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Inexpensive yet Thoughtful Gifts and Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Showing your love for someone for Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to involve showering that person with a lot of expensive gifts. There is an inundation of advertising for expensive jewelry, expensive flowers and expensive gifts leading up to February 14th. But don’t be fooled by all these ads, the best gifts usually are the ones that come from the heart or gifts that show that a lot of thought went into it. People incorrectly assume that Valentine’s Day is about the gifts, but it is really about celebrating the love between two people. Whether it be the love in a romantic relationship, the love for a family member, or the love you have for your best friend, Valentine’s Day is the time to show those people your affection for them. Stumped for ideas? Here are some thoughtful gifts ideas to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day with loved ones without breaking the bank.

Technology is everywhere. We can’t escape it and it definitely can create a barrier between two people. Statistics say that Americans spend at least 4.7 hours per day on their phones. That is an awful lot of time spent not interacting with loved ones. This year for Valentine’s Day, give the gift of undivided attention. Put away the electronics and spend time with a loved one. Offer 24 hours of no tech and make the most of that time and have a deep conversation with the person you love.

Scavenger hunts are a fun way to spend a day. For Valentine’s Day, create a scavenger hunt that celebrates your love for your partner by taking them down a trip through memory lane. Create clues that will take your partner to all your favorite date spots, or maybe to the spot where you first kissed, or told them that you loved them. This sweet way to commemorate your love will be very much appreciated by your partner. Not only will it show that your loved one that you remember all your most important shared memories but it will also renew a romantic spark.

Puyallup might be a smaller city but it is full of history and charm Oftentimes, it is difficult to get out enjoy the city or take the time to visit the museums or historical places of significance because of time. Take this Valentine’s Day to explore the city and be a tourist with your loved one. Get to know the history of the city and enjoy your surroundings. Visit the Meeker Manson for Valentine’s Day tea or take a romantic walk through one of the gorgeous parks in Puyallup. Puyallup is known for some of the best antique shops in the state so make sure to take a stroll through history at one of the many shops at antique row.

The city of Puyallup is lucky to have such a wonderful library. Take time this Valentine’s Day to visit the Puyallup library. Located on South Meridian, the library is the best place to get free movies and books to enjoy with your significant other. Rent romantic books to read to one another. The library is also good for some classic, romantic movies like Casablanca or Sleepless in Seattle. Snuggle up on this stormy Valentine’s Day with some hot chocolate and a good classic book or movie!

People love compliments and your loved one is no exception. The most romantic way to give a compliment to your partner is through the Love Jar. Find a jar and cover it with cutout hearts and a sign that says “Love Jar”. Write out individual compliments on separate pieces of paper. Put all those love notes into the jar and seal it up. You can put as many compliments into the jar as you want. You can even put 365 of them into the jar and have your partner pull one out every day. A daily reminder of the reason why you love someone is a far better gift of expensive flowers or chocolates.

The weather in Washington is always unpredictable especially during the month of February. Staying indoors during this time of year and staying warm is always a good idea. For those of you who don’t want to brave the outdoors during Valentine’s Day, staying indoors and having a romantic picnic is a lovely and relaxing way to spend the holiday. Not only is a picnic less effort than a home cooked meal, but snuggling up and eating on a blanket, inside under candlelight is very romantic. Pack a picnic basket, lay out a blanket, and light some candles and enjoy the intimate setting of an indoor picnic.

No matter how you decide to spend Valentine’s Day, a thoughtful gift is always the best way to go. It is important to remember that the holiday is all about spending time with loved ones. The city of Puyallup has so much to offer when it comes to spending a romantic evening with the person you love. Tweet us and let us know what your plans are for Valentine’s Day!

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Puyallup Events (Dec 12-18)

Welcome to a new week in Puyallup! With the temperature drop last week, we hope that you enjoyed the sprinkle of snow. Did you make a snowman, snow angel, or snuggle up in a blanket with a hot drink? If you have students, were they excited by the two-hour delay? Snow in December rings in the Christmas spirit.

Check out what is happening in the Puyallup community this week! If you want to catch a Christmas show, do some holiday shopping, get out of the cold and rain with a movie, or listen to some festive music, you can. For more details, read below.

The Liberty Theatre in downtown Puyallup is a historic venue that is hosting “Another Night Before Christmas” produced by the ManeStage Theatre. Click on the link above for ticket pricing and show times. The show is about the following:

“Karol, a disillusioned social worker, is trudging home one cold December night when she encounters an old man sitting on a park bench. Mistaking him for homeless, Karol offers the stranger some food — a seemingly innocent gesture, until he turns up in her apartment claiming to be Santa Claus. Thanks to a malfunctioning security system, Karol finds herself trapped with “Mr. Claus” and forced to confront her feelings about Christmas once and for all in this touching musical battle between cynicism and belief.”

ManeStage Theatre company is also putting on a production of Irving Berlin’s a White Christmas. This classic holiday story is a festive and joyful way to celebrate the Christmas season. Click on the link above for show dates, times, and prices. This show takes place in Sumner.

The Puyallup Public Library is a terrific place to spend chilly and damp days. Grab a book and fill your brain with new knowledge. Along with an impressive selection of books and resources, the library also aims to interact with the community. This holiday season the library is hosting a music event from 1-2pm on Saturday the 17th. The Tapestry Singers, under the direction of Suna Chung, will visit the library to share the gift of winter music with us. The Tapestry Singers are an adult community choir and are proud members of Valley Arts United. Music is a big part of the holiday season, and if you a haven’t heard any beautiful tunes yet, you can listen here!

Last week, we talked about the different events going on at the South Hill Mall. Most of these activities run through Christmas, so you can still check them out. The mall has extended its hours for holiday shopping, so if you’re like me, go late at night after the crowds have gone home. The movie theater at the mall is playing some funny holiday movies right now. To check out what is playing and watch some previews click here. After you have done some Christmas shopping, why not catch a movie? Click here to learn more about what the South Hill Mall is offering this season.

Shopping for Christmas can turn into a mad hunt to find meaningful gifts for your loved ones. There are many places in the Puyallup area to find unique gifts. If your family is tough to shop for, you might want to check out shops outside of the mall where you can find unique gifts. The antique shops in downtown Puyallup are bound to have non-traditional gifts that will be more exciting than socks or a gift card. It is fun to explore the different shops and it is typically less crowded than the mall. If you work your way down Main Street downtown, you can find a gift in the boutique shops. The Exhibitors Boutique and Trellis Cafe is another place to find cute gifts (click on the link for hours, phone number, and reviews). Full of different booths with gifts that are decorative for the home, it feels a bit like a real life Etsy. There is a lovely cafe attached to the shopping area, so if you are in the mood for a sandwich, cup of tea or a slice of cake, you can wrap up your shopping by stopping to refuel there.

Pinot’s Palette- Painting and sipping wine, does it get any better than that? Check out this activity in Sunrise Village located on South Hill. Get a group of friends together to let your creativity flow. Sign up for an evening of fun at Pinot’s Palette.

The North Pole at the Fair is on this week at the Washington State Fair. Take a sneak peak into how Santa lives and prepares for Christmas. To learn about different activities to check out, click here. The North Pole runs through the end of December. You won’t want to miss it!

That’s all for events in Puyallup this week. Tweet us to share a moment from an event, we would love to hear from you! Check in with us next week to see what is happening in the community. We hope all Puyallup School District students, staff, and teachers have a fantastic last week before winter break. Have a great week!

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Holiday Gift Guide

South Hill Mall Holiday Shopping in Puyallup

The holidays are already upon us and the stores are bustling and busy with shoppers searching for those prefect gifts for their loved ones in their lives. Gift giving is one of the best parts of the season. However, sometimes tracking down the perfect gift can be difficult. Most of us are super busy during the holidays and sometimes trying to get into the stores and taking the time to search through all these stores can be taxing or tiring. Also, everyone has that person in their life that is just too hard to shop for. That is why gift guides are the best way to help find those prefect gifts for the holidays. Here is a list of the best holiday gifts out there for all your loved ones in your life.

For the make-up lover that just can’t seem to get enough make-up or beauty products in their lives, Ulta is their version of heaven. Since opening at South Hill Mall, make-up lovers and beauty lovers have been flocking there to fulfill all their beauty needs. The most in demand gifts are their beauty gift sets. One of the most complete make-up sets that is super in demand is the Tarte Greatest Glitz Collector’s Set & Portable Palettes. This palette includes lipstick, eye shadows, mascara, and blush.

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http://www.ulta.com

For all the daring perfume lovers in your life, the exotic scents of Thierry Mugler are a perfect addition to their perfume collection. This set includes the four very popular Thierry Mugler perfumes that all have a deliciously exotic smell that is unique.

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http://www.ulta.com

You can never go wrong with gift set designed for body. The Body Shop is always a good go to for those people who are looking for a gift for a person who just loves beauty in general. Their shower gels and body butters are the best on the market. The Coconut Glowing Body 3-piece kit has Coconut Shower Cream, body scrub, and body butter to help reveal softer, glowing skin.

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http://www.ulta.com

For those people who have a super athlete in their lives, the South Hill Mall has multiple stores that have all kinds of sportswear and gadgets to help any athlete to reach their peak performance level. For the athlete who has a ton of gear to carry around to and from the field or gym, Champs Sports has the Under Armor Contain Backpack /Duffel II has compartments for everything and is made from an element resistant material.

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http://www.champssports.com

For the ultimate sports fan in your life who can never seem to have enough gear from their favorite sports teams, Just Sports in the South Hill Mall offers team gear from the NFL, the NBA, MLB, NCAA, NHL, MLS and the MILB. For all the Seahawks fans out there who have cheered for the team through the good times and bad, this ornament with complement will tree this holiday season.

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https://www.justsports.com

Just Sports also has some pretty amazing holidays sweaters to help showcase your pride for your team and the love of the holidays.

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https://www.justsports.com

Lady Foot Locker at the South Hill Mall has a wide variety of sportswear for the female athlete in your life. Now that the weather is getting colder, Lady Foot Locker has plenty of cold weather accessories to help keep her warm during all those outdoor workouts. The Nike Hyperelite F/Z Hoodie will help keep her warm and allow her to be fully mobile during those winter workouts.

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http://www.ladyfootlocker.com

Toys “R” Us at the South Hill Mall is the place to get toys for kids. When shopping for your child or maybe a niece, nephew, grandchild or godchild Toys “R” Us is the best place to find toys for children of all ages. For the budding vet and animal lovers the Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Checkup Center for child 3 and up is the perfect gift. The little one can care for their stuffed animals with this play set that features an electronic stethoscope and kid-powered EKG monitor.

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http://www.toysrus.com

For all those kids who love to build things and take them apart, the Meccano MeccaNoid G15 is a personal robot that features 600 parts that enable the child to create multiple designs and six motors that control the head, arms and feet for realistic movements. It’s a prefect gift for the potential future engineer!

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http://www.toysrus.com

It’s never too early to get a child started on music training. For children who are musically inclined, Toy’s “R” Us has the First Act Discovery Rock N Roll Designer Acoustic Guitar. The guitar comes with a steel reinforced neck for durability, string sticker names and Learn-a-Chord cards to help the child pick up the basics.

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http://www.toysrus.com

For those of us that have people in our life and we want to spoil there is no better way to go than jewelry. There are many jewelry stores in the South Hill Mall that offer a lot of luxury items for those special people that do so much for us. Kay Jewelers has an extensive men’s watch selection that offers a lot of variety from dress watches to more rugged watches. The Citizen’s Men’s Watch Nighthawk Chronograph CA0295-58E is a stylish black ion-plated stainless steel watch that is powered by light and it water-resistant up to 200 meters.

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http://www.kay.com

You can never go wrong with a classic tennis bracelet for the special women in your life. Weisfield Jewelers has a variety of beautiful tennis bracelets that come in different prices ranges. The ½ CT TW Round-Cut sterling silver tennis bracelet is a gorgeous addition to any women’s jewelry collection.

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http://www.sterlingjewelers.com

Zales has collaborated with Vera Wang to bring a stunning collection of jewelry to the store. Vera Wang’s LOVE Collection is filled with dainty feminine pieces for the jewelry lover who loves lady like details. The LOVE collections 1/5 CT T.W. Diamond Rose Pendant in Sterling Silver is a very detailed necklace that is both unique and beautifully feminine.

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http://www.zales.com

For someone who loves home décor and their home, the South Hill Mall has a lot to offer for the home and garden. Target is always the best place to look for gifts that decorate the home. For those people who have more of a contemporary style, The Threshold Gold Stag Head adds a unique holiday cheer in any home.

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http://www.target.com

One way to really add some comfort to any home is the classic throw blanket. The prefect addition to any couch is unique, cuddly throw that will help keep any friend or family member warm through this long winter months. Target has the Threshold Chunky Knit Metallic Throw that would make the prefect gift for the person who loves to snuggle up with a warm throw blanket on the couch.

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http://www.target.com

For the joyous people in your life who love to decorate, getting a funky Christmas decoration for them home is always the perfect gift. Target overflows with quirky yet cute decorations for a reasonable price that looks prefect in any home. The Threshold Wooden Lit JOY Décor sign fits that bill.

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http://www.target.com

Outside of these gifts, the South Hill Mall in Puyallup is an excellent place to do your shopping, get some food and enjoy the holiday’s festive nature. There are also plenty of places in the mall to get gift cards for those who are truly the most difficult to shop for during the holidays. Just remember, there are only a few days left of holiday shopping so make sure to get out there and get your shopping done!