More and more people – singles and couples alike – are admitting they’re just not into Valentine’s Day. If you’re tired of spending your money on all of the corny love talk, flowers, and candy that dominate this time of year, take back February 14 and make it your own. We’ve rounded up some ideas for both singles and couples:
1. Celebrate single-ness. Get together with single friends and throw an Anti-Valentine’s Day party. Whether you’re happily single, recovering from a breakup, or somewhere in between, it can be a fun and affordable way to embrace your solo status. Check out these ideas and more online:
• A homemade “Love Stinks” banner
• A playlist featuring songs about love gone wrong, or check out Pandora’s Love Stinks radio station that’s no-hassle and free
• Recipes for sassy drinks like Love on the Rocks or Cupid’s Broken Arrow
To keep things easy and affordable, make your gathering BYOB, use free Pandora stations, and print out your own decorations. Or divide responsibilities among your friends. Don’t forget to invite your “paired-up” friends, too. Many couples are looking for a fun way to break out of the same old Valentine’s Day routine.
2. Spread another kind of love. In the buildup to the big day, couples sometimes spend a lot of time and energy planning a perfect gift or night out. Whether you’re happily in a relationship or flying solo, set aside old notions of what the day should include and plan to do something that’ll help someone else. Deliver a meal or some cookies to an elderly person. Help out at a local animal shelter or serve some other good cause. You don’t even have to spend any money – your time is what really matters. Afterward, you’ll feel even more grateful for what you have.
3. Catch a sunrise (or sunset). V-Day falls on a Sunday this year. Chances are that’ll translate into big crowds and long waits at your favorite restaurant. Instead of going that route, pack a simple breakfast and go to your favorite park to watch the sun come up with your significant other. Or make a picnic dinner instead and go watch the sun set. Sure, depending on where you live it could be cold outside – but that gives you a good reason to snuggle with your loved one.
However you spend Valentine’s Day, remember that you don’t have to cave to the pressure of spending a lot on your sweetie – or feeling left out if you’re not currently part of a couple. Make it what you want it to be and have fun!