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Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Aired February 13, 2001 - 4:50 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

JOIE CHEN, CNN ANCHOR: A note to gift-givers: Valentine's Day is the day for all the romantics among us to dispense with cold logic and cash. What better place than the aisles of Neiman Marcus, where you are certain to find the perfect gift, although sometimes at a rather premium price.

Joining us today is Amy Helton (ph) of Neiman Marcus here in Atlanta.

Now, Amy, you're going to convince me that you have something here that anybody can afford.

AMY HELTON, NEIMAN MARCUS: For everyone. I do.

CHEN: All right.

HELTON: I do. I have a wide variety, something for women, children, men, everything.

We're going to start here, and this is a build -- what we've done here is build your own Valentine. We've taken a William Yeoward crystal wine cooler. We've put in a red cashmina shawl, a box of Joseph Schmidt chocolate, and Hermes rouge perfume for women.

CHEN: OK. But this is not just for anybody. This is for anybody who's got a lot of money or big credit.

HELTON: Well, this -- this, yes. This is, but some of this is not.

CHEN: How much is that little...

HELTON: The William Yeoward is 750, the cashmina is 450. The chocolates are 17.50, and the fragrance is 75.

CHEN: Well, Eric, our producer, is getting married in a few weeks, and I'm sure he's going to want to get that...

HELTON: Perfect.

(CROSSTALK)

That would -- we'll put aside for him.

CHEN: All right.

HELTON: OK. Next, we have some wonderful hand-made greeting cards, and these are $11 and 14.50. So, that's definitely something that everybody could afford and they're beautiful. We have a wide range of those.

We move over here to a gift for children. This is our lunch box, and it comes with markers and eraser. This is only $30. So this would make a great gift for a child. And it opens up...

(CROSSTALK)

CHEN: ... buggy eyes.

HELTON: And it comes with buggy eyes, and it opens up, and the child can draw, do their homework assignment.

CHEN: Right -- right around the buggy eyes.

HELTON: Right around the buggy eyes. And it's great and it's insulated. So, that's a wonderful gift.

(CROSSTALK)

CHEN: ... put your lunch inside the buggy...

HELTON: Put your lunch inside and play with that.

CHEN: (UNINTELLIGIBLE)

HELTON: Right.

CHEN: OK.

HELTON: OK. Also, for the woman who has everything, this is a Judith Leiber floral handbag that's 3,250. Beautiful.

CHEN: Not $32.50.

HELTON: $3,250, and it's all hand-beaded.

CHEN: We'd really have...

(LAUGHTER)

HELTON: We also have a Jay Strongwater picture frame. Jay was a jewelry designer that got his start with jewelry, and then has translated his designs into beautiful frames.

CHEN: Is this his mother?

HELTON: I don't know who that is. But it might be his great, great, great grandmother by the looks of that.

We also over here have a Baccarat puffed crystal heart for $130, and that's perfect for a man or a woman. We have a red tie that a man has to have for Valentine's Day. He's got to wear his red tie. So, that's perfect.

CHEN: And little airplane cufflinks.

HELTON: Right. These are airplane cufflinks by Robin Rotenier. And for Valentine's Day, you don't -- it doesn't have to be red, it doesn't have to be hearts. Another great idea is to take a theme. So this would be perfect for somebody that travels or for a pilot, somebody like that. And those are wonderful.

CHEN: OK. They're telling us to go quickly here.

HELTON: OK. Moving over here, we have some David Dearman (ph) jewelry, garnet jewelry.

CHEN: Yes.

HELTON: Necklace, bracelet, earrings, and that again is for the woman who has everything.

CHEN: All right.

HELTON: Great Lulu Guinness handbag, floral handbag, and that's 695, which opens up.

CHEN: That would be the 695.

HELTON: That would be the 695.

CHEN: Just want things clear here (UNINTELLIGIBLE) ordering things that you can't -- you can't pay for later.

And...

HELTON: This is Danny Noble, a new designer for us, and he's created a lot of intimate apparel for us. And that's a beautiful linen nightgown.

CHEN: OK. And are most gifts bought by men for women or...

HELTON: It's everything. I mean, Valentine's Day has become so much more popular that people are buying for their teacher, they're buying for the UPS man, they're buying for their baby-sitters.

CHEN: They're even buying for their anchors. For all of you producers back there, listen up.

Amy Helton of Neiman Marcus with us here today, thanks very much, Amy.

HELTON: Thank you.

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