Whether Americans like to admit it or not, we all have a bit of the hopeless romantic in our hearts. With love in the air, Americans find it irresistible to flaunt their affection. Jim Trippon, CPA and one of America’s foremost authorities on the money habits of self-made millionaires, has released his definitive 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 gifts for our co-workers, friends, and even our little furry companions. That’s right, Americans are likely to spend 50% more this year on their pets than they did last year.
In general, consumers are focusing more on quality than quantity. The average American looks for thoughtful little gifts, but for those of you looking to go above and beyond, Jim Trippon has put together an incredible list.
“Every year it seems like Americans outspend on Valentine’s Day,” Trippon says, “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 Mirage Ranch House – $16,700,000
Casa Rancho Mirage features approximately 18,000 square feet, 7 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, 2 powder rooms, a spacious foyer with two circular marble staircases and a sky bridge, 24-foot coffered ceilings, tall arched windows, a great room lo large enough to host a party with several hundred guests and a 2 bedroom guest house with a 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 1.4 miles away, giving the island a secluded feel while remaining conveniently close to local nightlife, restaurants, and shopping.
#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, Clarity Grade VS1; round brilliant cut diamonds, total carat weight 1.32.
#4 Jean Schlumberger Diamond Jardinet Bracelet – $320,000
Schlumberger brings together a wide variety of flowers in this beautiful diamond bracelet. Round brilliant cut diamond bracelet in platinum with 18k gold.
#5 Clive Christian Imperial Majesty Perfume – $251,000
Pure No1 perfume in a handmade Baccarat crystal bottle with solid gold neck and 5 carat diamond, delivered individually by Rolls Royce. Equally magnificent Baccarat crystal packaging with a five-carat diamond on its 18-carat 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 launch 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 floor globes. The ocean is handcrafted in mother of pearl with each piece cut in a triangle or diamond to give this globe its wonderful attractive.As always, each globe gemstone is unique because it is handmade and the semi-precious gemstones are different in each globe.
Fendi Selleria Bag #7 – $38,000 [http://tinyurl.com/yj6a4po]
Fendi’s Selleria bag combines the classic look and smart style for which the Italian fashion house is famous. Is it any wonder modern style icons Beyonce and Victoria Beckham love them?
#8 Stuart Hughes iPhone 3GS – Solid 22K Gold & Diamonds – $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-carat Apple logo. The result was outstanding even down to the precise polishing to reveal its most beautiful and harmonious appearance. Also included is a luxurious hand-finished wallet made from real ostrich feet. In addition to the wallets slim and unique design, it also offers functionality to store up to 4 credit cards.
#9 Harry Winston Triple Row Diamond Cufflinks – $33,000
36 rhombus-cut diamonds, approximately 3.00 total carats; 18K white gold setting. Length 15.45 mm and width 19.61 mm. Men of Harry Winston, by Thom Browne.
#10 Gold & Diamond Heart Paw Dog Tag – $2,650
Handcrafted with 14k gold and diamonds, this piece is a must have for all service dogs. Your dog will surely be happy to search for what you want when wearing this bling. And be sure to pick up 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 realistic and manage your budget,” says Trippon, “Be honest with each other about your money, clothes, 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: The Retirement Planning Secrets of Millionaires and How They Can Work for You.