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Gifts: Taking the guesswork out of Valentine's Day presents

February 5, 2011 |  8:01 am

There’s no time like the present -- and we’re talking gifts here.

Seems like there’s always a gift-giving occasion on the horizon. We just recovered from Christmas and Hanukkah splurges, and now we’re planning for Valentine’s Day. But even without a holiday, few weeks on our calendars are free of birthdays, baby showers, anniversaries, graduations, celebrations of new jobs, going away send-offs or old-fashioned soirees requiring hostess gifts. It’s tough to find time to scout out unique offerings that are the right fit for each friend or loved one.

Then we had an aha! moment: Why not do everyone a favor and come up with enough memorable gifts to get you through the next few months, from Valentine’s Day’s to the official start of spring? We’ve rounded up a few ideas to transform your average birthday or fill-in-the-blank present into what it’s meant to be: exceptional.

The Image staff is always on the alert for interesting items that might fill the bill or inspire you to come up with something new. And starting Sunday and going though next weekend, gift guru Ingrid Schmidt will give All the Rage readers at least one Valentine’s gift inspiration each day. Promise!

-- The Editors