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January 19,2011
By An Lee, Contributing Columnist




Ah, romance! As February 14th approaches, most women who
are in a relationship start to think about Valentine's Day. And
most men are starting to panic. What should I get her for
Valentine's Day?  What does she really want?  I truly suck at
giving gifts!  

Not to worry. What most men don't know is that women think
not only about the gifts --after all how many boxes of chocolate
can you eat and flowers are dead after a few days --but about
the man himself. Specifically, we think about whether we really
matter to him. Does he really get us?  

Well, if you have a woman in your life and you've procrastinated
way too long wrecking your brains for a great Valentine's Day
gift, you're not alone. According to a 2008 study from
researchers at Stanford, UC Berkley and the University of
Chicago, last minute gift-buyers are more concerned with
avoiding a fight than finding a great gift.  Yes, they're motivated
more by
fear than pleasure.

What to do? If you want stand out from the pack, what is a
Valentine's Day gift that your lady will remember? Is there a
fail-safe Valentine's Day gift guaranteed to make her swoon?
Read on.

Origins of Valentine's Day

Valentines' Day originated as a day to celebrate your sweetheart
in the 14th century in the royal courts of France and England.
February 14th was chosen because it was believed to be the day
when birds began to seek their mates. According to legend,
Valentine is named for St. Valentine,  who was a priest in Rome a
soldier sentenced to death by the Roman Emperor Claudius II in
Rome during the 3rd century A.D. Claudius believed that
unmarried men made better soldiers so he outlawed marriage
for young soldiers. Valentine, a priest in Rome, defied the
general's orders and continued to perform weddings. Sentenced
to death, he fell in love with the young daughter of his jailer,and
before hid death, sent her a letter signed "from your Valentine".
Hence, the tradition of sending "Valentine" cards as a sign of our
undying love to our sweetheart was born.

The word "Valentine" itself comes from the Latin word "valentia"
which means "strength" or "valiance". Interestingly, the French
word for heart, "coeur", is the root of our English word for
bravery, "courage".  Not surprisingly, the close connections in
these words suggests that we humans have always known that
falling in love --and risking your heart -- is a true act of courage.

So, for all of you still brave enough to find love and celebrate it,
we're here to help.  

Men are often perplexed at why some Valentine's Day gifts are
well-received and others fail miserably. Just what is your woman
saying when she hints about a Valentine's Day gift.

Peel back the words, and what the woman in your life is saying
is that she would value a gesture that shows that she
means
something to you more than a lavish gift that is simply expensive.


That said, here are our 5 great ideas for unforgettable
Valentines' Day gifts:



1.
Memories Count.  Think back to those early days when you
first met. Remember the excitement? Remember how every
detail of her face mattered to you? That's the feeling that your
woman wants to re-experience on Valentine's Day. So, think
hard. If she liked to splurge on a fancy dinner at a French
restaurant, then go for it. But if she really got turned on by the
thoughtfulness of being served food, then why not cook a
dinner for her, from soups to nuts.

Dress up as a waiter, white apron and all, and serve her a 5
course meal. Set the table properly. Buy some cloth napkins. In
the middle of the table, set a single red rose. Make a new
Valentine's Day memory she'll never forget!

2.
Draw a Picture. "That face, that face, that marvelous face",
means everything, as Matthew Broderick sang to Uma Thurman
in the movie "The Producers". Draw a picture of your woman
--be as flattering as possible of course. Or, if you're just not up
to it, frame one of her better photos or a photo of the 2  of you.
Choose a good frame and a large size, if possible.


3.
No Chocolates, Please. Most women don't really appreciate the
extra calories in a box of chocolates. I usually eat one and give
the rest away to children. But, one dessert a women is likely to
appreciate are chocolate covered strawberries. These are low in
calories and they show a bit of thoughtfulness of her efforts to
stay healthy.

Here is how to make a memory. Buy a carton of fresh
strawberries. Then buy 3 large bars of chocolate without nuts.
Put the chocolate bars (Hershey, Nestle, any brand you like) in a
sauce pan with 2 tablespoons of butter and gently melt the
chocolate on low heat. Pour the melted chocolate into a large
cup or serving bowl.

Now, put it all on a serving tray and take it to her on Valentine's
Day when you're alone at home. Put on some soft music, put her
feet up on the couch. Then, dip the strawberries in the chocolate
and feed them to her slowly, one by one. She'll never forget it!

























4.
Massage Away Her Worries. A good massage is worth a
thousand words, believe me. Massage her back. Make it a special
treat. Set up a quiet time, fresh bath towels by the side and
warm olive oil. Put on a soothing slow song she likes. Then, use
the warmed olive oil to massage her back, working out the pain
in those lower back muscles. Then massage her face gently. It
will not only make her fall in love all over again, but according to
new reports, t massage also lowers her  blood pressure too!

And, if you really want to take het over the moon, then massage
her feet with a bit of the warm olive oil. The feet are the keys to
a woman's heart.


5.  
Write a letter. Remember the days before we all had e-mail.
We actually used to write letters. According to a 2010 study of
2113 adults in the UK commissioned by the chocolatier Lindt
Lindor, 78% of women would love to receive a love letter from
their mates. 56% of woman said they would be disappointed to
get an e-mail or a Facebook wall posting instead on Valentine's
Day. But only 50% of all men said that they have ever written a
love letter. Huh?


Bring back some of that Old World magic on Valentine's Day.
Buy a blank card or some nice heavy-bond stationary. Then, just
pen your thoughts. Tell her how you felt when you first met. Tell
her the dreams she has fulfilled in your life. You will have given
her the Valentines Day gift every women dreams of.








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Sources: Theriault, C., Aaker, J.L, and Pennington, G.L. (2008)
Time will tell: The distant appeal of promotion and imminent
appeal of prevention. Journal of Consumer Research, 34,
670-681.

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