Written by: Maria Michanos
It’s that time of the year again! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and you may or may not have it all planned out. If you don’t have your game plan ready, just think about these two parts: the romantic meal, and the gifts.
A Romantic Meal
Should you go out to dinner? Order in? Cook? Well, it all depends on you and your significant other. Personally, I have never been a fan of super extravagant dates and I am totally cool with just ordering in or even cooking to add that little bit of “here, I really like you so I made you something to eat”. There is nothing wrong with going out on a really fancy date, but you can have just as much, if not more, fun if you do something small and really make sure to have that one-on-one time with your date.
Gifts aren’t totally necessary for Valentine’s Day; however they are always nice to give and receive. There’s the chocolate and the billion roses, however there are also some other gifts that do the trick as well. In regards to gift giving, I tell people the same advice: get something personal. Don’t get something because you heard that it is something that they would want based off of a statistic or online list. I
always buy presents that make me think about the person, and it is always nice to receive a present knowing that someone put thought into it. With that being said, chocolate and roses are nice and all but if my significant other bought me a season of Game of Thrones to watch, I would definitely not complain! It not only shows that you know the person, but that you’ll go that extra mile to show you care and you listen to them.
What if you don’t have a Valentine? Well, don’t fret- everyone has a Valentine! I get frustrated when people stress about not having a Valentine because so much pressure is placed on having someone to call their Valentine. While it may not be as easy as it was in elementary school (you know, the good old fashioned class list that suddenly got you at least 20 Valentines), there are still options if you want one. If you don’t have someone special in your life, you always have friends, family, and pets that can do the job perfectly. Friends and family make the best Valentine dates because there are zero expectations and you don’t have to try being something you aren’t. As far as pets go, there is nothing better than those big “I love you” eyes and kisses that dogs and cats give as they cuddle with you. So buy them a new toy and show them your love back.
Valentine’s Day can be a hassle and an unnecessary stress; however, I truly believe that you can do this! Just sit back, make it personal, and enjoy yourself whether it is with a significant other, friends, family…or your cat.