Are you ready to give your partner the Valentine’s date they’ve always dreamed of? Here are some of the best ideas to help you out! By Danielle Anne Suleik
It’s that time of the year again when it’s okay for a man to go over the top with their gestures of love, without looking desperate or guilty. It’s not your girlfriend’s birthday, and it’s not your anniversary. It’s Valentine’s Day!
When Valentine’s Day was established, men probably didn’t expect it to have such an effect on women. It started out as a way for lovers to express their affection using letters and poems, which in modern times is now called the Valentine. That’s also what you call a person giving and receiving a Valentine.
Every year, Valentine’s Day plans get more and more outrageous. Women’s standards when it comes to V-day advances with age. First, it was just cards and letters. Then some overachieving male started giving his girlfriend flowers.
Another girl wanted something more from her boyfriend. That guy set the bar higher and gave her chocolates. That was when every other female realized exactly what Valentine’s Day was for – an opportunity to rub their romantic relationships in each other’s faces.
Are we going to perpetuate that belief? By writing this feature, we probably are, but we don’t condone the use of saintly holidays to exact revenge on single vindictive co-workers. We want everyone to forget about competing against each other on who gets the best Valentine’s Day experience. That’s what boyfriends are for.
The new Valentine ‘s Day
This year, the media has spread to inexplicable lengths to inspire people to give their best when it comes to Valentine’s surprises. Movies and books can be good sources for annual acts of true love, but people are getting more and more creative. Blame it on the hundreds of viral proposal and wedding videos, if you want, but girls expect more from guys these days.
It used to be that a romantic dinner date and a bouquet of flowers were enough. Now, guys need to really THINK about what they’re going to do for their girlfriends on Valentine’s. The more unique, the better.
If you can spare a koala holding a box of bon-bons, go for it! If you can bungee jump while writing a love song on a rhythm pad, why not? If the budget and life insurance can’t cut it, don’t worry. The point is that whatever you prepare, it needs to show that you gave it a lot of thought and that it also shows how much you truly care.
For the guys who are reading this feature and the girls who just want to know what to expect, here is a detailed manual on how you can prepare, execute and experience an amazing 2015 Valentine’s Day.
#1 Do your research. Doing something special on V-day takes a lot of thought and effort. You can spare yourself the aneurysm from thinking of an original idea and Google other people’s experiences. Even if someone already did it, your girlfriend won’t even complain. They’re just happy you remembered to do anything at all.
#2 Set a budget. Don’t kid yourself when it comes to V-day. No one is obligated to clear their savings account for a commercial holiday – I’m not sure about the saintly part of it, though. Work with what you can spare or else save some money for the big day. The worst that could happen is your partner finding out you bought a PS4 the month before Valentine’s.
#3 Get your “50 Shades of Grey” tickets as soon as possible. You knew it was coming the day that book went on the best seller’s list. Why am I suggesting this? Because the rewards will be greater than suffering through two hours of Christian-bloody-Grey. After the movie, your girlfriend will be so hot and bothered that she’ll forget about that romantic walk in the park that you promised her.
#4 Get a dinner reservation today! Valentine’s Day, like New Year’s Eve, is one of the busiest nights of the year for restaurants. If you want to go to a really great restaurant, you better have made that reservation months before. For those who “forgot,” you should go to Yelp after reading this, and find the nearest one that will take you.
#5 Buy or make the “perfect” gift. This one requires your utmost attention and deliberation. If you just started dating, you can’t give a gift that means too much. If you’ve been seeing each other for a while, you can’t give something that means too little. The best thing you can do is make something right from Pinterest or keep the receipt in case she wants to replace the gift.
#6 Double check everything. The slightest misstep can ruin your whole night. Make sure that everything is ready before the big day. It will only take you a few minutes to call the florist, the restaurant and whoever’s helping you, so that your preparations go off without a hitch.