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Time to shop for Valentine’s Day Gifts

Valentine’s Day is just a week away and, if you haven’t already, it’s time to shop for a little something special to make your certain someone special feel…well…special!  The National Retail Federation projects that Americans will spend an average of $136.57 each with a total spending amount of $18.2 billion.  Haven’t finished your shopping yet?  Here are 10 great Valentine’s Day gift inspirations to give you ideas if you’re stumped and need a little inspiration for where to shop or where to find ideas to add to your wish list.

1 – Sending Flowers

Flowers are one of the most traditional Valentine’s Day gifts and florists everywhere are stocked up for this special day.  In a survey conducted by the National Retail Federation, an estimated $2 billion will be spent this year on flowers.  If you haven’t yet placed an order for a lovely bouquet, check out retailers like FTD, Teleflora, ProFlowers, and 1-800-Flowers.  Many of these shops have coupons available to save you a little as well.

2 – Candy

Another traditional gift for your sweetie is candy.  It’s so popular that an estimated 49.7% of the Valentine’s Day gifts given this year will be candy.  You can find those little heart shaped boxes in various sizes on the Fannie May and See’s Candies websites.  Candy favorites like Hershey and M&M have fun gifts appropriate both for your significant other and the youngsters in your life.

3 – Sending Edible Gifts

If candy isn’t the thing to show your love, how about another edible gift?  Harry & David is a favorite for sending all sorts of yummy treats from nuts and cakes as well as a variety of fruit boxes and baskets.  Keep it healthy with Edible Arrangements where you can send something sweet yet nutritious.  Or combine the bit of sweet with fruit Shari’s Berries.  An always fun edible treat are cookie bouquets from Cookies by Design as well as popcorn from The Popcorn Factory (especially fun and affordable for treating your co-workers).

4 – Jewelry

Who doesn’t love a little box of bling?  It’s such a popular gift that it is estimated that $43 billion will be spent on jewelry gifts for February 14th.  From Tiffany’s to Jared and Helzberg and Kay, you’re sure to find something most fitting for the holiday.  Another fabulous jewelry gift are Pandora charms and bracelets where you can start a tradition to celebrate each year with a new charm.  Just remember to review your sweetheart’s gift preference list to better direct you in choosing that special gift.

5 – Subscription Boxes

So your darling is not the easiest person to shop for but you know what his interests are because he listed them on his gift preferences.  Have you checked out a subscription box?  There are a several different subscription boxes out there for just about any interest you can think of.  To see several at one time to find the right one to gift, check out Cratejoy.  Everything from food to crafting and hobbies to beauty products to beverages to pets and family and OMG so much more.  This is a great gift idea for those difficult to buy for people.

6 – A Nice Dinner Out

You may be a little late in the game for some restaurants but a nice dinner night is always fun to celebrate loving someone.  Check out reservations for your favorite dining location on OpenTable.

7 – A Nice Dinner In

You don’t need to be a gourmet chef to make a special dinner for your sweet pea.  There are several meal kit delivery services where you can order a pre-planned dinner where the recipe with step by step instructions and all the ingredients are delivered to your door.  Some of the most popular services are Hello Fresh, Plated, Blue Apron, and Purple Carrot.  Grab a couple candles and you’re set for a lovely dinner in.

8 – Go to the Movies, a Show or Concert

Make it a memorable Valentine’s Day a movie, show or concert.  Check out movies and showtimes on Fandango and Ticketmaster to see what’s still available for February 14, 2017.

9 –  Stay Home with a Movie

Pair your dinner in with a movie at home.  Most cable and satellite services have movies selected for Valentine’s Day that can be played whenever you’d like or you can check out what’s available with Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime.  Or start a tradition with your honey and begin building a sweetheart library of movies.  Page through available titles on Amazon and Best Buy.

10 – Gifts for Kids and the Young at Heart

There’s still some time left to surprise your little artist with a Valentine’s personalized box of Crayola Crayons.  Or surprise your little builder or Lego loving sweetie with a Lego Romantic Valentine Picnic.  Cruise on over to Target’s website for fun pajama ideas for both little and big kids.  And inspire their minds with one of many love stories from Barnes & Noble.

And don’t forget – log into Giftster and update your gift preference profile to make sure that special someone who wants to spoil you knows all the things you like and don’t like so your gift will be extra special.