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The Independent Student Newspaper of St. John's University

The Torch

The Independent Student Newspaper of St. John's University

The Torch

Smell the roses

So, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and you still haven’t found that perfect present for your sweetheart? It’s quite understandable. Being a full-time student, participating in extra-curricular activities, playing sports and maintaining a part-time job (while all your money is going to books and tuition, by the way) can be difficult to manage. How will you make the time to buy a spectacular present when all your schedule allows is Russell Stover chocolates and gas station flowers? Here are a few ideas that will impress the special person in your life and won’t break the bank.

Tell the woman you love how “beary” special she is with a Giant Hershey’s Kisses Basket with Boyd’s Bear, $30 ( You could customize the bow around the plush bear’s neck as well the ribbon coming through the top of the milk chocolate kiss with a touching quote or personalized message.

Does your significant other always listen to music? Do his earphones seem as if they’re glued inside his ears most of the time? You could have him rock out at home with the new ihome portable speaker nano, $30 ( This lightweight speaker has a water resistant case as well as a protective shield to protect his iPod. Now he can listen to his favorite tunes in the comfort of his own home, and not just while en route to work. (Sidenote: first and second generation iPods can be used for the speaker nano).

Is your sweetheart the laid-back type? Does he like to lounge in his favorite chair with remote in hand and spend the day watching sports? The Recliner PJ’s, $39.95 (, may be just what he needs to feel completely in his comfort zone. Illustrated on the pants are pictures of recliners, TVs, remote controls and bags of chips, and a 100 percent Brushed Cotton burgundy shirt is part of the deal.

Some college students have a significant other that is away at school. In order to tell them how you feel, don’t send them a card in the mail and let Hallmark express your innermost thoughts-send a Valentine Postcard Glass Block, $16.95 ( The glass block resembles a postcard and you could write heartfelt messages without the envelope.

Forget the chocolates! Try a different approach and give the gift of sweetness. The Sweet Box, $25 ( comes with Mrs. Field Cookies, Mike & Ikes, Dots, Good & Plenty and other hard candies. You are sure to satisfy their sweet tooth.

Everyone knows women love to be asked what scent they’re wearing, if for no other reason than to feel confident and sexy.

Men, do some homework and get the woman something she’d actually use-and if you think she already has enough beauty products, rest assured that there’s no such thing! Try Bath & Body Works Signature Collection, “Feel the Love”, $22.50 ( in Moonlight.

The heart-shaped box is filled with bottles of bubble bath, shower gel, body lotion and perfume.

Have you always wanted to be a featured character is your own novel? Now it can be possible! Forget the flowers in favor of something more creative. Personalize your own novel for only $39.95 at, and you could be starring in your own romance novel along with your significant other. Choose from a variety of different titles such as Click for Love, Racing Hearts and Tropical Treasure and you will definitely win over your sweetie’s heart.

Think outside of the box to show your Valentine how much you truly love them. All it takes is a few clicks of your mouse to customize these unique gifts to make your honey feel like you invested a whole lot of time and energy into getting them the perfect gift!

Did You Know?

? Pope Gelasius declared Valentine’s Day February 14th around 498 A.D.

? The oldest known Valentine still in existence today was a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while imprisoned in Tower of London.

? During the Middle Ages, it was believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that it should be a day of romance.

? Approximately 85% of Valentines are purchased by women.

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