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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2017

Love is in the air — or it will be in two weeks.  Get ready to show your sweetheart some love: we’ve got some recommendations for fabulous gifts!

5887b8c2-719b-4421-8d7c-4517c9075a21-700Nothing is more classically romantic than flowers, but this year, give the traditions a spin.  Roses are the flower of choice for Valentine’s Day, but delicate daffodils, lush hydrangeas, or adorable daisies are fantastically fresh options that not only show your love but bring a welcome reminder of Spring.  Or, for a sweet Pal-entine’s gift, send your bestie yellow roses or a cute potted plant to brighten up her desk.

For lovers and friends who like the finer things, spring for a hand-selected box of cigars.  Curated collections of fine tobaccos can help introduce your Valentine to new brands and labels they’ll adore.

Jewelry tops lots of romantic gift lists, and this list is no exception!  Check out the huge selection of jewelry on LivingSocial, where you’ll find adornments and ornaments for pet-lovers, wine-lovers, friends, sisters, men, and everyone you want to shower in affection.

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without wine.  Send a special message with a custom-etched bottle of red, white, or bubbly — or sip from customized couple’s glasses.  Or stock up for a romantic evening with an awesome-curated wine collection!

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And don’t stress over dessert.  Gourmet chocolate-dipped berries and sweets can be delivered straight to you, along with cute cakebites or show-stopping fruit arrangements.

No matter how you choose to celebrate your love, it’s always the gesture more than the gift that makes for real romance.  Set the scene with romantic music and write a hand-written note to truly personalize your presents.  Sealed with a kiss, an old-fashioned love letter will last long beyond the gift itself and be a sweet reminder of your affection for years to come.  What’s the most romantic gift — or gesture — you’ve ever received?

Stay Motivated with Your New Year’s Resolutions!

25 days down and only six days left until the end of the month. How are we feeling about 2017? New year, new you is a phrase that may seem trite, but the meaning behind it shouldn’t be overlooked. It’s a chance to start over and commit to a healthier lifestyle or strive towards a life goal.

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If your new goal is to get fit or stay fit, perhaps switching up your workout routine is the perfect way to stay motivated. Instead of going to the same gym, try out a local studio that offers a variety of fitness classes. Studio Novo in Nashville is offering a package of five or ten fitness classes – the perfect amount of classes to sample before committing to a new workout routine.

For those striving to complete their first 5K, you may know there are a multitude of races to enter, however, maybe what is stopping you is the thought of training for a lengthy, long-distance run on an otherwise free weekend morning.

Night Nation Run is making running fun by illuminating its 5k run at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. with laser light shows, beats, and top EDM DJs. Participants will be able to run or dance their way through multiple stages throughout the race course. Not only will you look forward to the main event, but you’ll be breezing through your 5k as if it’s just another night out with your friends.

Although dedicating more time to health and fitness is a common New Year’s resolution, it’s not the only aspect of your life you can improve on.

Perhaps, this is the year you’ll want to pick up on some more life skills. Taking a course at a local university or college is one of the best ways to continue learning, but it might just not fit into your schedule.

SkillSuccess offers a variety of online courses that ranges from photography for beginners to an exotic Thai cooking course that can be completed at your own pace on your own time.

Make the steps towards achieving your goals this year realistic and fun to keep you motivated throughout the year.

Educate Yourself in 2017!

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If you’re struggling to follow through on some of your more ambitious New Year’s resolutions, taking an online class might be the perfect solution to your mid-January burnout! Online classes have a lot of obvious benefits: you don’t need to leave your home to take your class, you have the ability to learn at your own pace, and lots of courses are even accredited by the International Association of Online Training Standards (IAOTS).

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Looking to learn American Sign Language, but can’t afford a private tutor? We’ve got you covered with this online ASL course that includes a certificate of completion, meaning you’ll be able to sign with family, friends, and coworkers with ease.

Trying to find some zen but don’t have time to hit up your local yoga studio? LivingSocial has plenty of online yoga classes to choose from! Go with a community-focused online studio based out of Venice Beach, or opt for variety with access to more than 1,000 yoga, Pilates, and meditation classes for up to a year.

Want to brush up your résumé, but don’t know where to start? We offer everything from a CompTIA-IT certification course for techies, to a Python professional bundle for coders (or coders-to-be), to a Microsoft Office Bundle with unlimited lifetime access, and much more.

584076e4-d5c2-42e8-bce6-d6c22a69bfd7-700No matter if you’re an aspiring makeup artist, event planner, photographer, chef, or you’re customizing your own learning experience, LivingSocial’s online course collection has a little bit of everything for amateurs and experienced pros alike.

2017 Beauty Trends: What’s In This Winter?

A new year also means new beauty trends (and the return of familiar classics). So what’s worth trying in 2017?

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Long locks are in this year, as are top braids, so let that hair grow. Of course, we know that also means added maintenance. Keep your split ends at bay with our local hair salon deals.

Gloss, gloss, gloss.

This is your year to sparkle! Whether with just a little glimmer or a lot of shine, the glossy look can be flattering on just about anyone. That means eye shadow, of course, but it also means glossy lips and even cheekbones.

Microblading.

Say what? Microblading is the art of brow embroidery intended to leave you with semi-permanently looking beautiful brows – results last up to a year! If your new to the idea and want to give it a shot, we’ve got microblading deals all over – from Beaverton, OR to Costa Mesa, CA (and probably in your city too).

Chrome nails.

These have been trending on Pinterest, up by 50% each month since summer! Expect the trend to keep growing in 2017.

Fashionable phone cases.

Purses are out, phone cases are in. Many of today’s phone cases include space to store credit cards, IDs, and more with designer looks increasingly inspiring the designs of the cases themselves.

Pretty in pink.

Think makeup AND fashion with this one. We’re talking a soft pink for the eyes and cheekbones, and statement outfits in all your favorite pink shades. The options are endless!

Corsets. 

Corsets are making a comeback in 2017. Wear them with high waisted jeans or big fluffy jackets – and over your clothes, not under them, to pull off the look in true 2017 style.

An 80’s comeback.

Many are even saying 80s fashion will be the biggest fashion trend we see this year. Could Stranger Things be playing a part? Maybe. Either way, you can expect to see slouchy trousers, off-the-shoulder Ts , luxury athletic attire, ruffles, and chokers back out in 2017.

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Get deals on the latest in beauty and fashion in our Shop! You can also find deals on spa and beauty treatments by browsing your local deals. Let’s make 2017 the most beautiful year yet!

Make This Winter Fun (Not Expensive)

After all the holiday decorations are packed away, it’s easy to feel blue. But you don’t have to let the season get to you—we’ve got winter deals that can cure even the most stubborn cases of cabin fever:

Are you an adrenaline junkie? A little snow can go a long way. Try your hand at skiing in Wyoming, home to The Lexington at Jackson Hole Hotel & Suites, a chic getaway among the snowy peaks. Or, head up north to Canada for some outdoor diversions in the Laurentian Mountains, where the staff of the Cap Tremblant Mountain Resort ensures that every guest has an unforgettable time.

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Maybe you prefer something a little more relaxing. No problem—there are plenty of tranquility-inspiring deals to go around. Yoga, loved for its calming effects, is a great way to unwind from stress (and tone some muscles). You can also treat yourself to a facial, which reinvigorates and moisturizes your pores, giving you a glamorous cold-weather glow.

 

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Some stamps on your passport, perhaps? If you want a change of scene, it’s time to book yourself an adventure. LivingSocial can transform a boring week into a journey of a lifetime—set your sights on Seoul and Tokyo; Costa Rica; or Mexico.

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No matter which deal you end up choosing, one thing’s for certain—your savings.

With our exclusive prices, you can save some serious coin this winter without sacrificing any of the fun.