With less than 24 hours left before Valentine’s Day, if you haven’t set plans for your significant other yet, you’re cutting it pretty close. It’s not too late, however, to get your act together and make this year a Valentine’s Day worth remembering. Our tip? Avoid the last-minute rush for cliché gifts and set your sights on something … more original. From hiring yourself a singing Valentine to taking your sweetheart on a real adventure (think ziplining or on a hot air balloon ride), there are some really great ideas out there just waiting for you. Find them by avoiding these seven, highly popular gift ideas, compiled by the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association and statisticbrain.com.
As soon as Christmas is over, these little red, pink and heart-covered beauties hit the shelves. According to the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association, cards are the number one most common Valentine’s Day gift, making up 52.1 percent of the gifts most given on the day of love.
A close second, from conversation hearts to boxes of chocolates and pink and white M&Ms, candy ranks as the second most popular Valentine’s Day gift, tapping in at 47.5 percent of the Valentine’s Day gifts most given.
Planning a romantic dinner for just you and your significant other? So are 34.6 percent of all other Valentine’s Day celebrants. Let’s be honest, restaurants in the area are going to be packed anyway. Why not come up with something better to do?
Most grocery stores look like floral shops right now as they stock up on the flowers they know consumers are going to buy. Approximately 34.3 percent of those surveyed plan on including flowers in their Valentine’s Day plans.
From necklaces to rings, bracelets to brooches, jewelry is a pretty classic fallback gift when it comes to Valentine’s Day. According to the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association, 17.3 percent of those celebrating Valentine’s Day intend to give their significant others some type of jewelry.
Think you know your other half well enough to know their taste in clothes? Think again. Even if you hit the nail on the head, you certainly aren’t the only one using clothing as a holiday gift. A total of 14.4 percent of those surveyed said they plan to buy clothes for their special someone, making it the sixth most common Valentine’s Day gift.
Just a glorified form of giving someone cash, gift cards to a favorite store or restaurant can actually be a pretty thoughtful gift. But it’s also a pretty popular one at 12.6 percent of gifts most given on Valentine’s Day.