Valentine’s Day can be a stressful holiday, especially if you’re in a new relationship and not quite sure of your partner’s expectations. They might say, “Don’t get me anything,” but is that just code for “If you don’t drop $250 at Victoria’s Secret, we’re done”? There are a lot of questions associated with the holiday, including how much to spend, what kinds of gifts are appropriate, what to eat for Valentine’s Day dinner, and more. The holiday is basically a minefield of decisions. Luckily, WalletHub conducted a Valentine’s Day survey to help you answer some of these more nagging questions. You’re probably still going to overthink every minute detail, but at least now you have a blueprint that might guide you in the right direction.
According to WalletHub, in the US, the average person will spend $196.31 on Valentine’s Day this year, so let that be a guidepost as you plan out your gifts and dinners. If you’re leery of trying to save money by buying your present at a discount store, don’t be. Thirty two percent of people reportedly purchase their gifts there — although 43 million Americans reported getting unwanted Valentine’s Day gifts in 2019, so choose carefully.
And what are those undesired gifts, exactly? Twenty four percent say tools and gym memberships are their least-wanted gift (nothing says love like “you should spend some time on a treadmill”), followed closely by sporting equipment, kitchen appliances, cheesy stuffed animals, and mixtapes.
If gifts aren’t really your thing and you’re looking to make the ultimate romantic gesture instead, you’re not alone. Nine million marriage proposals will be made on Valentine’s Day this year — but only 48 percent of Americans believe proposing on Valentine’s Day is actually romantic, so it’s a bit of a coin toss.
Check out the full breakdown of Valentine’s Day statistics below to make sure you plan February 14 right this year.