February's day of love is the perfect time to celebrate anyone who is special to you, including your pals and confidants. This Valentine's Day, choose a few gifts for friends to let them know how much they mean to you. The roses, diamonds, and candlelit dinners may be for sweethearts, but there are plenty of other gifts that will make a good friend smile. Whether you're shopping for your best friend, your favorite sister, or even your daughter's school chums, you'll find the perfect gift in this list.
Hearts and crafts: Instead of buying valentines for friends, use your creativity on some homemade cards. With a few craft supplies and a little imagination, you'll create beautiful valentines that recipients will treasure for years.
Entertainment: Chance meetings, playful flirting, forbidden love and windswept moors: Chick flicks and romantic novels make great valentine gifts for friends. If your gal pal adores romantic comedies or gothic love stories, buy her a gift certificate so she can choose more books or DVDs for her collection. Consider throwing a girls' movie night before or after Valentine's Day for all your friends who appreciate a good tearjerker. Be sure to have enough books and movies on hand for everyone to keep one as a party favor. Who knows? The absent boyfriends and husbands may be relieved that they don't have to watch the latest "date movie" this year.
Memories: As in any relationship, shared memories form the bond of friendship. For an old friend, get a charming collectible box to remind her of school days and paper valentines. Photo frames filled with old pictures also remind loved ones of good times and are nice gifts for singles or couples. This is especially fun for friends who may have forgotten that long ago picnic.
Fashion: February can be cold and dark, so make it warmer and brighter with fun fashion accessories. Girls can share sparkly "best friends forever" necklaces and other whimsical jewelry. Soft cashmere scarves, extra warm gloves or even fluffy socks to wear at home will make winter a little cozier.
Chocolate: Even if everyone -- lovers, friends, and even casual acquaintances -- buys chocolate for Valentine's Day gifts, it's all right to give her more! Really, she can't have too much chocolate. So surprise a friend with a gift basket full of her favorite chocolates. If she prefers other treats, don't fret; there's a gift basket available for every taste and for every special friend.