valentinesValentine’s Day takes the spotlight. No longer just a day set aside in February to have a date with your sweetheart, Valentine’s Day has become a big gift-giving event. This year, the National Retail Federation reports that spending for Valentine’s Day is expected to be $20.7 billion, up 6% from last year. People surveyed said they would spend an average of about $160, which is also higher than previous years, with the record being $146 on average in 2016.

One reason for the increased spending is the growth of the holiday. The holiday traditionally had been a time for romantic love, with single people looking at Valentine’s Day as an excuse to ask out someone they’d had a crush on and those in committed relationships using the holiday as an opportunity to reignite the flame. But today consumers say they’re spending on Valentine’s Day products and gifts for family, friends, co-workers and even pets.

If you’re looking to take part in this fun-filled holiday that helps brighten up the cold days of winter, Thruway Center is the perfect place to shop. We’ve got great gift ideas for everyone on your Valentine’s Day list, from your significant other to the fur-baby that lights up your life. Here are a few ideas from Thruway Center to help make your Valentine’s Day special.

A relaxing massage or spa treatment at one of our great establishments such as Van Davis Aveda Salon or Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa.

  • Pink Lemonade Cake Squares from Dewey’s Bakery.
  • Jewelry from Hannoush Jewelers.
  • Flowers and wine from Trader Joe’s.

There’s plenty more gift ideas throughout Thruway Center, whether you’re looking for a scarf for your mother, toys for the kids or a special treat for your dog. Come browse around through our many great stores and find just the right gift for your Valentine.