Valentine’s Day waits right around the corner, and about now the inevitable panic sets in: What the heck am I supposed to do for Valentine’s Day?
And while you could pick the minds of procrastinating lovers in line at the florist next Tuesday, our all-knowing friends at Google Trends offer a data-driven* peek at what people’s plans are for the holiday of love.
Here’s what was trending as we approach Valentine’s Day.
The top two questions people have: When is it, and what do I get my boyfriend?
Two answers: Tuesday, Feb. 14 and a heart-shaped pizza, duh.
So what about gifts for girlfriends?
Search interest for girlfriend gifts is much lower than boyfriend gifts, and that’s pretty much always been the case
The tables turn among married couples, though
‘Gift for wife’ generates far more search interest than ‘Gift for husband’.
So what are we getting them?
Between the old standbys of flowers and chocolate, we’re thinking chocolate—unless you live in Arkansas.
What is there to do on Valentine’s Day?
OK, the gifts are done. Now what do you do to make the special day special?
Her Campus suggests everything from a ball game, to ice skating and dinner in bed. Ask Men says nothing says I love you like a dinner and cocktails. Or, pizza, wine and a massage.
Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day?
The holiday has ancient roots but it’s beginnings aren’t that clear, according to a history.com description of the holiday. One legend is St. Valentine was a rogue priest who performed illegal weddings. Either way, the website reports, people started sending Valentine’s Day cards in American sometime in the 1700s.
More importantly: What are we eating?
Cookies, apparently. For those cooking on Valentine’s Day, sweets topped list of most searched recipes.
Here are the top five:
And where are we going?
Vegas, baby. Glitzy, loud and crowded describe all five of the most-searched destinations for Valentine’s Day. We can always do Florence next year.
1. New York City
3. Disney World
4. Universal Studios
5. Las Vegas
*Google Trends indexes its data on a 1-100 scale, with 100 being the max search interest for a given time and location. You can read more about that.
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