Happy 1st day of February everyone! Finally, January is over (was that the longest month or what?!)
So, I’m a pretty firm believer that Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark holiday with minimal value. It puts way too much pressure on couples and makes singles feel bad about themselves. It’s insane to spend $50 on red roses (my least favorite flower, FYI) and who says that you should show all this love on one random day…shouldn’t you show your partner love every day? Anyways, you get my point. So, while I won’t be doing anything extravagant or accepting any big gifts, I want to share a few ideas that anyone can do on Valentine’s Day, if you want a fun way to celebrate the holiday.
Send flowers to someone without a significant other: whether it’s your widowed grandmother or recently single friend, this small gesture will really brighten what could be a sad for them day.
Have a day date: forego the overpriced, fancy dinner and grab brunch. Or spend the day doing something you love together – for me, it would be hiking or skiing. Between work, school, kids, etc. – it’s so rare these days that we get to spend a full day with those we love so why not block off the day and enjoy it together!
Mail cards to friends & family: who says that only kids can exchange Valentine cards? Have some fun with this and use it as a way to reconnect with those who you don’t see on a regular basis.
Cook dinner for someone special: husband, fiancé, friend, parent…use this day as an excuse to show off your culinary skills. A homemade meal will always trump a restaurant one in my book!
Treat yourself: Spa. Mani/Pedi. You name it. While I am always a fan of pampering, this day is a great excuse to treat yo’self! Head to Chinatown (only $35 for 1 hour of reflexology – done!) Better yet, take along your mom/sis/bestie.
Bake something yummy for your coworkers: since v-day falls on a week day this year, whip up a batch of red velvet cupcakes or heart shaped cookies for your coworkers. Everyone loves a humpday treat to help get through the week.
Buy something pretty and pink (or red!): any day that’s an excuse for shopping is a good day in my book. Treat yourself to a cute new pink sweater (link jcrew x back), a cute maroon crossbody (link TB), or some cute pink hair bows (jcrew).
Find a girl’s workout: it’s always fun to have a workout buddy and I would choose a workout over drinks with friends most days. Check out a new yoga class, barre class or spin sesh that you’ve been wanting to try.
In a relationship? Instead of a gift, opt for an experience: sure, we all enjoy receiving gifts but isn’t an experience always more fun than a tangible item in the long run? You could spend $500 on an overpriced restaurant dinner and a watch, or you could spend $500 on a weekend getaway…you choose!
Single? Host a girl’s night- bring wine, order in your favorite dinner and watch a fun movie together (bonus, this year it’s on #winesdaywednesday)