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And this maze of deception has one end, to get their precious money that they otherwise would be spending on a 60-inch flatscreen with surround sound. So this year there will be no more excuses. Let me help you put the craft back in Valencraftines Day and believe once again in a holiday free of commercialism.
Make it Yourself: The Smitten
Chances are it will always be freezing in Alaska on Valentine's Day, so it's a safe bet that your honey could use a good warm snuggle this Feb. 14. Nothing says, "I want to snuggle with you" like the Smitten Mitten. Specifically designed for lovers, this double-wide mitten allows for hand canoodling. You can even knit your own Smitten thanks to the folks at CocoKnits who are currently providing a free pattern for their design (store.cocoknits.com/products/smitten.html).
Make your own box of chocolates this year and knock Whitman out of the water. You'll need chocolate chips, cleaned strawberries and wax paper to start. In a double-boiler heat the chocolate chips on medium while stirring constantly. Dry everything thoroughly, including the strawberries, so the chocolate comes out smooth. Once the chocolate has melted, dip the strawberries halfway in and then place them on a wax-paper lined cookie sheet. Let the chocolate cool, pop them in a pretty box and give them to your loved one. Try a variety of fruits like bananas and berries for a "sampler." (click here for a banana version tutorial)
Buy it Local and Handmade: Etsy Love
Etsy (www.etsy.com) valentine treasuries can lead to hundreds of handmade gifts including cards, jewelry, scarves, hats and more. But nothing says love like buying local too.
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Need a gift for the little loved one in your life? Head over to Moose Haves (moosehaves.etsy.com) whose tagline, "Fur the cute and wild" says it all.
Buy it Local and Handmade: Juneau Has it All
Don't forget to beat the streets and find gifts right here at home. Homespun Mercantile in the Airport Shopping Center is filled with handmade goodies sure to delight your loved one. If you live in town try the Senate Building, which is filled with shops that cater to the crafty and have local handmade products, just ask the staff. On your way out don't forget to grab some fudgy love at The Alaskan Fudge Company. Out in the Auke? Never fear! The UAS bookstore has a plethora of fair-trade goodies, though not all are made in Juneau.
However you decide to celebrate this season, don't let the man take your love away. Reclaim Valentine's Day this year and help us all believe that love is worth more than a flatscreen.