Archive for Sunday, November 15, 1998

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November 15, 1998

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Whether it's flowers, stuffed animals or another gift of your choosing, the holidays are a perfect time to bring out that romantic side.

With Christmas right around the corner, it is time once again to think about what to get the special people in your life. While finding gifts for friends and family may not be an easy task, it may be an even harder one to find the perfect romantic gift for the one you love.

"I think the most common romantic gifts people give are flowers or stuffed animals," said Kimberly Reed, Lawrence resident.

There is no doubt that flowers convey romance, especially during the holiday season. Some of the more popular flowers are roses, carnations and poinsettias. Local florists offer a wide variety of holiday bouquets for that special someone.

Candles are another option for a romantic gift. Whether they are scented like Christmas or colored like candy canes, candles provide a warm holiday atmosphere.

"Mood-making is what it's all about," said Phil Cauthon, an employee at Waxman Candles, 609 Mass. "Nothing can reproduce candlelight, which is why candles will always be around."

For those people with love in their heart and poetry on their minds, the Etc. Shop, 928 Mass., may have the perfect thing. The shop offers magnetic poetry that you can arrange into a poem on your sweetheart's refrigerator or any other magnetic surface. The poetry is available in English -- and French, Spanish, Italian and German.

"It's an inexpensive gift," said Linda Lester, store owner.

Perfume is also available at the Etc. Shop. According to Lester, a new aromatherapy gift pack by Brighton Leather Goods is coming out just in time for the holidays.

Some people say that handmade gifts are the best choices to impress the one you love. Ideas for handmade gifts could include writing your sweetheart a letter or poem on fancy stationary, baking them something tasty, or making a frame for a special picture.

"Handmade gifts are sweet," said Reed. "They really show the person genuinely cares."

The hardest thing about Christmas is finding the perfect gift. Lawrence offers many opportunities to help you get through this process and on your way to having a wonderful holiday season.

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