TORONTO, Feb. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Romantic dinners and date nights top the
wish lists of Canadian men and women, according to a recent Shoppers
Drug Mart poll that delved into the Valentine's Day shopping habits of
Canadians. The national survey also revealed that gift cards are
popular, with survey respondents preferring to receive gift cards as
often as the traditional Valentine's Day gift of candy or chocolates.
The online survey, conducted by Shoppers Drug Mart in January 2013,
asked Canadians who are married, common law or dating about their
Valentine's Day wish list and shopping habits. The results indicate
that Canadians are feeling generous -- and romantic -- for Valentine's
Day this year. A majority of respondents (90%) indicated they will be
purchasing a gift for their spouse or date, while one in three did not
purchase a Valentine's Day gift the previous year. More than half of
those who plan to purchase a gift this year say they will opt for a
'romantic dinner at a restaurant' or 'date night with dinner and a
The survey also asked Canadians what's on their gift wish list this
Valentine's Day. While romantic dinners and date nights were the most
popular choices (51% of respondents), 11% said they prefer to receive a
gift card, almost on par with sweet treats like chocolates and candy
"Our survey indicates that retail gift cards have secured their place on
the wish lists of Canadians, and not just for Christmas," says Tammy
Smitham, Vice President, Communications & Corporate Affairs, Shoppers
Drug Mart. "A gift card can take the stress out trying to find the
perfect Valentine's Day gift, and the wide selection at Shoppers Drug
Mart includes restaurant gift cards, which was the number one gift card
preference in our national survey." After restaurants, gift cards from
Shoppers Drug Mart and Tim Horton's rounded out the top three picks
from those respondents who said they want to receive a gift card.
When it comes to gift shopping, the survey showed that most people tend
to wait rather than plan in advance. Of those who purchased a gift for
their special someone last year, a majority (54%) said they waited
until a few days before or until Valentine's Day itself. This shopping
tactic was more popular among men (58%) than women (49%).
Of those polled, almost one in five (18%) said they would turn to
Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmaprix when looking for a last-minute gift.
Canadians living in Ontario are the most likely to buy their
last-minute gift from Shoppers Drug Mart (27%), while those in Quebec
are more likely to visit a boutique for a last-minute shopping trip
Besides their sweetie, one in three (33%) Canadians polled said they
will also buy a Valentine's Day gift for others. Who else are they
treating this Valentine's Day? Children top the list, with 32% of
female respondents saying they will purchase gifts for their kids. Also
in line for a Valentine's Day gift are moms, dads, friends and kids'
Survey respondents were also asked about their feelings about Shoppers Optimum. Among Shoppers Optimum members, one in four men and women polled
across Canada said they love Shoppers Optimum more than visits from
their mothers-in-law. Over one in four of respondents claim to love
Shoppers Optimum even more than reality TV (28%) and almost 1 in 5 say
they love Optimum more than Facebook (19%) and texting (18%).
From January 15 to 16, 2013, an online survey was conducted among a
sample of 1,002 Canadian adults who are also Angus Reid Forum panel
members. The margin of error — which measures sampling variability — is
+/-3.02%, 19 times out of 20. The sample was balanced by age, gender,
region and education according to the most recent census data.
Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.
About Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation
Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation is one of the most recognized and trusted
names in Canadian retailing. The Company is the licensor of
full-service retail drug stores operating under the name Shoppers Drug
Mart (Pharmaprix in Québec). With 1,240 Shoppers Drug Mart and
Pharmaprix stores operating in prime locations in each province and two
territories, the Company is one of the most convenient retailers in
Canada. The Company also licenses or owns 55 medical clinic pharmacies
operating under the name Shoppers Simply Pharmacy (Pharmaprix
Simplement Santé in Québec) and six luxury beauty destinations
operating as Murale. As well, the Company owns and operates 62
Shoppers Home Health Care stores, making it the largest Canadian
retailer of home health care products and services. In addition to its
retail store network, the Company owns Shoppers Drug Mart Specialty
Health Network Inc., a provider of specialty drug distribution,
pharmacy and comprehensive patient support services, and MediSystem
Technologies Inc., a provider of pharmaceutical products and services
to long-term care facilities.
For more information, visit www.shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Image with caption: "Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix offers a wide range of gift ideas in store for Valentine's Day, including fragrances, chocolates and gift cards. In a recent Shoppers Drug Mart survey, 1 in 10 Canadians said they would prefer to receive a gift card as a Valentine's Day gift. (CNW Group/Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130208_C4123_PHOTO_EN_23437.jpg
Image with caption: "Canada's newest private label brand sweetens store shelves across the country just in time for Valentine's Day gifting. Carnaby Sweet, from Shoppers Drug Mart, offers a delicious range of classic favourite treats like jelly beans, chocolates and jujubes for indulging someone special. (CNW Group/Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130208_C4123_PHOTO_EN_23434.jpg
Image with caption: "One in four Optimum members polled across Canada said they love Optimum more than visits from their mothers-in-law, while 28% love Optimum more than reality TV, and one in five love Optimum more than Facebook or texting. With 10 million members, Shoppers/Pharmaprix Optimum is one of Canada's most popular retail loyalty programs. (CNW Group/Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130208_C4123_PHOTO_EN_23435.jpg
Image with caption: "With 1,240 stores across Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix is a convenient place to pick up a Valentine's Day gift, even at the last minute. The range of gift ideas includes fragrances, beauty sets, candy and chocolates, plus a wide selection of retail and restaurant gift cards. (CNW Group/Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130208_C4123_PHOTO_EN_23436.jpg
SOURCE: Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation
For further information:
Natalie Ouellette (bilingual)
Shoppers Drug Mart