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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2010

I love Valentine’s Day!  It’s not all about chocolate, hearts, and pretty cards (although those things do make me feel all warm and fuzzy).

When I was a resident assistant in the largest dormitory in North America,during my undergraduate days in Austin, Texas, I made a special Valentine’s treat for the women on my hall. In cellophane bags full of foil-wrapped chocolates, I attached a small piece of paper with the history of Valentine’s Day and shared a valentine with each of those wonderful gals.

The History of Valentine’s Day

Back in 3rd century Rome, Emperor Claudius II decided that single men were better soldiers than married men with wives and families, so he prohibited young men (his drafted soldiers) from getting married.  Priest Valentine realized this decree was unjust and it defied the word of God.  So, he performed marriages in secret–how utterly romantic.  Unfortunately, Emperor Claudius II eventually learned about Valentine, and he was ordered to death, thus he became Saint Valentine.


Beginning tomorrow until February 14th, Traveling with Baby’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide will feature almost-daily posts of gift ideas for a family-full of valentines.  The gift guide posts will replace regularly scheduled columns Tuesday Travels and wellBEing weekends.  Once the gift guide posts published, you can find links to all of them culminated and organized here, on this post.  Isn’t that convenient?

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide Categories

For Him & Her:

For Her:

For the Whole Family:

For Kids (or the Kid at Heart):

To enter the giveaways, visit each post, and leave a relevant comment.

Extra credit:

FOR A SECOND ENTRY: Blog about the Valentine’s Day Gift Guide or this giveaway, then leave a comment with a link to your post.

FOR A THIRD ENTRY: Follow @drdolly and tweet about this giveaways or the Gift Guide, then leave a second comment telling me that you did with a link to your tweet.

FOR A FOURTH ENTRY: Enter another contest on the Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, and leave a comment telling me which one you entered.

Note: There’s a maximum of four (4) entries per giveaway.  Unless otherwise noted, all Valentine’s Day giveaways close at 11:59 PM on February 14th.  There are a few giveaways launched February 13th or later, and those giveaways will end on February 28th at 11:59 PM.  Winners will be selected via random.org shortly thereafter.

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3 Responses

  1. I wish my RA had done something so thoughtful and creative when I was in school!
    I learned something new today – never knew the history of St. Valentine.
    Looking forward to your next posts…

  2. Wow, I can’t belive it’s almost Valentines! Thanks for the post, I enjoyed it.

  3. I entered the Kidorable umbrella contest.
    anthy_stl [ATT] yahoo [DOTT] com

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