5 Best Valentine’s Day Presents for Girls

Best Christmas Presents for Kids of All Ages

With Valentine’s Day coming up, we thought it pertinent to ask some of our female campers what they  wanted for their special day. Valentine’s Day is a special occasion that you simply can’t miss. It’s a special day dedicated to both of you! With our 5 best Valentine’s Day presents for women, you don’t need to think too hard about what to get her–and you can make her feel both unique and special.

5 Best Valentine’s Day Presents for Women

Back to the Roots Water Garden

If she has an office or school desk, she will appreciate something that brightens her corner, makes it come alive and cheers her up on a daily basis. The Back to the Roots Water Garden is a unique gift that will stun her with both its beauty and its practicality. A small garden is placed on top of a 3-gallon self-cleaning fish bowl–with fish, of course! The plants are designed to clean the water, while the fish waste fertilizes the plants–perfect for minimal care. The microgreen plants are even good for salad!

From You Flowers Chocolates and Flowers

No, we know. She’s the kind of girl who loves the timeless gifts, the kinds of gifts that have said “I love you” to her mom, her mom’s mom, and maybe even her great-grandmother. Maybe they have a special kind of meaning for her that nothing can replace. What you’re looking for is a bouquet of the deepest red roses, and the creamiest chocolates. Choose them right! Does she like milk chocolate? Dark chocolate? Or the fancier kinds, with hazelnut or toffee? Pair them in a beautiful presentation with From You Flowers, and have them delivered right to your doorstep or hers.  

Calvin Klein Women’s Sheer Marquisette Demi Unlined Bra

Lingerie is never just sexy, it’s practical as well and–we promise you this–always appreciated. But it’s Valentine’s Day, so never go for too practical. The Calvin Klein Women’s Sheer Marquisette Demi Unlined Bra has universal appeal. Made partly of elastane (swimsuit cloth), it is strong, stretchy, and breathable. The cloth is sheer, not just for lingerie appeal but also because it looks good under any shade and kind of clothing. Give it in the morning so she can wear it for your dinner out (but ask her mom or sister to help with the sizes!). This was a top pic on Bra Di Da

RawChemistry Best Pheromone Perfume

There’s timeless gifts, and then there’s classic sets that just never grow old, are legitimately useful, and make a lady feel unique wherever she is. The RawChemistry Best Pheromone Perfume is one of these. Designed to moisturize her skin so she doesn’t get that stressful dry feeling upon application, it blends with her natural pheromones. Forget the expensive blends–a scented perfume always smells the same. The Best Pheromone Perfume will always smell like she has her own personal brand.

A Jomashop Watch

This is the trick to choosing the perfect watch from Jomashop: it does not have to fit her regular wardrobe. Watches are usually statement pieces–this means your lady will design her entire outfit around the watch. Choose something unique, classic in silver or gold or brown-and-bronze. A watch is both practical and something that goes with practically anything, and it is always memorable. Tell her how you feel about her elegance, her grace, her personality by choosing the watch that reminds you the most about her.

Best Christmas Presents for Kids of All Ages

Best Christmas Presents for Kids of All Ages

Shopping for presents can become a terrifying challenge year after year. “Did I get this gift last year?” “What’s her favorite color again?” “How can I be sure that he would like this?” However, by choosing carefully, you can pick out gifts that your kids of all ages would love to own. Check out this list for the best Christmas presents for kids of all ages!

Best Christmas Presents for Kids of All Ages

We’ve picked out sets of gifts for the hardest age groups of all: toddlers, young teens, and 18-year-olds. Take your pick!

Your Toddlers

Let your toddlers go crazy with something too big to put into their mouths! A DUPLO LEGO set is exactly what they need this Christmas. With these colorful blocks, your toddlers will surely be kept fascinated for hours on end. At the same time, they can build their creativity and motor skills by simple and fun creation.

Introduce your toddler to the animal world with model animals from AnaMalz. Made of wood and cloth, with movable heads, legs, and fins, these sturdy toys are just what you need to teach your toddlers how to identify and love animals. You can choose and even mix and match from collections such as barn fields, the coral bay, icebergs, out back, and the roaming mountains.

Your Young Teens

Sometimes young teens are the hardest to go shopping for. With the SoundBot bluetooth wireless musical headset beanie, you’ve just removed the problem. A rechargeable, hands-off headset with a microphone, your young teen can now listen to music and even call without breaking his or her style. It’s washable, too!

Young teens are just starting on their journey of self-discovery and identity-building. Help them out by camping equipment that will allow them to discover themselves and discover the wild at the same time. Go with a brand you know and trust–we recommend checking out this ultimate gift guide for Boy Scouts

Your 18-Year-Olds

For any teenager, 18 marks a new time of freedom and independence. Celebrate this time with them with a gift of RawChemistry cologne or perfume. No teenager can ever have too many scents, colognes, and perfumes, especially as the parties begin to pile up. A thoughtful new addition to the arsenal will be accepted and appreciated by your new grown-up.

Go crazy and surprise your 18-year-old with something they would love but completely not expect, from a store like Uncommongoods. A daughter with a musical ear might enjoy a complete set of musical wineglasses. A son with a green thumb would love a desk succulent in a glass jar. There’s even a bubble wrap calendar for those who need stress relief! Go wild and get ready to hear them cheer and laugh.

Best Christmas Presents for Kids of All Ages: The Ones that Show You Know Them

Christmas is a great time to set the feeling for the end of a year and the beginning of the next. The kind of gift that becomes the most memorable is the one that shows that you put thought into the gift and chose it specially for your child. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

Top 5 Places to Go Hiking Near Albany

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Hiking is not all just nature and views and spectacular sunsets. It’s also stress relief, a chance to change your everyday sights, to gain a fresh perspective on the world. And, above all, hiking is healthy. Just 7 hours of activity a week, and you increase your length of life by a whole 40%.

Your heart and lungs get healthier, your bone density goes up (very important if you’re in an office job), risk of mental health issues goes down, and you sleep better. Check out the top 5 places to go hiking near Albany, from the easiest to the most challenging!

Top 5 Places to Go Hiking Near Albany

Constitution Marsh Trail

Hikers rate this beautiful trail a 3/10 in terms of difficulty. There’s a gorgeous marsh boardwalk, designed for a leisurely stroll watching birds and other wildlife. The area is quiet and peaceful. You eventually end up at a stunning waterfall to rest and satisfy your eyes at. There are only a few rough and rocky sections you’ll have to watch out for, but this one-and-a-half hour road trip is just right to quiet your soul.

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Buttermilk Falls Gorge Trail

The Buttermilk Falls Gorge Trail is made up mostly of earthy trails and paved steps. You follow the gorge alongside the rushing, cascading creek, going down 500 feet from top to bottom. The waterfalls spread down layers of rock in light sheets or down steps, creating a different view from part to part of the gorge. It’s a good first, scenic step for an early hiker.

Overlook Mountain

Overlook Mountain is for the more experienced hiker, moderate in difficulty with a few surprises thrown in. The Mountain is a test of stamina rather than agility. A graded, gravel-covered road leads you straight (well, sort of) to the top and back. The view that will keep you going is the abandoned hotel ruins at the top of the mountain, where you can take time to rest and explore. Rest stops are provided as well.

Places to Go Hiking Near Albany

Cascade Mountain

Cascade Mountain is a mountain you are meant to summit (to reach the top of). It’s 36th in the Adirondack High Peaks. The name “Cascade” comes from the waterfalls that pour into a brook at the base of the mountain. You go up almost 2,000 feet to the summit on a well-marked path with some rocky parts to scramble over. The most attractive part about the summit is the 360-degree view that will reward all your hard work.

Ausable Adventure Trail

Now this, this is the hiking trail you’ve been waiting for. The Ausable Adventure Trail runs through the Ausable Chasm, rightly called the Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks. This trail runs between the mountains, through a stunning break in the ground. You will cross cable bridges, climb cargo nets, and walk on the very chasm edges and right against the walls. A challenging climb for any thrill seeker, but safely designed with harnesses and even helmets.

Go Hiking Near Albany!

Change your scenery and get some exercise hours by a hike in Albany. You don’t even need to go that far–make time, ask a group of family members and friends to join you, and take that hike you know you need.

Top 5 Places to Go Camping Near Albany

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Whoever said New York State was all glass skyscrapers, concrete streets, and blocked-out sky? There’s a thousand and one places to pitch your tent or park your RV in and near Albany, New York. Take a moment or a night to escape those skyscrapers, walk green grass, and see the sky in all its glory in the top 5 places to go camping near Albany.

Go camping near Albany, NY!

North-South Lake Campground

The North-South Lake Campground is located at the edge of Catskill Park. Find your way here to enjoy the trees and lakes away from the city! With 7 whole camping sections, it makes a total of 219 tent and trailer sites. Pick from your choice of 2 lakes and beaches, take long strolls or short climbs, or rent a kayak out to water. Fishing and swimming complete your outdoor escape package.

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Cranberry Lake Campground

If you’re looking for a more long-term experience instead of a casual weekend camping trip, grab your gear and head for the Cranberry Lake Campground. The wide, remote lake is the perfect spot to take a boat into, for hours of quiet, reflection, or that stillness you need after a busy week at work. A more strenuous form of stress relief can be found in the 50,000 acres of wilderness alongside, and in the 50 miles of hiking trails through the campground.

Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds

Unlike Rip Van Winkle, you won’t sleep for 20 years when you enter the campgrounds. However, like the classic tale, your memories with your family will last for much longer than that! Wooded areas provide a canopy of green, gray, and sunlight. Family area campsites, complete with tables and chairs, are set up all around the area. Take time to hike, rock climb, and even bike around the campgrounds, and enjoy healthy fresh air with your family.


Saranac Lake Islands

This string of lakes and islands are fascinating to anyone who sees them. They are meant to be boated on, watched, hiked on, camped on. It is a whole other experience. Choose between 87 campsites, set up your tent, fish for your dinner, make a new friend. The Saranac Lake Islands are a uniquely beautiful experience that is best shared with others, especially if you are camping alone. Don’t miss this place!

Watkins Glen State Park

There are many places to go for a stunning camping view, but you should not miss Watkins Glen State Park. The gorge itself is a beauty of creation that falls as far down as 200 feet in 19 waterfalls, going on for 400 feet. Rock formations, streams, pools, and the flow of the stream itself give the Park a fully unique view that tourists drive from everywhere to look at. Take a tent or trailer, enjoy the facilities provided, and fish away for dinner.

Top 5 Places to Go Camping Near Albany

Don’t let anyone tell you that getting away for a bit is out of the question. Just a short drive away, and you can be resting under the trees, or out on the lake, or beside a beautiful gorge. Take a chance and run away to the top 5 places to go camping near Albany.

Community Hospice’s Bereavement Services


The Community Hospice’s Bereavement Services are free of charge, and available throughout the eight counties we serve.

One in 20 children experience the death of a parent before they turn 18 years old.

The Community Hospice offers grief programming for kids and teens who have experienced any type of death related loss. We offer comfort and healing, and equip young people with the tools needed to cope with their emotions, communicate effectively with others, and build appropriate supportive relationships.

Daily problems that grieving children and teens may experience include:

  • disturbed sleeping and eating patterns
  • poor concentration
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • withdrawal
  • low self- esteem
  • headaches
  • anger or outbursts
The Community Hospice’s Children’s Grief Programs (including CAMP ERIN and WAVE RIDERS) are designed to allow children to express their grief in safe way, and learn important coping skills.

Our programs are free of charge, and available throughout eight counties.  Please call for more information:

Phone: (518) 724-0200

Columbia & Greene Counties
Phone: (518) 943-5402

Montgomery County

Phone: (518) 843-5412

Rensselaer County
Phone: (518) 285-8100

Saratoga & Washington Counties

Phone: (518) 581-0800