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Unexpected and Affordable Valentine’s Gift Ideas

Unexpected and Affordable Valentine's Gift Ideas

Not sure what to get your loved one for Valentine’s Day? Here are some fun and unexpected romantic gift ideas that are more affordable than you think, courtesy of inquisitr.com.

Handmade coupon book

A handmade coupon book from one lover to another is easy on the budget, and shows you care because you took the time to make it. Decorate a small flip notebook with messages to your loved one. If you need artistic help, look online for free love coupons. If your partner is a real foodie, include a coupon for a free meal or dish of their choosing. If your mate is a big video gamer, include a coupon for a “hassle-free gaming day.” The key is to personalize it for the person you’re giving it to.

Spa or home massage

In our go-go-go world, who doesn’t love some relaxing time to indulge in a therapeutic massage? Before booking a professional massage at a local spa, do some research first and read reviews to make sure it’s a quality establishment.

If you have some extra money to spend, book a couple’s massage. If you’re on a budget, promise to give your significant other one free massage. Create an atmosphere in your bedroom with some candles, hot towels, heated massage oil, and some soothing music.

For sports lovers

Is your mate into activities such as hiking, obstacle courses, bungee jumping, and other extreme sports? Arrange to send him or her to an event you know they’d enjoy. As an extra bonding bonus, be sure to tag along and participate or cheer them on!

Take a class together

One of the most thoughtful gifts you can give another person is the gift of a new experience —such as a cooking class or dance lessons. It’s also a recipe for a super fun date night. So ask your mate a few subtle questions and find out what activities he or she is eager to try. Then, sign both of you up for it! The best part is that something like this lasts far past Valentine’s Day, and the anticipation leading up to the class will be enjoyable, as well.

Volunteer together

In most cases, it’s better for a couple to do something together, rather than just give a gift of something. You both share in the profound experience of taking time out to help those in need and doing something great for the community. Find a charity or non-profit that resonates with your loved one, and arrange to volunteer for it together. There are so many opportunities out there, from pet adoption days to being a big brother or big sister for at-risk youth. Helping others will bring you closer together, and those feelings, too, will last throughout the year.

Jewelry, Tried and True

Of course, we at Empire believe that fine jewelry is a perfect gift for Valentine’s Day. When buying for your loved one, consider a piece of jewelry with sentimental meaning, such as a ring or necklace with their birthstone, or a combination of birthstones of their children. If they have a favorite gemstone, think of a piece that would complement or complete another piece or set they already treasure. For fine jewelry gift ideas, visit Adina Jeweler’s eBay store.

The Most Popular Valentine’s Day Gifts in the U.S.

Valentine's DayWondering what to give your loved one for Valentine’s Day? Take a look at the most popular Valentine’s Day gifts in the U.S., according to a survey from the National Retail Federation (NRF).

Not surprisingly, romantic standards such as candy and flowers are still among the most popular Valentine’s gifts given. Flowers are still number one among men, while women prefer to give greeting cards or candy to their spouses, friends or family members.

Here are the percentages of what American men and women over age 18 gave in 2014.

Greeting cards
44% men
58% women

Candy
47% men
50% women

Flowers
61% men
15% women

An evening out
39% men
36% women

Jewelry
29% men
9% women

Clothing
14% men
18% women

Gift cards
11% men
17% women

What people are spending

The NRF did a Valentine’s Day Consumer Spending Survey https://nrf.com/media/press-releases/cupid-shower-americans-jewelry-candy-this-valentines-day last year, conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics. According to the results, the average person celebrating Valentine’s Day planned to spend $142.31 on candy, flowers, apparel and more, up from $133.91 in 2014, and total spending was expected to reach almost $19 billion.

While most (53.2%) plan to buy candy for the sweet holiday, spending a total of $1.7 billion, one in five (21.1%) plans to buy jewelry for a total of $4.8 billion, the highest amount seen since NRF began tracking spending on Valentine’s gifts in 2010.

Additionally, 37.8 percent will buy flowers, spending a total of $2.1 billion, and more than one-third (35.1%) will spend on plans for a special night out, including movies and restaurants, totaling $3.6 billion. Celebrants will also spend nearly $2 billion on clothing and $1.5 billion on the gift that keeps on giving: gift cards.

The survey found nine in 10 (91%) plan to treat their significant others/spouses to something special for the consumer holiday, with plans to spend an average of $87.94 on them, up from $78.09 last year. Additionally, 58.7 percent will spend an average of $26.26 on other family members and $6.30 on children’s classmates/teachers. A record one in five (21.2%) say they will include Fluffy and Fido in their Valentine’s Day gift-giving plans, looking to spend a mere $5.28 on average – which equates to a whopping $703 million on pint-sized gifts of all varieties.

Discount (35.2%) and department stores (36.5%) will be among the most visited locations for those looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, as will specialty stores (19.4%) and florists (18.7%). One-quarter (25.1%) say they will shop online and 13.3 percent will shop at a local or small business to find something unique for their loved one.

Men will spend nearly double what women plan to spend ($190.53 versus $96.58 on average, respectively.) Additionally, adults 25 to 34 will outspend other age groups at an average of $213.04; 35 to 44 year olds will spend an average of $176.21, and 18 to 24 year olds will spend an average of $168.95.

Looking for a unique, special gift for your Valentine? Shop Adina’s eBay store for stunning estate, vintage and antique fine jewelry, available at true wholesale prices. We have vast selection for women and men, and we will deliver a buying experience that’s above your expectations.

 
 
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