Wait, is it Valentine’s Day already? Quick, get a box of chocolates and a bottle of wine! Quick, Google up something good!
Okay seriously, the fact that the internet is flooded with articles like these shows how clueless everyone is year after year. Are we supposed to be suckered in by consumerism, or counteract it by celebrating love in general? Are you caving in to societal pressure, or are you not showing the ones you love that you… love them? Aren’t you already celebrating other special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries together? Who was this Valentine fellow anyway?
If you’re looking for inspiration for planning a romantic evening, you probably want to stop reading right here. First things first, here’s our list of Don’ts:
- Don’t make it all about gifts.
- Don’t break the bank.
- Don’t take it too seriously!
This list will all be about togetherness and bonding and Appreciating Your People, regardless of romantic relationships (suck it, Hallmark).
1) Prepare a meal together
They say in every couple there needs to be one person who cooks and another who cleans. (Or is that just my mother who says that? What happens if you have a dishwasher?)
Cooking together isn’t just about the food. It’s about being able to create something edible in collaboration with other people, because if you don’t you’ll all be hungry together. This activity is perfect for small groups of friends or couples because you can delegate different tasks to different people. For example, one person can peel and chop veggies while another marinates the meat, while another make drinks and sets the Spotify playlist.
2) Adopt a pet
I lied. So there’s at least one thing on this list which will be about love (albeit not the romantic sort), and that will be about adopting a pet. Petfinder reports that over 25 million pets found their forever homes through their site in the past 20 years and now, pretty much every country has it’s own Petfinder site, or a local equivalent which connects shelters and rescue groups with potential homes. Even if you have pets already you might want to consider getting siblings for them and spread the love <3
3) Play games
Not mind games, but you know. Games. If you have a console that’s been collecting dust because you’ve all been too busy at work, perhaps it’s time to visit some old friends? Take comfort in familiar names like Overwatch, Battlefield 1, or even Grand Theft Auto 5. For bigger groups you might want to put the PS4 aside and set up Settlers of Catan, or if you really want to find out who your friends are, Cards against Humanity. If you’re lucky enough to have an arcade in your area, make it a night out and show off your Dance Dance Revolution moves!
4) Enjoy an at-home DIY spa evening
This year, 14th February falls on a Tuesday, so if you’re a regular working adult who spends most of the day away from home, you probably won’t get a chance to book a session at the day spa with friends, or even have the chance to be social. Show yourself some love by taking time out of your hectic schedule to indulge and pamper yourself; you deserve it! Try these:
- Soak your feet in a tub of warm water with a small handful of salt while you read a book.
- Take a long shower and scrub everything. And then apply lotion everywhere liberally.
- Light a scented candle while you watch TV and unwind.
5) Watch the movie: Valentine’s Day (2010)
With a star-studded ensemble cast boasting the likes of Jessica Alba, Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway and Jamie Foxx, what could go wrong? It has an average rating of 3.2/5 by over 280,000 users so… it’s best for you to judge. If you actually do want to watch a good movie though, we recommend Blue Valentine 😛
Image credits: Wallpapercave, PS4 Daily, Rotten Tomatoes.