Gifts are an integral part of Valentine’s Day tradition for some, and while COVID-19 restrictions put a damper on typical dinner plans, the power of gifts remains unaffected.
These gifts come in all shapes and sizes, and while there are still holiday basics, everyone has a different opinion on what the perfect gift is.
Erin Brown, a second year student at the Krannert School of Management, was left with a more traditional choice.
“I would probably love to receive flowers the most,” said Brown.
Many students have also chosen chocolate, including Jasmine Makadok, a sophomore student at the College of Health and Humanities. She said the dating scene in general at Purdue has been affected by COVID-19 precautions, and that will be reflected in Valentine’s Day plans.
âI feel like there is a lot less interaction and mixing,â Makadok said. “(Because of that) I think a lot fewer people could go out to dinner.”
Brown agreed the dates would be affected by COVID-19, especially as individuals are wary of who they surround themselves with in the event of accidental exposure.
âThere’s going to be a lot less pressure to go on a date because you don’t want to be dating a stranger right now,â Brown said.
However, sometimes all people want is a little reciprocity from a crush or significant other, a sentiment shared by Marlee Wall, a freshman in the Faculty of Health and Science. human.
âWhat I want most for Valentine’s Day is for the person I’m chewing on to realize that they love me,â Wall said.
Some students are also missing from home, and with spring semester breaks limited and making it more difficult for students to see family, even the smallest of gestures from a loved one can matter the most, said Jeremy Krantz, second year student at the Krannert School of Management.
âI would most love to receive a hug from my family visiting me,â Krantz said.
There are many different opinions on the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day. However, most people can agree that they would like everything to go back to how it was before the pandemic. Tyler Lamar, a senior at the College of Engineering, is optimistic.
âI think things are slowly getting back to normal so I think everything will be fine,â Lamar said.