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V-Day Gifts: The Romeo

Valentine's Day: it strikes fear into the hearts of kids with crushes and married-fifty-years types alike. Why? It's just a day... Okay, a day fraught with overblown expectations and way too many stereotypes. That's why, this year, we're presenting gift ideas that will really mean something to the recipient and show them that you appreciate them for them. Over the next few weeks, we'll be suggesting gifts for the special someone in your life, whether they're the hunkamunk coworker you lust over from afar, your BFF, your new sweetie pie, or the sweet schmuck you've lived with for three years.

The Romeo... This fellah prefers an oak-aged scotch to beer, remembers how you did your hair on your first date, and loves anything with Humphrey Bogart in it. He's idealistic, considerate, and sentimental - so he'll appreciate a gift rife with significance and romance. You can skip the man gadgets and Die Hard box sets for this one.

Dream Big: Have something framed for him. A hard to find poster from his favorite movie (Rocky III - $110), a print by an artist he admires (Dalí's The Ship - $200) or a vintage travel ad depicting somewhere you've been together or hope to visit someday (Budapest - $185) are just three examples of the endless spectrum of possibilities. It's a sweet and thoughtful gift he'll appreciate and treasure. Editors Note: Prices given are for framed, matted prints.

Doable: If he is possessed of a poetic soul he'll enjoy reading the tender and adoring words of writers, musicians, philosophers, and conquerors of days gone by. Love Letters of Great Men And Women: From The Eighteenth Century To The Present Day ($35, hardcover) is a compilation of poems, missives, farewells, and notes written by Lord Byron, Charlotte Brönte, Beethoven, Voltaire, Napoleon, Henry VII, and many more to the various objects of their ardent affections.

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