Whether Americans like to admit it or not, we all have a little bit of the hopeless romantic in our hearts. With love in the air, Americans find it irresistible to show off their affection. Jim Trippon, CPA and a leading American authority on the financial habits of self-made millionaires, has released his latest list of Valentine’s Day gifts to wow your significant other this holiday season.
According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are expected to spend a staggering $ 14.1 billion this Valentine’s Day. This year, retailers are not only focusing on gifts for couples in love, but also on gifts for our colleagues, friends and even our little furry companions. That’s right, Americans are likely to spend 50% more this year on their pets than last year.
Overall, consumers focus more on quality than quantity. The average American is looking for thoughtful little gifts, but for those of you who are looking to go further Jim Trippon has created an incredible list.
“Every year Americans seem to outdo themselves in their Valentine’s Day shopping,” says Trippon, “I think people should focus less on how much they are spending and more on the quality of the gift. Find something to enjoy together!”
Here is Trippon’s list of Valentine’s Day gifts for 2010:
# 1 Casa Rancho Mirage – $ 16,700,000
Casa Rancho Mirage features approximately 18,000 square feet, 7 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, 2 half bathrooms, a large foyer with two circular marble staircases and an elevated deck, 24-foot coffered ceilings, tall arched windows, a large room large enough to host a party with several hundred guests and a 2 bedroom guest house with living room and full kitchen.
# 2 Island in Angra – $ 5,800,000
A spectacular island on the coast of Rio de Janeiro, surrounded by pristine Atlantic forests and just 80 meters from the trendy island of Gipoia. The mainland is 2.3km away, giving the island a sense of seclusion while remaining conveniently close to local nightlife, restaurants and shops.
# 3 Tiffany Legacy Ring – $ 710,000
Tiffany Legacy® models feature Tiffany’s exclusive cushion-shaped modified brilliant diamonds. Platinum ring with Tiffany Legacy® and round brilliant diamonds. cushion-shaped modified brilliant diamond, total carat weight 6.24, color grade D, purity grade VS1; round brilliant diamonds, total carat weight 1.32.
# 4 Jean Schlumberger Jardinet Diamond Bracelet – $ 320,000
Schlumberger collects a large variety of flowers in this beautiful diamond bracelet. Round brilliant diamond bracelet in platinum with 18k gold.
# 5 Clive Christian Imperial Majesty Perfume – $ 251,000
No1 Pure Perfume in a handcrafted Baccarat crystal bottle with solid gold neck and 5-karat diamond, individually delivered by Rolls Royce. Equally magnificent Baccarat crystal case with a five-carat diamond on the 18-karat gold collar. Three of the five bottles of this limited edition perfume made up of ingredients such as vanilla, ylang ylang and sandalwood were sold during its inauguration ceremonies at Harrods in London and Bergdorf Goodman in New York City.
# 6 Diamond Cut Mother of Pearl Gemstone Globe – $ 200,000
The 40 “diamond cut mother of pearl globe is the most exquisite of our gemstone floor globes. The ocean is hand crafted from mother of pearl with each piece cut into a triangle or diamond to give this globe its wonderful Charm As always, each gem the globe is unique because it is handcrafted and the semi-precious stones are different in each globe.
# 7 Fendi Selleria Bag – $ 38,000 [http://tinyurl.com/yj6a4po]
The Selleria bag from Fendi combines the classic good looks and the smart style that the Italian fashion house is famous for. Is it any wonder modern style icons Beyonce and Victoria Beckham love them?
# 8 Stuart Hughes iPhone 3GS – 22ct Solid Gold and Diamond – $ 37,915
It took four skilled craftsmen, including Stuart Hughes, months of intricate and detailed work to recreate the original solid gold iPhone body, all started and finished by hand with 53 VVS1 diamonds housed in the 22 ct Apple logo. The result was also exceptional in the precise polishing to reveal its most beautiful and harmonious appearance. Also included is a luxurious hand-finished wallet made with real ostrich foot. In addition to the slim and unique design of the wallet, it also offers functionality to hold up to 4 credit cards.
# 9 Harry Winston Three Row Diamond Cufflinks – $ 33,000
36 lozenge-cut diamonds, approximately 3.00 total carats; 18-karat white gold setting. Length 15.45 mm and width 19.61 mm. Harry Winston Men, by Thom Browne.
# 10 Dog Tag with Diamond Paw and Gold Heart – $ 2650
Handcrafted with 14-karat gold and diamonds, her piece is a must for all deserving dogs. Your dog will surely be happy to take whatever he wants when he wears this bling. And be sure to collect the matching heart paw necklace for yourself.
Trippon believes that people stay in love when they take the time to learn about money together.
“Be real and manage your budget,” says Trippon, “Be honest with each other about your financial habits and come up with a plan to spend it as a couple. It will improve your love life!” Trippon is the author of the Amazon bestseller, How Millionaires Stay Rich Forever: Retirement Planning Secrets of Millionaires and How They Can Work For You.
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