At the Heart of Valentines Day (Infographic)

Every year there’s a lot of talk about how commercial and consumer-oriented Valentine’s Day is. I have to admit, it’s certainly not my favorite holiday—I can echo the complaints of many that it puts undue pressure on couples to spend on one another and to show affection in very specific, commercial ways.
It is true that many of the traditions surrounding Valentine’s Day and similar holidays worldwide are directly linked to consumer industries scheming up ways to build business. And it’s clear from the US spending statistics that silly as some people may find it, Valentine’s Day is no laughing matter when it comes to the flower and candy industries. However, it’s interesting to see different ways this looks across the globe, and to explore some of the deeper legend and history behind it.

Commercial as it may have be, I have to admit that the general idea behind it isn’t exactly villainous. Giving gifts to those you love is never all bad, and as this infographic points out, may actually have health benefits.

Overall, I think giving is a good thing, as long as you keep it within reason, and don’t get too caught up in the consumer hype surrounding holidays like this. Check out this infographic to learn a little bit more about just how complex the construction of Valentine’s Day really is.


  1. lol, fun stuff, my wife and I made an agreement when we first got married to never go overboard for Valentines, we may buy something small (like a candy bar) but usually we just do something extra nice that day (breakfast in bed, romantic movie together, etc.)

  2. Yeah I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day either. Just stroll through your local store and you will be blinded with the displays of pink.

  3. Jason should change the name of this site to The first couple were okay, but I am going to unsubscribe from the rss feed if this keeps up. Not a fan.

    I’m here for pointers on frugal living, not half baked facts thrown together in a cute infographic.

    To keep from being totally negative – the posts on this site are really good, and I look forward to more of them.

    • I have to respectfully agree with Ron. I really love the articles on frugal living, and typically move on when I see a new post is an infographic. They’re cute and look very professionally done, but it’s not why I started coming to FrugalDad.

  4. Not sure why one would compare the decline of music sales to the ever-blooming sale of flowers. It’s difficult to bit torrent pirated roses.

  5. I’ve never been a fan of Valentine’s day but like you said it’s all about giving and making your significant other feel loved. It’s not all about spending a lot. A small thoughtful gift can go a long way.

  6. The infographics are getting old, old, old. I miss the thoughtful commentary and good suggestions from Frugal Dad.

  7. Hello! Came across your site for the first time off Alltop and I just wanted to say thanks! I’ve been looking for something like this as I look forward to handing out some valentines cards to my Kenyan friends (a friend from the States sent me some earlier this year to give out) … having all this information on one beautifully designed infographic makes me all the more eager to share the fun & random tidbits / history as I hand ’em out!

    also… been noticing the previous comments on how people aren’t enjoying the infographics… this is my first time on your site, and I absolutely LOVE infographics, thank you (as a former graphic designer). I didn’t realize that pretty much all the infographics on Alltop’s site came from here! (ps I’ve been pretty much awing over every single one of them as of late) Also, this valentine’s one is super cute – love the style and thanks for mentioning Korea- represent! 🙂

  8. This is my first time here and I think the infographics are a great way to put out info. After looking a few of them over, I think they still seem to accomplish what this site seems to be about, just in a more visual way.

    This Valentine’s Day infographic doesn’t give point by point on how to have a frugal V-Day, but with the info given I think the point is pretty obvious that we don’t live frugally on V-day, which in turn should give the readers a chance to think about their own spending habits during the holidays and perhaps go about things in a less expenisve way. Based on what I’m gathering this site is about, I would say the infographic did it’s job and it was more fun to read than a regular old blog post.

  9. If you don’t like the infographics, how about just not reading them and hit delete? Seems a bit odd to deny yourself the benefits of the site just because something gets posted that you don’t like.

  10. One celebration was left out: Tu B’Av (14th of month of Av) in the Jewish Calendar. It dates back to when a prohibition of the daughters from the Isrealite tribe of Benjamin were again allowed to marry outside of their tribe. It has many other significant events associated with it since biblical times. It is still celebrated in Israel much as valentine’s day is here. Also, my wife and I do something on Tu B’Av and not valentines day. May be influenced by our wedding anniversary on 15th of Av.