Having the best Valentine’s Day isn’t all about flowers and romantic dinners. Sometimes, the simplest things can make your date awesome! By Geninna Ariton
When you’re in a relationship, either you hate this day or you love it. You love that it signifies love and romance. You also love that it gets you to celebrate your relationship with your significant other. And if you hate it? You think it’s a capitalist ploy for businesses to make more money. You think it’s overrated as couples can always have a Valentine’s Day every day.
Why be run-of-the-mill when you can be creative on Valentine’s Day?
Whichever side you are on, Valentine’s Day can’t be avoided. It’s a tradition that is celebrated all over the world, and if you want to do something that doesn’t involve heart-shaped boxes and candies, then this list is for you. Here are 10 out of the box ideas for Valentine’s Day.
#1 Get a new best friend. They say dogs are a man’s best friend. For Valentine’s Day, why don’t you and your partner head down to a pet shelter facility and volunteer? Those pets, whether cats, dogs or parakeets, will love you for it, unconditionally. And you won’t be able to resist the look that you will get from these pets wanting to have your hugs and playtime.
Before you do this, make sure that none of you are allergic to dog or cat fur, and that you have contacted a pet shelter to arrange for a visit. Some cannot accommodate walk-in volunteers, but others can. Just think of it as booking reservations for that hotel by the beach.
#2 Be the anti-romance. What’s the opposite of watching romantic comedies or dramatic love films on Valentine’s Day? Watching horror films, of course! The males will thank you for it as they get to breathe through the entire movie. As opposed to sleeping through the romantic comedies that the female always chooses to watch, this caters to the both of you.
Breaking out of the norm isn’t bad. But think of this as a selfless act of giving up cheesy, mushy films and letting in some Halloween spirit as early as February. Besides, it gives you better reasons to snuggle and hug your partner, especially when the scene gets dark and scary.
#3 Adopt the singles. You know how this goes. You have a significant other, but you also have single friends. Spread the love by cooking for your single friends. Every day is a Valentine’s Day with your loved one, so why don’t you prepare a singles party for all your single friends? Who knows you might even play cupid to some of them? Your friends will love you for it. That’s what Valentine’s is all about.
#4 Healthy competition. You and your significant other are always giving and putting each other’s welfare ahead of yours. For a change, why don’t you guys get into a healthy competition? Try to beat each other in video games or board games, in case you are both the indoor type. Or if you’re adventurous, why don’t you head out to a shooting range and try to see who has a better aim? Or play one-on-one pool. Or try to race?
The ideas are endless! Just find two things that you are both good at and remove this from the options to have a fair start.