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Still pondering a Valentine's present for your sweetie? Consider one of these delightful gifts -- nearly all perfect for sharing and available at local shops and Web sites.

February 06, 2005|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Staff

Go ahead, pucker up and smooch until your heart's content. It's the holiday, and yes, a required activity. And it's only appropriate to do your smooching in the new lip-shaped Smooch Chair ($99), available at JCPenney. The red polyester and cotton chair, measuring 26 inches wide by 27 inches high, is foam-padded and comes with chrome-plated steel legs. Available at JCPenney stores and at www.jcpenney.com. Call 800-322-1189.

Chances are, you don't need any help getting in the lovey-dovey mood on Valentine's Day, but just in case, new Mood-lites ($5.95 each) will cast a romantic blush on you all day and evening long. The hot "Passion" bulb shines red light in any lamp, in any room. Mood-lites also come in six other colors, from Creativity (purple) to Happy (yellow) to Tranquility (dark blue). Find Mood-lites at www.mood-lites.com or call 866-353-MOOD.

His pictures are precious. And certainly, Valentine's Day is a perfect excuse to buy him an attractive and functional photo display. Surely, he'll delight in setting out the new Lenox Rotating Frame Box ($29.95) on his desk at work or at home. The 8-inch-high, walnut-stained wooden frame box is accented with silver plates to hold six 3-inch-by-4-inch photos. The frame box measures 9 3/4 inches in diameter, and the center can be filled with chocolates (or other sweets) for an added treat. This product is available at Hecht's, as well as online at www.lenox. com. Call 800-223-4311.

Whimsical and quirky best describe the new Krinkles Valentine's ornaments from Patience Brewster (above, right, $12.50 each), available at Nouveau Contemporary Goods. The delicate ceramic Valentine's ornaments, including a cupcake, a heart and a frog, each about 4 inches tall, hang adorably from the Valentine's Ornament Tree ($75). Shoppers will also find ceramic and glass Krinkles Mini Waterglobes (right, $16.50), as well as other Valentine's gifts, such as the Sweetnotes Playing Cards from Two's Company (above, $7.50), with love messages on each card and suggestions for games to play with your honey.

Krinkles ornaments, globes, playing cards and other gifts are available at Nouveau Contemporary Goods at 514 E. Belvedere Ave. and 2400 Boston St. Call 410-962-8248 or 410-342-7666. Visit the Web site at www. nouveaubaltimore.com

Events

See the Valentine's themed show Hearts and Flowers -- Messages of Love, featuring wall vases, sun-catchers, jewelry and other glass fusion works (pictured) by Carly Sargent, through Feb. 28 at ARTFX, 45 West St., Annapolis. Reception 1 p.m.-4 p.m. today. Gallery talk 2 p.m. Saturday. Call 410-990-4540 or visit www.artfxgallery.org.

Create your own heart-shaped Valentine wall pocket for fitting around a picture frame, window or door, at the class "Woven Ribbon Valentine Wall Pocket," 10 a.m.-noon Thursday at Brookside Gardens Visitors Center, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. After making the heart, create a decorative flower ar-rangement. $65. Call 301-962-1451 or visit www.brooksidegardens. org to register.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Lori Sears, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519. Information must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.

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