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This Valentine’s Day is for Secret Singles!

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When the Christmas season rolls around, one of the events I get most excited about is ‘Secret Santa’ at work. If you aren’t familiar with Secret Santa, which is similar to a white elephant gift exchange without the swapping, the rules are simple. Everyone who wishes to join in the fun puts their name in a bucket or basket. Once everyone’s name is in, everyone draws a name and buys a present for that person. Of course, if you get your own name you choose again. Then, at an agreed upon day and time, all gather together to exchange gifts. Sometimes people will opt to say who bought what before the gifts are opened, but often it is more exciting to put the person’s name on the present and not let anyone know who bought what until the exchange is over. In short, it’s great fun for all, and the perfect excuse to order a few pizzas!

So what does all this have to do with Valentine’s Day, you’re likely wondering? Thinking about how much fun Secret Santa is got me thinking of a similar concept for February 14th. Most often regarded as a holiday for couples, Valentine’s Day can leave singles feeling a bit lonely. Even if you aren’t really upset about not having a special someone on Valentine’s Day, it’s easy to feel a bit down when it seems everyone else is receiving Valentine’s gift baskets, Valentine’s flower bouquets, boxes of chocolates, or even a new puppy or kitten! But I have an idea that should help make Valentine’s Day more fun for singles. And it’s similar to Secret Santa.

Without further ado I present… Secret Singles! The rules are simple. Send an invite to your single friends and/or coworkers and see if they’d be interested in picking their secret Valentine’s name from a basket. Since it’s just a friendly thing, it doesn’t even have to matter if the person they choose is male or female. Just like they would for Secret Santa, they’ll buy a special Valentine’s Day treat for their Secret Single, knowing someone is buying one for them as well. Some of our favorite ideas from Bisket Baskets would be the Red Hot Valentine Care Package, Cupid’s Delight Gift Tower, and Be My Tweet Heart Cookie Bouquet. All are packed with goodies, less than $40, and not overly romantic.

What do you all think? Is Secret Singles something you’d be interested in trying?

Valentine’s Day Gift Baskets: A Perfect Pick for Parents!

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Once upon a time, perhaps many moons ago, there were two people who caught each other’s eye and stole each other’s heart. They did that very thing that feels better than any other thing in the world. Yes, they fell in love! And as their good fortune would have it, in time they had a baby, and that baby grew up to be the best son or daughter they could ever have hoped for. In case you haven’t figured it out, that baby is you!

This year, why not take a moment to celebrate the love that truly started it all for you – the love of your parents! There are so many unique ways to honor their relationship, whether you are lucky enough to still have both of them here on Earth, or you’re lucky enough to have one of them. Here are a few ideas for making Valentine’s Day a special day for one or two of the most special people in your life. And if you have ideas of your own, we hope you’ll share in the comments!

Create a Photo Album: One of the most heartwarming (and oh-so-affordable!) gifts you can give is a photo album. Truly a collection of marvelous memories, photo albums allow us to relive our favorite times again and again, often sparking conversation that carries on for hours, full of laughs, smiles, and perhaps a few tears here and there. For a Valentine’s Day photo album, keep the focus on love. Add the earliest pictures you can find of your parents together, and don’t forget to include pictures of you and your siblings as well. You can opt for a digital album, or compile old pictures that may just be sitting in boxes into a traditional album. You can also have the album (photo book) printed by one of many companies, such as Shutterfly.com.

Plan a Romantic Getaway for Them: While weeklong vacations can be very expensive, with a little digging around online it’s easy to find one or two-night getaways for a very reasonable price, many within a couple hour’s driving distance. There are many good sites to check out, including some that may be local to you or your parents, but a good place to start is LivingSocial.com. Simply can’t squeeze it into your budget? These sites also post great deals for fun activities and restaurants your parents might want to try, with most costing just 50% of their value.

Send them a Valentine’s Day Gift Basket: You didn’t think we’d forget our favorite gift of all, did you? We could never! We have dozens of delightful Valentine’s Day baskets to choose from, including cookie bouquets, candy gift baskets, baskets with chocolates and teddy bears, and traditional flower bouquets.