Love — and money — are in the air this time of year.
Americans are expected to spend $18.6 billion on Valentine's Day gifts this year, according to the National Retail Federation, citing a survey by BIGinsight. That comes out to $130.97 per person, which is up from $126.03 last year.
Perhaps not surprisingly, men will outspend women, with an average of $175.61 each compared to $88.78, according to the survey. While most of that spending is going toward significant others, 20 percent of people plan to buy a Valentine's Day gift for their pet.
Yet there's hope for those who place a premium on quality time together instead of gifts. According to a study by Discover Financial Services, a majority of couples prefer to spend time together than to exchange expensive gifts. The study also found that 28 percent of people plan to spend absolutely nothing on their Valentine.
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Here are some other interesting facts from the BIGinsight survey:
- 51.0% of people will buy candy
- 36.6% will give flowers
- 19.7% will buy jewelry
- 15.6 percent will buy clothing
- 15.0 percent will buy gift cards
To combine a splurge with some quality time together, many couples will have a special dinner out on either Thursday, which is actually Valentine's Day, or over the following weekend, according to a survey by OpenTable.com
Those romantic diners will spend on average $139 on their Valentine's Day dinner, according to the survey, which is 63 percent more than the typical $85 tab.