Valentine’s Day Gifts – Splurge or Save?

January 30, 2014    |    By +
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Many times, it’s not the cost of the object that counts — it’s the thought. And for Valentine’s Day, cost is certainly a factor: According to our survey, most people reported they won’t spend more than $50 on a Valentine’s Day gift. Still, no matter how many years you’ve been together or if you’ve just started dating, you want to give a thoughtful gift. So, we have some great side-by-side comparisons of different gifts that you can choose to splurge or save on, without compromising on quality or thoughtfulness. Here are some awesome Valentine’s Day gift ideas that will show your special someone how much you care, whether you spent hundreds of dollars or stick to under 50 bucks.

This Valentine’s Day you can splurge on a David Yurman puffy heart ($375) from Nordstrom, or equally delight her with this sterling silver Puffy Heart Pendant Necklace ($69) from Heavenly Treasures.












You are eyeing this gorgeous Marc by Marc Jacobs watch ($350) with bold, three-eye chronograph design, but it’s a little out of your price range. Instead, surprise him with this trendy bracelet watch from Diesel ($96) that features a masculine matte finish.



Most people buy sweets for their loved ones on Valentine’s Day. You can go big with this Grand Godiva Gift Basket ($100) from Cherry Moon Farms.  It features an assortment of decadent favorites including truffles, biscuits and more. You can also impress them with this Godiva Valentine’s Tote ($49.99) filled with chocolate bars, hot cocoa, and assorted truffles. Both would make a perfect gift for the chocolate lover.

grand-godiva-gift-basket                      godiva-valentines-tote



If you’re looking for some fancy perfume, how about the Bond No. 9 Central Park South ($285), inspired by New York’s most elegant street. It features a lovely floral fragrance with scents of grapefruit flower, black currant buds, jasmine, and lilies. For something a little more within your budget, this Loveswept Eau de Toilette Spray from Philosophy ($46) is a vibrant and romantic fragrance that features sensual notes of bergamot, blue violet, lotus blossom, skin musk, and creamy amber.




Looking for more amazing gift ideas? Check out our top Valentine’s Day gifts picks. You can also shop jewelry and flowers under $50, or check out our great gifts for women or men, under $25.


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