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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Valentine's Giveaway

Swarovski Rose Heart Pendant
I had fun doing my first giveaway for gift certificates to Prized Possessions, my Etsy jewelry shop, so I've decided to do another giveaway for Valentine's Day. This time, I will be giving away a Rose Swarovski heart shaped pendant like this one from my Etsy shop.


This doesn't happen every year, but when I have the time and plan it in advance, I like to do something special for my friends for Valentine's Day. A few years, I made handmade cards to send to my friends. This year, since I've recently discovered digital scrapbooking and am having such fun with it, I think I'll design a card using digital elements. I'll probably print them and mail them, just because I'd rather get snail mail than the email that sometimes seems to overwhelm me. If I mail cards in time, I know people will see them by Valentine's Day. People don't always have time to check their home email every day, so they might not see an e-card when I would want them to see it.

By now you're probably saying, "What's this got to do with a giveaway?" Well, to enter, all you have to do is share a comment telling everyone what you like to do for your friends on Valentine's Day. I thought it would be a good way to get some new ideas of ways to show friends they are special.

Here are the things you need to know about this giveaway.

1. Contest starts at the time of this post and ends at noon central time on Sunday February 8th, 2009. The winner will be notified on Sunday evening.

2. Leave a comment at the end of this post with an idea of what you can do to show your friends they are special to you on Valentine's Day.

3. Everyone submitting a comment will be entered in a random drawing to be held the afternoon of February 8, 2009.

4. PLEASE make sure when you leave your comment you include your email address, the URL of your blog that has your contact information or some way that you can be reached if you are the winner. I had more than one person enter my last giveaway that left no contact information.

5. I want to put this pendant in the mail to the winner so they will receive it by Valentine's Day, if at all possible. When I contact the winner, I will ask for your mailing address. If I have not received a response from the winner by 6 PM central time Tuesday February 10, I will hold another random drawing for a different winner.

Good luck to everyone who enters! And thanks for sharing your Valentine's Day ideas! Everyone likes to feel special, especially on Valentine's Day. I hope you get some ideas of some different things to do for your friends this year!

159 comments:

  1. My friends and I always go out to lunch for valentine's day. That way it leaves dinner wide open for going out with boyfriends or spouses. Thanks!

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  2. it sounds silly, but i still buy those kiddy valentines that have the candy heart boxes with them and send them to all my friends. they always get a giggle out of it, and its a fun way to show i care!

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  3. I usually send them a HUGE bouquet of roses to their door. Then we eat chocolate, watch movies, and eat dinner.

    Contact me at my etsy shop. www.krazyfashion.etsy.com

    Hope I win! *crosses fingers*

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  4. I think surprising my sister w/ a day at the spa would be great! :)

    contact me at:
    celeste@mail4me.com

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  5. My birthday is Valentine's Day! But to make it special for my hubby, I make him a zillion miniature chocolate no bake cookies (his favorite!) and put them in a little red heart covered take out container in his lunch for work. It's kind of a tradition now and he loves it! : )

    Desiree
    RUffleBuns@Hotmail.com
    http://hamncheezr.blogger.com
    http://hamncheezr.etsy.com

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  6. My grandkids are my friends and I give them lots of love and chocolates.

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  7. I would take my girlfriends out for coffee and dessert and maybe give them a valentine. I would love to win this pendant. What a wonderful gift for myself on valentine's day!

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  8. Since I'm a student, I get to see my friends at school... and have a tiny-tiny income also.
    So I like to get creative and make a set of Valentine cards + wrap a couple of chocolates in cellophane and top it off with a twist-tie.
    Pretty quick if you're dextrous.

    bandaiblossom(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. I give to my friends a rose and chocolate too.

    eli_green22@yahoo.com.br

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  10. I have been married 20 years this year and my husband gives flowers every other week of the year so when Valentines come I get no flowers because I'm so used to it, but we have a romantic dinner. Pleas no chocolate it goes in the wrong places at my age.(chuckle)

    lagrand2tall4u@hotmail.com

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  11. I like to surprise my friends with chocolates!

    srdeyer(at)rogers(dot)com

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  12. No need to enter me, since I won before. I just wanted to let everyone know how beautiful your jewelry is! I have a Swarovski heart shaped pendant (clear) and its beautiful!

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  13. My favorite thing to do to make my friends feel special on Valentine's day is to use the "old fashion snail mail". Everyone loves to receiving packages, so even if I do see my friends on Valentine's Day I still like to send them a card of gift by mail for them to receive on V-Day. That way when they get home they'll get an extra surprise ^_^.

    ~Nyny
    NewYorkTran@gmail.com
    NewYorkMemos.blogspot.com

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  14. What a beautiful blog and a pvery pretty heart!!!!! I like surprise my husband with a beautiful cake and he always buy me roses!

    Thank you for the chance!

    cal_rubies@yahoo.es

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  15. I send a little note in my husband & sons lunches.

    =) melanie
    http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
    melanieadey at hotmail dot com

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  16. On Valentines Day, I always send out cards with lots of little stickers on them. (I guess I never grew out of LOVING to get cards on Valentines so I figure you have to GIVE to receive, right?? Anyway, my friends always get a big kick out of it--as do their mail carriers :)

    tskrush (at) cox (dot) net

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  17. The best gift I could give for my friend is a nap! She has a 3month old son who doesn't sleep, and I would love to take him for a day and let her get some rest!
    Michelle
    mlruyle@yahoo.com
    www.jewelryinfusions.etsy.com

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  18. I'm loving reading all these ideas! Thanks for commenting! Let's keep them coming so we can all find a way to make our friends' Valentine's Day the best ever!

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  19. I'm sure the best gift for my friend would be this mesmerizing Rose Swarovski heart shaped pendant.

    Thank you!

    aikychien@yahoo.com

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  20. I can offer to help my friend paint her new apartment.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  21. I would love to take them all to lunch. . . childless!

    mdhohn@msn.com

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  22. I always make my friends homemade cookies for Valentines Day. We don't all get together any more because we are scattered about. Just knowing you are thought of is nice.

    Thanks!

    kalea_kane(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. Last year I got my best friend a bracelet that she really liked. We have been friends since we were 4 yrs. old when our mom's put us in a ballet class together. This year I will probably get her a candle set that I spotted in the store the other day.
    Thanks for the giveaway! I was just looking around in your etsy store and I already see several bracelet's that I like. Have a nice evening! :-)

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  24. I like to make my friends homemade Valentines that tell them how much I love them all.

    stacie_vaughan@hotmail.com

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  25. I send out Valentines to everyone but I do NOT send them chalky "candy" hearts - I do that to show them I care :-)

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  26. To show my friends they are special on Valentines Day, I'll give them a call, give them a rose, or meet up with them for a coffee.

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  27. we are simple girls! give us some time together, some coffe/dinner/dessert and some good convo... and anything miniature and pink/red and we are all set :)))

    thank you!

    flamegoddess65@aol.com

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  28. I always send my friends candy or flowers, something small and then I don't sign it...drives them crazy!

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  29. Happy Valentines Day,
    Always volunteering at my son's school, it was not uncommon for me to bake cupcakes for the entire school (350 one year)each with a heart design in the icing of course :)
    hollyzhobby.etsy.com

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  30. Having a v-day weekend sleepover with your closest girlfriends would be so much fun!

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  31. Spending time with my loved ones is the best way to spend my Valentine's Day - turn off the computer, cell phone, house phone, fax, etc., and just enjoy each other's company!
    http://busycrowstudio.blogspot.com/

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  32. I'll be making little packages for all my friends! Just to let them know they're loved.. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Cheers,
    Melody
    mel_88_88 at hotmail dot com

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  33. I sent my three best friends some handmade valentine's day magnets :)

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  34. A couple years ago my best friend and I went to a resort and spent an entire weekend being pampered!

    Thanks
    tammyohagan ~~~ AT ~~~ westco ~~~ DOT ~~~ net

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  35. I always try to send my friends cards thru the mail for valentines day. It's fun picking out cards for them and they enjoy getting them.

    dancemonkeydance13@verizon.net

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  36. i send my friends e - mail cards .

    thanx bunches :)

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  37. I always call my closest friends on Valentine's Day - this makes the day so special.

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  38. I like the cards idea and I send them usps too...and really for those who are single and alone who are far away I send friends packages- sometimes people get depressed they are alone- no need to be...

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  39. I like to send out e-valentine cards because they convey your thoughts and at the same time, conserve the world's paper and trees.

    lenz.nicole@gmail.com

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  40. buy sending them a valentine card

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  41. I love to make homemade candy and usually I'll make some small boxes of candy or chocolate covered pretzels, for my family, friends and co-workers. Even my older sons, now look forward to our making candy together.
    I adore this heart pendant. It is so beautiful. Thank you so much for offering this generous giveaway!

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  42. For my best friend and Valentine, a new catnip toy.

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  43. I like to meet up with them for coffee.

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  44. We dress in red and see who can wear the funniest outfit. We enjoy ourselves and have some chocolate.

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  45. When I have time, I like to make frosted brownies and then cut them out using a metal cookie cutter. Everyone gets a sweet chocolate heart, and I get to eat the scraps. Definitely, a win-win.

    rsgrandinetti@yahoo.com

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  46. To show my friends how much they mean to me I bake them cookies and a card. I don't have much money so thats all I can do financially but they are really good cookies!

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  47. We all share chocolates at work. Each of us brings a different type and we share it during the day.

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  48. We all make valentine boxes like back in elementary school- and leave sweet notes and valentines for each other!

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  49. I get my kids to make them valentines.

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  50. My daughter and I fashion a Valentine box out of a shoebox, decorating it with red crepe paper and foil.

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  51. I write letters to all of my friends and mail them so that they are received right on Valentine's Day. No e-mail, no electronic communication. Handwritten letters that let them know how much I appreciate their friendship and remembering the good times shared. Each friend gets stationery picked just for them...the dog lover gets puppies, the chocoholic something chocolatey, etc.

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  52. I bake my friends Valentine cookies. Now my grandchildren help and my friend get a kick out of how artistic the kids get

    dove42(at)comcast(dot)net

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  53. make them a great meal so they don't have to cook...from appetizer to main course to dessert to nice paper plates, forks and napkins...

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  54. I like to make a Valentine's Day card of my kids and send it to friends.

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  55. Most of my friends are in other states, so I usually send cards, often either the humorous ones or those kiddie cards that you buy in bulk lots.

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  56. I am a subscriber.

    linmoe@sympatico.ca

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  57. Going out to lunch or just fun girls day out!

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  58. How about handmade cards for our friends? Doesn't have to be fancy, a little lace will do ya! Nothing says appreciation like effort. Thank you!

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  59. I like to send me girlfriends cards...and occasionally ill send them flowers just for fun...especially the ones who are alone.

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  60. I like going out to lunch with my single friends..helps take their mind off them not having a valentine!

    hblaser at gmail dot com

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  61. I always like to surprise my friends with IOU cards! They can use them whenever they want! Example: IOU a house cleaning, IOU a free babysitting day, IOU a dinner! Thanks for the awesome contest I Love that heart!!!!!!!! :)

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  62. For Valentines Day I make my friends homemade cards and envelopes! (not the computer-generated kind) They love them and ask for them every year! Thank you for the contest!
    txgigggles@yahoo.com

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  63. I'd give a big hug to my friend, and then sing my own songs:)

    annabell_lee_dk (at) yahoo.com

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  64. Count me in :)

    ktgonyea at gmail.com

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  65. send them a hand-written note or call them and ACTUALLY SPEAK TO THEM (rather than texting or e-mailing)..........and TELL THEM how much they mean to you. Make it a low tech Valentine's Day Experience!

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  66. Very pretty, I love the vintage Christmas wreath.

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  67. I would call them and tell them how much they mean to me and maybe take them out for lunch. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  68. I like to get a box of the little kid valentines and pass them out to my coworkers just for fun!

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  69. I don't usually do much for valentines day. But this year, I have made custom photo valentines for my friends and family, which I'll email valentines morning.

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  70. I like to make heart shaped sugar cookies for my friends and family on Valentines Day!
    smchester at gmail dot com

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  71. For my single friends who are alone I make sure to call them and send them an e-card tole tthem know that they are never really alone.

    madamerkf at aol dot com

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  72. Count me in :)

    ktgonyea at gmail.com

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  73. I send flowers to my best friend at her work. That makes anyone feel special!

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  74. I always give chocolate to my freinds.Its a great treat and we usually share it,lol.

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  75. Spending time with my friends, or at least callign them would show that I care. :-) colorfulcarla@ gmail.com

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  76. I'm planning to bring each of them a jar of my homemade jelly.

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  77. I'd like to make fudge for them.

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  78. I like to do little things for my kids, get them a valentine's themed toy and some treats.

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  79. I'm going to make some old-fashioned homemade Valentine's cards.

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  80. I send out a bunch of valentines. Then my husband and I go out to dinner

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  81. tell them what they mean to you.

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  82. I don't think we're ever too old to stop giving out valentines. Life is all about appreciation! Thanks for the contest.

    superdavefive(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  83. You can send a text out to all your friends letting you know you are thinking of them
    rosans4@comcast.net

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  84. This year i am making a special Jewelry piece for each of my friends. Although i am a beginner,i think they will enjoy receiving something from me:)

    cyclona66@aol.com

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  85. You remember them with small tokens of affection.

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  86. I give them all a hug and individually make them a special lunch, something that is one of their favorites.
    Thanks for the chance!
    barbmccrea at hotmail.com

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  87. i send out little cards and have little gifts for those I see to say I love you and glad you are in my life!
    cdrury@gmail.com

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  88. I send my friends Valentine cards and ecards.For my very special friend I make homemade big sized heart sugar cookies that I wrap individualy and give them
    nanja[at]comcast[dot]net

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  89. I'd send my single friends a single rose each for Valentines day, if they're girls without boyfriends. And if they're my single guy friends, I'd send them a card. Married friends get an SMS greeting from me. I'd try to reach all my friends and make them feel special on Valentines day.

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  90. invite them over for supper and fun-I enjoy cooking

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  91. invite them to my house for supper and fun-I enjoy cooking

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  92. I like to make sugar cookie hearts to decorate with my daughter and then we deliver them to all our friends.
    shan_da@hotmail.com

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  93. I'm making mini cheesecakes and putting themin heart shaped boxes for my friends

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  94. I'm making up packets of homemade hot chocolate and fudge to give them.

    hafner611{AT}gmail{DOT}com

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  95. I have made special valentine's day cards to give to each one. They are handcrafted, so it took time to make, showing I care.

    candyskysaviorgirl@yahoo.com

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  96. I like to send a home made box of candies!

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  97. Christina - xristya@rock.com - One year I sent each of my friends an elaborate French Jumping Jack (they were printed on cardboard and I constructed them). Many of my friends live far away now and so I have to reach them by mail, and each year I try to create something unique and different for them!

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  98. I love to bake heart shaped sugar cookies for my friends and family to let them know they are special

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  99. I like to bake cookies and browies and make truffles for my friends and loved ones to show them they're special to me. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

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  100. Tell them i love them and how much they mean to me.


    LayDeeBugLove@aol.com

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  101. I send e-cards with very personalized sentiments. My friends are all long-distance but at least they know I'm thinking about them.
    Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

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  102. My friend has experienced some health scares lately, so I'm sending her two canisters of Godiva Hot Cocoa mix. If that doesn't cure what ails you, I don't know WHAT will do it.

    Wonderful pendant. Great giveaway!

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  103. Call them and talk about good times we've shared. :)
    firstrosegrrl@yahoo.com

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  104. I get together with all my single friends and we watch chick flicks and eat pizza.

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  105. I always give my close friends a small box of candy and tell them that I love them.

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  106. I've already sent part of the surprise. I have two friends in another state that I love and miss dearly. I sent each a snow globe with a note containing some cash explaining I couldn't find anything for the other friend and if they could get a dozen roses and deliver them I would appreciate it. So they will each buy the other roses and put their busy schedules aside for an hour and meet not know the other also has roses for them. I miss them.

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  107. I live in Derby Kansas which is right by an air force base. A lot of my friends have husband's who are serving and won't be home for Valentine's. I am a wedding videographer. So, what I am doing for my friends, is taping special messages for their husbands and putting them on youtube.com for them.

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  108. I am making mini heart shaped brownies to give away.

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  109. I like to make cards, too. My mom always makes pretty cookies, and I'm trying to get into that, too. I have always enjoyed them. Thanks!

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  110. I like to make chocolate covered strawberries.

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  111. We go out for a nice dinner on Valentines. The heart shaped necklace is gorgeous.

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  112. I like to remember my friends with a card and a phone call for Valentines Day. wgbc1446@yahoo.com

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  113. I give my friends little chocolate hearts! yeah I know...amyinkamloops@gmail.com

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  114. I send cards, just to let them know I am thinking of them.

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  115. I get together with a few friends the night before Valentine's Day and we have dinner and (share) a dessert.

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  116. Throughout the past year I took pictures of my friends on different occassions. This year I am making handmade Valentine cards for each of them. Thanks.

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  117. I know its not original, but I send cards. I love sending and receiving Valentine's!

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  118. I can call them and we can have a good laugh.

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  119. I buy kid's valentine cards and send those out ... my friend started this a few years ago and I love it.

    It's so cute.

    www.lindab142.etsy.com
    http://linorstore.com

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  120. I make a heart shaped cake that says "I Love You" on it. :) Thanks
    cathyhorner@embarqmail.com

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  121. I send regular "kid" valentine's to my friends. They get a kick out of them.

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  122. I prefer giving my friends chocolate....they all seem to love that :)

    backflash_tuna@juno.com

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  123. I take my friends out for dinner on my dime!

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  124. I am giving them old-school valentines this year (the kind you give out in elementary school). Just to be silly and fun.
    pjgirl74 at aol dot com

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  125. I would like to bake them something special. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  126. I BAKE TREATS, COOKIES, CUPCAKES & OUR GOODIES FOR MY FRIENDS & FAMILY!
    ON VALENTINE'S DAY EVERYONE GETS A LITTLE GIFT.
    I ALSO MAKE GOODIES FOR OUR EDLERLY FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS, WIDOW FRIENDS OR THE SINGLE GALS WHO NEED A LITTLE CHEERING UP ON WHAT IS A LONELY DAY FOR THEM.
    THE KIDS HELP ME & WRITE THINGS ON THE COOKIES & CUPCAKES LIKE "I love You" , "God Loves You" ....XOX'S....KISS ME...ALL KINDA OF THINGS.
    They have fun painting all the cookies & cupcakes............I enjoy spreading the love & cheer.

    zestywonderland@gmail.com

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  127. I have always bought my husband a new outfit....something from the spring line that's new in the stores. He does the same for me along with the usual bottle of perfume(new scent of course), flowers and dinner!
    I usually get my son candy and a video game...this year he's getting a golf club...he wanted a new putter! I guess he's getting older!

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  128. I make heart shaped cookies for my friends on Valentines Day..they say I care!

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  129. That pendant is gorgeous!!! I would love to win that.

    I usually give my close friends something like hand lotion or note cards in a bag with some candy.

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  130. I would love to send all of my friends cards individualized to them. Would shock all of them. Thank you. candieluster at gmail dot com

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  131. We usually try to get together for lunch or drinks and we buy each other silly Valentine's cards and chocolates. Thanks for the giveaway, the necklace is really pretty!

    mattandjen[at]gmail[dot]com

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  132. I give all my friends little Valentine's like we used to hand out when we were children. It always puts a smile on their faces. This pendant is beautiful. Whoever wins it is very lucky!:)

    kellierosewilson@hotmail.com

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  133. Hugs,kisses, words of appreciation/encouragement are all things we do for our friends on this holiday.ashlyn@chuparkoff.com

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  134. For one of my friends on Valentine's Day (to show that she was special) - I brought over some freshly baked muffins to enjoy for a kind of surprise afternoon snack. Thanks for this chance to win this beautiful pendant.

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  135. I can take my friends out to dinner to show them they are special to me on Valentine's Day.

    ms.lilyk@gmail.com

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  136. I bake brownies for my friends. garrettsambo@aol.com

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  137. Buy lots of yummy chocolate sweets and share them with my friends! Who doesn't love a little chocolate on Valentine's Day?!

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  138. I make cards by hand for all my kids and grandkids. As we all know, handmade is the way you show your love! And lots of "hugga-hugga's" of course.

    jcamp2020@aol.com

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  139. Meet up with them for lunch and order lots of dessert to spoil ourselves! :D

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  140. Give them a valentine with an invite inside for a night out of girlfriend love and fun!

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  141. i like to make homemade candy for my friends and family :)

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  142. i like to make them their own personalized valentine card created by me! then of course i add in a little chocolate, because everyone loves chocolate!

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  143. I like to bring heart-shaped bakery cookies to work on Valentine's Day. It brings a smile to my co-workers faces. Thanks for the giveaway, the heart is beautiful.

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  144. Just a kiss shows someone they're special.

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  145. Wow...what a bunch of great ideas! I loved reading them. Time for me to go select the winners. I will notify the two winners by email/post to your blog and will also do another post to my blog with the winners.

    Thanks to everyone who entered!

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  146. I and my best friends used to buy to each others small things like (flowers-cards-...) to show that friends are as important as the lovers
    sula_nsb@hotmail.com

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  147. I like to make heart-shaped brownies and surprise my co-workers with them. They love them!!

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  148. Chocolate, of course! LOTS of chocolate!

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  149. Love is a spiritual blessing and I pray that I won't misplace my love on someone who can't love back. I vow not to let loved ones down.

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