It’s here. That time of year when roses sell out, anything heart-shaped doubles in price and getting a restaurant reservation may require a hieroglyph, a gang sign and the blood of a virgin.
Yep, these are the sure signs that Valentine’s Day has approached and apparently, everyone falls into one of two very distinct categories:
Stars-in-your-eyes, share-this-pasta-with-me-lady-and-the-tramp-style, in love or
So-bitter-you-could-pass-as-dark-chocolate, single AF.
Here’s a thought though, there are a few rare individuals (like, unicorn-rare) that are single on Valentine’s Day… and actually don’t mind! Single, taken, engaged to Netflix– who cares?! Let’s just celebrate love and our own fabulousness, no holiday required!
Seriously though, every day should be an opportunity to celebrate all the people you love in your life. Here’s a few suggestions for those basking in their own company this Valentine’s Day:
1. Take advantage of the sales
With increased spending comes increased sales. Gosh I love holidays. If coupon codes are your bae, you should take advantage and save on websites like Mura Boutique (20% off their Valentine’s Day range), Zaful (12% off with the code LOVE12), Chicwish (20% off with the code VAL20) or Fashion Nova (20% off with the code HOT20). Shop ‘til you drop!
2. Spoil the people you love (even if it’s not romantically)
Shower those special people with love and sugar, because nothing says ‘I love having you in my life’ than a giant box of diabetes. Seriously, I need this Nutella Valentine’s Day Box in my life.
3. Remind your ex what a dickhead they are
There’s actually a totally affordable and frikken hilarious way to do this, brace yourself. Dicks by Mail will happily remind your ex of what a dick he/she is by delivering an anonymous pack of penis-shaped gummies to their house, complete with a stock note inside that reads ‘EAT A BAG OF DICKS.’ So passive aggressive but as if you don’t love it.
4. Pamper yourself
Who says you need a girlfriend/boyfriend to make you feel special? Buy those shoes you’ve been eyeing, run that bath and soak yourself until you’re a shrivelled prune or pull out every film your celeb crush has ever been in and throw an impromptu movie night. Do it all, without a guilty second thought. You deserve it!
5. Learn to love something new
Why not spend the day trying something new? Always wanted to do more Pilates? Or learn how to whip up a killer ceviche? Take the time and make it happen. You never know, you may just fall in love with something totally brand new.
6. Organise a ‘Secret Valentine’ amongst your closest friends
Take the ‘Secret Santa’ concept and apply it your mate squad. I mean, who else knows you better and loves you more than your gal pals? Hold the gift exchange at one person’s house on V-Day before you all get glam and head out to party the night away.
7. Puppy love
Volunteer at a local animal shelter and feel a whole new level of appreciation. Nothing lifts the spirits like frolicking around with a bouncing pup or kitten, that shit just warms the soul.
8.Plan a trip
Why not take off on the 14th or even the weekend? On a scale of road trip to skipping the country, you can go as big and as far as you’d like. Visit a place you’ve always wanted to see or plan a short staycation just to relax and unwind. Trust me, mini vacays are always a good idea.
9.Host/attend a Valentine’s Party
Hitting up a V-Day party is a sure way to surround yourself with good food, good friends and good drinks. And hey, you might even hit it off with some other like-minded singles. Or you could always host your own and share the love in your own special way.
Yep, single or taken, pretty sure you’re all set for a bangin’ Valentine’s Day ;) share the love.
Adrianna is a 22-year-old journalism graduate who is never seen wandering the streets of Sydney sans coffee in hand. A self-confessed sugar addict, she is a lover of sweet treats, sweet words and even sweeter fashion finds. When she isn't hitting the gym or buried in a horror film of some sort, you'll definitely find her Instagramming at @adri_zapp.