Valentine’s Day: you either love it or you hate it. Personally, I love it. It’s not because I have typically been in a relationship and liked to do romantic things with my boyfriend and posted lovey dovey things about it on social media. I have been perpetually single and heartless most of my life, and I currently live alone with my cat. But I have always loved Valentine’s Day. It’s not just about being with a significant other; I like to spend it with all my loved ones, friends and family, and show them how much I appreciate them being in my life. Every year I get so sick and tired of seeing all my single friends post depressing things on the Internet about how alone they are. If you have one person in your life that you love, even if it’s just your mom, then you should celebrate it.
If you do happen to be in a relationship, this can be a tricky holiday to celebrate. Some couples go completely over the top while others like to be low key. The type of night or day you want to have should be discussed with your significant other in advanced so there aren’t too many surprises. Pick a restaurant that you both like or have wanted to try, but be aware of pre-fixed menus and prices. Make sure you call a few weeks in advanced to get reservations because places fill up quickly. If you want to be more casual or save some money, cooking a meal at home can be equally as nice. Exchanging presents isn’t always necessary either. Nothing more than flowers, chocolate, or a card is usually expected. If you do want to exchange gifts with your significant other, get creative. Think about things you like to do together and make the gift revolve around that. One year a guy bought me hockey tickets, and it was honestly the most romantic thing he could have done.
Being single can be just as fun as being in a relationship on Valentine’s Day. I like to plan a dinner or brunch and a night out with friends. As long as you are all together and having fun, it really doesn’t matter what you do. My friends all went bowling one year, and we had a great time. Bringing chocolates to work or sending your family members cards can also be a nice gesture to get in the loving spirit. If you are really set on spending Valentine’s Day alone, treat yourself to something special. Order from your favorite restaurant, watch your favorite movie, or do your favorite activity. Getting your nails or hair done or having a full-on spa day can put anyone in a good mood.
No matter what you decide to do, remember that Valentine’s Day is all about love. Spend it with any or all of your loved ones, and reach out to the ones who you can’t see in person to let them know you’re thinking about them. Smile to strangers on the street, pay for someone’s coffee, or do other random acts of kindness to spread the holiday cheer!