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Searching to Say "I Love You"

Still looking for the perfect way to say "I love you" on Valentine's Day?

Searches people do on Yahoo offer some insight into how people will mark the day this year. And Heather Cabot, Yahoo's Web life editor, gave the latest Valentine's Day trends, and some high tech answers to your search for the perfect way to show your love, on "The Early Show".

Cabot said the recession is still on a lot of people's minds.

"So, once again, people are on the hunt for inexpensive ways to celebrate this year," she said.

Cabot said people have been searching for free cards, homemade Valentine cookies. She's said she's even seen signs that people will be celebrating at home with a romantic dinner and a movie, searching for things like recipes and movies.

With that in mind, Cabot pointed out a few high-tech ways to express your love for free. You can use a Web site such as Flickr and Pixorial to create a personalized message.

On Flickr, Cabot said, you can create a slideshow card using photos or text, and set it to music and then e-mail it out. She added Flickr has a lot of great ideas for homemade gifts, including some how-to advice on making some unusual cards, candy, crafts and more.

Cabot showed one of their ideas - personalized and printable chocolate wrappers.

"All you need to do is print them out and wrap your candy," she said.

And Pixorial, Cabot said, is a really cool site for creating great e-cards that are sure to "wow" your sweetheart.

Smart phones, such as the iPhone are also offering ways to show your love. Applications or "apps" are available that allow you to create free valentines using photos on your phone. You can also send personalized digital candy hearts or cupcakes to him or her -- via your phone! There's also a free application called Valentine Radio that compiles radio stations that play romantic songs.

Valentine's Day-Themed Apps:
Sweethearts
Create a Valentine
Valentine Radio

Other common searches this year include organic and "green" gifts. Cabot suggested trying out Foodzie, a virtual farmer's market, for some inexpensive gifts. She suggested Foodzie'sorganic chocolate covered sweets by Kika's Treats and these maple honey caramels.

"You can find some really great, unique treats online that you'd never get at the local grocery store -- a good way to impress your significant other," she said.

Cabot said you can also check out Yahoo Green's Green Gift Guide for last minute Valentine's Day ideas, such as telephone wire bracelets by Original Women (hand-woven, $26).

If you're looking for a great gift for the man in your life, you can give him a "green" wallet made from old neckties ($24).

Another gift, Cabot said you may want to consider is one that the whole family can enjoy -- homemade ice cream.

"If you want to make some homemade ice cream as a romantic touch after dinner, this ice cream ball will come in handy. This is also something fun to do with the kids," she said. "You just mix together ice and rock salt cream sugar and vanilla shake it around for 10 or 15 minutes, and you have fresh homemade ice cream."
The ice cream machine is available at Amazon.com (around $30).

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