy this new Matthew West CD titled ALL IN? Go here!
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 GIVEAWAY TIME!

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. The Winner is: Michelle D.!

Enter for a chance to win your own copy of Matthew West CD All In!
Prize: One winner will receive a physical CD of the new album ALL In by Matthew West!
Age: Must be 18 years or older to enter. Void where prohibited.
Location: Open to continental US.
Date: Sept 25 to Oct 1 at midnight EST! (Kicking off our Holiday Tweet Fest with this giveaway!)
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“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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18th Birthday Present Ideas for Boys

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18th Birthday Present Ideas for Boys

As children grow, it becomes more and more difficult to get them gifts that they’ll truly appreciate. We as parents all remember the simpler days, when a small gift or a completely random object could amuse and entertain our small children for hours on end. As we experience more things in life, our threshold for appreciating things continues to increase. When children transition into young adulthood, it can be especially difficult to find joy in a gift that is sensible, affordable and sentimental. Fortunately, there are solutions: we’ll review today some great gift ideas for those boys in your life who are turning 18.

 

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  • The Latest Video Game Console

Most teenage boys absolutely love gaming consoles. Whether it’s a PC, Xbox One or PlayStation 4, there are several choices that cater to each type of gamer’s tastes. Today’s gaming consoles are absolutely phenomenal in terms of the gaming experience provided. Giving your 18 year-old boy one of these is almost certainly going to result in countless hours of enjoyment and use, unlike many other gifts that can be equally as pricey yet are easily discarded.

 

  • A Tower of Treats

If you’re aiming for a smaller gift for the man who’s turning 18, then you might want to consider how to take a bunch of tiny things and turn them into something awesome. We’re all familiar with the concept of gift baskets, but what about a tower of treats or a castle of collections? There are some great ideas on Pinterest (click here and here for a couple of them) showing ways you can take those tiny treats and savory somethings and combine them into something simple yet awesome!

 

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  • A New Vehicle

While this might be out of the realm of possibility for many, one’s 18th birthday symbolizes adulthood, freedom and independence. If you are in the position to do so, a new vehicle may be just the perfect gift for that growing boy in your life. Whether it’s a brand new car or a used one, one of the biggest desires of a young adult is to be able to go wherever and whenever he wants. This is especially an awesome gift if he is still relying on parental or public transportation to get from place to place.

 

  • Ask Him!

Finally, one smart recommendation – and perhaps the best way to provide him with a lasting gift – is to talk with the birthday boy about what he would like. This is almost certainly something you’ll need to do in order to find him a gift that he’ll continue to find interest in for years to come. The best gifts are gifts that help foster their talents, passions and interests: are you familiar with what motivates and inspires him? Whether it be music equipment, a piece of software or a series of acting lessons, consider what a gift that touches his special interests can mean on his 18th birthday.

Buying gifts for young adults can be tricky, but with a bit of preparation and planning, you’ll easily pull it off. Whether you’re looking at a new gaming console, a vehicle for the open road or something that truly taps into their passions, the thought of the gift matters above all else.

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Be the Best with These Gifts for Him on Big Anniversaries

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What do you get a man when a big anniversary rolls around? You’ve been married 10, 20, maybe even 50 years, and you want to mark the occasion. Women often end up with jewelry, whether it’s a new ring or a pair of diamond earrings. While some men might appreciate jewelry or something else to wear, not all of them will. Coming up with ideas can be tough, even if you’re trying to think of a gift for someone you’ve been in love with for decades. Just asking him is one approach, but if you want your gift to be a surprise, you need to come up with some ideas on your own.

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A Watch

A gold watch is a traditional gift for someone retiring, but it’s perhaps not given as much as it might once have been. It’s an excellent choice for a big anniversary, especially if you’re considering spending more on something that will last. A good watch can last a long time, and even become an heirloom that gets passed through the generations. While smartwatches are handy, they’re unlikely to be handed down to your great-grandchildren. Before investing in a watch, think carefully about whether it’s the right choice. If he doesn’t usually wear one, it could end up just sitting in a box.

Jewelry

Jewelry definitely isn’t just for women. Men have always worn jewelry too, from rings and necklaces to piercings. You’ll know better than anyone whether your partner is the sort of person to wear jewelry, though. If he is, there are lots of options for what you could get him for a big anniversary. Any old piece of jewelry might not be that exciting, but if you want to get something special, there are some exciting choices. For example, check out the gold chain necklaces at https://www.frostnyc.com/collections/14k-gold-chains. If you’re willing to spend a bit of cash, you can give a gift that’s something to treasure for a long time. You might also think about a ring – if you get one, why not him too?

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Cufflinks

You might class cufflinks as a type of jewelry, although others might not see it the same way. Cufflinks are always a smart accessory to add to a suit, or just a dress shirt and pants. They come in all types of designs, from formal and simple to quirky and silly. While you can buy some cheap, novelty cufflinks for a few dollars, you can also get something of better quality. A pair of monogrammed cufflinks could be a good idea. There are some fantastic designer options, like the examples at http://www.luxos.com/news/fashion/4030-top-ten-cufflinks.

Something Personalized

Personalizing a gift is always a smart choice for a special occasion. You can personalize and customize just about anything you can think of. It could be some kind of jewelry or accessory, or it might be something he can put in his office. You can personalize pens, paperweights, wallets, glasses, or any gift you think someone might like. It gives you the chance to pick any gift you think your partner will love and make it extra special by turning it into something just for them.

 

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Practical Gifts

Some men are much more practical than others and would rather have something they can use than something that looks good. There are some useful gifts for the more practical man that he’s sure to use all the time. For example, a personalized pen knife can come in handy on a camping trip or while working around the house. You can even get something like a personalized hammer for men who love to do DIY whenever they get the chance. A gift can be special and practical at the same time.

Buying an anniversary gift for the man you love doesn’t have to be hard. If you know him well, you should be able to think of something he’ll love.

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Amazing Amazon Find: TopEs iPad Mini Case – Car Shape – Shockproof

 

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Amazing Amazon Find: TopEs iPad Mini Case – Car Shape – Shockproof

I love to find fun little tokens to give my kids from Amazon every once in awhile and here’s a really adorable iPad Mini Case that I stumbled upon! It comes in either pink, blue, green, or yellow (we got the blue one for my son) and works well as a shockproof protector to the device. The car shape is simply precious and my son’s face lit right up when he saw me put it on the iPad mini! He instantly burst out saying, “It’s a car!” lol. He was so excited about this new case, and mom was particularly happy that now his iPad mini will be safer from drops and accidental trips while walking with it on some of these more interactive apps and games he plays with.

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The iPad Mini case currently sells for $16.99 and has Amazon Prime for free shipping. It is made of silicone that is flexible and easily allows you to manipulate it to insert the iPad mini inside its frame. The product is very well designed and lines up perfectly with the power button and volume controls as well as the cut outs for the camera, headphone plug in, and other necessities on the device. I am extremely pleased with this case and can’t get over how darling it looks when my son is holding it and playing games on it. The built in handle makes it much safer and easier for him to carry the iPad Mini with him when we go out as well.

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I was pleasantly surprised to see the case also is free standing on any flat surface. Sometimes my son likes to watch mini videos on his iPad Mini from various apps like Disney Junior and being able to prop the iPad Mini on the table or a desk is helpful so his arms don’t get tired holding it. Sometimes he ends up drifting off to sleep at night while watching a show.

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Overall, I’m extremely happy with this iPad Mini Case by TopES If you’ve ever found yourself searching for a good case that’s fairly inexpensive to give to your kids (works on iPad Minis 1, 2, or 3 or retina models according to their description) I recommend giving this one a try! I just love it!

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That’s A Wrap On Great Present Ideas

 

Do you constantly find yourself struggling to choose a gift for people? If you do, you’re going to love this post. On here, we’re going to look at presents that absolutely anyone would adore. Boy, girl, old, young, you should definitely see a smile if you give these gifts.

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A Gift Basket Will Make A Happy Camper

Baskets are great because they can include everything and anything, from delicious cheeses to adorable newborn baby items. You can even get baskets online that include socks, mugs and of course, chocolate. If you know a chocoholic, you can’t go wrong with a basket filled with their favorite sweets.

You can also get personalized baskets to ensure that they match the receiver of the gift perfectly.

 

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Massage Away Those Troubles

Perhaps, you’re thinking about buying an experience as a gift rather than an item. If you are, you can’t go wrong with a massage. Even people who are reluctant about getting one at first love how they feel afterward.

Most describe it as an experience where their troubles simply melt away, and they feel refreshed. It’s the perfect gift for anyone who you know has been feeling stressed and anxious lately. Send them off to get a massage, and they’ll seem a lot better the next time you see them.

 

Because They’re Worth It

Alternatively, you can look into buying a present related to style and looks. If you’re looking for a style gift that is unisex, hair clippers are the perfect option. Hair clippers can help you prepare your own style at home without the aid of a professional. This is an attractive idea for a lot of people, but it’s particularly popular with men.

Men usually don’t bother spending a fortune on their hair and tend to just shave it off and then let it grow back. They can do this more easily if they have a set of their own hair clippers and will definitely thank you for the convenience of this option.

 

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Take Them To The Future

VR isn’t a new idea, but it has recently become more affordable. Now, it can be the perfect budget gift for anyone who loves to grasp a glimpse of the future. For instance, you can get a Google Cardboard kit for under twenty dollars and have something that a friend could receive hours of enjoyment from. Just make sure that they have a phone that’s compatible with this little, simple piece of tech.

 

Save Them A Fortune

Have you ever experienced the horror of dropping and breaking a cell phone? If so, why not help a friend protect a fortune by getting them a new phone case. You can get lots of different varieties online to suit every type of personality. You can even get phone cases now to make the tech look like their favorite Disney character.
No matter who you’re buying for, we’re sure they’d love any one of these gifts. Although, if you’re still stuck for ideas you can’t go wrong with just going simple and getting them a gift card for their favorite store.

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Fall In Love With These “His And Her” Gift Ideas

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Buying for a couple can be difficult. What gifts will appeal to both him and her? It’s a challenge that faces many a gift-buyer, but it’s not a difficulty that can’t be overcome. Fortunately, the good people at Etsy, Amazon and a host of other outlets have been working hard to come up with ideas for gifts for both partners, saving you a lot of hassle. Take a lot at some of these cool gift ideas.

Novelty Tea Towel Set

What do couples like to do once they’ve been married a couple of years? The dishes, of course! But the dishes aren’t always a lot of fun. Sometimes they’re downright annoying. That’s why Black Bird Tees, a company that makes tea towels, is trying to inject a bit of humor into the activity. They sell a pair of tea towels: one reads “you wash” and the other, “I’ll dry.” The towels are available on Etsy for around $38.

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Personalized Aprons

Tea towels aren’t the only thing that is personalizable in the kitchen. According to a blog post entitled, 20 Wedding Gift Ideas for Under $50 on DontPayFull, you can now get his and her personalized aprons too. Aprons are ideal for couples who seem to spend their weekends doing nothing but baking and cooking extravagant meals. Personalized aprons can be printed with whatever message you like. Currently, they’re on the market for around $50.

His And Her Arrow Signs

Sometimes one partner’s stuff starts encroaching on the space of the other and things can get out of hand. That’s why a personalized his and her arrow set is such a good idea. It’s a clear demarcation of boundaries between one person’s stuff and another’s. There’s all sorts of places these little arrows could go, like in the closet, pointing in the direction of each person’s clothes. The arrows are made by Hoast and Toast and they can be picked up on Etsy for around $64.

Table Mug Set

Table mugs are an obvious way to buy something that’ll suit both him and her and will work as a set. Now a company called Neurons Not Included has come up with an interesting concept, just in case you happen to know a pair of married chemists. The mugs are labeled “HIS” and “HERS” using letters from the periodic table. For “HIS” we have hydrogen, iodine, and sulfur. For “HERS” we have hydrogen, erbium, and sulfur. (What’s erbium?) At any rate, if you happen to know a pair of science-lovers then these mugs are the perfect gift for them. Neurons Not Included are selling their mugs for around $24.

His And Her Money Bank

The piggy bank has been a tradition in families for over a hundred years. But the only problem with the piggybank was that once the money was deposited, you had no way of knowing whether it was yours or your spouse’s. Now though Baker’s Farmhouse has come up with a solution. They’ve come up with a tabletop bank, similar in concept to the original piggy bank, but with two chambers, one for him, one for her.

Each of the chambers has been labeled. The money on his side of the bank is for “fishing,” “hunting” and “nights out with the boys.” The money on her side of the bank is for “diamonds,” “shopping sprees” and “dinners out.” What’s more, the bank itself won’t break the bank. Currently, it’s on sale on Etsy for around $12.

His And Her Mailbox

Perhaps you know a couple who refuses to go paperless. Well, if you do, Retro Getgo Vintage might have cooked up the perfect gift idea. Essentially, it’s a mailbox that’s been divided in the middle, so it has two compartments: mail and “famail.” It’s also made out of carved wood and is on sale for around $20.

Luggage Tags

Being married is all about having great life experiences with the other person. As a result, married couples fly all over the world looking for new adventure. The only problem is keeping track of their baggage. Now, though, Leather Made Nice thinks it could have found the answer: leather luggage tags. These tags can be personalized to say whatever you want, but a cool idea is to have them cross reference each other, making them more lovey dovey. At the moment, the tags are selling on Etsy for around $45.

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Mason Jar Cups To Go

Mason jars began as a thing on DIY blogs, but now the trend is all over the internet. Everybody seems to want to experiment with them. As a result, a company called Swiss Miss Closet has come up with “his and hers” mason jars for couples on the go.

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Staying Within A Budget Just Got Easier

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It has been a fascinating journey on the road to financial freedom. Learning new ways to save money and trying to stick to a budget can be both exciting and exhausting! In today’s modern society there are so many ways you can lose track and derail onto a course that ends in ruin. Between enjoying theme parks and family vacation time to eating out and celebrating family birthdays or holidays, these are some of our biggest budget busters. Those special memory-making moments can sneak up on you with the cost and become detrimental to your pocketbook – unless you learn to plan ahead and spend wisely!

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Make a List and Plan of Action

I’m happy to say that I’ve recently discovered a great new way to enjoy my financial freedom staying within a budget and still getting to enjoy spoiling my family on special occasions. I love to be a giver, and the delight I feel in being able to surprise a loved one or friend is worth its weight in gold (not including the look on their faces when they receive the surprise!) I decided to start organizing my family events and holidays in a planner. It’s actually mentally rewarding to jot down lists of items I’ll need to plan the best surprise gifts, outings, or accommodations and destinations for travel adventures.

A Better Way To Shop and SAVE

The great part is, I can do all of this with the click of a button by visiting any one of my latest discovery sites for saving with coupons! Having the ability to shop around from the comfort of my own home and peek at a variety of places that offer coupons or vouchers for as much as 10, 20, 30, even up to 50% off or more is definitely a plus! That’s certainly a better way for me to be investing my shopping time instead of wasting hours at the mall paying full price on most gift items. This way I know whatever I choose will end up giving my family good value and a fair price to stay within our budget.

Broaden Your Search

There are lots of great bargains out there to grab using coupons online for loads of practical everyday items too! You can find some for getting garden products and lawn care items, to acquiring some pretty impressive coupon vouchers towards buying your next TV.  I’ve learned that sometimes to get the best deals, you need to consider buying from companies not only within the USA, but in many areas around the globe who offer delivery to the US. I’m just happy I don’t feel trapped into spending as much anymore when I want to be a blessing to someone. Shopping from home or on your mobile device is a much better way to go these days and finding the right places to save can mean all the difference.

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Valentine’s Day Gifts With A Difference

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I know we have only just gotten over the wonderful time of year that is Christmas and the blessed opportunities of spending time with loved ones, but January is here, and we are in the bubble of the new year. It’s the time of year where we look ahead to the next 12 months that lie in front of us and get ourselves going with every best intention. I started to wonder about the next few weeks, and I realized that another time of year where we get to show loved ones we care is nearly upon us, and that is Valentine’s Day.

For some, it is a time of year that doesn’t mean too much. After all, why should you need a date in the diary to tell people you love or care for them? But, on the flip side of that argument why shouldn’t you tell them anyway? Or offer a token that cements that fact even more. Gifts, of course, are not an essential part of celebrating valentine’s day, but they can a be a lovely way to show someone you care. Which is why I thought I would share with you some alternative unique gift ideas that are a little different, to inspire the people who may just want to buy a gift for the person they love.

A photograph framed or turning into a canvas

Sometimes there is that one photograph that can transport you right back to that moment. It could be a baby picture or your first as a couple. Then why not get it framed or blown up on a canvas? So you can display that momentous occasion with pride.

Put your skills to good use

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We all have skills that we can come back to, maybe it’s drawing, writing, or even crafting something. If you want to gift something that is unique, there is nothing greater than creating something yourself, from the heart.

The gift of reading

Not all of us have a lot of time to ourselves, so why not encourage this a bit more and gift your partner a new book. It could be something they are interested in, a new recipe collection they have wanted, or even the latest novel from their favorite author.

Personalized stationery

Lots of people love stationery in many different forms. So if you have someone is your life who loves it, then this could be a real good gift idea and something that could be used throughout the rest of this year. Maybe they want to get more organized so a new planner could be a great choice. Do they like to keep in touch with friends and family? Then embossed stationery note cards could be a fantastic option. They could even appreciate new notebooks for their work or to help them manage their chores throughout the day

Why not gift your time?

Finally, if anything, you have your time, and it is free. So if you don’t get many opportunities to show the person you love that you really care, then the gift of time will allow you to do just that. Go out on a date together, spend some time cuddled up on the sofa and just enjoy each others company. Sometimes this sort of gift is the greatest one of all.
I hope this has offered you inspiration and plenty of time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day.

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