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by Neena Strichart

We are now counting down to Valentine’s Day, and, with just four days to go, Signal Tribune readers also need to remember to participate in the Sweetheart Sweepstakes. The promotion started last week and runs again in this week’s paper on pages 6 and 7. Last week we featured the list of what I consider to be pretty darn fabulous prize packages. This week we have added a grand prize courtesy of Corks Away and Naples Rib Company. The Found Theatre also came through with tickets for four lucky couples to their upcoming performances. We certainly enjoy everyone’s generosity! Winners will be announced in next week’s issue.
Those of us who need help in choosing just the right present for our valentines will surely find the list below helpful. My beautiful Aunt Jeraldine is a world-renowned astrology expert (as well as the author of the book The Love Boats, which inspired the television series The Love Boat) and has gifted us with an exclusive— her opinion of what gifts are best suited for each zodiac sign. Enjoy!

Best Love Gifts for Each Zodiac Sign
by Jeraldine Saunders

Aries They are inviting, attractive, passionate and impulsive. This regal sign calls for something for the head: a cap, hat or hair accessory.

Taurus They are lusty and discriminating, and they have a great capacity for love. They will enjoy gift cards for massages or scarves for their beautiful necks.

Gemini This is a sign that is warm, affectionate and always on the go. Their key to love is mental satisfaction, which means giving up the half of their twin that is constantly analytical… then the romantic feelings flourish. Love for them can be a glorious happening when they give their motor-like minds a rest. So give them a nice pen, a diary or an iPhone for their gift of gab and sharing of joy.

Cancer Cherishing and affection are all a partner could ask for. They are warm, giving, responding to the touch of love. The way to a man’s heart is through the stomach. So wine and dine him. Cook for him. The cancer woman wants security. Give her spices or a nicely wrapped basket of food. They treasure anything for their homes, and they are romantic and imaginative where affection is concerned.

Leo They need love, for their food is affection. They are attractive, passionate, warm, and generous in desire to please their loved ones. A gift of theatre tickets for a good drama or framed photo of their family is just the ticket! They give their all when it comes to love.

Virgo Where love is concerned they tie it up with their minds, with thought, imagination, ideas and ideals. They are not only gaining pleasure with their love, they provide it to their partners who must be all-knowing and kind to them. Virgos obtain satisfaction where others just dream. Their joys are not merely illusions, they are goals. Give them books, finely milled bathing soaps or a gift card to a health food market.

Libra The word “together” means more to them than to others. It is what they want most. Curling up by the fireplace and cuddling is heavenly for them. They may want candy, but give them a heart-shaped box of assorted unsalted nuts instead; costume or real jewelry is also a good choice. They are good-looking and bring peace with their elegant ways.

Scorpio Love and sex to them is related to delicious privacy of intimate moments. They are intense in work and in love and are concerned with the welfare of others. For Valentine’s Day, give them a romantic CD to play, hopefully while you are there, a mystery novel or provocative lingerie.

Sagittarius Their passions are ardent. They are active, dynamic and fun and have a sense of humor about romance. Their creative drives are strong and idealistic when it comes to love. They cannot abide a narrow-minded partner. They are conservative and love freedom. Their world revolves around being loved. Take them to a Valentine’s Day picnic outdoors, horseback riding or sports event. They are enthusiastic and giving.

Capricorn Their needs are basic as well as complex. They are ambitious yet patient because they feel they have a link with destiny. They want to capture wisdom and they want permanency. They are sensuous and more than a match for anyone in the love and romance area. Their earthiness may want you to go climbing with them. Remember, to them, life without love becomes a routine, a duty; with love there is life and it is worth living. You can give them a tree, plant or of course, money!

Aquarius Their grand mentality can contain all the emotions of the heart, and they are faithful in their love. Give them a sweater, something for their computer and bring music into their Valentine’s Day dinner.

Pisces For Pisces, love is all engulfing and private. Quite the opposite of sensationalism. They do not boast. Love to them is giving, and also the receiving and assurance of security. It is romantic and imaginative. Their “mysticism” is very attracting. Give them cologne, perfume, poetry or dinner near a lake or ocean. Oh, how they love Valentine’s Day!

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