This Valentine’s Day might be a bit different than last year because we’re still somewhat locked down, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it special for you and your partner. There are plenty of things you can do to make February 14th fun for both of you. Whether you’re part of a couple or you’re single this year, some things just shouldn’t be done, though. Take a look at some of the do’s and don’ts you should know for Valentine’s Day this year.
1. Plan a Weekend Getaway
Who doesn’t need a little change of scenery? Especially if you’ve been working from home (together!) for the past couple of months? It doesn’t have to be too extravagant or too far away, as long as you can enjoy a weekend in a nice hotel or Airbnb together. Whether you’re playing games, enjoying dinner by candlelight, or spending some quality time getting to know each other more intimately, a weekend getaway might be just the thing you need to have an amazing Valentine’s Day.
2. The Perfect Gift
While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to giving the perfect gift, you can get your partner the perfect gift for him or her. Think about what he or she likes, what she spends her time doing, or something he’d like to do. For example, you could plan a romantic hike and surprise picnic if your partner loves being outdoors. Or you could take her for a romantic helicopter ride above the city. There are tons of things you can still do despite social distancing. If you’d prefer to stay indoors, really get into the holiday spirit by decorating the house with hearts and tokens of love or buying yourself Valentine’s Day-themed lingerie as a romantic gesture for him.
3. Celebrate Love
No matter your relationship status, February 14th is all about love. If you’re not in a relationship or your Valentine will be out of town this year, consider celebrating by making the day special for everyone you love. That could mean writing a nice letter to your parents, going out to eat with your girlfriends, messaging coworkers you haven’t reached out to in a while, or calling your grandparents.
1. Go on a Blind Date
As great as they always turn out to be (eye roll), going on a blind date is probably not the best idea on Valentine’s Day. After all, the day is meant to be shared with someone you care about, and sitting through a date with someone you barely know is a gamble. Of course, it could turn out to be one of the best dates you’ve ever been on. But, really, what are the chances of that? Spare yourself and stay home if you’re single.
2. Complain on Social Media About Being Single
Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate all that’s special about your partner, and if you don’t have a partner, that’s fine. But don’t bring down all of the couples celebrating their unions — or the single people who might just happen to like being single. It’s not going to help anyone, and it’ll only make you (and others) feel worse than you need to. Instead, congratulate others on this special day and wish them well. Or you could plan a small get together with your single friends and binge-watch movies and eat chocolate.
3. Drink Too Much
One thing that can quickly ruin your Valentine’s Day is drinking too much, whether you’re alone or not. Drinking too much with your spouse could lead to one of you falling asleep too early in the night, spoiling any plans you might’ve had for later.
Planning a Great Valentine’s Day
Now that you know the do’s and don’t of Valentine’s Day, you can start planning with confidence that you can create great new memories for you and your partner that will last a lifetime.
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