Whether Americans like to admit it or not, we all have a bit of hopeless romance in our hearts. With love in the air, Americans find it irresistible to flaunt their affection. Jim Trippon, CPA and one of America’s leading authorities on the money habits of self-made millionaires, has published his ultimate Valentine’s Day gift list to wow your partner 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 loving couples, but also on gifts for our co-workers, friends, and even our furry little companions. That’s right, Americans are likely to spend 50% more this year on their pets compared to last year.
In general, consumers focus more on quality than quantity. The average American looks for thoughtful little gifts, but for those of you looking to go the extra mile, Jim Trippon has put together an incredible list.
“Every year it seems that Americans overspend for Valentine’s Day,” says Trippon, “I think people should focus less on how much they spend and more on the quality of the gift. Find something to enjoy together!”
Here’s Trippon’s Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift List for 2010:
# 1 Rancho Mirage House – $ 16,700,000
Casa Rancho Mirage features approximately 18,000 square feet, 7 bedrooms, 8 baths, 2 powder rooms, a spacious foyer with two circular marble staircases and a raised bridge, 24 foot coffered ceilings, tall arched windows, a great room large enough like 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 off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, surrounded by virgin Atlantic forests and only 80 meters from the modern island of Gipoia. The mainland is 2.3 km away, giving the island a sense of seclusion while being conveniently close to local nightlife, restaurants, and shops.
# 3 Tiffany Legacy Ring – $ 710,000
Tiffany Legacy® designs feature cushion-shaped modified brilliant diamonds that are exclusive to Tiffany. Ring in platinum with Tiffany Legacy® and round brilliant diamonds. Cushion Modified Brilliant Diamond, Total Carat Weight 6.24, Color Grade D, VS1 Clarity Grade; Round brilliant diamonds, total carat weight 1.32.
# 4 Jean Schlumberger Diamond Garden Bracelet – $ 320,000
Schlumberger brings together a wide 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 glass bottle with a solid gold and 5 carat diamond neck, individually delivered by Rolls Royce. Equally magnificent Baccarat crystal vessel that has a five karat diamond on its 18 karat gold necklace. Three of the five bottles of this limited-edition perfume consisting of ingredients such as vanilla, ylang ylang and sandalwood were sold at its opening 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 Gemstone Globe is the most exquisite among our gemstone ground globes. The ocean is handcrafted in mother-of-pearl with each piece cut into a triangle or diamond to give this globe its appeal. Wonderful As always, each gemstone globe is unique because it is handmade and semi-precious gemstones are different in each globe.
# 7 Fendi Selleria Bag – $ 38,000 [http://tinyurl.com/yj6a4po]
Fendi’s Selleria bag combines the classic appeal and smart style for which the Italian fashion house is famous. Is it any wonder that modern style icons Beyonce and Victoria Beckham love them?
# 8 Stuart Hughes iPhone 3GS – 22K Solid Gold and Diamond – $ 37,915
It took four skilled craftsmen, including Stuart Hughes, months of detailed and intricate work to recreate the original iPhone body in solid gold, all of which was started and finished by hand with 53 VVS1 diamonds housed in the 22-karat Apple logo. The result was outstanding even down to the precise polishing to reveal its most beautiful harmonious appearance. Also included is a luxurious hand-finished wallet made from real ostrich foot. In addition to the unique slim design wallets, it also offers functionality to store up to 4 credit cards.
# 9 Harry Winston Three Row Diamond Cufflinks – $ 33,000
36 rhombus-cut diamonds, approximately 3.00 total carats; 18k white gold frame. Length 15.45 mm and width 19.61 mm. Harry Winston Men by Thom Browne.
# 10 Gold and Diamond Heart Paw Nameplate – $ 2650
Crafted from 14 karat gold and diamonds, this piece is a must have for all deserving dogs. Your dog will undoubtedly be happy to bring whatever he wants when he wears this bling. And be sure to pick up the matching heart shaped necklace for yourself.
Trippon believes that people stay in love when they take the time to educate themselves about money together.
“Be real and budget,” says Trippon, “Be honest with each other about your money 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 best-seller, How Millionaires Stay Rich Forever: Millionaires’ Retirement Planning Secrets and How They Can Work for You.