How much do people really spend on Valentine’s Day?


Kendall Climo

Candy and flowers to symbolize the gifts that people buy as gifts for Valentines Day.

Valentine’s Day is a big part of February. Everyone loves Valentine’s Day for the chocolate and the teddy bears that they get from their valentines. Jewelry, chocolate, candy, and teddy bears are some of the most common gifts to receive on Valentine’s Day, but the cost of all those gifts add up. According to Alliant Credit Union, Valentine’s Day spending is expected to reach $23.9 billion this year for Americans, up from $21.8 billion in 2021 and the second-highest year on record. 

Most middle school students at Freedom say that they spend between $20-50 on gifts for each other. Noah Chaousy, eighth grade, states that he spends $57 on valentines gifts. 

“Honestly, it is sometimes a good holiday because if you have someone to be your valentine it is enjoyable. Although, if you have no one, it is another way to make you feel a lot more lonely,” says Brianne Casto, eighth grade. 

Valentine’s Day can be a sad day if you don’t have family and friends to spend it with, but it is a beautiful holiday filled with love and joy. Many people ask someone special to be their valentine and they give each other gifts and spend time with each other. It is quite popular to spend money on jewelry and other expensive things to give to their Valentine on this holiday.