Are you shopping for a Valentine’s Day gift? It seems like everyone who is searching for the perfect present is also looking for a good deal. While there are lots of Valentine’s Day promotions, retailers also know that the holiday is a good opportunity to mark up merchandise.
If you’re in a pinch to find that great gift without breaking the bank, avoid stereotypical items like teddy bears and lingerie, and seek out coupons that you can combine with sales. Keep in mind that not every special package or offer is actually worth your time or money. As you shop this year, look for the following deals to ensure that you get a great price on a quality product.
There are a range of retailers who offer anywhere from 20 to 85 percent off jewelry during the two weeks before Valentine’s Day. Check out the promotions at Amazon, Blue Nile, ICE.com, Zales, and Szul, if you are planning to shop online? Some retailers offer free or discount expedited shipping including Kay Jewelers and Tiffany.
The time to save on Valentine’s Day chocolate is actually during the week after the holiday. If you are set on getting chocolate for your significant other, check out Ghirardelli, as they have offered 10 to 20 percent off deals in past years. If you’re looking for an alternative gift, wine is always a great choice and you can pick up a bottle at a killer price at Wine.com.
Cold Weather Apparel
By February, many fashion retailers are already clearing out their cold weather gear to make way for the spring collections. Stay away from the lingerie stores that are unlikely to discount popular items this time of year and shop for practical winter apparel at Lands’ End, L.L. Bean, Columbia Sportswear, Fossil, Juicy Couture and Brooks Brothers.
The first couple weeks of February are a great time to pick up discounted beauty products. Elizabeth Arden, The Body Shop and FragranceX are just a few of the retailers that have discounted items as much as 80 percent in previous years.