It's almost Valentine's Day – the holiday of passion, candles, rose petals around the bed and all things puffy heart-shaped. With less than a week before the special day, those of us with Valentine's Day plans are hard at the office, preparing for February 14th — or so what you know already. According to a new survey from Shopkick, the definition of “basic” just hit an all time low.
The shopping rewards app conducted market research well over 11,500 users to determine attitudes and shopping habits for Valentine's Day 2022. The research found that the majority of people (39 percent) intend to get ready for the large night with a good ol' shower. Yes, a baby shower. As in, entering the restroom, turning water on and cleansing your body before your big date. This means that a whopping 61 percent of people surveyed don't even plan on showering when preparing for V-Day. If the figure makes you visibly shudder, you're not alone.
Although showering seemed to top their email list (although just barely) as far as preferred pre-Valentine's Day activities, it had been accompanied by buying a new outfit (22 percent), having your hair done (21 percent), getting your nails done (16 percent) and waxing (3 percent).
Bathing and grooming habits aside, it appears that procrastination can also be rampant when it comes to planning for February 14th. Of these surveyed, 50 percent of self-proclaimed non-romantics (A quarter of respondents) said they hold back until yesterday or the day-of to begin planning the big day. Twenty-three percent from the unsentimental won't even bother giving their loves anything for Valentine's Day.
These statistics are grim, my buddies. We can fare better than this. If you have intentions of Valentine's Day, here are some practical tips to follow to ensure you're ready for an enjoyable night out.
1. Make bookings and reservations in advance.
While there's generally something to be said about spontaneity, if you have your sights focused on taking your date somewhere specific (like that hot new Italian eatery that just opened in your neighborhood), this really is one of the few nights of the season that you absolutely can't “just fluked it.” If you're planning on eating out, make sure you make reservations well ahead of time. Same goes if you are hoping to perform a specific activity — for instance, catch the latest blockbuster or play a game of Settlers of Catan at the local game cafe. To prevent disappointment, the greater you can purchase and/or book in advance, the greater.
2. Possess a plan.
Even if you aren't planning for a big night out with flowers, a gourmet meal and all sorts of classic romantic trappings, you should still have an idea of how you'd like to spend the evening together with your date. Are you guys likely to order take-out, Netflix and chill? Are you currently likely to grab a drink at a local bar and find out where the night takes you? Decipher it ahead of time and communicate it together with your date so they know what to anticipate and the way to properly attire themselves. The very last thing you would like is to show up for the date and have the dreaded, “So, what do you want to complete?”/ “I don't know… Exactly what do YOU wish to accomplish?” conversation.
3. Buy some pampering.
For the romance of jeebus, don't visit only a shower. While there is nothing saying you have to buy a brand new outfit for Valentine's Day, place your best foot forward by doing what's essential to feel and look your best. Make certain whatever you're wearing is clean, comfortable and pressed. Get a haircut and shave if you need it. Buy a massage because you deserve it. Remember — Valentine's is also about showing a little love, no matter your relationship status.
4. Don't be a sour suitor.
While you don't need to drop a lot of money on the gift to thrill your date this Valentine's Day, resist the urge join the 23 percent of people that aren't planning on doing anything for his or her date.
“Whether it's dinner at home, a special night out, a flower arrangement or simply a card, February 14 is a day to deal with a special someone,” said Bill Demas, CEO of Shopkick. Amen to that particular.
Little gestures count. Maybe it's a sweet card, a single flower or a strip of retro snaps from your favorite photo booth, be sure you make a move to commemorate tonight with your date.