Survey: Majority of People Would Use Rebates for Valentine’s Day Gifts, But 60 Percent Say They’d Keep it a Secret From Their Sweetie

February 5 2018

Minneapolis, Feb. 5, 2018 – Being thrifty is romantic. That according to a January 2018 survey by digital marketing promotions company YA. More than half (51 percent) of respondents said that they would think their significant other would be “thrifty and smart” if they used a rebate to purchase a Valentine’s Day gift. Forty-eight percent said they wouldn’t care if and only 1 percent said they’d be offended if their sweetie looked for rebate deals for a gift.

“Paying full price doesn’t make a gift more heartfelt,” said YA CEO Chris Behrens. “And today, with the ease of digital rebate submissions, saving is easy and, as the survey respondents said, smart.”

In fact, according to the survey, rebates may make the gift even more thoughtful. Fifty-eight percent of respondents said they’d either share the rebate with their significant other or buy them something with the extra money.

And while the survey shows the majority (58 percent) of respondents would be more likely to buy a Valentine’s Day gift for their sweetie if there was a rebate attached, 60 percent said they’d keep it a secret from their significant other.

Finally, the survey shows that some deals make consumers dream big. More than three-quarters (76 percent) of respondents said they would participate in an enter-to-win program that had a romantic Valentine’s Day present (e.g. trip, jewelry, clothing, wine) as a prize.

“Retailers should take note that consumers will in fact take advantage of promotions on romantic gifts this Valentine’s Day, and it’s really worth it for consumers to look for those deals that might allow them to afford an even nicer gift,” said Behrens.


About the Survey

YA conducted the online survey of 100 respondents in late January 2018


Survey Responses

Would you be more likely to purchase a Valentine’s Day gift for your significant other if there was a rebate attached?

  • Yes: 58 percent
  • No: 42 percent

If you used a rebate for a Valentine’s Day gift for your significant other, would you keep it a secret from your sweetie?

  • Yes: 60 percent
  • No: 40 percent

Would you participate in an enter-to-win program that had a Valentine’s Day gift (e.g. trip, jewelry, clothing, wine) as the prize?

  • Yes: 76 percent
  • No: 24 percent

How would you feel if your significant other took advantage of a rebate for your Valentine’s Day gift?

  • I would think they are thrifty and smart: 51 percent
  • I wouldn’t care: 48 percent
  • I would be offended they were looking for deals: 1 percent

If you received a rebate on a Valentine’s Day gift for your significant other, would you

  • Keep the rebate for myself: 42 percent
  • Share the rebate with my significant other: 40 percent
  • Buy something nice for my significant other: 18 percent


About YA
For more than 45 years, YA has been a leader in promotional marketing services. We deliver high-impact data-driven digital, social and mobile promotions, such as rebates/rewards, enter to win and loyalty programs, to the nation’s most respected brands. With deep expertise across several industries, our end-to-end management of 3,500+ promotions each year helps our clients reach tens of millions of consumers annually. This makes us experts at turning even first-time customers into loyal brand advocates who take action, buy more and spread the word. For more information, visit:

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