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by Alana Sprague

Do you, like me, have a love/hate relationship with Valentine’s Day? Do you think this is a holiday created by card and flower stores to increase their sales at a slow time of year? Well there are millions of women out there who believe this occasion is a time to show the one you love how much they mean to you. If their significant other doesn’t remember (how could you not, there’s hearts everywhere in February) they won’t hear the end of it until next year. I am here to help out the men that may fall into this category or the ones that just aren’t sure where to start.

You want to start now to figure out what it is that will bring that smile to your lover’s lips. Don’t be caught walking into the flower shop at 6 pm on February 14. Yes there are men out there who are guilty of this. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t buy flowers, some women love them, but if this is the route you decide to go then you must order them in advance. This is key to ensuring you find her favorite flowers or any for that matter. You may also want to have them delivered to her at work; this little extra touch that will make her feel wonderful. If you don’t want to get flowers since they don’t live forever then perhaps a flowering plant is a better option. It’s something that will last if properly taken care of and there are lots out there to choose from. We have a number of wonderful flower shops on PEI so you can shop around for the best price.

Many couples head out on the town for a romantic dinner at one of our great restaurants but here’s a twist on an old tradition. Make a romantic dinner at home. Cook your partner’s favorite meal, set the table with candles, your best china, a wonderful bottle of wine, throw on your best duds and make a CD of your favorite romantic songs to play during dinner. Trust me, she will notice.

If you decide to go down the lingerie road make sure you take note of sizes and styles your partner currently wears. You don’t want to give her something that is too small or too out of her comfort zone. Just because you think she’ll look hot doesn’t mean she will. Lingerie can be expensive so you don’t want to waste your money on something that will sit in a drawer and never see the light of day—no fun for you or your wallet. Ask the sales person; they can help you determine with a few simple questions what might be best for the special person in your life.

TIP OF THE MONTH: Plan ahead. The more time you put into your Valentine’s Day idea, concentrating on making it personal and meaningful, the more worthwhile it will be in the end. Those extra touches may help you get a little extra.

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