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Plan on celebrating Valentine’s Day this week (2/14)? A surprising number of people are taking a pass. A little more than half of those under 55 plans to celebrate this year. The top reasons people choose not to celebrate Valentine’s Day are that they consider it over-commercialized, don’t have anyone to celebrate with or simply aren’t interested anymore. Source: National Retail Federation
In Germany, people celebrate Valentine’s Day the way most of us do, with a certain twist. Most candy boxes and flower wrappers feature a picture of a pig. Why a pig? For whatever reason, for the Germans, a pig is a symbol of lust and luck. Source: GiftCloud.com
If Valentine’s Day (2/14) is supposed to be a mutual show of love, why do guys spend so much more money than women do on gifts? The average man will shell out about $358 for the woman in his life. That’s 74 percent more than women spend on their husbands. Source: WalletHub.com
Dating someone makes Valentine’s Day a little iffy. What's a guy to do – should he buy a V-Day present or not? Women do appreciate a Valentine’s present but according to one survey, they don’t expect an expensive one — especially in the first couple months of dating. In fact, 53 percent of women indicate that a gift of $50 or less is appropriate if you’ve been seeing each other for just 1 to 3 months and 22 percent wouldn’t expect a gift at all. Source: It’s Just Lunch
Women want flowers delivered to their work on Valentine’s Day (2/14) so everyone can see them, right? Nope. Surprisingly, although women enjoy flowers — 43 percent chose them as their preferred Valentine’s gift — most (58 percent) would rather have them presented in person. Here’s another unexpected finding — more men (27 percent) than women (20 percent) would like a bouquet delivered to their cubicle.
If you find yourself in Taiwan on Valentine’s Day, make sure you keep track of how many roses you give your love. A single rose is as a romantic gesture as ever. Ninety-nine roses, however, means the relationship is forever. And if you give her 108 roses? You’re proposing marriage. Source: GiftCloud.com
Besides your looks, personality, interests and employment status, your location can influence your odds of finding a romantic partner. Everyone has different priorities when searching for love, but certain places simply make dating easier than others. For instance, the best city for singles is Atlanta, followed by Denver, San Francisco, Portland, and Los Angeles. Source: WalletHub.com
Valentine’s Day (2/14) is not just about expressing your affection for your partner, it now involves a lot more people ... and money. Today we're expected to purchase gifts for friends and family, cards for co-workers and children’s classmates and, of course, special Valentine's Day treats for pets. Source: National Retail Federation
If you are inclined to want to get married on Valentine's Day, step away from the wedding invitations. Weddings that take place on Valentine’s Day are 18 to 36 percent more likely to end in divorce than weddings on ordinary dates. Remarkably, 11 percent of the people that do swap vows on Valentine’s Day are, just by their fifth anniversary, divorced. By their ninth anniversary, 21 percent of these unlucky pairings have split up.
Valentine's Day. Have you made any plans yet or have you waited? Three in 10 people in relationships wait until the last minute to make Valentine's Day arrangements. Luckily, for the majority of couples, the day of love and romance isn't an afterthought. On average, partnered Americans start thinking about plans 11 days in advance of the holiday.
If you're buying flowers for Valentine's Day you might consider passing on the expensive roses and choose tulips instead. Red and pink tulips symbolize fresh beginnings, making them great to give when you’ve just started a romance. A scarlet tulip represents “perfect love.” Tulips can also help if you’re in the doghouse; smooth things over with yellow tulips (cheerful thoughts) and encourage forgiveness with white tulips.
If money is an issue this Valentine's Day, forget the do-it-yourself cards or presents. When you and your honey are low on cash, why not just make it about having time together? Talking and sex are two great things that cost you nothing.
When you’re scrambling for a Valentine’s Day gift, don’t forget your pooch. An amazing 69 percent of people say they buy Valentine’s Day gifts for their pets.