This Valentine’s Day could be the spiciest yet
Nearly half of adults surveyed are now turning to romance as a cheaper way of having fun.
By Lucy Brimble, 72Point via SWNS
This Valentine’s Day looks set to be the sauciest yet - with millions shunning fancy meals out for fun antics at home.
A poll of UK 2,000 adults who celebrate Feb. 14 has revealed this year that three in 10 are shelving a traditional date for a night of wooing and romance at home.
More than four in 10 (44 percent) always use this day as an opportunity to show their partner how much they love them, with 17 percent planning to get creative with the likes of toys, or role-play, to spice up their evening.
The study found when it comes to gifts, 68 percent want to spend money on their loved one - despite the cost-of-living crisis - with the average Valentine’s Day enthusiast anticipating spending £43.97 ($54.20 USD).
This is an increase of 13 percent in spending from 2022 and 16 percent more than in 2021.
The research, commissioned by JD Williams, also found ladies will splash less cash than men - who anticipate spending an average of £54 ($66) compared to the £36 ($44) women have budgeted for.
Flowers, chocolate, and an evening meal top the list of gift choices for both sexes, and of those who plan to buy underwear, 54 percent are purchasing it to wear as a surprise for their other half on the big day.
Esme Stone, at JD Williams, said: "In the last few years we've all had a lesson in the virtues of staying indoors, and for many romantic Brits, cuddling up with their other half this Valentine's Day just makes sense.
“With everyone being more money conscious, as well as the cold temperatures outside, it’s not a huge surprise that ‘in’ seems to be the new ‘out.’”
It also emerged 48 percent are now turning to romance as a cheaper way of having fun, as the cost-of-living crisis forces the purse strings to be tightened.
With people having to make certain cutbacks on things, including subscriptions (23 percent), eating out (49 percent) and even heating (39 percent), it’s no wonder sparks are being reignited in people’s homes.
Of those who don’t believe in grand gestures, 83 percent think there are different ways to show love and affection for their other half.
A fifth are more likely to have sex on Valentine’s Day in comparison to any other day - with this being true for 31 percent of singletons who are casually dating.
And 41 percent of all adults polled wish they had more time under the sheets than they currently do - with this being a desire for four in 10 married people.
Only 17 percent are good at being spontaneous in their relationship - with men more so than women - as 44 percent would like to be more impulsive when it comes to their love life.
Three in 10 women polled via OnePoll will wear sexy or expensive lingerie for the benefit of who they are with, with 26 percent claiming age has helped them become more confident in the bedroom.
However, 34 percent are comfortable within their own skin and 29 percent will put on nice underwear to give themselves a confidence boost - whether they are in a relationship or not.
Of those who do this, 36 percent are currently single and not actively dating while 42 percent do have a partner, believing self-love is still important when in a relationship.
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