By Noah Henry • February 04, 2014
It’s no secret that Valentine’s Day tends to bring out generosity and love. According to the National Retail Federation, 54 percent of people are expected to spend on their loved ones; a total of $17.3 billion will be spent. But with saving money on nearly everyone’s mind in 2014, how is it possible to strike a balance between giving an ideal gift and keeping within budget?
While it’s always a good idea to strive for creativity in gifts, there are also ways to get creative with your spending. When it comes to jewelry, flowers, chocolates and beauty, some retailers are boasting some very attractive Valentine’s specials from now until the big day. Here are 11 we think you should know about:
Sale at Kay Jewelers
Do diamonds really equal love? They would if they were made a little easier to obtain. Kay Jewelers is making it beyond simple to purchase something gleaming and glimmering with 20 to 40 percent off Valentine’s Day gifts plus free shipping. There are 77 pieces currently listed with significant price drops, and the sale will last until Feb. 13.
An example of something stunning is the blue/white diamonds bracelet (2) at a price of $79.99—down $40 from $119. Fashioned in mesmerizing blue and sterling silver, it’s a pick that’ll win nearly any heart over. The heart necklace (1) is a uniquely brilliant selection as well, made with lab-created sapphires and available for the price of just $59. If you’re planning to tie a particular knot this holiday, the diamond promise ring (3) cut with 10K white gold will do the trick, significantly reduced to $339.99 from $629—a $290 price swing. But, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the jewelry in the Kay Jewelers Valentine’s Day gifts collection.
No celebration is complete without a little bubbly. A series of Valentine’s Day assortments are up to 50 percent off at Wine.com and Uncorked. The former offers such daintily delicious packages like the Hess Valentine wine gift set (1), available for $20 off at $49.99; it’s packed with goodies like BRIX chocolate, Columbus salami, cookies, and bottles of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Additionally, the Fizz 56 and Godiva Cherry Cordials gift set is only $24, a 17 percent reduction, complete with sparkling red wine and whole cherries dipped in dark chocolate.
Uncorked, a cornucopia of the world’s most respected wines, is laying down 15 percent off and free shipping on orders over $50. With such packages as the Protea Art Bottle gift pack (1) and new wine sensations from New Zealand (2), it’s simple to send good cheer and best wishes to a happy couple.
Sweets are certainly a sweet addition to any Valentine’s gift. And with personalization and creativity as a top priority for nearly every giver, a trip to My M&Ms—where one can get 10 percent off V-Day M&Ms on orders over $50—will make for a wise choice in lighting up the face of a fellow loved one.
If we’re talking sweets, berry variations are most certainly “in,” and perhaps no one else it better than Red Envelope. The dozen gourmet Valentine’s strawberries pictured above are 27 percent off and combinable to almost every gift choice. For everything else Valentine’s Day-related, Red Envelope is offering up to 50 percent off.
The smell of love
Often passed up but presentable in innumerable varieties, fragrances make endearing and out-of-the-box gifts. Such stores like FragranceX, Perfume Emporium, and FragranceNet.com are all catering to love birds’ budgets. Picks like Cool Water by Davidoff (2) and Designed Perfume by Paul Sebastian (1) are both hugely discounted this time of the year at FragranceNet.com—$28 and $14, respectively. Perfume Emporium is offering $10 off $40 and FragranceX is offering 11 percent off and free shipping on orders over $59.
Give your guy or girl something to smell good about.
A very floral V-Day
As expected, Valentine’s Day means one thing for floral website—make everything as accessible as possible. The Ultimate 100 Blooms of Affection package from ProFlowers was originally $49.97 and is now $39.97—but with a 25 percent off coupon you can drop that to an even $29, which is nearly half off for an entirely complete gift. Likewise, Teleflora is doing the same with a 25 percent off coupon, and 1800 Flowers is granting up to 30 percent off on their Valentine’s Day flowers and gifts.
Noah Henry Noah Henry is an amateur movie critic, foodie, bowler, and beer reviewer. But he's no amateur when it comes to saving money, so listen up!