It doesn’t matter what your relationship status is- everyone deserves to have a happy Valentine’s Day! I know that many people consider Valentine’s Day a commercial holiday or not as important as other holidays, but I personally think that Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to remind those around you that they are loved and appreciated. Here are a few Valentine’s Day ideas to make sure you enjoy the holiday at all stages of a relationship.
Ideas for if you’re in a committed relationship:
If you’ve been dating your SO for a while now and are comfortable in the relationship, Valentine’s Day can be a day to add romance into a potentially routine relationship! Ask your SO what their preference is and come up with a plan on how to celebrate so that neither one of you is dissapointed or overwhelmed. Valentine’s Day is a great day to remind your long term partner how important they are to you. Here are a few good ideas for those of you in long term relationships:
- Have a date night at your favorite restaurant
- Cook a meal together
- get a couples massage
- Give them a gift that they have been wanting but wouldn’t buy for themselves
- write a love letter
- chocolate and flowers are always a good idea!
If you’re in a new relationship:
This phase of the relationship can be tricky, especially if you’ve just started dating right before Valentine’s Day. In my experience it’s still a good idea to communicate with your significant other to find out their opinions on the holiday. If they don’t want to do anything, be respectful of that but also make sure that your needs are expressed so that you go into the day with your expectations clear. Since it’s a new relationship, you might not want to go over-the-top with gifts etc. Here are some fun ideas for those of you in a newer relationship!
- Have an at-home movie night with popcorn and candy
- bake something sweet for your partner
- Go to Target or Walmart and pick out a cheesy gift for each other
- Go bowling or roller skating / any activity that you both enjoy
- Flowers or chocolate (again, always a nice gesture!)
- DON’T FEEL PRESSURED TO DROP THE L BOMB UNLESS YOU’RE READY FOR THAT – Remember that relationships take time and just because it’s a lovey dovey holiday doesn’t mean you need to rush things!
If you’re “just talking” to someone this Valentine’s Day:
This is probably the most complicated of all relationships during this time of year. It might be a good idea to ignore Valentine’s Day completely with relationships like this, but you know your relationship better than I do! Here are some easy ideas for this stage of a relationship!
- Gift a small box of chocolates
- have a coffee date
- Go see a movie together
- Do nothing and have a Galentine’s Day instead!
Valentine’s Day Ideas for when you’re single:
This day is all about YOU girl! If you are single on Valentine’s Day, that’s totally okay! Use this day to treat yourself or spend time with friends and family. Here are some ideas to have a happy Valentine’s Day if you’re single!
- Invite your single girlfriends to hang out and watch a movie together, complete with wine and chocolate
- have a mother/daughter date or spend time with another family member who is important to you
- buy yourself discounted Valentine’s Day candy on Feb. 15
- Send yourself flowers- no shame because flowers are gorgeous no matter who they’re from!
- Watch your favorite movie in your comfiest clothes
- Send or hand out Valentines to your friends and family
I hope that you were inspired by some of the ideas on this list! The possibilities are endless, so get creative. I hope you have a happy Valentine’s Day!
Much love, Ashley Marie