Valentine’s Day – at least in the U.S. – has become a fairly commercialized holiday revolving around the celebration of romantic love. That can leave singletons – or those in a “situationship” – feeling a bit left out. But it doesn’t have to be that way! No matter what your love life is like, we all deserve to have some celebratory Valentine’s Day plans.
So, if you’re looking for something fun to do, here are 20 V-day suggestions, no matter what your relationship status is.
Valentine’s Day for Singles
Single this year? No worries – you can do bad all by yourself! Of course, you could skip it entirely, but if you did want to do something, there are plenty of ways you can celebrate.
1. Have a Galentine’s Day
Get together with some of your girlfriends and celebrate your friendship! This can be as fancy as an upscale dinner with several of your besties, or as casual as a pajama party at your place. In fact – you can also do any of the other suggestions on this list as part of your Galentine’s day!
2. Treat Yourself to a Spa Day
Go for a deep-tissue massage, get that mani-pedi you’ve been wanting, or try out a new spa treatment you’ve been curious about like float therapy. Use this as an opportunity to let yourself relax and be pampered for the day.
You can also do your own spa day at home if you want to save some money. Get yourself some sheet masks, set the mood with candles or essential oils, and hop in a bubble bath. Or, have a few girlfriends over and give each other manicures.
3. Curl up with your Favorite Rom-Com
Again, this is an activity that you can do solo or as part of a Galentine’s day celebration with your squad. Pick a romantic comedy that you love, grab some Ben & Jerry’s and settle in for a movie night at home. Here are some of my personal favorites for a fun, uplifting watch:
- When Harry Met Sally
- How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days
- The Proposal
- My Best Friend’s Wedding
4. Sweat it Out
Get some serious endorphins pumping by heading to the gym. If you’ve just gone through a breakup and you’re feeling the urge to kick someone’s ass, I highly recommend kickboxing. Picture your exes face too when you hit the bag – you’ll be surprised at how much better you feel.
For those of you who are more zen (or who want to become more zen), try a yoga session instead. Or even just go for a jog around the block.
Related Read: How to Improve Your Mental Health with Exercise
5. Offer to Babysit
If you’re in your 20’s or 30’s, chances are a lot of your friends are in that getting-married-and-having-babies stage. Which means there’s a good chance you’ve also got some people in your life who are in desperate need of a date-night.
As hard as it can sometimes feel to see someone else happy and in love when you’re single, try offering to babysit so that your bestie can have a night out with her hubby. You’ll score some serious karma points and you might even surprise yourself by having fun!
Valentine’s Day Plans for those in a “Situationship”
This is a tough one – you sort of have someone in your life to romance, but… not really. A situationship can mean different things for different people (that’s a post for another day) – but basically, it comes down to this: you’re in an undefined (or ill-defined) romantic-ish arrangement.
That can make Valentine’s Day awkward. So, what do you do?
1. Act Like You’re Single
Regardless of how you feel about this person, the fact is that you’re not actually in an exclusive relationship. That’s totally fine! But instead of trying to “play” at a relationship with some Valentine’s Day plans, make plans just for yourself.
2. Have a Game Night
If you’re hell-bent on spending time with your ‘almost’ boo, try a group activity instead of something overly romantic. One example – get a group of friends together for a game night. You can also do a trivia night. Plenty of bars and restaurants host weekly trivia events, but you can also find a virtual trivia night at home.
3. Go to a Bar
Wanting to go on an actual date? Instead of a romantic dinner, do something fun and laid-back. Head to your local bar for some beer and billiards. Or, for a semi-romantic feel, go to a slightly more upscale bar for handcrafted cocktails.
4. Try Karaoke
Here’s another idea for those of you wanting an actual date date on V-day. Nothing wrong with craving some romance, but with a casual partner, your Valentine’s Day plans shouldn’t be anything extravagant.
Skip the candlelight dinners and overpriced specials and do something with a playful, casual vibe. Karaoke is a perfect activity – you can even go with a group of friends if you want to keep things low-key.
5. Netflix and Chill
If you’re in a friends-with-benefits relationship – or a not-quite-dating, not-quite-platonic situation – you can always just spend Valentine’s Day with the classic Netflix and Chill. Get together, watch a movie, and hang out like it’s any other day.
Valentine’s Day Ideas if you’re Newly Dating
You’re in a relationship, you’ve made things exclusive, but you’re not quite at the point where you’re throwing around the L-word or meeting the parents.
In this kind of early-onset relationship, you want to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but you don’t want to go overboard. Instead, you’ll want to aim for a special, yet simple, date activity.
1. Go Ice Skating
This is a perfect date for a first Valentine’s Day together – it’s fun and inexpensive, but sweet and romantic at the same time.
2. Get Brunch
Dinner reservations go fast on February 14th – not to mention, the food is way overpriced. But not to worry – you can still go out for a romantic meal. Just make it earlier instead and take your bae to brunch! After all, you can never go wrong with mimosas.
3. Take a Hike
Here’s another simple, sweet date idea for a new couple. Even if you live somewhere relatively cold, you can bundle up and take a scenic hike somewhere. You could also up the romance factor by making it a picnic.
4. Visit a Museum
Museums are a great choice for a date. Have a romantic day strolling through an art museum. Or go to a science/history museum for something more interactive and educational.
5. Order Takeout
You can have a romantic dinner date without going to an expensive and crowded restaurant. Light a few candles and order some takeout for an at home dining experience. Or, better yet, consider cooking a meal yourself for your new boo.
Valentine’s Day Plans for Serious Couples
Once you’re in a serious, committed relationship, you can make your Valentine’s Day plans as big as you want! That doesn’t mean you have to, just that it won’t freak your date out at this point.
1. Couples Massage
This can double as both your gift and your date. A couple’s massage is also a great way to improve your relationship. It’ll help you both relax and let go of stress, which in turn can strengthen your feelings of intimacy and affection.
2. Take a Weekend Getaway
Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday this year, but you can still take a weekend trip from the 11th – 13th. Or, if you’re able to, take Monday off work and make it a longer getaway.
3. See a Show or Concert
I’ve definitely talked about my love of live theater before, so of course this one had to be on here. Go to a music concert, a play, a symphony, a musical, a ballet. Really, any type of live show would make a great Valentine’s Day date. You could also go to a hockey or basketball game if your partner is a sports fanatic.
4. Dinner and Dancing
At this stage of a relationship, you probably do the “dinner and a movie” thing all the time. So, for Valentine’s Day, spice things up a bit with dinner and dancing. Get all dressed up and go to an upscale restaurant followed by dancing at a nightclub or jazz venue.
5. Take a Class Together
If you love the idea of going dancing but aren’t really into the whole nightclub scene, consider signing up for dance lessons instead. Or, take a cooking, painting, or rock-climbing class together.
Whatever you decide to do, I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day filled with love.
What are your Valentine’s Day plans for this year? Let me know in the comments below.
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