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Special gifts for that special someone

Everyone has the ideal Valentine’s Day in their mind: they probably see a loving significant other, perhaps breakfast in bed, and flowers or chocolate awaiting them at work, school or home. But, when these options are tossed to the wind, the mind tends to come up blank. What can you get for your loving partner that will make them smile, laugh, and thank the heavens that you’re in their life?
Look no further. This Valentine’s Day, your significant other deserves something useful. Something that won’t make them fat like chocolate. And something that won’t stir up their allergies like flowers. This suggestion guide will lead you to the best, most unique Valentine’s Day gift anyone has ever received.
For starters, evaluate your partner’s interests. The first obvious question is: do they like bugs? If you answered a resounding, “Heck yeah they do!” then this suggestion is for you. Send your love 1,000 ladybugs in the mail. Amazon makes it cheap and easy to send these anywhere your significant other will be.
The only catch here is that, if the ladybugs get loose, your love might not love you so much when they find dead ladybugs all over their house or workplace two to three months later.
So maybe your answer to “Do they like bugs?” was an “Um… no?”
In that case, don’t give up. There are many more options to come. Second is a potato. What a time to be alive that it’s possible to send (almost) anything written or stamped on a potato in the mail to the one you love. On, you can find common phrases and pictures that can be written on a potato; or you can send a potato-themed joke to your SO. Maybe something like: “I love you has eight letters and so does potatoes,” or “I find you very a-peel-ing.”
If the potato in the mail just isn’t for you, don’t worry. There’s a few more options to come. The third suggestion is much cuter and leaves you with fewer potatoes and dead ladybugs just lying around.
What about symbolically adopting a penguin in honor of your partner? If you do this adoption through an organization like the World Wildlife Fund, you will get some very cute presents to give your sweetie on V-Day. First, you get a plush emperor penguin. This cute little present will act as a constant reminder of both your love for them and your love for the continued existence of the Emperor Penguin species.
Second, you get a photo of your penguin along with an adoption certificate. And finally, you get the satisfaction of doing something selfless times two: you give your partner a great gift and an Emperor Penguin a shot at survival.
This last suggestion is for the more adventurous, less material-driven significant other in your life. If this person hates presents, but loves experiencing new things together, then have I got the present for you.
First, order the most romantic food found in Clemson so your significant other doesn’t get hungry on your trip: cheese curds from Backstreets. Then, blindfold them so they are thoroughly surprised when you reach your destination. Finally, drive them out to Split Creek Farms in Anderson where you’ll find chickens, cats, ducks, potbelly pigs and baby goats.
You can spread a blanket out by the barn, pop out the cheese curds, and enjoy a scenic, farm-scented picnic with friendly animals. You’ll both feel so much like a Disney character with animal sidekicks that by the end of your trip, Valentine’s Day will end, not with a fizzle, but with a bang.

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