Valentine’s Day spending will add up to more than $17 billion this year, according to new research by the National Retail Federation in the USA. It says the average person in the USA plans to spend about $134 on Valentine’s Day gifts for their special someone this February 14. That figure is up a few dollars from last year, but it’s still a long way off what the world’s richest people spend. According to the American Express Spending & Saving Tracker, people in households earning $100,000 or more per year are likely to spend $213 on their lovers, and that Americans will spend about $37 billion all up. We’ve hand-picked 10 of the best Valentine’s gifts from some of our favorite celebrities.
John Mayer and Katy Perry $5,000
John Mayer and Katy Perry might have only been dating on and off for a couple of years but his Valentine’s Day gift to her last year is a pretty good indication they’re in it for the long haul. John picked out an embellished heart-shaped 20-carat gold cabochon and ruby Daniel Gibbings ring. Oh, and it set him back $5,000. You’ve set the bar high Mr Mayer, we can’t wait to see what you come up with this year.
Angelina Jolie $18,000
While you probably wouldn’t pick it, Angelina Jolie is a total romantic. For V-Day in 2010 she bought Brad a 200-year-old olive tree for their French Chateau. You know, just a thoughtful plant for the backyard… worth $18,500. The star also bought Brad a $12.2 million heart-shaped island for his 50th. Pick up your game, Brad – Ange is totally outdoing you!
Courteney Cox $45,000
Courteney Cox and David Arquette finalised their divorce in May 2013 and we’re certain Courteney’s gift-giving abilities had nothing to do with the split. Case in point? For V-Day in 2010, she bought David an antique carousel horse worth up to $45,000. Giddy up.
Crazy in love, drunk in love – these two are the poster couple for celebrity romance done the right way. In 2009, Jay-Z splashed out on a platinum-covered mobile phone for Beyoncé that was reportedly worth around $24,000. While it’s not exactly the most romantic of gifts, we feel for Jay-Z – what do you buy the woman who has everything?!
Channing Tatum $5,000+
Just being married to Channing Tatum would be enough of a gift for us, but Jenna Dewan-Tatum has the best of both worlds. “My husband likes to give me gifts from Neil Lane because of Sienna Miller. They were filming G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra, and… She told him, ‘You have to go to Neil Lane,’ and that’s how I have my amazing jewellery collection. I got a really amazing gift last year on Valentine’s, which was awesome.” Seeing as Neil Lane jewellery goes upwards of $10,000, we’re guessing she owes Sienna big time.