Men should not expect to be getting bargain prices during the coming Valentine's Day holiday, because restaurants and florists are standing firm on prices despite the economic downturn. Restaurants in both the higher and middle price ranges have seen an enthusiastic response for the February 14 event, with seats at Gaddi's French restaurant at The Peninsula hotel and Essence at Novotel Citygate fully booked by yesterday. Gaddi's offered a five-course set dinner at HK$2,888 per couple, 11.5 per cent more than last year. The price of a dinner buffet at Essence remained unchanged at HK$258 per person. 'Even during the economic downturn, customers are willing to pay for such an important occasion,' a spokeswoman for The Peninsula said. Florists have been unaffected by the financial meltdown, but business could get worse as February 14 falls on a Saturday, said Lam Kai-yan of Symphony Florist. 'Flowers are sent to offices as show-off items, but on non-working days there is no such need,' she said. Bouquets were being sold for between HK$780 and HK$1,480, and Ms Lam expected business to be satisfactory because many customers still bought flowers for the Lunar New Year. Women planning to make cakes and chocolates for their loved ones should also be prepared to spend because most cookery classes were not offering reduced prices. Classes on February 12 and 13 were already full, with each participant paying about HK$350, which was similar to last year, said Leung Shuk-han of CookHouse. 'I don't see the economic downturn posing any impact on us,' she said. 'Even during the Lunar New Year holiday, our classes were full.' Options were still available for boyfriends on tighter budgets. Luk Fook Jewellery was promoting more Valentine's jewellery sets of different price ranges this year to cater to customers with different budgets. Previously, it promoted one set, marketing manager Candy Tsui Sau-yu said. Sending gifts through Hongkong Post could be an alternative. Valentine's Day gift sets including chocolates, teddy bears and beauty products were available on its website at the lowest prices since the launch of the festive service three years ago. Customers could place their orders online on or before February 10, and the post office would deliver the gifts on Valentine's Day. 'With the economic downturn, we are providing products in a larger range of prices,' said Fiona Tsoi Shui-ying, senior manager of product development. The lowest-priced gift was a HK$95 chocolate set, down from HK$168 a year ago. Despite the price cut, Ms Tsoi expected 10 per cent less business. The post office received around 400 orders last year.