Love is in the air! This year, Valentine’s Day will fall on Tuesday, February 14th. In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia.
Retailers everywhere are gearing up for one of their busiest holidays next to Christmas.
Did you know:
- Approximately 150 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine's Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas (Source: History.com)
- The average person is expected to spend $142.31 on typical Valentine’s Day gifts.
- Annual consumer spending on Valentine's Day totals 13.2 billion on average, according to the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association.
- Consumers are not just spending money on their significant others. According to the National Retail Federation, consumers spend an average of $27.79 on other family members like their children and parents. With a variety of parties and events held on Valentine's Day, it’s also common for consumers to spend money on teachers, classmates, and even co-workers.
- Over half of adult Americans today identify themselves as being single, having no specific partner. So, romantic love is not the only theme to focus on – think BFFs, besties and pals when shopping this year.
- According to Entrepreneur.com, more people are buying gifts for their friends than their boyfriends. When people search for “Valentine’s Day Gifts For …” on Bing.com, 22 percent of people fill in “husband,” 20 percent of people type “friend” and 17 percent “boyfriend.”
- Many people plan to spend money on their pets for Valentine’s Day. In 2016, a reported 19 percent of people bought Valentine’s Day gifts for their furry friends for a total of $681 million.
- 48% of searches for Valentine’s Day on Bing in 2016 came from mobile devices.
Here are some top trends to help you celebrate the ones you love this Valentine’s Day!
Who doesn’t love a cozy pair of PJs? Great for Sunday snuggling in, these bSoft eco-friendly bamboo flannel pajamas from The Pajama Store are ultra-soft, lightweight, and moisture wicking. And of course, pink for your Valentine!
For something a little more flirty, leading lingerie retailer Journelle.com has the perfect organic cotton teddy romper, with a cinched waist, vintage-athletic-wear inspired tulip hem, and adorable heart pattern.
And for the woman who has everything, look no further than a girl’s best friend – Kate Spade (of course.) Their latest collection of whimsical cases mixes sparkling colors with playful designs to keep all your tech fashionable and fun like this Jeweled La Vie en Rose iPhone case for iPhone 7 and the Rose Laptop Sleeve for your 13” laptop.
For the man on the go, this Herschel Novel Duffel Bag from Nordstrom.com defines style in a classic duffel designed with an exterior zip shoe compartment to protect interior contents from dirt and grime and meets most airline carry-on size requirements. Available in black or navy.
And while he’s traveling, add on these RayBan Sunglasses – offering 100% UV protection with retro tortoise-shell style and elegant metal rims.
For the gamer – how about a trip back to the eighties with this Atari Flashback 6 Game System – featuring over 100 games from amazon.com. Includes classic joystick fun as you blast through 100 classic games, including Asteroids, Missile Command, Centipede, Millipede, Battlezone, Super Breakout, Tempest and dozens more. This set is plug-and-play on any television and includes an AV cable and AC adapter. All you need is 4 AAA batteries (not included), and your pinball wizard is back in his heyday.
Does he love golf? Keep him organized with this handy Golf Club Organizer from The Sharper Image. The Golf Club Organizer holds two golf bags, has 5 shelves to hold shoes, all other golf equipment like tees, balls, hats and more. Turn his office, garage, basement or closet into a convenient storage place for all things golf!
For the Couple:
If you want to celebrate your love, or maybe a special couple in your life, Etsy.com has unique, personalized gifts for everyone. Did you know traditional Five Year Anniversary gifts are made out of wood? This WoodLifePrints Photo on Wood makes a perfect Valentine’s anniversary, wedding or engagement gift. Take any photo and have it mounted on a wood block.
For those friends who are getting engaged this Valentine’s Day, try Monogrammed Stemware from PotteryBarn.com. Made of blown soda-lime glass, these delicate glasses are available as a set of 4: double old fashioned glasses, white wine glasses, red wine glasses, coupe glasses, or champagne flute glasses.
And for those couples who are just too sweet, try this Custom Couple Cookie Cutter from Spoiled Kitty Designs. Darling, delicious and also a perfect wedding shower favor for those Valentine’s brides-to-be.
For Your Little Lovebugs:
Who doesn’t love to know how much they are loved? In this series of What I Love About books from Knock Knock, you can fill-in-the-blank lines describing some aspect of your affection for a loved one! An easy way to create a personalized book for your kids that they will cherish forever. Other titles like Why You Are So Awesome and What I Love About Mom or Dad make great gifts for just about everyone you love!
One of the hottest gifts over the holidays is still selling strong this Valentine’s Day – and kids everywhere are reliving their parent’s childhoods all over again with the popularity of retro instant cameras like this Fujifilm Instamax Mini from amazon.com. Take instant pictures in a flash with this little raspberry-colored camera. New and improved viewfinder for greater clarity and visibility lets you capture the perfect photo every time. Easy for kids to use!
Don’t forget the Valentines for the class party. Target.com has everything your kids need for their Valentine celebration like Finding Dory Valentines or Star Wars Valentine’s with Pencils! For great gift bags, check out these 16 count Valentine Push Pencils, too.
And Teacher, too:
After a long day of dealing with rambunctious kids, whisk your teacher away with a luscious Bahama Breeze Candle from Yankee Candle – scented with a tropical blend of pineapple, grapefruit and mango. Perfect for destressing, day dreaming and washing away the day. Each is made in America with premium-grade paraffin of the finest quality ingredients from around the world. And each wick is straightened by hand to ensure the very best quality burn. (110-150 hours burn time).
For Your Besties:
Pucker up, Buttercup! All your girlfriends will love this Best Friends Beauty Trio from bareMinerals, available on eBay – whether they are prepping for a date night with that special someone, or just a night on the town with friends. Includes: Mineral Veil Finishing Powder (0.1 oz.), bareMinerals READY Eye Shadow 2.0 The Magic Touch featuring Presto + Flicker (cool champagne sheen/antique bronze) (0.09 oz.), Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Best Friend (pink satin) (0.15 fl. oz.) all in a Beauty-to-go bag.
How to tell your best friend you love them? How about with You Are Loved Soap inspired by Spring blossoms. This lavender scented soap has a great “you are loved” message on it – great for the best friends in your life. From PinkOlive.com.
Got some great selfies of your buddies? Turn them into a custom puzzle! The Pinhole Express Custom Puzzle makes for hours of fun! Pick your favorite photo and let the puzzling begin – then frame it later or break apart for a rainy day.
For Your Wee Beasties:
Got fish? This Top Fin Valentine's Day Smiling Hearts Aquarium Ornament will add an adorable touch to your aquarium. This fun and colorful ornament features three smiling hearts for the perfect Valentine's Day touch.
Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it – make sure you shop for everyone on your list.
The holiday of love continues to offer deals online – Bing forecasts that over 50% of adults will be shopping for friends, significant others, children and even pets in the lead up to Valentine’s Day. And more of that shopping will be done in part or exclusively online. If you need to ship – try Stackry and See how much you can save on your next shipment with our shipping calculator!
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