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KISS THE COOK: If the way to a person's heart is through his or her stomach, then this is the best way to drive that point home. The all-cotton Valentine's Day Heart Kitchen Towel & Potholder Set ensures that your meals will be made with love from oven to table. ($13.99 at Kohl's stores, kohls.com)

Valentine's Day gifts for the home

Valentine's Day is the holiday devoted just to love, and what more classic symbol of love is there than the heart? This year, instead of buying something that will eventually wilt, why not consider something that will last the whole year through, reminding your special someone -- no matter who it is -- that your feelings will endure long after the last cardboard box of chocolates has left the drugstore shelves. Here are some ways to wear your heart on your sleeve this February. --LARA EWEN. Special to Newsday

HEART OF GLASS: Why put flowers in a
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HEART OF GLASS: Why put flowers in a plain old vase when you could display the blooms of your love in this Pure Romance Vase from Simon Pearce. Its one-of-a-kind sculpted edges and soft lines are handcrafted by artisans in Windsor, Vt., and it stands 4.75 inches high. ($225, simonpearce.com)

WEIGHT FOR ME: Hold down all those love
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WEIGHT FOR ME: Hold down all those love letters with the Love Always Crystal Paperweight from Ben's Garden. Featuring a vintage postcard illustration, the 4-inch-wide handcrafted French crystal paperweight feels significantly heavier than traditional glass and has more sparkle. ($34, bensgarden.com)

BOWLED OVER: Love comes in all sizes, as
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BOWLED OVER: Love comes in all sizes, as represented here with this set of Nesting Heart Dishes from Aerin. The set of three solid brass dishes are lacquered and polished by hand, and the largest is about 6 inches long. It's safe for food but can be used to hold trinkets such as engagement rings (hint, hint). ($240, aerin.com)

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KISS THE COOK: If the way to a
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KISS THE COOK: If the way to a person's heart is through his or her stomach, then this is the best way to drive that point home. The all-cotton Valentine's Day Heart Kitchen Towel & Potholder Set ensures that your meals will be made with love from oven to table. ($13.99 at Kohl's stores, kohls.com)

TURN ON YOUR HEART LIGHT: Light up your
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TURN ON YOUR HEART LIGHT: Light up your Valentine's Day -- or night, or week, or year -- with this retro-inspired Vintage Marquee Light Heart. The 24-inch decorative sign is available in a rustic antique finish, as well as 11 colors. Each sign comes with a bracket for easy hanging and five spare bulbs in case one breaks during shipping. Vintage Marquee Lights also makes initials. Suitable for indoor or outdoor use. ($229, vintagemarqueelights.com)

PRINT'S CHARMING: Buy your sweetie something more lasting
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PRINT'S CHARMING: Buy your sweetie something more lasting than a box of chocolates with a stunning archival print of the vintage lithograph titled "A Map of the Open Country of a Woman's Heart" by D.W. Kellogg & Co. Captioned as a guide to "the facilities and dangers to Travellers therein," the original lithograph was produced sometime between 1833 and 1842 in Hartford. $60-$490, depending on size and frame, at the American Antiquarian Society. Available from 20x200.com.

PILE IT ON: Give your special someone's feet
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PILE IT ON: Give your special someone's feet a sweet spot to land with this VITAMINER HJÄRTA rug. The approximately 2-by-2-foot nylon rug is latex backed to prevent slippage, and it's machine washable. ($4.99 at Ikea)

STICKY NOTES: Why give just one heart when
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STICKY NOTES: Why give just one heart when you can give dozens? The Overlapping Heart Wall Stickers from Long Island-based Wall Candy Arts features more than 50 single and overlapping removable and reusable hearts that range in size from 1.5 inches wide to 12 inches wide and come in a rainbow of cheerful colors. The stickers will not harm walls, and can be used again and again. ($48 at The Frog and the Princess in Holbrook, 631-676-2055)

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