Roses, chocolates and a lavish dinner date, they’re all classic go-to gifts to spoil your Valentines with.
Each year there are those amongst us who like to do something a little more original, and yes cost a bit more to show their affection to the ones they love.
Britons will spend £1.6 million on Valentine’s Day gifts.
However, is there any love that is worth ruining your personal finances over?
Well, take a look at these gifts that will cost you a pretty penny this Valentine’s Day.
But first – why is Valentine’s Day such a big deal?
Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day?
Valentine’s Day is named after St Valentine, who according to popular legend, is said to have fallen in love with a jailer’s daughter whilst serving time for arranging secret Christian marriages in the pagan Roman Empire. He supposedly sent her a love letter signed ‘your Valentine’, on 14th February.
However, by doing this, he gave millions of people future headaches as to what to buy their loved ones on 14th February each year.
St Valentine’s day became officially enshrined in English calendars when Henry VII declared it Valentine’s Day.
Ever since then men and women have agonised over what to give their loved ones and how much to spend on them.
Whatever you decide, don’t let these expensive purchases ruin your finances!
8 expensive Valentine’s Day gifts
Of course, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, but we’ve scoured the web to find some of the most expensive and high-end luxury items that cater to the super-rich. So, if you’ve won the lottery recently and you’re looking for some inspiration, check out our list of expensive Valentine’s Day gifts.
1. A timeless gift
Watches are a surefire way to demonstrate love and affection to those closest to you. Not only are they stylish and beautiful to behold, but they can also be engraved with a personalised message only the recipient will understand.
According to British GQ, a Lange & Söhne watch is a perfect example of how a male watch should be. Complex mechanisms, Swiss-made, can measure seconds, minutes and hours (like nearly every other watch) and encased in steel. At an eye-watering price of £125,000, is considered a bargain by GQ magazine.
2. Appeal to their hearts
Beauty products and treatments are always high up on the gift list on Valentine’s Day, but maybe this next treatment is a little over-the-top to seduce your partner.
Promoted by Kim Kardashian, and definitely not for the squeamish, is the aptly named ‘vampare facelift.’
The idea behind this treatment is that Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) utilises the body’s natural healing ability can delay and even reverse the ageing process. Thus, blood is drawn from your own body (like your arm), spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets, and then injected right back into the person’s face.
Costs for a course of this treatment range from £1,050 although we’re not sure offering your partner a vampire facelift over a steak (or worse, vegetarian) dinner, is the best way to get to their heart.
3. Roses are red…
Flowers are always popular this time of year, and nothing says Valentine’s (or England) than the rose. You’d think even a “dozen red roses” would be enough for the average man or woman yet with Interflora, you can even get 100 of the beauties all lovingly hand tied, with flower food and a card so the recipient knows it was you sending it, all for a paltry £380.
Please note, delivery costs are not included in that price!
4. Chocolates (or maybe just one…)
Looking for the most extravagant chocolate in the world?
Knipschildt’s La Madeline au Truffe was recognised by Forbes Magazine as the most expensive chocolate in the world.
This ONE chocolate truffle will set you back a tidy $250 (£193 at the time of writing this article). Rest assured though; it does have it’s own decorative display box that will delight even the most apathetic chocolate eater!
5. Elegant design, elegant price?
“A shoe is not only a design, but it’s a part of your body language, the way you walk. The way you’re going to move is quite dictated by your shoes.” – Christian Louboutin
Either a smart marketing statement or merely the obvious (we always move dependent on the shoes we are wearing). Louboutin’s famous shoes are recognised the world over with the red lacquer underneath, making it instantly known and desired by both men and women.
If you really want the ultimate shoes this Valentine’s Day then why not some Sexy Strass heels designed with the familiar Louboutin look combined with Swarovski crystals at a cool crystalised £1,995. If that is above your budget, the brand’s website has some ‘under £1,000’ options here.
6. Dinner date
Heading out for a lovely dinner is undoubtedly a must for all lovebirds this Valentine’s Day. However, what cuisine is best? What location? Do you go somewhere more affordable but have a satisfying meal like McDonald’s or somewhere more exotic and upmarket?
Well, if you think McDonald’s is not the place to move your relationship forward, then how about some upmarket sushi at London’s Araki?
There is only one menu, priced at £310 per person – can seat only ten diners at the chef’s table with Edomae Sushi complete with a traditional Sado tea ceremony.
Chef Mitsuhiro Araki opened his restaurant in 2014, and since it has been awarded three Michelin stars. David Beckham has also been spotted there, so if it is good enough for him, why not you?
7. The scent of a woman
Clive Christian No.1 Imperial Majesty Perfume is a perfume with a light scent of Tahitian vanilla with a hint of rosa centifolia, considered the rose which has the best fragrance of them all and ylang-ylang.
This perfume sold for £9,660 per ounce in 2006 when it launched – now it is a bargain at today’s prices (in the range of £300 to £500).
You can watch a video of the perfume launch here:
8. Don’t forget the card
How about this for a Valentine’s Day card?
With these cards, you are guaranteed that your partner will not recycle your card in the weekly recycling. With this crystal-encrusted card, they will undoubtedly treasure this forever.
Don’t overspend this Valentine’s Day!
When a day like this only happens once a year, it’s easy to justify overspending.
However, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be an expensive celebration. In fact, most Brits are quite frugal when it comes to presents, spending on average £45 per gift. If money is tight, consider lower cost options like a card or flowers.
So, forget the expensive Valentine’s Day gifts and instead, spend time with the person you love.
No additional expense necessary!