We will surely still be locked down this Valentine's Day. No restaurants, no romantic getaways, no city breaks. Just you, me and Netflix - so there had better be flowers, and chocolate and a quality bottle of wine - and a sentimental card in a red or pink envelope.Cards: Last year, Card Connection cards topped the bill in the lead-up to Valentines, with sales of £10,976 in Valentines week (10th Feb 2020-16th Feb 2020) but just £677 in the preceding week. Card sales overall were up 676.8% on the previous week. We want to show we care - but we don't feel the need to pre-plan! Best selling item overall was the Hidden Treasures Lottery scratchcard - perhaps it was slipped between the sheets of Valentine's cards as a special surprise, sales went up in Valentines week by 261% last year.
Confectionery: Amorous shoppers also purchased £10,031 of Cadbury's Milk Tray 180g in Valentines week and £3,856 the week before - which just goes to show, the lady still loves it. Second last year was Lindor Milk Carton at £7,144, up 158% on the previous week.Wine: Best selling wine in Valentines week last year was Secretary Bird Merlot, sales totalled £3,697, - that'll make for a good wine to share over that special meal. Let's not forget that couples everywhere will be staying in - for a candle-lit, home-cooked, romantic meal, or a meal deal for two - or for those less inclined to work in the kitchen, for a takeaway and a tipple this year.
Ready meal: It might be that the cooking duties fall to the person with less kitchen experience - get your chiller cabinets at the ready, highlight meal ideas for two, add a wine pairing - make it easy for them. Miscellaneous butchery items come second in the valentines list at £12,793 during Valentines week - up from £5,104 the week before - so it isn't all about confectionery.A last-minute bottle of wine and a box of chocolates will get those less organised shoppers out of trouble on this most romantic of evenings - be sure to be ready for them!