Valentine’s Trivia: Everything You Wanted To Know About The Big Day of Love

  • February 03, 2014
  • Jenna Maxwell

Valentine's Trivia!Attention lovebirds everywhere!  Your favorite holiday is now on the horizon and it’s time to amp up your love quotient with a little bit of Valentine’s Day love trivia.  (Hint, hint: This list also makes a great review for those of you who are playing our “Fourteen Days of Love:  Countdown to Valentine’s Day” daily trivia game.)  Think you know everything there is to know about America’s favorite day of love and romance?  Check out these fun facts and get ready to send your romance-o-meter into the stratosphere!

  • Valentine’s Day is For Lovers…and everyone else, too.  The Valentine’s Day holiday is enjoyed just as much by friends, family members and classmates as it is by lovers.  In fact, there is nothing wrong with showering yourself with a nice Valentine’s Day gift--15% of women have admitted to sending themselves flowers on Valentines Day!
  • 65% of men admit that they do not make any advance plans for Valentine’s Day.
  • 655 million dollars are spent on candy for Valentine’s Day, making Valentine’s the 4th biggest grossing “candy” holiday of the year, coming in behind Halloween, Christmas and Easter.
  • The word “Valentine” comes from the Latin word valor, which means “worthy.”
  • The average consumer will spend about $75 dollars on Valentine’s day purchases, the most common being food, wine, candy, flowers and greeting cards.
  • 84% of Valentine’s Day greeting cards are purchased for relatives.
  • Of all the United States, California produces the most roses grown for Valentine’s Day.
  • The most traditional Valentine’s Day offerings include flowers, greeting cards and candy.  Candy is the most favored gift to receive, however, and out of all the American women surveyed, the vast majority said they would much rather receive chocolate for Valentine’s Day than flowers.
  • Hallmark is the top selling Valentine’s Day greeting card company. 
  • The tomato is also known as the “love apple.”
  • Women purchase 85% of Valentine’s Day greeting cards.  Men purchase 65% of Valentine’s Day flowers.
  • Mike and Carol Brady were the first television couple to be shown sharing a bed on the air.
  • Valentine’s Day is the second biggest card-sending holiday celebrated in the U.S. coming in behind Christmas.
  • 3% of pet owners will give their pet a Valentine’s Day gift.
  • 25% of all Valentine’s Day greeting cards fall into the category of “humorous.”
  • Teachers typically receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives and lovers.
  • 1/3 of Valentine’s Day cards are accompanied by a gift.
  • 36 million boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine’s Day.
  • 110 million roses (the vast majority being red) are sold for Valentine’s Day.
  • Richard Cadbury invented the very first box of candy made especially for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800’s.
  • Green M&M’s are rumored to have aphrodisiacal qualities.
  • Cupid is the name of the mischievous baby son of Venus and is known to shoot love arrows into unsuspecting victims.
  • Giving Valentine cards containing love messages is a tradition that began in the 17th century.
  • One billion Valentine’s Day cards are purchased every year.