10 Things You Didn’t Know About Valentines Day (Valentines Day Facts)

valentines day facts and stats

With Valentines Day quickly approaching, and many of us scrambling to find that right gift and make last-minute reservations, I thought it might be a good time to find out more about the holiday and how it is celebrated. I recently sat down to see what I could find in terms of Valentines Day facts and stats. Here are 10 of the most interesting things about Valentines Day that I was able to dig up.

Enjoy and good luck!

Valentines Day Facts and Stats

First association between love and Valentines Day:

14th century

First time lovers exchanged flowers, cards, etc on Valentines Day:

18th century

Amount US consumers are expected to spend on Valentines Day in 2017:

$18.28 billion

Projected amount spent on Valentines Day per US consumer in 2017:

$136.57 per person

Projected amount spent on pets for Valentines Day per US consumer in 2017:

$4.44 per person

Item most given as a gift by US consumers on Valentines Day:

Candy (50% of shoppers)

Percentage of US adults that plan to celebrate Valentines Day in 2017:


Number of cards exchanged on Valentines Day:

nearly 150 million cards

Percentage of flower purchases on Valentines Day that are made by men:


Year that the Valentines Day box of chocolates made its debut:

1868 (by Richard Cadbury)