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Gold-inspired Valentine's Day gifts

It never fails. Even the best people, with the best of intentions, set out to find the perfect gifts for their Valentine sweethearts, only to end up purchasing typical last minute Valentine's Day candy in heart-shaped boxes. But this year, with the Olympic Games in full swing, the phrase 'go for the gold' has never been more appropriate, even if the gift of jewelry is not. Here are this year's Top 5 picks for 24-karat gold Valentine's Day gifts that have nothing to do with jewelry.

Golden Opulence Sundae at Serendipity restaurants
Golden Opulence Sundae at Serendipity restaurants
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24-Karat Gold Facial

Depending on the type of treatment, gift certificates for spa treatments can be received with mixed reactions. But who can resist a full facial mask made of real 24-karat gold? It is said that Cleopatra slept in gold mud as a beauty treatment. Today, modern celebrities like Nicole Kidman and Cameron Diaz indulge in these extravagant skin renewals. Cost: $300

24-Karat Wine and Champagne

For the sophisticated wine lover or gold drinker in your life, XXIV Karat Wines has developed a variety of wines and champagne with real gold flakes, available in select retailers throughout the state of Arizona. Cost: $99

24-Karat Shimmering Powder

Every woman loves to feel beautiful, and 24-karat gold illuminating makeup by Jane Iredale is a delightful take on how to get a beautifully bronzed glow. Available in a variety of shades, and made with food grade 24-karat gold flakes, this powder will make her feel like a beauty queen. Cost: $14

24-Karat Trevi Fountain Peekaboo Handbag by Fendi

To celebrate the opening of Fendi's store at the City Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, the fashion giant released a python handbag dipped in real gold. For those interested in spending less than the price of a new car, Fendi also released 20 limited edition bags without the gold finish, but with a numbered gold logo plate added inside. Cost: $4,500 - $36,000

Golden Opulence Sundae

Cover Girl spokesmodel Sofia Vergara polished off one of these tasty 23-karat gold treats made from the world's rarest chocolate during an interview with Laura Brown for Harper's Bazaar at New York City's Serendipity 3 restaurant. While the pricetag on this special order dessert is hefty, consumers get to keep the $300 Baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet in which it is served. Cost: $1,000