The National Retail Federation (NRF) just posted the 2014 results of their annual Valentine’s Day survey. For the first time in six years, the number of adults (18 and over) planning to buy Valentine’s Day gift cards has gone down. In fact, Valentine spending as a whole is going down with fewer people (54% compared to last year’s 60%) planning to celebrate Valentine’s Day at all. As a practical gal myself, I don’t mind people being a little more frugal. I just hope thrifty lovers are choosing to do something simple, homemade, or romantic versus skipping the day entirely.
With Valentine’s day just two weeks away, some of the most-desired Valentine’s Day gifts will already be picked over at the stores or too late to order online. Not to worry. In the Infographic below, you’ll see the top Valentine gifts of the survey plus our take on how to recover from last-minute fumbles. The simple idea is to put a quick twist on traditional gifts. As a bonus, most of these suggestions also cost less than the typical long stem roses or dinner at a fancy restaurant.
Want more last-minute Valentine’s Day gift ideas? Check out our Pinterest board of Last-Minute Valentines for examples of free Valentine’s Day printables, coupons, greeting cards, and other gifts. My favorite, simple idea is to tuck a gift card into a pair of Valentine’s Day socks. This is a gift that works for young and old, male or female. Add a note that reads, “We make a great pair!”
If you really wait ‘til the last minute, send an e-gift card. To make the broken play look planned, however, sell the fake with a full-scale, digital attack. Send mushy Valentine’s Day text messages, post a tribute to your Valentine on Instagram, write on your one-and-only’s Facebook page, and Tweet about your sweetie all day long. The e-gift card will look like it’s been part of the plan all along.
Happy Gift Carding!
~Gift Card Girlfriend
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