Unpopular Opinions: People spend too much money on Valentine’s Day


Art by Juliana Hamel

Juliana Hamel's reoccuring column will be focusing on points of view topics that no one wants to talk about.

He stands over cases of expensive diamond earrings and stresses about which pair she’ll like best.

She scours the internet for front row tickets to his favorite artist’s upcoming concert or courtside seats at his favorite basketball team’s next game.

He calls weeks in advance to reserve a table at the fanciest restaurant in town.

She spends hours picking out the perfect outfit to wear at that restaurant.

They both agonize over how to make Valentine’s Day special for their significant other. 

But why? Why does everyone set such high expectations for the “most romantic day of the year”?

Many people spend weeks trying to plan the best date or find the perfect gift for their loved one. This holiday has turned into more of a competition over who can buy the better gift than a day to show someone just how much you care. That shouldn’t be the case.

The whole point of Valentine’s Day is to spend time with the people you love most, not to one-up each other with pricey gifts. Sure, a bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates is a sweet gesture, but no one should be pressured to spend ridiculous amounts of money on anything more than that.

More expensive gifts don’t equate to more love. As they say, the best gifts are the ones that come from the heart. Don’t buy jewelry or tickets just because they’re expensive. Buy something that you know your special someone will love, even if it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Spend money because you want to, not because you feel you have to.

Cupid shot you two with an arrow to make you fall in love, not to make you spend ridiculous amounts of cash on presents. You shouldn’t have to break the bank to prove your love to someone. And if you do think that, it might be time to reevaluate your relationship.

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