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Be Mine While Short on Time: Zulily’s Date Night Report Finds Parents Favor “Micro Moment” Dating

January 12, 2022: Seattle-based online retailer reveals new data on how busy parents can make the most of spending quality time with their loved ones this Valentine’s Day.

Seattle – A long, romantic date night may feel like a thing of the past for today’s busy parents, but it’s the small moments of togetherness that count the most in a relationship. Online retailer Zulily today announced its first-ever State of the Date Night Report that shows how dating behaviors and attitudes have evolved for parents, both single and married, as they found new ways to keep their relationship interesting during the season of romance and throughout the year.

Seventy-four percent of parents agree that COVID-19 has changed the dating dynamic, and in parallel, their dating preferences. Even so, consumers planned to spend an average of $165 on Valentine’s Day gifts and celebrations last year1 – the second highest Valentine’s Day in terms of expected spending – meaning parents still feel it’s important to treat their loved ones to something special this holiday.

However, how parents choose to celebrate their relationship looks different than in years past. Out of the five love languages, quality time is still the preference for most parents, while the survey found that ‘Micro Moment Dating’, defined as shorter more frequent moments of quality time under an hour and a half, is gaining popularity among parents.

“Last year, we discovered new love languages and heard moms asking for the gift of ‘me time’ amid the pandemic. Now, moms are redefining what quality time means for her and her family and expressing love in the small moments of her day-to-day life, and we’re seeing that manifest in gift giving,” said Carmela Jaime Matthews, Director of Site Programming and Site Merchandising at Zulily. “Parents are taking these micro-moments to appreciate one another and maintain romance in their busy lives, and as a result, moms are seeking products that she can enjoy in her daily routine – whether it’s when the baby is napping, or the coffee is brewing.”

Additional date night trends from Zulily’s nationwide survey of parents include:

  • Double date, double fun: Coupled up parents are more than twice as likely to prefer double dates with other couples (30 percent) when compared to single parents (13 percent). For the mom who enjoys group activities, consider gifting a trivia game and test your knowledge against your couple friends on your next double date. 
  • Love at sunrise: While moms are still partial to an evening date (44 percent), dads are warming to nontraditional date times like mornings (19 percent) when compared to moms (8 percent). For the morning person in your relationship, a coffee or travel mug will add some flair to those early morning bonding moments. 
  • Three is no longer a crowd – it’s a date: Parents are celebrating Valentine’s Day with more than their spouse; they’re asking their children to ‘be mine.’ In fact, 49 percent of married parents consider time with their significant other a date night even if their kids are present. For the mom who loves a family affair, try gifting art supplies for a crafty date night that’s fun for the entire family. 
  • The tried and true, with a twist: The classic dinner and movie night still rank high for both moms and dads when it comes to their preferred date night, but the pandemic has shifted the destination, with 36 percent of moms and dads saying they now prefer date nights in. For the mom who likes to cozy up at home, a candle or glassware can add a touch of romance to your dining room table setting. 
  • Top Couple Themes: The last year has also sparked creativity among some married parents who have taken up new hobbies to do together, with three top couple themes discovered:
    • The Home Improvement Couple: Assembling furniture together used to be the true test of a strong relationship, but now 19 percent of parents say they like to DIY or remodel their home with their partner. For the mom with an eye for interior design, surprise her with home décor items, such as art, picture frames, or throw pillows, and spend the evening redecorating a room in your home together.
    • The Epicurean Couple: Food is the way into the hearts of 19 percent of parents who say they make a date night of baking or cooking together. For the foodie mom, consider gifting a cookbook for date night dinner inspiration, or Le Creuset® cookware or bakeware.
    • The Gamer Couple: Seventeen percent of parents like a bit of competition and enjoy playing games together. For the mom who likes a good game night, try gifting a board game, card game, or bring back an old classic, a jigsaw puzzle. 
  • Short on time and ideas. Forty-eight percent of parents find that working around busy schedules is the most challenging part of planning a date night, while 23% have trouble choosing what to do. Too much overthinking may be the reason why 58 percent of parents are open to someone else planning a date night theme or activity for them. For the busy mom who’s always on the go, try gifting a planner and pencil in your next date night, or catch-all tote to hold all the mom essentials.
  • The thought really does count: Fifty-six percent of parents say they spend between $100 and $250 for Valentine’s Day, while the ‘sweet spot’ for single parents is under $100. Thirty-five percent of parents would prefer that money to be spent on a thoughtful date night, compared to 25 percent who’d prefer a physical gift. For the mom whose gift requires a little more thought, create a stay-at-home spa date night with cozy slippers and a relaxing bath bomb.

Whatever the budget or date night preference, Zulily is helping parents celebrate Valentine’s Day with an assortment of thoughtful gifts for moms to enjoy however she chooses. For more insights and gift giving inspiration, visit The Find by Zulily. 


The survey of 2000 parents and 500 single parents of children 0-18 was commissioned by Zulily between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29, 2021 and conducted by market research company OnePoll.

1) Source: NRF and Prosper Insights & Analytics’ Valentine’s Day Survey


Mattie Heider
PR Manager, Zulily

About Qurate Retail Group

Qurate Retail GroupSM comprises seven leading retail brands – QVC®, HSN®, Zulily®, Ballard Designs®, Frontgate®, Garnet Hill®, and Grandin Road® – all dedicated to providing a more human way to shop. Qurate Retail Group is the largest player in video commerce (“vCommerce”), which includes video-driven shopping across linear TV, ecommerce sites, digital streaming, and social platforms. The retailer reaches more than 200 million homes worldwide via 14 television networks and reaches millions more via multiple streaming services, social pages, mobile apps, websites, print catalogs, and in-store destinations. Qurate Retail Group combines shopping and entertainment to curate products, experiences, conversations, and communities for millions of highly discerning shoppers. Headquartered in West Chester, Pa., Qurate Retail Group has 26,400 team members in the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Japan, Italy Poland, and China. For more information, visit, follow @QurateRetailGrp on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, or follow Qurate Retail Group on YouTube or LinkedIn.

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Online retailer Zulily helps moms around the world discover incredible deals and fresh style for themselves, their families and their homes. Zulily launches thousands of products at amazing values each day, curating personalized shopping experiences that include apparel and footwear for the whole family, toys, home décor, and so much more. Zulily’s app uses compelling video and imagery to bring more than 15,000 big name brands and boutique finds to life on mobile.

Zulily is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with locations in Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and China. With expertise in technology, merchandising, creative production, logistics, marketing, customer service, and more, Zulily team members work together to deliver a fun and engaging shopping experience that sparks discovery, connection and entertainment. Zulily has passed millions in savings onto its customers since its first sale in 2010. For more information visit

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