New Yorkers top choices for Valentine’s Day gifts

February 14, 2018 12:03 AM

Choosing a Valentine’s Day gift can be tricky.

“It seems to me like they like the stuff they can hold on to that's cuddly and that kind of thing,” said Angela Decandia, manager of Scott’s Hallmark Shop in Latham. 

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For starters, you want to make sure you don't choose the least popular V-day gifts.

For men that would be underwear, alcohol and flowers according to a survey by 

For women, it's alcohol, undergarments and gift cards.

When it comes to the top Valentine’s Day gift choices, New Yorkers have their own preferences. 

Let’s run through the survey's top picks starting with number four, which is chocolate. 

However, if chocolate isn’t an option there are plenty of other options. Just think sweets for your sweet. 

Decandia says these guys are also big sellers here at Scott's hallmark in Loudonville.

“Probably our number one seller are the cards and the stuffed animals,” she said.

It turns out New Yorkers love their teddy bears. They come in number 3 on the list of favorite Valentine’s Day gifts among New Yorkers. There are also plenty of other furry friends to choose from. 

Number two on the list may come as a surprise.

Sunglasses came in as the second favorite V-day gift among New Yorkers. 

If you're a last minute shopper, you are not alone.

32 percent of Valentine’s Day shoppers are as well.

“Valentines is a last, a last minute holiday for sure,” said Decandia.  

However, Justin Conroy makes sure he gives himself plenty of time to prepare. 

“I give it a couple weeks, just to keep planning, think about what I want to do,” Conroy said. “Something different I try to do every year. Dinner, movie or a show or some flowers.” 

Flowers are another big seller according to Latham Market Bistro Manager, Ed Gendron.

“This is by far more than I've seen since I've started,” he said referring to the large crowd of customers buying flowers in the store. 

“These are actually for my fiancé, William H. E. Cox, because I love him so much,” said James Hobbs.

Finally, roses the number one spot on the list. You just can't go wrong with them.

“Dozen roses, half dozen roses, single stem roses,” Gendron said. 
When it comes to where to spend Valentine's Day, 47 percent of Americans would rather spend it at home.
36 percent prefer dinner at a restaurant. 

Eight percent prefer a night out on the town.


Nia Hamm

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