Savvy Valentine’s Day Gifts & Gets

Posted: Feb 3 2018, 2:19am CST | by , Updated: Apr 30 2018, 4:19am CDT, in Shopping | Shopping Tips

 

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Last year, the National Retail Federation reported spending for the Valentine’s Day holiday was expected to top $18.2 billion, which is an average of $136.57 per person. Romantic getaways, flowers, jewelry, candy and greeting cards aside, other findings show apparel, accessories and personal care products contributed about 1.65 billion U.S. dollars to Valentine's Day sales in 2017. Even though Valentine’s Day-related revenue realized a slight market correction in 2017 after a decade-long upsurge, 2018 will still generate billions for the various sectors that are sweet on this particular holiday.

“This is one day of the year when millions find a way to show their loved ones they care regardless of their budget,” says NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. While the luxuries of a fresh bouquet of flowers, a box of fine chocolate and a romantic dinner are appealing, many prefer to think—and gift—outside of the box and proffer presents with less predictability. Toward this end, I have curated an array of ancillary gift ideas that Cupid would surely approve of—from the simple to the sublime and inspired to even the sporty. Something for everyone. Gotta love that!

Hallmark’s Vinyl Record Cards (www.Hallmark.com) - $12.99
There are a couple of quintessential things you shouldn’t forget if you want to make a lasting impression on Valentine’s Day: a heartfelt card and a love song to woo your sweetheart. Hallmark’s Vinyl Record Cards are a clever option, allowing you to share both! And there the perfect use for those "old school" record player gadgets trending right now! Each greeting card comes with a vinyl record featuring music by Bruno Mars, Aretha Franklin or INXS. Just remove the record, play it on any record player and serenade your sweetie! You can even personalize the records with messages of endearment to further the swooning, because who doesn’t want a heartfelt message to go along with their Bruno Mars vinyl.

Jelly Cylinder Nano (www.JellyfishArt.com) – $369.00
For marine-lovers and those who just like amazing, awe-inducing décor enhancements, this company has created one of the coolest interior adornments. Envision something with the nostalgia and intrigue of a lava lamp, combined with the thrill of “living” art. Jellyfish Art has made the concepts of jellyfish tanks a simple reality for any home or office décor. These are interior-design-friendly, modern, cutting-edge aquariums that are easy to set up and maintain. As an all-inclusive kit, the Jellyfish Cylinder kits include three sustainably aqua-cultured, live Moon Jellyfish and everything you need to set up the aquarium. The Jellyfish are express shipped directly to your door and are backed by a 10-day “Arrive Alive Guarantee.” These kits are a truly unique gift for the holiday season, especially for that person who seemingly has it all.

Nu Skin - ageLOC LumiSpa Device (www.NuSkin.com) - $199.00
Whether you want to look your best this holiday or proffer the perfect gift to a beauty aficionado, consider Nu Skin’s recently launch cleansing device: the ageLOC LumiSpa. This is a dual-action skin care device provides a superior skin-perfecting treatment while simultaneously providing deep cleansing benefits. It’s designed to leave skin smoother and softer after just one use and delivers no less than seven skin benefits that actually increase over time. A first-of-its-kind system, the ageLOC LumiSpa device uses its soft silicone treatment head along with a choice of three ageLOC LumiSpa treatment cleansers to gently, yet deeply, cleanse away dirt, oil, makeup, pollutants and other toxins that would wreak havoc on the skin.

Zumer Sport (www.ZumerSport.com) - Prices vary
Here’s a fabulous Valentine’s Day gift option for the sport-lover in your life. Zumer Sport is an e-commerce site that creates a wide array of lifestyle products out of actual sport ball material—actual baseball, basketball, football, softball, tennis and soccer materials. Things like backpacks, wallets, bottle openers, pillows and more. While other companies may create similar "sports" items, Zumer claims it’s the only company that makes its products with true, authentic sport ball material, not a look-alike. So Zumer's products don't just look like the real deal, they are the real deal! The company makes over 200 different products, all of which are created with superior quality, style and originality.

Blast Motion Golf (www.BlastMotion.com) - $149.95
Anyone who loves to spend time on the greens will adore Blast Motion Golf—the world’s most accurate and consistent real-time motion capture technology for driving and putting. It is a removable motion sensor that analyzes and records putts and full swings for up to eight hours, allowing users to quantify progress and share highlights via social network. Bluetooth technology connects the sensor that’s mounted on the driver or putter shaft to the user's iOS or Android devices, providing video highlights with overlaid metrics and creating ready-made shareable videos. Now your loved one can analyze and critique their swing or putt motions, and make improvements, on their own time and with their own eyes. They’ll gain a better understanding of their overall golf game as a whole...and what they need to specifically improve on.

ISlide (www.ISlideUSA.com) - $49.99
Know someone who loves shoes with swag? Consider gifting ISlide, reportedly the only premium customizable slide sandal available on the market. According to the company, it’s the only brand in the world that allows you to use the Internet to customize your slide footwear the way that YOU want. You can create your own individual pair with a favorite logo or shape (like a heart or kissey-lips), name, saying or picture as an extension of yourself or the one you love. Or you can even place an order for your entire wedding, family, team or any other event. ISlides allow you to be your own fashion creator. Their proprietary printing process and design team produces the utmost highest quality images, while the massaging ripple footbed makes ISlide the comfiest slides in the game. Make each step count and help someone stand in what they stand for.

JBL Premium Audio Devices (
www.JBL.com) – Starting at $129.95
Audio giant JBL recently launched their latest sport headphone with Under Armour coined the UA Sport Wireless Flex. These wireless neckband headphones bring athleisure to new heights by offering a sleek design, JBL’s signature sound and impressive versatility to provide athletes and fitness enthusiasts with a secure, stylish fit at the gym, while playing, or on-the-go. The headphones only require a quick five-minute charge for a full one hour of play time. They’re also engineered with an embedded LED feature with three flashing modes for increased visibility and safety in low light conditions, making them perfect for running at night or before sunrise. Of course, the premium JBA audio sound quality will keep you motivated no matter what task you’re undertaking. For those planning getaways, JBL also launched the E55BT Quincy Edition headphone—over-ear wireless headphone tuned by legendary GRAMMY winner Quincy Jones, delivering his personalized sound for exceptional audio. It features customized EQ tuning and voice prompts from Quincy himself. The headphone is also stylish, available in on-trend millennial pink (Dusty Rose) and Space Grey colors complement any style.

Another fantastic gift option from JBL is its JBL Boombox, a modern re-imagination of the iconic boombox of the 80s and 90s. Offering 24 hours of playtime and a waterproof, rugged design, this Bluetooth speaker makes a great addition to any party indoors or outdoors. And just like the original boomboxes of the 80s, it’s designed with a handle across the top for maximum portability. The Boombox has the ability to connect to others in the family with the JBL Connect+ feature, creating an ecosystem of sound.

RunLites (www.GoRunLites.com) - $40.00
For those who love to run our get out and about in the evening hours, RunLites are a great option. They’re gloves that serve as hands-free, wearable safety lights that’ll help keep athletes safer on their outward treks. They're perfect for any type of nighttime or low-light activity, from running, cycling, hiking or other everyday activities like walking the dog or gardening. The RunLites LEDs provides a 135-degree radial arc of light up to 40 feet ahead to increase the wearer's visibility. The gloves also have reflective strips and accents to help them be seen by others while they’re out and about. Various colors, designs and sizes are available. When the founder of RunLites lost her husband to cancer, she began to use running as her outlet. She developed RunLites so that she could run in the early morning or later in the evening—it was her way of lighting her own personal darkness and the product has become a beacon of true hope and inspiration.

DRL Nikko Air Race Vision 220 Drone (
www.Target.com) - $169.99
For gadget lovers, the new DRL Nikko Air Race Vision 220 Drone is an ultimate toy-quadcopter developed by DRL’s team of drone engineers and pilots. Race Vision 220 uses a 5.8 GHz analog frequency that allows the pilot to see real-time video transmission without delay or interruptions. It also includes a full color LCD screen and First-Person View goggles for an immersive flight experience from the cockpit of the drone. This drone model is specifically designed for pilots of all skill levels with three variable flight modes, multiple speed settings and 16 one-touch stunts. So it’s great for beginners through expert enthusiasts. It also boasts a digital gaming platform that provides new pilots the ability to learn how to fly a racing drone, compete in actual DRL courses, and master skills before taking to flight in real life.

Epson Expression Photo XP-8500 Printer (www.Epson.com) - $249.99
When a sentimental gift is in order, printing and framing a color photograph with that special someone is a near foolproof gift idea that’ll tug at those heartstrings. When you want to ensure that you can print brilliant, professional-quality photos, pictures and graphics—or if your gift recipient has their own regular need to print images in that regard—the Expression Photo XP-8500 Small-in-One printer is a killer choice. Offering fast and quiet performance in a sleek design, the XP-8500 produces borderless photos up to 8" x 10" with six-color Claria Photo HD Inks. It allows users to print 4" x 6" photos in as fast as ten seconds. It also has built-in USB and memory card slots that make PC-free printing easy. In addition, a rear feed accommodates specialty media, and there are dedicated photo and CD/DVD trays. Plus, individual inks mean you only replace the cartridge that runs out. And, with Epson’s Creative Print App, you can wirelessly print single photos, collages, stationery and more from your tablet or smartphone.

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***Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above may have been provided or arranged at no cost to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.***

Sources:

https://nrf.com/media/press-releases/nrf-says-consumers-will-spend-182-billion-valentines-day

https://www.statista.com/statistics/285034/us-valentine-s-day-sales-by-category/

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/55" rel="author">Merilee Kern</a>
Merilee Kern, Executive Editor & Producer of The Luxe List International News Syndicate, is a lifestyle, leisure and consumer goods expert who reports on noteworthy travel experiences, products, services and events at all price points – from the highly affordable to the luxury extreme. She keeps her finger on the pulse of what’s trending across all leisure and lifestyle product, service and travel categories to inform, enlighten and entertain. Also an award-winning author, APP developer, owner of a thriving communications agency, a two-time fitness champion and a proud mother of two, Merilee is the very definition of a renaissance woman. She may be reached online at www.TheLuxeList.com. Follow her on Twitter here: www.Twitter.com/LuxeListEditor and Facebook here: www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList.

 

 

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