Fun Things To Do If You're Single On Valentine's Day
For those who are happily coupled up, the date of February 14th is often filled with bright red love hearts, bouquets of flowers, handwritten cards, and utterly delightful boxes of chocolates, but what about everyone else who doesn’t have a significant other in their life right now?
Put down the Bridget Jones DVD and step away from that tub of delicious ice cream: Valentine’s Day needn’t get you down this year if you’re spending it without a partner in crime! From treating yourself to some TLC to pampering your best friend, there’s no end of presents, activities and anti-Valentine’s Day ideas that are perfect for singletons who still want to honour this day of love.
So, whether you’ve never particularly enjoyed this romantic time of the year or you’d like to celebrate being single in style, we have plenty of suggestions to prepare you for the big day - and, with Singles Awareness Day falling right after (February 15th), you can extend the solo celebrations for even longer! Besides, who said couples should have all the fun?
Spoil your best friend
While romantic partners may come and go, best friends often stick around for a lifetime. No matter how many times you bicker, you can rely on them every time you need a shoulder to cry on, someone to confide in, or simply a care-free night filled with laughter. So, why not show them how much they mean to you this Valentine’s Day?
For everyone celebrating this annual day with a best friend that has a particular passion for jewellery, you simply can’t go wrong with a thoughtful watch or friendship bracelet. These popular pieces of jewellery are available in a huge range of designs, colours, and materials to suit every personality and budget, while also letting your best mate know how much you appreciate them.
Opting for a bracelet or another item of jewellery that features a knot is a great way of showing how your friendship is inseparable and unbreakable, so this is a brilliant choice for spoiling close friends. Alternatively, other swoon-worthy Valentine’s gifts to give to your besties include items such as flowers, chocolates, and alcoholic treats. Ultimately, no matter what you get your nearest and dearest, they're sure to appreciate the gesture knowing it’s come from you.
Focus on yourself instead
If your best friend isn’t the gift-giving type, then why not turn your attention to pampering yourself instead? With beauty treats and massaging goodies designed to make you feel relaxed and preened to perfection, anyone that likes to treat themselves to a little self-care is sure to appreciate this indulgent Valentine’s Day alternative.
Just one of our many self-care ideas include giving yourself a confidence boost for when you’re ready to hit the dating scene again (or just for your own enjoyment!). With many beauty and hairdressing salons closing their doors during lockdown, a huge range of more affordable at-home alternatives exist to keep you looking and feeling your best.
This includes everything from easy-to-use hair dye kits and home waxing strips, to bottles of invigorating vitamins and even straightforward teeth whiteners. Instead of emerging from lockdown and having to make a mad dash to your local beauty salon, this Valentine’s Day recommendation allows you to leave the house feeling fabulous right from the off - all without the extra cost!
However, spoiling yourself and self-care doesn’t have to mean taking a bubble bath and slapping on a face mask, it could be anything that makes you feel better. Regardless of whether this means adding another sought-after Xbox video game to your impressive collection or purchasing that new Adidas jacket you’ve had your eye on, the key here is to treat yourself!
Get active and release those exercise endorphins
From overindulgence to getting active and focusing on your health, our next Valentine’s Day idea for singles is another way to send those endorphins soaring. This suggestion involves stepping outside of your home and blowing off the cobwebs with some good old fashioned fresh air! Whether this means hopping on a bicycle for a breath-taking bike ride or simply taking a long walk, a splash of exercise and a change of environment can really work wonders for your mood and general wellbeing.
Now, for the science behind this Valentine’s Day suggestion! Exercise is scientifically proven to stimulate the production of endorphins, a natural chemical that helps to reduce pain and relieve stress. While a massage with a powerful electric massager may also aid the reduction of stress and physical pain, these feel-good chemicals from exercising provide a welcome boost to your mood.
Ideal for anyone who likes skateboarding, roller skating, or any other kind of outdoor recreational sport during their free time, any one of these thrilling activities is sure to keep your mind (and body!) stimulated. So, if you’re feeling particularly down about spending this romantic day alone, then we recommend staying off the sofa and opting for something a touch more active instead.
Reach out to your friends and family
Spending Valentine’s Day alone needn’t mean you have to feel lonely when you have friends and family that you can get in contact with. Even with lockdown restrictions to contend with, there’s still so many ways that you can reach out to a beloved friend or family member to add some happiness to this day that many singletons tend to dread.
Thanks to the brilliant advances in technology, you can pick up your smartphone or tablet and instantly connect to a treasured acquaintance without even leaving the comfort of your home. Not only will this gesture help to cheer you up, but it’ll also paint a smile across the face of the loved one you choose to share this affection-filled day with.
Particularly useful for any loved ones that are also single or unable to leave their homes due to the lockdown restrictions or personal circumstances, this annual event is the perfect way to spread the love to those who might often spend this holiday on their own. After all, Valentine’s Day is all about showing the people closest to you how much you care!
Stick on an (uplifting!) movie
While Valentine’s Day is always an incredibly tempting date to select a tear-jerking romantic movie from your assortment of DVD’s, opting for a more uplifting or comedic film or TV series can take the romantic pressure off your day. Not to mention, with a huge selection of streaming sites at your fingertips, such as Netflix and Disney Plus, you’ll never be short of high-quality entertainment.
For a more impressive viewing experience from the comfort of your bedroom or living room, why not consider splashing out on a surround sound speaker set or soundbar to create your own personal home movie theatre? Alternatively, a quality projector and projector screen also provides that cinematic feel to your home and doesn’t require a date!
Finish with a popcorn machine and a plethora of cosy cushions and you’re ready to relax with a host of movie night ideas to choose between. So, pour that popcorn, get toasty on the sofa in your favourite (and most snack-accommodating!) pyjamas, and prepare to enjoy, because this Valentine's Day is all about you!