Valentine's Day is supposed to be the most romantic day of the year, but it often ends ups being the cause of lots of stress for guys.
It's not uncommon to hear married men, or men in long-term relationships worry or complain aloud about Valentine's Day. But it can be even more daunting for men who are casually dating or who are in new relationships. What should they do? When is it too early (if ever) to start celebrating Valentine's Day with a new girlfriend?
We here at It's Just Lunch have done the research for you, so that you can feel confident with your Valentine's Day decisions.
First off, let's talk about first dates. Is it appropriate to ask someone out of a first date for Valentine's Day?
- 41% of men said no way—too corny.
- 62% of women said “Sure, why not?” and would accept a first date on Valentine’s Day.
So if you're not currently seeing someone, you should go for it and ask someone new out for Valentine's Day.
Now for those of you who are dating someone new, here are some statistics that you'll find helpful: 40% of women do not expect a gift until you are in a committed relationship. BUT the another 40% DO expect a gift after 3 months. After just two weeks, only 4% expect to receive something.
Which means that guys in newer relationships don't have to worry so much about Valentine's Day.
HOWEVER, there are some women who expect a gift after a month (17%). So it's probably better to be safe than sorry. When asked, Over a third of women said that they considered flowers and a card (with a handwritten note, not just a signature) to be the best Valentine’s Day gift. Only 4% put a box of chocolate on their Valentine’s Day ideal gift list. Why? Because giving chocolate makes you look like you waited until the last minute to pick up a gift and then picked it up at the local super- market. In other words, like you didn't put any thought into it.