Can you put a price on love? A recent survey carried out by online fashion retailer K&Co.com suggested that many people can: £15! That's the amount that just over a quarter of men and a third of women were willing to spend on their loved one, or more specifically, on a Valentine's Day present for them.
Not everyone asked was so concerned with shopping on a budget however; as nearly 1 in 5 men said that they’d be willing to spend upwards of £50 on a gift for their partner. Meanwhile, a small number of lucky ladies look set to get even luckier this Valentine's Day, with around 1 in 10 men willing to splash out over £100 on a Valentine's gift for their other half. No boring Quality Streets for them then!
However, another Survey carried out by debit card company Maestro has shown that even this is just a drop in the ocean when it comes to the true cost of love. According to their research, we spend a massive average of £200 on every date we go on. While the bills for drinks and meals are often footed by the men (spending ten times more than women on these), women more than make up for it with their expensive pre-date preparations, such as trips to the hairdressers, new outfits and makeup.
But the costs don't stop there - Maestro's estimated average price of an engagement (including that all-important ring) is around £3,000. And even that's nothing when compared to the big wedding day itself, which rings up an almighty bill of £20,000!
If these numbers are starting to look scary, and you're staring at your partner wondering whether they're really worth it(!), it might be nice to remind yourself of how that old saying goes - "It's the thought that counts".
Indeed, K&Co's survey showed that the perfect Valentine's date for over a third of men and women would be a cosy homemade dinner. So, instead of heading out to an expensive restaurant, just dim the lights and scatter some scented candles around the room to achieve the same romantic atmosphere. Then cook yourselves your favourite meal and cuddle up on the sofa in front of your favourite film. Or, if there’s a particular place that means a lot to you, pack a picnic and go and gaze up at the clouds – or the stars – together.
There’s no shortage of affordable Valentines Day Gift Ideas out there and, no matter what budget you’re on (£15 or otherwise!), finding a way to treat your other half doesn't necessarily need to cost the earth.
Only 2 weeks until Valentines Day ❤