Retailers are pouring their hearts out to attract Valentine's Day shoppers in the first big gift push after Christmas. Thank goodness the Valentine's gift list is small -- usually that one gift for the spouse, best beau or significant other. Serious lovers, who are making a serious investment in things like engagement rings, have done their comparison shopping. It's the forgetful Valentines who often pay too dearly for that last-minute guilt trip. Here are some cheap and cheerful gift ideas for love on the run.
* Have you considered his and her tattoos? The February cover of Mirabella magazine features actress Carre Otis wearing an off-the-shoulder gown and a cherub tattoo on her shoulder. Models Christy Turlington and Stephanie Seymour sport tattoos on the ankle. It's a happening thing. Just for fun, pick up some temporary tattoos available at card, gift and novelty stores. The most popular patterns run to hearts and roses at under $5. The fun is in picking the perfect spot to plaster them, but they wash off after two days if you change your mind. They can also be transferred to a T-shirt. Look for them at Accessory Place, Spencer Gifts and Greetings and Readings.
* Speaking of bodies, the Body Shop can put together little gift packages with massage oils, glycerin soap and scent for as little as $5. The products are natural as are the 30 scents which run from mango to musk. The shop provides gift bags.