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Win Cool Stuff: Tags-n-Stones Necklace

We have a winner! Congratulations to #7 Alice, who writes "The best gift is something that is sentimental. It's got to be more than the 'gift' itself; it doesn't have to be expensive or trendy. It just has to mean something. And, what's wrong with giving yourself a gift?! I'm getting myself a tattoo this year!" Thanks to Christina Lee at Tags-n-Stones for making this contest possible, and to everyone who entered—keep checking back for more great giveaways!


Please note: This contest has ended.

Initial necklaces are meaningful and chic in their delicate simplicity, which is why I am super excited about today's giveaway: Courtesy of Tags-n-Stones by Christina Lee, one lucky Budget Babe reader will win one gold-filled initial tag (or sterling silver, if you're a silver kind of girl) and stone (you can pick any color you want!), and have it hammered or not. Who else gives you so many fabulous choices?

For your chance to win, visit, then tell us what you think is the perfect Valentine's Day gift in the comment section below. Good luck!

Be sure to use a valid email address and include info(at) in your address book so we can contact you if you're the winner. Comments must be posted by 12 noon ET on Tuesday February 3 to be eligible to win. One lucky winner will be chosen at random, and will be announced on Wednesday February 4.

aw so cute!

hmm the best gift is definitely something that is made or given from generation to another...
last year on valentine's day my boyfriend gave me his grandmother's engagement ring.. now thats something from the heart!
#1 Neira on 2009-02-02 06:48
I love: Dog Bone Dog Tag -- very classy!
#1.1 Amy Tucker (Homepage) on 2009-02-03 09:12
those necklaces are so cute, i've been searching forever for the perfect initial necklace!

i think the best valentines gift is an experience- dinner, a concert, a trip of some kind. eventually everything is going to fade away but you'll have those memories for a lifetime!
#2 Anja on 2009-02-02 07:13
I think the perfect Valentine's Day is some time alone with my husband. It doesn't happen often so we enjoy going to a special restaurant this time each year. Thanks for the chance to win!
#3 ColleenM on 2009-02-02 08:27
Best gifts are flowers. I don't receive flowers from my husband every day so they are perfect for a special day like Valentine's.
#4 bella (Homepage) on 2009-02-02 08:49
The best gift is a thoughtful surprise. Such as a reupholstered chair in the perfect fabric that you'd been looking at forever, but thought it was too expensive and required too much work. And then you come home and it is completely finished and in your living room. I'm crossing my fingers!
#5 Christine on 2009-02-02 09:22
Love those hammered disk necklaces!

The best valentine's day gift is time alone with your special person, giving them & receiving their undivided attention!
#6 JeffersonSusie (Homepage) on 2009-02-02 09:22
The best gift is something that is sentimental. It's got to be more than the "gift" itself; it doesn't have to be expensive or trendy. It just has to mean something. And, what's wrong with giving yourself a gift?! I'm getting myself a tattoo this year!
#7 Alice (Homepage) on 2009-02-02 09:26
Best gift would be a kiss and a really huge long hug, the kind you can sink into and relax in, and of course, an "I love you."
#8 Jessica (Homepage) on 2009-02-02 09:41
Yay! Thanks BB- I am sooo excited to be doing this giveaway for your readers!!!!!
#9 Real Style Real people (Homepage) on 2009-02-02 09:43
the best valentine's day gift is something that means something - to both the giver and the receiver! once, in a long-distance relationship, i read love poems to my boyfriend over the phone every night before he went to bed; my gift to him that year was a cd of me reciting our favorite of those poems so he could put them on his ipod and listen to them whenever he missed me. it meant so much - to both of us!
#10 hanna on 2009-02-02 10:59
I like the 3/4 in. Open Circle charm the best. It would be a great Valentine's gift since circles represent endless love to some.
#11 Paula H on 2009-02-02 11:28
The best v-day gift is something well thought out and planned! I would love a romantic dinner or a back rub over roses and choclates!!
#12 Sheila H on 2009-02-02 11:28
the charms are nice
#13 susan varney on 2009-02-02 11:33
I think the best gift is the open circle, which signifies love without end!
#14 Erin Dean on 2009-02-02 11:35
My favorite gift from my husband is a letter. Every Valentines Day he writes me a letter telling me ways he fell more in love with me that year. Its definitely my favorite present of the year!!!
#15 Victoria on 2009-02-02 11:36
Oh I love the Simple Flower necklace on that website.

The best V-day present is to have dinner made (with the mess in the kitchen cleaned up)when I come home from work and maybe a nice bubble bath. It doesn't have to cost anything just to be from the heart.
#16 Diane on 2009-02-02 11:37
I think the charm bracelet would make a lovely gift. Hammered silver, natch...
#17 Ali Gutierrez on 2009-02-02 11:50
Ooh, those charm bracelets are cute.

A perfect V-Day gift would be a handwritten letter. In this age of email, that would be a lovely surprise. :-)
#18 Erica on 2009-02-02 11:55
I love a simple flower really cute and different and I like different

My favorite Valentine present is just the two of us cuddling after the kids go to bed presents are nice but its the bond and love that you share that is more important then gifts
#19 Bonnie Day on 2009-02-02 11:56
I really like the A Simple Flower! It's cute! Thanks
#20 Heather M on 2009-02-02 11:56
The charm bracelet is cute.

The perfect Valentine present for me is a night out with hubby.
#21 Huguette E. on 2009-02-02 12:22
A Simple Flower -- charming. A perfect Valentine's Day for me is remembering everything about my deceased fiance and expressing gratitude.
#22 sheila k. on 2009-02-02 12:27
The perfect Valentines gift is a romantic picnic on the beach, snuggled up in a blanket with a cute boy who makes you laugh.
#23 MizzJ (Homepage) on 2009-02-02 12:38
My Valentine's days seem to have mostly been unremarkable as of late... I did get some very fancy jewelry once, but it was too fancy and I never have an occasion to wear it. something small and romantic is what I'd be about, flowers, something shiny, a nice meal.

#24 Justine U on 2009-02-02 12:38
The best valentine present is spending quality time with the person you love!!!!!!
#25 Diane Baum on 2009-02-02 12:41
I like flowers, chocolate or jewelry. I like to give my husband a nice dinner and wine plus dessert. We won't go out because we have a new baby.
#26 Jennifer Monteiro on 2009-02-02 12:43
Love those necklaces!

I think the best gift is something you mentioned a while ago and thought the person didn't notice but then s/he surprises you with that thing!
#27 Amelia (Homepage) on 2009-02-02 12:51
The best gift would be just spending time together....someones time is the best gift.

I love the jewelery. Thanks for sharing! I am also a huge fan of lockets. They have a past and are each unique in their own way.
#28 kat on 2009-02-02 12:54
I think the Large Tag Charm Bracelet would be a great gift, for a guy or a girl.
#29 Karen on 2009-02-02 13:06
With a new initial recently - I would love to have a circle necklace with my new monogram, the second disk with our date and a pink pearl for Valentine's Day! Now wouldn't that be perfect....

My fingers are crossed!
#30 Susan on 2009-02-02 13:07
1st please enter me in this the intial necklace :-)

I mean who doesnt love getting gifts
but better than the time you spend with the person you love...
i will be enjoying dinner with my true love and soulmate :-)
#31 milly on 2009-02-02 13:17
I love initial necklaces!! So dainty!

The best Valentine's gift are of course being with the one you love! Some of the best gifts are the little, unexpected things that your significant other remembers! Like a favorite old movie or a favorite song. So Romantic!
#32 Amanda on 2009-02-02 13:25
My idea of the perfect valentines gift is a night in, cooking together, and eating by candelight. There would be chocolate covered everything(well that is everything chocolate tastes good on) and then to top it all off we would lay by a fire place cuddling and talking.
#33 Carie on 2009-02-02 13:27
I think that the perfect valentines day gift, would be anything that you put effort into, doesn't matter how much it cost. Like a well made dinner for two with romantic music and candles, or a simple valentines day card with her favorite candy.
#34 Lada on 2009-02-02 13:28
I think the best gift is spending some quality time with my fiance. We're in a long distance relationship (I'm 2000+ miles away for grad school) so any time spent together is precious.
#35 Han on 2009-02-02 13:42
Lovely jewelry. I especially love the simple, modern design. Feels like letter press but as an accessory, what more could a girl want?

The perfect Valentines day is spending quality time together doing the things you like whether its staying in, going to dinner, a movie, art exhibit, a concert, or just going for a stroll. Factor in some delish food and you are set!
#36 Kari on 2009-02-02 13:43
The perfect Valentine's Day gift would be a reflection of something only you and your significant other share or know about one another - Whether it's a mix CD of songs, each carrying a memory, or a trip to an observatory to view your favorite constellation up close ... A Valentine's Day gift need not be expensive or over-the-top, just the truest expression of love you can manage!
#37 Katie on 2009-02-02 13:43
the perfect valentine's day gift would have to be a tropical trip in the dead of winter. it's so romantic and fun!
#38 amy on 2009-02-02 13:46
the perfect valentines gift would be to just be with the one you love and do something out of the normal, if youre used to waking up at 8am stay in bed and louge and watch movies and cuddle. spend the whole day just being together. as far as a tangible gift something with both your initials is a very cute thing.

the large tag hammered bracelets are adorable and look like they could be passed down generations and be very special!
#39 ashley on 2009-02-02 14:03
What a wonderful give away. I think the most fantastic V-Day gift, if I had a man to give me one, that is, would be any piece of jewelry, especially a necklace, maybe some earrings, that he really loved. I think it is so sincere and genuine when a guy cares enough to really think about what he likes when it comes to his lady's style. A necklace is so personal and so sweet.
#40 Allison on 2009-02-02 14:04
I think the charm bracelet would make a nice V-Day gift.
#41 Nikki on 2009-02-02 14:38
We're doing Valentine's at the beach for something new...what could be more romantic than a walk on the beach??
#42 Julie on 2009-02-02 14:39
I really adore the charm bracelets from Tags-n-Stones! I'm a big bracelet wearer versus any other jewelry!

But besides material gifts, I think the best valentine's day present would be a relaxing night at home with a home cooked meal and 2 bottles of wine!
#43 Ida on 2009-02-02 14:41
Something personalized. My daughter has always given me personalized gifts (photo cubes, jewelry etc.) and I've always treasured them.
#44 Rita M on 2009-02-02 14:54
hammered discs necklaces would be sweet
#45 MRS.MOMMYY on 2009-02-02 15:02
The perfect Valentine's Day gift would be the small double tag with the name and date of birth of our little son!
#46 Karly on 2009-02-02 15:03
The best gift would be a day of snowboarding ending with hot chocolate and comfort food at night
#47 Chan on 2009-02-02 15:08
The perfect gift would have to be any token of significance in the relationship, like a figurine that represents a nickname you have for each other
#48 remi on 2009-02-02 15:10
The greatest valentine's gift i've ever received was a box of godiva chocolates. It's my favorite brand and it's so simple yet elegant.
#49 angel on 2009-02-02 15:11
Anything you all create is a winner.
#49.1 Jennifer Richardson on 2009-02-02 15:23
My fav. Valentine gift are chocolate hearts & diamonds are nice too. :-)
#50 susan l. wiener (Homepage) on 2009-02-02 15:44
#51 Valerie on 2009-02-02 15:57
very nice giveaway

spending alone time with my wife is the best valentines gift
#52 Mark Winger on 2009-02-02 16:02
Just being kind to one another is the best gift. A close second is any kind of jewelry! Thanks for the chance,
#53 Christine on 2009-02-02 16:09
Three birds on a wire necklace is what I would choose from the site for a favorite valentines gift. Although all the jewelery is very cute.
#54 melinda smith on 2009-02-02 16:10
I love the Circle Silver Hammered with E and the ruby red crystal for the birthstone of July. I love the regular chain instead of the dog tag chain.
#55 Yvonne Butler on 2009-02-02 16:15
The large charm bracelet would be a great gift.
#56 Anne D on 2009-02-02 16:16
I think the LARGE TAG CHARM BRACELET or ANKLET would make a wonderful valentines present
#57 dorothy on 2009-02-02 16:19
The necklace is so adorable!

The best Valentine's Day gift for me is to just have quality alone with my boyfriend and have a romantic dinner together!
#58 AmandaW on 2009-02-02 16:31
Dog Bone Dog Tag IS SO NICE
#59 joni chadwell on 2009-02-02 16:42
The best Valentine's Day gift to me is my husband. Before I met my husband I never, and I mean never thought it was possible to fall silly in love and be happy. My husband is the love of my life, and instead of contemplating what would be great to get from him this year, I'm going to give him an incredible day he will never forget because he always does the same for me...As for gifts, time is a gift worthy of giving, and I think he'll love the day I planned for us to have together. Time is so precious and I'm glad to spend every moment I can with him. Yeah, I think time is no doubt a given;)
#60 Rochelle on 2009-02-02 16:50
The best Valentine's gift would be having my boyfriend from Texas coming to spend that day with me in NYC.
#61 Samantha H on 2009-02-02 16:52
I really like the flower tag and stone!
#62 Sherry R on 2009-02-02 17:00
All of the jewelry is beautiful. I particularly like the large tag charm bracelet.
#63 Terra Heck on 2009-02-02 17:02
i like the small gold tag
#64 patrick m on 2009-02-02 17:06
Love the flower tag and large tag charm bracelet.
#65 Karen Gonyea on 2009-02-02 17:14
I love the large tag hammered bracelets. they are fantastic!!!!
#66 Brandii Danielson on 2009-02-02 17:17
I just love the charm bracelets and the key chains. Very pretty. Thanks for the chance to win.
#67 Christy Hickman on 2009-02-02 17:32
the best valentines gift is being taken out to dinner somewhere special and intimate...also, feeling loved and pampered!
#68 Jessica on 2009-02-02 17:53
The most meaningful Valentines gift for me would have to be spending time w/ my boyfriend. He means so much to me that sometimes I can still feel my heart skip a beat even though we have been together for a year last Sunday!
#69 IndigoViolet on 2009-02-02 18:09
I love the initial necklace! My husband, son and I all have the same initials so it would be perfect for all of us! I love it.. The best Valentine's day gift is spending time with my tow guys! They bring so much love in my life!
#70 Vanessa on 2009-02-02 18:29
My perfect Valentine's Day gift from Tags-n-Stones is the large gold tag with a green crystal! Thank you. :-)
#71 Jaque on 2009-02-02 18:33
My favorite item from the site is the Dog Bone Dog Tag.

The best valentine's gift always includes doing something extra special so the other person knows they mean so much!

#72 David Clark on 2009-02-02 18:38
These make the nicest Valentines Day gifts, especially when you can customize it to fit the person you want to give the gift to! I love the open circle pendant and would have my daughter's name engraved on it. I would love to have both a gray pearl and pink pearl hanging from the chain too! I think this would make such a special gift for a young girl who is just beginning to develop a love for jewelry and this type of gift has such meaning put into it from the giver to the receiver. Thank you so much for the wonderful giveaway!
#73 joanna smith on 2009-02-02 18:53
I think it would be romantic for my husband to give me an open circle necklace with our names on it and a green pearl charm stone.
#74 Aisling on 2009-02-02 19:08
I love the Open Circle necklace. That would make a wonderful gift....
#75 Melanie on 2009-02-02 19:23
I would never complain about dark chocolate, or the "Tag-Hammered" bracelets. Love lives on!
#76 Izzie on 2009-02-02 19:47
Sooo cute!

Ok, I think the best gift is one that is thoughtful. It doesn't always have to cost money either. While, it could be a gorgeous bag you're gal has been coveting, it could also be taking her somewhere that has sentimental value and will make her feel special.
#77 Joleyn on 2009-02-02 19:49
I just subscribed.
#78 Linda on 2009-02-02 19:55
Thanks for the giveaway.

I like the open circle necklace.
#79 John on 2009-02-02 19:57
The Three Birds On a Wire-A Feature Item would be a perfect Valentine gift.
#80 Nanette Olson on 2009-02-02 19:57
Love the Simple Flower for Valentine's! A cute gift idea for the girlfriends in our lives. Happy Valentines
#81 Amy on 2009-02-02 20:08
Beautiful jewelry!

For me, the best Valentines gift is knowing that my children are happy. Simple really!

#82 Anne Taylor on 2009-02-02 20:14
I think the perfect Valentine's gift is a bouquet of a dozen red roses. It's classy, romantic, and simple :-)
#83 Kitty on 2009-02-02 20:28
Let's say 'personal affection' and leave it there.
#84 ky2here on 2009-02-02 20:45
I love the necklace with the 2 layered circles. The perfect valentine's day gift would be the necklace with the layered circles: the top circle with my daughter's name on it and the bottom with her birth date. Then a red ruby crystal (since she was born in July which is the ruby). If my husband would get me something like that I would just melt, its special and memorable.
#85 megan (Homepage) on 2009-02-02 21:01
The perfect Valentines Gift is the giving of love freely and selflessly..simple.

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#86 wendy wallach on 2009-02-02 21:19
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#87 Claudia (Homepage) on 2009-02-02 21:38
The perfect Valentine Gift for me is just to have my children around me for the day.
#88 Linda Peters on 2009-02-02 21:59
I'm a single Mother and think that the perfect Valentine Gift would be the circle tag necklace with my son's name and birthstone on it.
Beautiful jewelry.
#89 Susan Ledet on 2009-02-02 22:28
I think the perfect Valentine's Day gift is the beautiful Open Circle necklace from Tags-N-Stones and a romantic dinner and movie. Thanks!
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#90 Lisa G. (Homepage) on 2009-02-02 23:12
I would love to get the Open Circle Pendant as a Valentine's Day gift this year. Good luck to everyone!!!

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#91 Sonja Russo (Homepage) on 2009-02-02 23:59
I love the small gold tag
#92 Lindsay on 2009-02-03 00:12
I think The Open circle tag would make a lovely gift.
#93 Helen on 2009-02-03 01:23
The best Valentine's Day gifts are the ones that are a totally surprise. A card from an old friend or a creative gift from a loved one is something one will remember forever. As for me, the gold necklace with a pearl would be a total surprise from my boyfriend this Valentines Day :-)
#94 Jacquie on 2009-02-03 01:26
Well, my favorite thing from Tags-n-stones would be the charm bracelet.

But, honestly? My favorite Valentine gift is a handwritten love letter from my sweetie. I have planned a surprise romantic getaway for us this year.
#95 Carry Tveit on 2009-02-03 02:07
I like the 3/4 in. Open Circle charm on a necklace the best and it would make an excellent Valentine's Day gift. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway!
#96 Suanne Giddings on 2009-02-03 03:05
The Large Tag Charm Bracelet would maje a perfect Valentine's Day gift.
#97 Veronica Garrett on 2009-02-03 03:35
I think that the Open Circle would be a great Valentine gift.

#98 Danielle F on 2009-02-03 06:37
The best gift is just time with my sweetheart! and chocolate!!!
#99 carol mays on 2009-02-03 07:06
My favorite piece is actually a work in progress, because I like each and every pendant shape. I also really like that the purchase can be individualized - choose the chain length, the pendant shape, the color bead/stone (if desired) Love it all. I would most likely want a two pendant personalized with my children's names, add a stone or two (maybe a bead...see? I am changing my mind again!) Thanks for this terrific giveaway and for introducing me to a nice jewelry site.
#100 ELSIE on 2009-02-03 08:06
i like the simple flower necklace.
#101 Vicky Boackle on 2009-02-03 08:22
I love A Simple Flower!
#102 Lily Kwan on 2009-02-03 08:29
I think the Large Tag Charm Bracelet, in Silver, would be an utterly charming Valentine's Day gift!
#103 Christina Zawadiwsky on 2009-02-03 08:54
I think a red crystal with the open circle, stamped with honey's name, would be a great gift.
#104 sito on 2009-02-03 09:03
I love the large tag bracelet! It's perfect for anyone, male or female. I think the perfect gift is just being together and having each other's undivided attention.
#105 Laura G on 2009-02-03 10:00
This is a fantastic giveaway but the best gift for me would be to talk to my husband. He's deployed and saying certain things over email just isn't the same as hearing his voice. I hope he can call because that would be the best gift ever (besides coming home)!!!!

Thanks again!
#106 Natasha on 2009-02-03 10:03
charm bracelets from Tags-n-Stones
#107 cathi rushing on 2009-02-03 10:19
I think the large double tag necklace would be an awesome Valentine's gift! Thanks for the contest!
#108 Elena on 2009-02-03 10:25
With dh & I both working full time, and the parents to 3 boys under 9, the best Valentine's gift is time alone together - something we don't get much of. Of course, jewellry is never bad, and the necklaces at Tags-n-Stones are the perfect way to give a sentimental gift.
#109 Christine on 2009-02-03 10:31
I think the best Valentine's Day gift would be dinner, a movie, then the Three Birds on a Wire Necklace with the white pearl stone, personalized with something romantic,of course.
#110 Shari D on 2009-02-03 11:12
the perfect valentine gift for me would be someone cleaning the house for me :-)
#111 kathy pease on 2009-02-03 11:14
Totally Adorable! I have sent the link to my boyfriend, in the hope one arrives for valentines day!
#112 The Style Diaries (Homepage) on 2009-02-03 11:14
A Simple Flower would be just the item that my husband could give me!
#112.1 Kirsten on 2009-02-03 11:56
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