How To Navigate Valentine’s Day Based on Your Current Relationship Status
Valentine’s Day (a.k.a. Single’s Awareness Day) is quickly approaching, and if you’re anything like me, you have waited until the very last minute to consider what you might do to #TreatYoSelf or #TreatYoSignificantOther. Luckily for you (and your significant other), RIDE TV has your Valentine’s Day covered no matter situation! Let’s get planning.
Valentine’s Day for the Casual Date:
This is the classic and most common celebration of this holiday. Maybe you just met someone and you want to make them feel special, or maybe you’re trying to get out of the Friend-Zone with an old pal. Keep this date light and simple! Take them to their favorite restaurant or make a picnic with all of their favorite foods. With an abundance of candy treats lining store isles, find their favorites and throw together a gift bag for them. Use this time to get to know them better and share some sweet (literally) moments.
Valentine’s Day for the Long-Term Relationship:
If you’ve been dating the same person for a while, it can be tough to come up with something original to celebrate with them. Candies and flowers just won’t do the trick anymore, and you’ve probably already been to each other’s favorite restaurants multiple times. Skip the generic gifts and go for something more sentimental that focuses on great memories together or the reasons that your significant other is important to you. Pinterest is a great place to find ideas for personalized, out-of-the-box gifts, or check out luxury buyer’s agent, Reyne Hirsch’s, Valentine’s Day gift guide.
Valentine’s Day for the Newlyweds:
First of all, CONGRATS! You’re in it for the long haul now, so use this celebration for starting new traditions and spending quality time. Learn something new together! You could take a cooking class then go grocery shopping and try to recreate the meal, or go out for dance lessons and spend the night practicing your new moves! If you need some cooking inspiration, be sure to check out the Southern Fried Skinnyfied page to get some tips and recipes from Paige!
Valentine’s Day for the Ball and Chain:
It can be hard to keep it fresh every year when you’ve been together so long. We get swept up in families, work and our busy day-to-day lives. Time to plan a getaway! This Valentine’s Day, pick your favorite place to visit, or maybe somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit and never had the chance. Check out where Chad Prather has been traveling to on It’s My Backyard for inspiration! A weekend to unplug and spend some quality time together is just what the [love] doctor ordered.
Valentine’s Day on a Budget:
Here’s the thing: flower arrangements aren’t cheap. Neither are fancy dinners. If you’re trying not to break the bank this Valentine’s Day, aim for quality over quantity. Skip the jewelry and go for a photo album with all of your favorite memories. Skip the 5-star dinner and surprise your significant other with a nice meal at home. Skip the rose bouquet and opt for a handful of wild flowers. Your significant other will appreciate the personal touch and thoughtfulness regardless of cost!
Valentine’s Day for the Family:
If you’re celebrating your love with every the whole family this year, there are lots of unique ways to let everyone express themselves. Pick up a small assortment of everyone’s favorite candy. Have a movie night at home. Build a fort or go camping in the yard. Let everyone write down what they love about their parents, kids, siblings, dogs or whatever you want. Take some time to celebrate togetherness and love!
Valentine’s Day for the #SingleLife:
If you’re single, this is the part of the post you’ve been waiting on. Here is my advice: take time this day to celebrate the ones you love (friends, family, etc.) but also take the day to LOVE YOURSELF! What have you been putting off? Maybe it’s a massage that you’ve needed since that stressful workweek a couple of months ago. Maybe it’s the pedicure you haven’t had time to get. Maybe all you need is a quiet weekend alone to decompress and relax. Whatever you need, take this day and do that. Go to your favorite restaurant and order your favorite meal. Better yet, order it to-go and enjoy it at home while binge-watching your favorite series on Netflix or RIDE TV GO. Whatever your ideal night is, this is the night to live it. In the words of Tom Haverford of Parks and Rec, TREAT YOSELF.
We hope this gets your last-minute planning off to a good start. If you use any of our ideas, tell us about it in the comments!
Happy Valentine's Day from RIDE TV!