Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is just three days away? Where has the time gone? If you’re still searching for the perfect romantic Valentine’s Day gift for your significant other, you’re in luck! This morning, Emmy award winning journalist and Valentine’s Day expert, Claudia Lombana joined me for an interview to dish the secret to getting the best deals on last minute romantic Valentine’s Day gifts for your sweetheart.
Candace Rose: Is Valentine’s Day about romance or is it about big business these days?
Claudia Lombana: “I’d have to say that it’s about both. I love the idea of infusing a little extra romance on Valentine’s Day, but it definitely is a big business. In fact, we’re expecting to see $18.9 billion dollars spent this year on Valentine’s Day. That will be a record high if that projection falls through. We’re seeing an average spent of about $142 per person this Valentine’s Day, so definitely big business is a big part of it.”
Candace Rose: Are there any special last minute deals available?
Claudia Lombana: “We do have some good deals for you that you can wait until the last minute to purchase. Valentine’s Day is coming up rapidly, we know that flowers are always a big category on Valentine’s Day and this year we’ve got 25% off at 1-800 Flowers. this is a partnership with Visa Checkout. Visa Checkout is a service from Visa where you register/sign up for Visa Checkout, you register your Visa card and it allows you to pay easier, safer, more quickly with less clicks. You don’t have to fill out all that credit card information. Go to 1-800 Flowers, the discount is site wide. Order your flowers, pay with Visa Checkout and then you can get 25% discount on those flowers.
Also, at Bluefly.com, they’re known for their designer items for both men and women, whether it’s clothing, accessories, handbags, shoes, fragrances, watches – whatever you’re looking for Bluefly.com has you covered. When you pay with Visa Checkout at Bluefly.com, you’re going to get two day shipping for free, so another great deal there on getting those deals for Valentine’s Day.”
Candace Rose: Are there any special deals for a can’t miss gift to complement a romantic evening?
Claudia Lombana: “There are definitely some mood enhancers and ways that you can complement that romantic evening from a company called Pure Romance. We’ve got a couple of different ideas, one is a game called Date Night. Date Night is a card game basically, but the cards either offer questions or suggestions, things that you can talk about and play with your romantic partners. For example, one says ‘Explain what you love most about me’ or ‘Give your partner a one minute back scratch’. Communication is key to that romance, and this is a great way to open up those lines of communication with your romantic partner. PureRomance.com also has beautiful scented candles, massage oils, lotions, things that are really decadent and sensual to help set the mood.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?
Claudia Lombana: “Another last minute idea that I like to suggest is something personalized, homemade or a romantic home cooked meal if that’s not something that you typically do; a handmade card, homemade chocolate dipped strawberries, little things like that can really show some sentimental value and a little expression of how much you really care about somebody.”
Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information?