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February 09, 2012 19:49 ET

Try These Creative Valentine's Day Gift Ideas, From Informa Research Services

CALABASAS, CA--(Marketwire - Feb 9, 2012) - Valentine's Day is next week and couples everywhere will be spoiling each other with lavish gifts of roses, chocolates, and the like. Informa Research Services, a subsidiary of Informa plc (LSE: INF), offers these ideas for those who prefer to take a less traditional route when it comes to treating their significant other (

Skip the restaurant and cook a meal at home.
Especially since getting reservations at the best places in town can be near impossible for Valentine's Day, cooking at home instead can offer many benefits. In addition to saving money, eating a romantic dinner at home can be more private and personal. Who wants to be around a few dozen other couples when trying to create a special night? To help change up the atmosphere from looking like your everyday home, use candles or dim the lighting. Make your dining table take on a different look by using a tablecloth and place settings that are different from the ones you usually use.

Start a travel savings account.
Are you a couple that loves to travel? Has it been a while since you have gone away on a trip together? Instead of spending money on a gift that will only last a day or two, start up a savings account dedicated to traveling! Open an account with a nice little deposit to get your travel fund started. For the best results, be sure to shop around for the interest-earning savings vehicle with the highest interest rate.

After surprising your sweetie with it, discuss how much you are both willing to contribute on a regular basis and set up automatic transfers to ensure these contributions are being made regularly. This Valentine's Day gift might take longer to cash in, but the memories and experience will last longer than any dozen roses or box of chocolates!

Build a customized goody basket.
Nothing says "I love you" like a personalized present. Put together a basket full of your girlfriend or boyfriend's favorite things. These can be as simple as their favorite snacks or maybe items you know they will enjoy. For bonus points, incorporate other unique interests. Is your girlfriend a movie lover? Grab a clean popcorn tub and fill it with DVDs, movie tickets, microwave popcorn, and her favorite movie candy! Does he like to grill? Be sure to fill his basket with flavorful meat rubs, marinades, and grill tools!

When it comes to these special occasions, remember what is important. Don't get carried away in the commercial aspect of Valentine's Day. At the end of the day, it's the thought that's going to count more than the dollars spent.

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