Morton Students pick out their favorite Valentine’s gift


An old Styrofoam rose given as a gift years ago to one of our reporters

Edgar Alonso and Ashley Ceballos

Valentine’s Day is coming and Morton students know what to get their dates. 

According to the American Psychological Association’s article, “What happens in your brain when you give a gift”, “A gift activates pathways in the brain that release oxytocin, which is a neuropeptide that signals trust, safety, and connection.” This means that it’s been scientifically proven that the act of gift-giving is an important part of being in a relationship because it helps encourage our brains to trust one another. 

Street Directory’s article called ‘The History of Valentine’s Day Traditions’ mentions that “Valentine’s Day flowers began as a tradition in the 17th century…The rose is supposed to be the favorite color of Venus, the Goddess of Love because it stood for strong feelings…back in 1415, Charles the Duke of Orleans wrote a poem for his wife while imprisoned in the Tower of London on Valentine’s Day. By the 16th century, it was the most popular way to show your love on a special day.”   

Finally, according to Forbes’ article titled, ‘Here’s How Much People Spend on St. Valentine’s Day’, “Significant others anticipated spending an average of $175.41 per person on Valentine’s Day gifts.” People must care a lot about their significant others if they’re willing to spend THAT much on ONE gift.   

In a random survey of 58 Morton East Students, flowers and money are most appreciated as gifts this Valentine’s Day.   Flowers and money are tied with 11 votes each. 6 chose chips, 10 chose candy, 6 chose jewelry, 10 chose plushies, and 4 chose the “other” option. This proves that Charles the Duke of Orleans was right to give his wife flowers since even Morton students prefer them over jewelry.   

We didn’t just ask about what gifts people like to get; we also asked a few students what they like to give for Valentine’s Day.  

“I like to go to flower shops or anywhere that makes ramos (bouquets),” said Morton sophomore Blas Aguinaga, whose favorite gift to give is flowers.  

We also heard the opinions of a female student to see both sides because men and women sometimes have different views on what would make a good gift.  

“I love giving clothes, it’s nice to see gifts being put to use to make them happy,” said Morton sophomore Alexandra Valencia. 

Our next two interviewees chose to remain anonymous for this article, however, they are in a current relationship and still have valuable opinions.   

“I’d prefer to receive a nice letter with words of affirmation or stuffed animals,” said one anonymous female senior.  

Her anonymous senior partner says his favorite gift to give is, “Hugs and quality time.”  

In the end, it doesn’t matter what you’re buying or making for valentine’s day, all that matters is that you treat your loved ones with as much love and respect as you can. Be sure to keep yourself and your partner safe and smiling on Valentine’s Day.