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Valentine's Gifts: The good, the bad, the ugly

on Feb 10, 2012 3:51 PM

Diamond heartLove it or hate it, it’s that time of year again. The National Retail Federation (NRF) predicts 2012 jewelry sales for Valentine’s Day to reach upwards of $4.1 billion. With so many jewelry options to choose from, it’s enough to make a person’s head spin.

Here are some great ideas and tips to get perfect Valentine's gifts that come from the heart. Step away from the jumbo-sized teddy bear.

The good

You can’t go wrong with jewelry. Ignite the spark by choosing one of the most popular jewelry picks of the year, including the following:

  • Hearts On Fire "Amorous Journey" diamond pendant
  • Heart-shaped pendants
  • Designer watches
  • Dangle earrings
  • Toggle heart and Swarovski crystal gemstone bracelets
  • Vintage jewelry
  • Charm bracelets (several brands have special limited-edition Valentine charms)
  • Chunky rings

The bad

Be sure to make the gift personal. This means NO:

  • Blenders
  • Food processors
  • Toasters

amorjournpTips to take to heart:

  • Keep your budget in mind. Try and find the gift that says a lot without having to spend a lot.
     
  • Be thoughtful. Ask yourself what this gift will mean to her. Will she wear it after Valentine’s Day?

  • Take notice of the jewelry she likes and the items she already owns. Does she prefer sterling silver, platinum or 14K yellow gold? Petite or bold styles?

  • Don’t forget insurance. If you plan to deliver the wow-factor, you’ll want to keep that “wow” properly protected. Get a quote, apply for insurance or add the new item to your current policy and keep those precious memories safe.

The key is to follow your heart. Whether it’s a dinner out, a hand-made card or a stunning piece of jewelry, make sure you give with meaning and it will speak volumes about your love. Have a happy Valentine’s Day!

The ugly?

For a good laugh (or cry) check out these horribly wrong Valentine’s gifts I came across on ivillage.com. (Plastic flowers? Really?) What were some of your best or worst Valentine’s gifts?

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