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The wife and I don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day since we’ve been married for 30+ years and we’ve been dating for several years longer.  It sounds like a simple excuse to avoid yet another gift buying panic but we really try and celebrate that every day, pr as many days as we can in between discussions of misplaced dirty laundry and needed home repairs.  But I don’t hold anything against those of you that do, which, apparently is quite a few.

Sortprice, which regularly tracks user visits and searches during major holiday shopping periods to gauge consumer trends, compiled a top ten list of the most popular products being viewed on the site. The data was collected starting in late January through February 8th and they equate it to the most popular gifts being purchased for valentines Day.  They are:

  • Canon Power Shot SD970 IS
  • Ugg Classic Short Boot
  • iPod Touch
  • Kama Sutra Bath Gels and Oils
  • Guess Handbags
  • Bulova Diamond Women’s Watches
  • Weleda Body Oils
  • Betsey Johnson Necklaces
  • Philips Norelco Men’s Razors and Grooming Kits
  • Armani Acqua di Gio Men’s Fragrance

The first thing I notice is how the bulk of these are for women.  Tossing out the camera and iTouch as gender neutral, two of the remaining eight are for men.  I think we know what’s going on here:  guilt!

The second thing I notice is that two of these products are oils.  Kama Sutra gel?   I retract my previous statement.

The third thing I notice is that while the female gifts are accessories, the male gifts are for the guys to clean up their acts.  Gifts or threats, ladies?

What did you give or get for Valentine’s Day?  Anything on this list?

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I’m a big fan of New Year’s Day.  Not only is there a lot of high-quality football (OK, and hockey) to watch but there are generally great leftovers and no rules on eating all kinds of bad snack food while you do your best speed-bump imitation on the couch.  Of course, I like it for other reasons as well. Continue reading

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Thanksgiving is a lot of work in my house – maybe in yours as well.  If you’ve been reading along, you know that the menu planning, shopping, and prep work has been going on for several days and today (Wednesday) is the biggest of the prep days.   Tomorrow is focused on bringing all the pieces together, hopefully at the same time, and entertaining the horde that will descend.  I like to think of those pieces as the three “F”s. Continue reading

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