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Valentine ideas that make Momsense

February 9, 2011 - Betsy Bethel
My husband believes Valentine's Day is a Hallmark holiday, which is his excuse not to celebrate it. Good thing he makes me feel special on the other 364 days a year, huh?

But now that we have a daughter, I like to make a big deal about Valentine's Day. My version of a "big deal" is to make our own Valentines for each other and bake some sort of heart-shaped treat. For folks who take Valentine's Day a little more seriously, here are a few gift ideas that caught our attention.

What's in your heart?

These new What's in Your Heart lockets allow wearers to personalize the piece of jewelry that they wear closest to their hearts. The sterling silver heart-shaped lockets hold tiny gold, silver or enamel charms that reflect the wearer's loves, interests, job and more. Instead of opening the locket to reveal what's inside, the locket case is transparent. The lockets, created by Linx & More, have been featured on TV shows "Extra," Dancing with the Starts" and "Making It." A locket is $45 and charms are $18 each.

Cutest slippers ever

Love Rocks, and now your little one's feet can, too. These high top sneakers adorned with a beribonned heart that says "LOVE ROCKS" are among dozens of adorable designs created by JazzyToes, LLC, a Pittsburgh company started by a mother of two young boys who wanted more options for her sons' feet. The slipper-sock line also includes girls' and mommy-and-me styles. Available in baby and toddler sizes for $18.

If you thought your child loved her Pillow Pet ... She's never seen a Zoobie.

Zoobie Pets are the latest in the pillow animal craze, but these lovable critters come in many more species (about 30) and are made with more detailed features. They also go one step farther in the comfort-on-the-go department by including a zippered pouch that contains a full size (53- by 34-inch) fleece blanket. There are zoo animals, wildlife creatures, bugs and even a Storybook Line with characters like Olivia, Peter Rabbit, Paddington Bear and Eric Carle's Very Hungry Caterpillar (which has a blanket printed with a colorful butterfly). Available at Learning Express in Robinson or Mount Lebanon, Creative Kid at the Pittsburgh airport, Barefoot Stitches and Crafts in Mount Lebanon and online a for about $35.

Not your granny's money holder

This is a great gift idea for the right girl. The Racktrap is a small, thin satin pocket that fits inside her bra for a safe place to stash cash, a credit card or license while be-bopping and barhopping. It also could be quite practical for moms of babies and young children who don't want to be encumbered with a purse AND a diaper bag, or who are tired of losing their wallets in the great diaper bag abyss. The fashion three-pack ($15.95) comes in black, white and nude lace. There's also a water-resistant sport version ($9.95) and a special edition gold ($7.95). For more information visit


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