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by Giselle Phelps

Syracuse, N.Y.—Valentine’s Day is just a few days away and that means love is in the air. So what are couples buying this year?

“We’ve seen a lot of the traditional things in terms of diamond jewelry, candy and then we’re seeing some more intimate things, intimate apparel, little teddies, some real sexy underwear,” said Nicki Macallair, a Valentine’s Day gift wrapper.

A lot of shoppers were following suit, coming out of chocolate stores and Victoria’s Secret. That’s where Patrick Shanley found his girlfriend’s gift.

“I took a combination of her two favorite things and obviously knew what she wanted ,so that’s what I decided to get her,” said Shanley.

When it comes to younger lovebirds, who are under 25, vendors say costume jewelry is a big sell.

“A lot of guys, especially young ones, like to buy belly rings for their girlfriends. We have belly rings here. And we have some fancy necklaces, sometimes they go to Valentine’s parties or something,” said Gonul Bighat of Silver Moon Jewelry.

But back at the gift wrapping table, Macallair says you may be surprised to know who the last minute shoppers on this holiday are.

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