Valentine's Gifts: The good, the bad, the ugly
Love 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.
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
Be sure to make the gift personal. This means NO:
- Food processors
Tips 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!
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?