Yes the day is coming up again; where couples are going out on dates, organizing gifts for each other, and enjoying each other’s company while those who are single hang out with friends, have a quiet night in, and find ways to enjoy the night as well. But what are you doing for Valentine’s Day this year? No plans? Don’t know what gift to get? Don’t know what to do? Here are 5 tips for Valentine’s Day that range from what to buy, how to save money, and what to do to enjoy your day. There’s a little bit for everyone so no one should feel left out!
1. Shop Online
The hardest part about getting a Valentine’s Day gift is just that, getting a gift. Whether it be for your parents or friends. But my suggestion is instead of looking to get something in store, save money by shopping online. Flowers, for example; do an online order, have it deliver a few days early, use a coupon! There’s plenty of things that can be done to get a good gift and save a buck or two. Plus, nearly every online retailer has some sort of a Valentine’s Day discount. (Also, sell books back to CampusWise for more spending money for your day. 😉 )
2. Celebrate with Friends
You love your friends right? Of course you do! They’re your friends, you ride or die for a reason! Who says Valentine’s Day has to be about romantic love? Platonic and friendship love is great to celebrate too, and one option for the day is to hang out with your friends! Have a movie marathon, do a wine and paint night, play video games with your buds, treat yourself to a nice dinner, binge watch Netflix! Or, have an old-fashioned Valentine’s Day party. You remember when you were in Elementary school and it was required for everyone to bring in a Valentine’s Day card for every class member and you drank punch, and listened to music from the boombox? Re-create your memories and have that party with your friends! Couple are allowed, too. Not only will everyone feel special but it’d be a ton of fun, too. There’s a lot to do, you don’t have to do it alone.
3. Go with the Flow
Okay, so this tip can go to just about anyone; those celebrating their first Valentine’s day together (while casually dating or actually as a couple). Just go with the flow. Don’t make things such a big thing, plan a few activities together and see what happens. Don’t try to force things to happen for the sake of romance. There have been plenty of horror stories of spills, tongue-ties, and mess ups due to the overwhelming pressure of the day. But that’s also not to say that you shouldn’t treat your SO like the Queen/King they are. And that’s not to say that you shouldn’t go big and be romantic if that’s what you really want to do. Just don’t stress so much. The lack of stress for things to be ‘absolutely perfect’ will put you at ease and you can really enjoy the day together. (Note, the link attached specifically talks about married couples, but it can work for anyone in a relationship).
So this tip goes towards how you can easily surprise the person you’re giving a gift to. What better way to surprise someone by getting them the things they’ve been talking about? For example, if you’ve heard them speaking about something they really wanted around Christmas but didn’t get them, buy it for Valentine’s Day. Chances are it’s cheaper and you’ll still get the chance to surprise them. So listen hard and really pay attention to what your SO wants. Alternatively, I know there are some people out there who say they don’t want anything and don’t want to celebrate but really do, and there are those that say they don’t want anything and they really don’t. In my opinion, get something small just in case they fall into the former category. Just in case.
5. Maybe Skip the Day
So here’s the thing, not every single person who doesn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day is upset they don’t have someone. Sometimes they just don’t celebrate. And there are couples who don’t celebrate either. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with just not celebrating Valentine’s Day. It’s just another day to some people and that’s fine, too.
But from us at CampusWise, whether you do or don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, we all want to wish you a happy and enjoyable day!