If you’re opposed to the traditional red rose, mix it up with something different this Valentine’s Day.


Whether you’re single or coupled-up, there’s plenty of options to make this year’s V-Day stand out.


1. If you’re single… celebrate Discounted-Chocolate day


Eating chocolate
Forget paying a tenner for a box of themed chocolates; get yourself down to the supermarket on 15 February morning and reap the benefits of their overstocked aisles.

Most places will have discounted their unsold Valentine’s merch dramatically, and someone’s gotta eat up all that chocolate before it goes to waste.


2. If you’re in a relationship… celebrate whenever you please


Celebrating
Let’s be honest, February 14th is just another day. So stand up to the pressure from greeting card companies and restaurants and celebrate your love on a day that works for you.

Spending V-day like any other doesn’t mean you don’t care for your loved one (although it's probably best to warn them of your intentions beforehand). It just means you can surprise them with a restaurant reservation on the 15th or 16th, or plan a day out for a different weekend.



3. If you’re single… throw a ‘QuirkyAlone’ party


Singles party
Valentine’s Day can be overwhelming if you’re not coupled up – especially when it seems like all your mates are – but being ANTI-VALENTINES is sooo last year.

If you’ve ever thrown a ‘Singles Awareness’ party before (and spent the evening ripping up hearts and crying), give a new tradition a go in the form of a QuirkyAlone party. A ‘QuirkyAlone’ person is defined as someone ‘who prefers to be single rather than settle’ – so get celebrating that independence and freedom positively!

(And if you don’t fancy a big gathering, just grab a mate or two and celebrate more exclusively.)


4. If you’re in a relationship… host a group date


Scrabble party
Just because it’s the ‘day of love’ you don’t have to splash out on a pricey restaurant. Host a group date at yours or a friend’s house, and cook up a storm in a group instead.

If you don’t have the luxury of privacy (or maybe much space), head out to the pub with some board games and get merry arguing over the Triple Word score on Scrabble. Alternatively, you could browse any local gigs happening in your area, or opt for a group outing to the cinema – just steer clear of the rom-coms.


5. If you’re single… Treat yo’self


TREAT YO SELF
Treat the person in your life that’s always with you through thick and thin – yourself!

Don’t wait for a boyfriend or girlfriend to surprise you; buy yourself something that you’ve been eying for some time to remind yourself you ‘don’t need no (wo)man’.
Alternatively, let that other special someone in your life know you’re thinking about them. Give your bezzie (or even your pet!) something cute – Valentine’s Day doesn’t just have to be about the romance.


6. If you’re in a relationship… DIY


Thank you I love you
Valentine’s stuff is expensive and, anyway, being presented with a mass-produced card or a bear holding a heart isn’t really that thoughtful. Get creative this year and show your boyf or girlf how you feel with a little imagination.

Pinterest has loads of ideas for making low-cost gifts that will make your special someone feel the love. You could create a scrapbook with your fave pictures or memories, make them a lollipop-stick shelf (why not!?) or even write them a love letter if you’re feeling really romantic…


7. If you’re single… try something new


Yoga class
Rather than hiding from the day, look at classes or events happening in your local area so you can spend a little quality time with yourself.

If you’ve always fancied yoga or maybe trying your hand at an art class, now’s your chance – whatever your passion, there’s likely to be something happening nearby. Stepping outside your comfort zone will make your confidence soar, making your V-Day special for all the best reasons.


8. If you’re in a relationship… stay home!



If you’ve decided to stay home and avoid all the drama, you’ve made a wise decision. You’re going to save a heap of money, and you can celebrate your love any day of the year (see point 2).

But if you fancy celebrating in your own way, treat yourselves to a takeaway or cook your favourite meal together. Then, if you’re feeling brave, get a list of Valentine’s-themed horrors on the go; My Bloody Valentine, The Bride of Frankenstein… the choice is yours. Okay, it’s not ‘generically romantic’, but there’s something magical about huddling under a blanket watching the telly through your fingers...


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What are you doing for Valentine’s this year? Do you love it or hate it? Join the chat in the comments below.