If you were anywhere near Facebook or Twitter yesterday (Valentine’s Day), it’s almost a certainty that you saw reference to “manufactured”, “commercial”, “corporate”, or “Hallmark” holidays, so we thought we’d compile a list of the real numbers regarding Cupid’s holiday for you:
- Consumers’ “better halves” will shell out the most on their partners, with the average person planning to spend $74.12 on their spouse or significant other, up from $68.98 last year.
- The average male is expected to spend $168.74 on clothing, jewelry, greeting cards and more this year – nearly twice as much as women who are expected to spend an average of $85.76.
- Nearly 200 million roses are produced for Valentine’s Day, according to the Society of American Florists.
- About 144 million Valentine’s Day cards are given out each year, making it the second-largest day for greeting cards, according to Hallmark.
- More than 143 million pounds of candy was expected to be sold at U.S. drugstores and mass merchandisers in the weeks leading up to and including Valentine’s Day this year
- 80% of respondents in relationships said that they would be “happy” if their significant other used a coupon to save money this Valentine’s Day.
- Americans spend more on Valentine’s Day than Halloween