Shop now for great Valentine's Day gifts

February 2, 2012 3:20:50 PM PST
Valentine's Day is a little less than two weeks away and if you really want to dazzle your valentine, this is the time to start planning -- not the day before Valentine's.

If you take our advice and get a gift now, rather than later, you will not only take the pressure off yourself, but you are bound to get something really unique that won't break the bank.

Chocolate, flowers and teddy bears -- it's the usual Valentine's Day gifts that always come to mind.

"If you think a little further out of that box, it might get you a little more points in the long run," Nora Kapche said.

Stay at home mom and blogger for CouponContessa.com, Nora Kapche offers her readers unique Valentine's Day gift ideas that won't break the bank. Each day she scours the web looking for the best bargains. Her favorites can be found on daily deal sites or social group buying sites like Groupon.

"The daily deal sites are so amazing," she gushed.

Some unique gift ideas Nora has blogged about are from a website called Eversave.com. They include $10 for two giant custom-message fortune cookies -- a perfect substitute for the usual greeting card.

If you must give a card, at Eversave.com, Nora found a $12 deal good for $24 worth of personalized 3D cards and gifts.

She said, "This is when you plan a little bit in advance and it will really pay off."

For the wine lover in your life, Nora spotted a Groupon deal -- $25 for a taste of Argentina wine package with three bottles from Edgewater wine. The deal normally retails for $42.97.

Feel like grilling for your valentine? At Eversave.com, Omaha Steaks has a combo package for $59 and free shipping. That's 60 percent off the regular price.

For those who want to give the gift of travel, Nora found the deals are great.

She said, "With a little bit of planning, especially on these travel deals, you can save 50, 60 and 75 percent."

At Living Social, we found a three-night escape on Lake Travis for up to seven people for $588. The price is normally $979. In Dallas, we found a one night stay at a bed and breakfast for $133. That's half off the regular price and includes wine and chocolates in room and a welcome basket.

"A nice little two to three day getaway for very inexpensive would be a great surprise on Valentine's Day," Nora said.

But when it comes to any group-buying site or daily deal bargain, Nora cautions to read the fine print, especially the return policy for any item and black out days and times for an event or travel deal.

She advised, "You want to go with a reputable company, some place that you know has been in business for a while."

Also, be sure to read the company's reviews and what their customer service is like. Online shoppers can be extremely vocal.


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