Need a little incentive to be in the giving spirit? MERS/Goodwill has partnered with Wehrenberg Theatres to offer what it calls Wehrenberg Wednesdays. Donate to any of Goodwill’s 42 retail locations in the bi-state area, including Belleville, on any Wednesday in February — you’ve got two left, Feb. 17 and 24 — and you’ll get a free movie ticket, along with the usual tax receipt.
Last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts
HomeGoods in Fairview Heights has lovely bunches of faux roses in vases. They look so real you’ll have to touch them to tell they aren’t. Prices start at $19.99. While you’re there, check out the invasion of bunnies. It’s a huge selection if you want to start decorating now for Easter (March 27).
Need some inspiration? Peace by Piece in downtown Belleville is having a New Release Jewelry Party now through Saturday. See the new designs from Beaucoup Designs and Lenny & Eva, just to name a couple. There will be prizes, too. Plus, check out the sale section, where goods are as low as $5.
On a budget for gift-buying? Check out Francesca’s at St. Clair Square. I saw a nice selection of clearance merchandise, from shoes and clothes to gifts. Through Sunday, you can take another 40 percent off.
Take your honey to Joseph A. Bank Clothier at the Shoppes at St. Clair. He can buy a new suit for himself and you can get him another suit or a sports coat as a gift for $100. Offer is good through Sunday.
Drag the kids away from playing games on their phones/tablets and teach them how to play blackjack. Hey, it’s a thinking, strategic game! Kirkland’s in Fairview Heights has clever mini sets of games, including blackjack. Get a boxed set with everything from tiny cards and a shoe to miniature chips and a sweeper. Cost is $5.97. Also, all lamps are 20 percent off through Feb. 21.
MLB costs you
I’m looking forward to summer and baseball as much as any St. Louis Cardinals fan, but sometimes I’ve got to shake my head at the hold Major League Baseball has over the use of logos.
I shop in Bed, Bath & Beyond a lot; I like the prices, quality and ease of purchase whether I’m in the store or buying online. When I sauntered by the glasses and stemware on Tuesday, what should my eyes light upon but some very attractive stemware with the Cards logo, as well as red and blue striping on the wine glasses. What a nice gift idea, I thought. Then I turned the stem upside down to look at the price: $29.99. What? For four? That’s not bad. But, no, that’s the price for each! I stopped a worker and asked if it was a misprint. No, she said, the price is high because it is set by MLB. I wonder how long those glasses will sit gathering dust.
Light it up
At Yankee Candle at the mall, it’s the little things that deserve some attention: For $1 each, get Samplers Votive Candles, Tarts Wax Melts and Car Jar Air Fresheners (reg. $1.99-$2.49 each) through Monday.