Despite all the high-tech ways of staying in touch with others, sometimes the best way of saying "I love you" is by something tangible, physical, that can be held in the hands rather than viewed in pixels. Hallmark knows this and offers up some great ideas for sharing the love on Valentine's Day—and they shared a few things with me to share with you and to giveaway, too (giveaway details follow).
First up are the adorable Until We Hug Again plush stuffed bunny and bear. These aren't any ol' stuffed animals, though. The Until We Hug Again animals allow Grandma—or anyone who wants to share a bear or bunny hug—to record and share a personal message for the little ones they're missing.
Unlike some cards and such that allow you to record a greeting but require you to be a speed-talker of some sort to get your message in before recording time is up, the message length in these Hallmark animals is rather lengthy. And recorded messages can be saved with the flip of a switch on the battery box tucked inside the animal body. Or you could do like I have and record a special sweetness for your grandchild, let him or her hear it, then show the child how to do the same. I'm pretty sure my oldest grandson will be sharing lots of heartfelt messages with his little brother, Mommy, Daddy—and probably even Roxy, his dog.
The Until We Hug Again bear and bunny retail for $29.95 each.
Cards are, of course, the hallmark of the Valentine's Day holiday, and Hallmark does it best. New twists on the typical valentine this year include the new Special Delivery Card Presenters for Kids. The sturdy cloth critters and characters (my review card was Snoopy) have a valentine inside but can be used long after Valentine's Day for storing other special notes, photos, and more. The Special Delivery Card Presenters retail for $6.99.
Hallmark has something for the older kids, too: Justin Bieber Valentine's Day Greetings. Regardless of what we older folk think of the singer, youngsters are clearly bonkers for Bieber. Hallmark provides several options featuring the Biebs, sure to make your own superstar swoon. One option is a cardboard cut-out of the teeny bopper that stands on a base, which pre-teen girls would surely love to keep on their dresser year round. Another option is a card that also serves as a photo frame. Justin Bieber Valentine's Day Greetings range in price, from $2.99 to $6.99.
Hallmark would like to share the Valentine's Day love with you! One Grandma's Briefs winner will receive a Hallmark Until We Hug Again and Greetings gift pack featuring an Until We Hug Again bear or bunny plus a selection of Special Delivery Card Presenters for Kids and Justin Bieber Valentine's Day Greetings. Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below through January 31. The winner will be drawn by Random.org February 1, just in time for Valentine's Day.
Disclosure: I received free products for review as well as the offer to conduct a giveaway for the same. Opinions and anecdotes are my own.