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Holidating: 4 Tips & Strategies to Saving Money on Gifts This Holiday Season

“Holidating” is an ongoing Match.com blog series focusing on data from a recent Match.com survey on singles and the holiday season. Stay tuned for more posts examining the data in the upcoming week!

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Even though Black Friday and Cyber Monday have already passed, many of us still have quite a bit of holiday gift shopping to complete. In fact, giving gifts is one of singles’ most cherished holiday traditions, with 45% saying they love giving presents more than attending parties or decorating. Great deals are still out there – you just need to know how to find them amid the masses of shoppers. In order to keep your gift shopping from crushing your checking account and stressing you out, here are five tips to save on Holiday gifts.

1. Establish a Budget
Take a step back and assess your Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping. Did you score some great deals? Did you overspend? Either way, establish a budget for what you can afford for your remaining presents, and be sure to stick to it. Continue reading

Holidating: This Season, Why Not Give The Gift of Charity? By Kristan Turns

“Holidating” is an ongoing Match.com blog series focusing on data from a recent Match.com survey on singles and the holiday season. Stay tuned for more posts examining the data in the upcoming week!

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With the lights hung and ornaments arranged, shoppers discover themselves at that point in the season where they’ve begun frantically hunting for gifts to place under trees. But what to buy?? The determination to find “The Perfect Present” certainly affects many whose holidays are deeply rooted in the tradition of gift-giving.

Singles aren’t immune to the seasonal chaos of overcrowded shopping mall parking lots. 45% look forward to giving gifts to others as their favorite holiday tradition, but might encounter a tricky tightrope when selecting just the right items. After only a few dates, most women are unlikely to expect a diamond tiara, and it might be a very lopsided exchange if she elects to give her partner a “glad-we’re-friends” card. Fortunately, there’s a great solution to avoiding this kind of mess while also celebrating the season of giving: donating to a charitable cause. Continue reading

Holidating: Holiday Parties- Singles Like To Go, But Hate to Throw!



“Holidating” is an ongoing Match.com blog series focusing on data from a recent Match.com survey on singles and the holiday season. Stay tuned for more posts examining the data in the upcoming week!

Holiday Party

Singles! It is time to be the life of the party… the holiday party, that is. When we asked single men and women across the country to rate their favorite holiday traditions, going to holiday parties ranked high in the minds of singles. However, ask them to throw a holiday party? You’ll find no one on that list!

While being a guest was the best, hosting the holidays ranked last on the list of favorites. In fact, men were more pumped about parties than women! When it comes to a hankering for holiday soirées, our survey showed that 38% of men have fete fever, while only 24% of women are equally as enthusiastic about sharing a room with revelers. Continue reading

Holidating: ‘Tis The Season to be Single? By Whitney Casey

“Holidating” is an ongoing Match.com blog series focusing on data from a recent Match.com survey on singles and the holiday season. Stay tuned for more posts examining the data in the upcoming week!

tis the season to be single

Unlike one of the most likable holiday movies, Love Actually, this season, singles are admitting that, it is NOT Love, Actually…it is more like the movie, The Breakup. While in 2012, 82% of singles say they were “nice over naughty,” nearly a quarter of singles (24%) admit to breaking up with someone over the holidays. Talk about getting Grinched! Continue reading

Match.com Presents: Holidating

Holidating by Match.com

Tis’ the season to be single, and Match.com is celebrating the best time of the year with all-new “Holidating” data. From the most sought-after gift from Santa to the hidden truths on holiday love, we surveyed nearly 1,000 singles to examine the attitudes and dating behaviors during the holiday season. So whether you’re on the naughty or nice list this year, Match.com reveals the stats to measure the pulse of holiday hearts. Check out  the highlights below:

  • Blue Christmas?: 76% of singles have broken up with someone over the holidays.
  • Unflattering Families: 30% of singles have broken up with someone because they were turned off by their family during the holidays
  • New Year, New Love: 64% of singles say their new year’s resolution will be related to finding love.
  • Santa’s List: This year, 82% of singles believed they were nice, while 17% claim they were naughty!
  • Holiday Honey: More men than women have dated someone during the holidays just to have someone to spend it with (14% males vs. 10% females).
  • (Holiday) Party of One: 80% of singles went to a holiday party solo and had a great time over bringing a date.
  • Finicky Females: Nearly 75% of women have been disappointed with a gift from a significant other at least once (versus 47% of men).
  • Best Gift from Santa: Ambition—Both men and women want career-oriented significant others from Santa this year over a hipster, foodie or party person.
  • The Gift of Giving: Singles look forward to gift giving the most (45%), followed by attending holiday parties (31%).
  • Love Actually: 82% of singles say the holidays make them feel more romantic than other times of the year

To kick off the holiday season, Match.com will be diving in to all things “holidating” from a wide variety of experts, so stay tuned for guest posts by bloggers Whitney Casey, relationship expert for Match.com, Dr. Justin Garcia with The Kinsey Institute, Andrew Schrage of Money Crashers, and Kristan Turns of DFW Rescue Me

6 Surprising Facts About Single Moms This Mother’s Day

Calling all hot mamas! In honor of Mother’s Day this coming Sunday, we dove into our Singles in America data to reveal some interesting stats about the women who run the place – Moms! With over 45% of Match.com users having children, we wanted to a closer look at the profile of today’s single mom to better understand their wants, needs and the unique issues they face while dating. Here’s what we found about the modern day single mother:

  • Can’t hold them down: The combined stresses of singledom and parenthood aren’t taking a toll on mom’s attitudes as 78% of single moms were happy with their lives, slightly more than single women without children
  • Relationship, hold the marriage: 1/5 of single moms would not remarry under any circumstance, while 42.4% would consider getting remarried if their child(ren) had built a strong, positive relationship with their partner.
  • Little Cupids: Nearly one third (33.5%) of single moms would let their child set them up on a date.
  • Democratic domestics: A majority (43.4%) of single moms identify as Democrats, while only 24.2% identified as Republicans. Less than the 29.9% responded as Independents.
  • Online (date) shoppers: One fifth of single moms met their most recent date through an online dating site, more than any other place.
  • Dating deal breakers: when considering a committed relationship, a disheveled, unclean appearance (78.6%), laziness (77.8%) and neediness (72.9%) ranked as single moms’ top deal breakers.

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms out there looking for love! Do you find any of these stats surprising? Tell us in the comments below! 

Round Up Links: Holiday Dating Survival Guides

‘Tis the season to be single— if you have the right mindset, that is! Check out some of our favorite “seasonal survival guides” we found across the web, and you might just find flying solo during the holidays is the best way to spread your cheer.

Chatting up that attractive person at a holiday party may be intimidating, so brush up on your holiday social skills in the 5 Ways to Survive the Holiday Season. (Huffington Post) Continue reading

Sadie Hawkins Day: Go ahead, ask him out!

You have his interest... now ask the big question!

Ladies, Sadie Hawkins Day is today, November 15th, so why not use this female-empowering holiday as an excuse to ask some lucky guy out? Sadie Hawkins is a day when gals are supposed to take the romantic initiative and invite a guy out on a date… so what are you waiting for?

Out of over 10,000 respondents in a Match.com Happen magazine poll, 42% said “of course they have asked a guy out– It’s the 21st century!” So it is time to join these courageous ladies and make that first move. Here are some tips: Continue reading

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