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Cupid, not Stupid:

Frugal gift ideas for your Valentine

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You may not score any points by using the word “frugal” around your special lady, but if you’re saving up for a big trip, a house, or the kids’ college fund, frugal is exactly what you’ll have to be. On Valentine’s Day, men typically expect to pay more for flowers and food while they fight off other couples for hotel and restaurant reservations. But if you’re on a tight budget, you’ll have to think creatively to avoid the doghouse. Here are some low-cost gift ideas that will touch her heart:

in your loved one’s name to a cause that she is passionate about. A charity like Christian Children’s Fund of Canada offers items that improve the quality of life for children and families in developing countries. Low-cost items that make a difference include fruit trees, warm blankets and vegetable seeds.

Indoor picnic: Dinner at the swankiest

Love letter/song: Express your love with a handwritten letter, poem, or song on special stationery. Then have it framed or plaqued so your loved one won’t worry about losing or damaging it.

Photo collage: Create a collage of your

Balloon bouquet: Fill clear red bal-

Favourite snacks basket: Put together

favourite moments together as a couple. These days, you can order mugs, mousepads, pillows, and posters with your collage design.

loons with candies, love notes, and trinkets. Then blow them up yourself or visit a party store to fill the balloons with helium.

a combination of your loved one’s favourite salty and sweet snacks. Then add a copy of their favourite magazine, book, or movie so they can really veg out.

restaurant in town can be nice, but you can have a more intimate and unique experience in your living room. Prepare a basket of goodies like strawberries, mini sandwiches, wine, and cheese. You and your loved one can sit on a blanket on the floor and spend quality time together. For an added effect, hang glow-in-the-dark stars from the ceiling and picnic by candlelight. Info/photo courtesy


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Here are some local ideas for things to buy, places to go and memories to share, to celebrate romance on Feb. 14th (and before and after, too!).

Butter Me Up. You may want to “let them eat cake!” But if it’s all-natural, healthy cake made from pure butter, cream and flour, all the better. Help your family celebrate its love by picking up a special “Heart-shaped Cake” from Anna’s Cake House, with locations on East Broadway and on Cambie by Oakridge. At Anna’s (, care and attention goes into each and every cake, pastry and other item by its celebrated team of artisan bakers. For tasty treats you deserve, try a piece of heaven at Anna’s Cake House.

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couver confectioners are hosting a lip-smacking “Hot Chocolate Festival,” and no marshmallow or flavouring is safe. In support of their favourite charities, six top chocolate makers and one gelato guy are spiking their hot chocolate drinks with the wildest, most delicious flavours, according to City Food Magazine (www. From now to Feb. 13, you can taste, sample and purchase the best in hot chocolate delights. Daily offerings vary; Feb. 13 has Champagne Truffle, Hazelnut & Frangelico!



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A Charmed Life. Guys, head down to the local bead shop to make your sweetie a bracelet. Country Beads offers “Beginners Beading lessons - Bracelet and Earrings” ($30.00 +HST). The beginner’s class covers all the basics needed to create a simple drop earring and bracelet set to take home to her. Next class: Thursday, Feb. 10; to register. Feeling flush? Pandora, the international jeweller founded in Denmark makes gorgeous highquality charm bracelets for her. At about $100 apiece; it’s a genuine keepsake, perfect for sweethearts -

Man’s Best Friend. Pay a visit to the SPCA shelter on East 7th as a couple, to visit the dogs and pet the cats. These soft and furry felines and canines need your attention. Sign up online to be a “Dog Walker” to walk a shelter dog (orientation and training

sessions are required). The BC SPCA relies on over 4,000 volunteers at its 37 branches across the province. With the assistance of volunteers like you, they care for more than 36,000 abused, neglected and homeless animals every year. This Valentine’s, show compassion and caring by giving the gift of your time and love to animals.

A Little Offside. Nothing says “I’m not in the mood” like your man looking shaggy and dated. So, how about a whimsical trip to an ol’-fashioned barber shop to groom your man for the big day? Nick’s Barber Shop at 3183 West Broadway in Kits has been shearing and shaving the dapper men of the city since 1965. This

old style shop guarantees nothing but the best service by the razor-sharp Greek Nick Saketos (shown, left) and his team. “Haircuts for Men” are a mere $12, beard trims $6, or get both for $17. No appointment necessary – simply drop by!

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Keep Your Composure. Spend your Valentine weekend with “The VSO” in a celebration of the most Romantic music ever written, on Feb. 12 and 14, 8pm at the Orpheum. The evening begins with Tchaikovsky’s celebrated waltz from the ballet, Sleeping Beauty. Featuring Sara Davis Buechner, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is a celebration of the lush, rich, melodic possibilities of orchestral music – perfect for a Valentine’s concert. Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, ‘From the New World,’ follows, and Maestro Bramwell Tovey conducts; www.vancouversymphony. ca for tickets.

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