Here at Three Stone Steps, we take a pretty dim view of negative posts. But, today is Valentine’s Day and I must admit that it’s just not my kind of holiday. I sort of bristle at the thought of flowers and chocolates (more about how they are produced later), and canned & sometimes clever sentiments supplied by the large greeting card companies. Of course, if Valentine’s Day is your thing, well, good for you. It’s just that I would prefer to share my feelings about a person in a less mainstream and consumerist kind of way.
And, sorry, now having a flashback to Bedford Elementary School, where we decorated paper lunch bags and gave Valentines cards, bought in boxes of what, two dozen, to our classmates. Thinking about this now, it just seems very, very odd…..
This morning I read some staggering figures about the money spent on this holiday of love. (I’ve had some trouble with linking this morning, but this is all from http://www.businessshrink.biz. I will try my best to get a direct link for this.)
With survey results tabulated and the final numbers in from National Retail Federation, American’s are predicted to spend $122.98 on average per person. In 2006 predicted spending amounts rang in at $100.89 per person on the average. This is nearly a 21.9% increase in spending in only 2 years. If the potential recession is getting consumers down, Valentine’s Day seems to be getting them back in love with opening their pocketbooks. There is one hint of a predicted spending hit due to the recession and it lies with women and their spending. Women’s predicted spending declined in every category except jewelry this year according to some numbers produced over at Marketing Daily.
But, Three Stone Steps is into solving problems, and not creating them! So, if you’re looking for a great gift, how about a nice silk scarf, or a messenger bag made from repurposed mosquito netting, or a wallet from that same mosquito netting material? A nice silk handbag or business card holder also makes for a great, and guilt free, and affordable gift for your Valentine’s sweetheart.
Of course, I wish everyone who celebrates this holiday the happiest of Valentine’s Days ever. And, honestly, who couldn’t use a little more love in the world!