Valentine’s Day is a time to show our significant others and the ones we love, just how much they mean to us. We’re constantly reminded of the holiday everywhere we go but like most holidays, it just doesn’t hold the same significance for everyone. On February 14th love is not only in the air, but on television, in shopping centers, and even grade schools. Each year both consumers spend a total of $4 billion on flowers and candy alone and the average person spends about $130 on gifts. With millions of people getting proposed to, everyone buying cards and sending romantic texts, Valentine’s Day has become a dreaded holiday for singles everywhere. If you’re single or dateless this Valentine’s day – don’t worry, there are still plenty of things you can do to feel the love.
Here are six fun things to do on Valentine’s if you don’t have a date:
Have a girl’s night out – Getting together with your girlfriends is never a bad idea whether you’re single or married. Having friends and spending quality time with them is key to having a successful romantic relationship, so you need to do this while single too! If you’re flying solo this Valentine’s Day and don’t want to spend the day feeling out of place, call your besties and plan a night on the town. What’s important in making dateless plans on Valentine’s Day is making sure you’re having fun. A night out or in with your best friends will provide you with lots of laughs and a good time.
Host a singles party – It may have seemed weird or even bitter the first time we heard of this idea but it’s not a bad one. If you’re the type to invite friends over often and love to entertain, this is the perfect idea to get your mind off your relationship status for a night. Don’t try to make it a speed dating event, it’s about enjoying and embracing being single. Tell your friends to bring their friends, order some food and make a night of it. Just because you’re single doesn’t mean you have to be alone.
Movie Night – There’s always a new film coming out on Valentine’s Day and just because you don’t have a partner to watch it with, doesn’t mean you should miss out. Movie night can mean staying in your home watching some of your favorites or it can mean going out to your local theater. Whether you like to watch alone or with a friend, romantic comedies are always a good mix of love and laughs on Valentine’s Day.
Spend time with your family – If you feel there’s no one out there who loves you just remember you have a group of people who always will, your family. Get together with your siblings and parents and just enjoy each other’s company. Being in the presence of the people who love you unconditionally will always be a great way to spend the day that reminds us just how precious love is.
Treat yourself – Self-care is all anyone is talking about these days, and that’s because it’s so important to your holistic health. Spend the day pampering yourself and focusing on your wellness goals. This includes going to the gym, the spa and salons to take care of your overall well-being. Don’t wait until you find someone to give you a gift certificate to these places, treat yourself and practice self-love.
Go to an event – As stated before, Valentine’s Day isn’t equally important to everyone so there will be events held that have nothing to do with dating. Find a networking event, conference or even a concert to attend if you are serious about enjoying the day while single. There’s no reason why you can’t treat it like a normal day of the week and continue enjoying life as it is.
What exciting activities have you participated in as a single on Valentine's Day?