Let’s talk about the big V that most would rather avoid. Valentine’s Day! Duh. You either love it or hate it but hopefully I can convince some black hearts to cross over to the loving side. Kidding. If I had to guess, most of the hate comes from either the aggravation from having to plan something or from that green little monster, jealousy, that likes to remind you of just how single you are. That’s okay because I’m here to help on all accounts! Yay!
First things first! Happy couples – Whether it’s your very first Valentine’s day or night together or far from it, I’ve got you covered. Here are some ideas for both casual and romantic days or nights.
Casual Day : Go Kayaking; Grab a couple of subs, chips, and drinks and take it to the beach or lake; Explore a nature trail; Visit a museum or zoo
Tip – Check the tides before heading out and don’t lose your paddle!
Casual Night : Miniature Golf; Go-Kart racing; Have a sweet treat at Dairy Queen
Romantic Day : Have a picnic; Get couples massages; Rent a boat or jet skis; Have lunch at a restaurant that has a breathtaking view; Go horseback riding; Take a hot air balloon; Visit a winery; Visit a local farm and pick your own fruit or visit a farmer’s market; Visit a Sunflower field (Take cute pictures);
Tip – See if your local deli has sun dried tomato wraps! They are red and cute for Valentine’s Day!
Tip – Make sure your partner is comfortable with the idea of getting a massage from a stranger BEFORE purchasing.
Romantic Night : Cook for your loved one; Recreate your first or favorite date; Take a helicopter tour
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, how about us single people? How can we get through the entire day and night knowing that there are gross happy couples out there holding hands, kissing, cuddling, sickos!? Haha It’s truly so simple and completely doable. Okay, so you don’t have a significant other right, but you have people in your life that you love and care about that are significant to you. I’m talking family, friends, and coworkers! Spoil them but don’t forget about yourself.
Last year I made treat bags filled with candy, paired with a chocolate rose and a classic Coca-Cola glass bottle for each employee that came into work. I also baked cookies, cake, and cupcakes. I started to celebrate holidays at work to fill a void. I’ve never truly had a good holiday in a happy/healthy relationship, so I would distract myself by celebrating at work. Now I just do it because I love it and my coworkers pretty much expect me to. I usually get put on any holiday event duty. You don’t have to go overboard like I tend to do. You can keep it real simple. Whoever you choose will appreciate the effort especially if they aren’t expecting it.
If you’re still drawing a blank…do you love someone that lives out of state, or just far away? A best friend? A sibling? Long distance relationship? This next event is fun and you can even do this if you’re one of those happy couples. Yes, you can be included too. Ever since I saw the 2004 movie “Sleepover” with Alexis Vega, I have been so obsessed with the idea of some type of scavenger hunt. It may seem a little silly, and it totally is but it also has a romantic and adventurous feel to it. I am truly a romantic at heart so I LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of running around town like a crazy person looking for surprises, I mean sending someone running around town like a crazy person looking for surprises. What exactly do I mean by scavenger hunt? Well since it’s a holiday, stick to the theme of the day. It would be best to have the hunt in one general area that you’ve mapped out accordingly so that your person doesn’t have to do much or any back tracking while driving around. Be nice. The great thing about this hunt is that you don’t really have to be present if you can’t because you can just set it up right from your phone or laptop. Instead of mailing a present(s) or shipping flowers and candy which will cost an arm and a leg and your dog’s kidney, what you can do is pick out different stores around your chosen general area and purchase items that can be picked up in store. Pick out things that are cute, maybe some gag gifts, anything that symbolizes an inside joke between the two of you, something that they truly need, something that they absolutely love and are almost out of, or something they’ve been wanting to try and have your person pick the items up from each spot. Put some thought into it. You can even end it on a food note. Maybe have a gift card for their favorite restaurant added in there or send them into a restaurant and have them give a name. The host will bring them to table where someone will already be waiting for them, or a few people, or yourself if you can be there. This will be such a special day for them and you don’t really have to go out of your way to accomplish this. You don’t have to buy too many things, and you don’t have to go outside of your budget. The best part is…NO SHIPPING FEES!
You can always go out with your single friends! You can attend a wine and paint class, go shopping, go out for dinner and drinks, or even have a movie night.
The most important part of this holiday is yourself. Show yourself some love. It doesn’t matter if you are single or taken, take time out of the day to treat you.
If you still don’t think Valentine’s Day is for you, that’s okay. At the end of the day, it is just another day. It can just be a day where you saved a crap-ton of money.