* Valentine’s Day is known as the “last-minute” holiday. Most purchases (75%) are made the week before the holiday.
* The biggest days for giving flowers are Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.
* Teachers receive the most number of Valentine’s, followed by children, mothers, wives and sweethearts.
* Valentine’s Day is the second biggest card-selling day… after Christmas. 22% of all card sales.
* The average woman thinks about sex once every ten minutes. The average man, once every 2 minutes.
* 76% of married people say they make a point of it to kiss their spouse each day before they leave the house.
* Over the course of the average lifetime, you’ll give 157 flowers on Valentine’s Day.
* Over 50 million roses are given for Valentine’s Day each year worldwide.
* The red rose, representing love, remains the most popular flower purchased by men in the U.S.
* California produces 60% of American roses, but the vast number sold on Valentine’s Day in the U.S. are imported, mostly from South America.
* 85% of all Valentines are purchased by women.
* Over 1 billion Valentine cards are sent in the U.S. each year, ranking second only to Christmas in number of greeting cards sent.
* Cupid, often associated with Valentine’s Day, is the son of Venus, Roman goddess of love.
* In 1866, candy manufacturer NECCO made the first “Conversation Hearts” then called “Motto Hearts.” According to NECCO, eight billion of these little candies are sold between January 1 and February 14.
* More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day.