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Elaine’s Top 5 Valentine’s Gifts

Valentine Roses photo by Getty Images
What does she want for Valentine's Day? There are several different gifts that are often the most thought of, and she would enjoy any one of these because they all say I love you! Whether its red roses, a sweet card, or chocolates, the point is to say I love you with your gift.


Nothing Says I Love You Like Roses



Flowers are by far the most traditional – and shopped for – gifts, making up $1.7 billion in sales in 2011, according to While roses are seen as the official flower of love, they can become more expensive as the holiday approaches, leaving less in the budget for other niceties. Experts suggest that you don't wait until the last minute for floral orders. Purchasing even a week in advance can save 20 to 50% on pricing. Another option is to skip getting a dozen and settle for three that are nicely arranged in a bud vase. Or, better yet, just go into someone's rose garden and pick some for free!

Valentine Roses from Getty Images
Valentine Roses from Getty Images


A Nice Ensemble of Earrings and Necklace



Jewelry is always a great Valentine gift. In fact, if it's shiny, she'll want it. It can be quite costly, though, depending on what you buy. With an average purchase of $158, it's likely that small trinkets are more popular than those $1,000 tennis bracelets that adorn the fronts of holiday catalogs. For maximum savings, experts recommend staying away from diamonds and pink or red birthstones, which can be priced higher during the holidays.

Earrings and Necklace photo by Getty Images
Earrings and Necklace photo by Getty Images


When in Doubt or Broke, Buy a Card



Cards are a small token of affection that make up $1.1 billion of the $14.7 billion spent in 2011 during the Valentine's season, and considering the modest price tag that accompanies most cards, it's safe to assume that most everyone buys one. Whether you create one online with personalized photo services, or stop by the local drug store for a quick and easy version, the Valentine's card may be more like a “get out of jail free” card. Of the women surveyed by, 53% said they would dump their boyfriends if they received no gift at all during the holiday season -something that won't happen if you at least buy a card.

Valentines Card photo by Getty Images
Valentines Card photo by Getty Images


Sweets for the Sweetheart



Candy is okay to eat in front of your sweetheart on this occasion. The sweet stuff is consumed by almost everyone during the Valentine's season and made up for $1.5 billion in sales during 2011. Whether it's chocolate, fudge or those tiny little conversation hearts, you can't go wrong with a tempting treat with a well-meaning message. Save even more by stocking up after the holiday at a savings of up to 80%.

Valentine Candy photo by Getty Images
Valentine Candy photo by Getty Images


A Fast Sports Car Like a Corvette



To get your love on the fast track, buy her a red Corvette, or something comparable. This one in red is perfect for saying I love you for the rest of your lives. And believe me, this is the gift that will keep on giving. It won't die like roses, be consumed like candy, the shimmer fade like jewelry, or get lost like a card. A new red Corvette with its fast, hot engine is sure to keep your love fast and hot. I recommend this one above all the others. It may cost $50,000, but it's guaranteed to seal your love for a lifetime.

New Corvette photo by Getty Images
New Corvette photo by Getty Images

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