How to Have an Awesome V-Day Even When You’re Single
Valentine’s Day has long been coined a capitalist holiday invented by Hallmark to get couples to buy cards and chocolate en masse. That’s all well and good, but V-Day has come to offer a lot of options for people who aren’t looking for sentimental cardstock or candy in a heart-shaped box. These offerings are also increasingly geared toward men who are looking for a little pampering of their own on the day notorious for seemingly punishing people who aren’t partaking in a special couples deal.
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Men outspend women on Valentine’s Day by an average of $12, so it makes sense to suggest some guys should take yourselves out and treat yourselves right. If you are looking for suggestions on what to do to show yourself some loved, then we have 15 of the best suggestions for you right here.
Go to the Spa …
Men are going to more spas every year, but if you are not one of those guys, make this Valentine’s Day the day you join the club. Women have been enjoying the facial and massage way of life for years, and whereas the industry was once geared almost exclusively toward women, more spas are incorporating all genders — or no genders — into their designs, with many even targeting men specifically. Check out SpaFinder for a spot near you to get a massage, a facial, seaweed wrap — whatever you need to relax and feel utterly pampered.
… Or Bring the Spa Home
Not looking to travel? It’s cool, man. You can have the massage come to you. Apps such as Thumbtack, Soothe, Zeel, and The Ritualist bring the pampering to your living room. Choose from spa-quality facials, massages, even hair removal, if that’s what make you happy.
If you want to go old school and DIY it, just relax by candlelight in the bathtub. Pour some epsom salts into your soak, your favourite adult beverage within arm’s reach, and a CBD product of your choice ready to go. You are set to relax Valentine’s Day away.
See a Movie
Yeah we’re serious. Sure, you could stay in and binge Netflix, but why not do something a little out of the ordinary and see one of the Oscar-nominated films still in theaters before the big awards, or something you know you’re not going to get a date to accompany you to, like “Holmies.” (It was universally panned by critics and has peaked at 10 percent on Rotten Tomatoes). There are no judgments on Valentine’s Day.
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Upgrade to First Class
Are you missing Valentine’s Day night due to travel plans? Well then you’ve earned yourself an upgrade. Whether you have a few extra miles or a bit of extra cash, if you’re usually one to get crammed in coach, do yourself a solid and treat yourself to some complimentary champagne, better food, and a much more comfortable seat. There are subversive tactics such as dressing the part and buttering up the flight staff, or there are more strategic methods that are more of an investment, such as signing up for the airline credit card.
Get a Hotel Room
Quick flight? More time to upgrade the rest of the trip and nothing says “treat” quite like upgrading to a big hotel bed and room service. Booking a nice hotel room erases any and all responsibility you might have to clean up after yourself, cook your own meals, or even get out of bed. You don’t have to go all baller status and spend more than you would on your next car, but try for something a little more luxurious than you can get by the hour.
Take a Staycation
Take a day off for yourself and have some quality “me time.” Relax like we outlined above, lie around on the couch in comfy pajamas or a plush robe, or tackle that to-do list that has been easy to put off every weekend. This it your day to do whatever you want. The possibilities are endless.
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Splurge on Something Special
Single or not, there are some gifts you just want to get for yourself. It could be a made-to-measure suit, a luxury travel bag — hell, it could even be a car. Whatever it is, make Valentine’s Day the day you take the plunge and invest in whatever it is you want — within reason. You only live once, and if we had to guess, you are going to end up happy with your decision.
Drink the Good Stuff
If you love a quality drink but find yourself going for the well liquor or the house wine, use Valentine’s Day as your opportunity to crack open the Reserve. Good scotch and cigars, small batch beer and pizza, or red wine and red meat — any one of these could be well worth the risk of a hangover in the morning.
Pamper Your Pet
Let’s be real here, sometimes a pet is the best valentine a man could ask for. Take advantage of the day meant for your true love by pampering yours with a bubble bath, a blow out, and a bunch of play time. In 2016, almost 20 percent of all Valentine’s Day spending went toward a significant other of the furry persuasion. If you need some pet-friendly ideas, we have plenty of those too.
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Do a Fun New Exercise
The gym might be a part of your daily routine, but why not go rogue and do something to really get you heart pumping? Rock climbing, mountain biking, even running off the trail can give you an exciting change to your normal day-to-day and make you fall in love with your sport of choice all over again.
Turn Off Your Phone (Not Just to Vibrate)
This one may be easier said than done. Most of us remember a time when cellphones were there for our convenience instead of being the ones that called all the shots. Take the time to walk outside and hear the sounds of nature, find a new book or dig out one you love and read it again, or start that meditating you’ve heard so much about. One study published by the Harvard Business Review states that just having your phone nearby can affect your brain in negative ways. Who knows? Valentine’s Day may be the start of a mind-altering tradition for the better.
Catch Up on Sleep
No one gets enough sleep. Ever. If pomp and circumstance typically associated with Valentine’s Day is a big turnoff, then why not just sleep? Turn off the TV, put away the snacks, and call it a night at an absurdly early hour. It sounds good already, doesn’t it?
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Get a Babysitter
If you have children young enough to need a babysitter, then chances are you understand why it’s important to prioritise hiring one from time to time. You could use the time to go out with your partner, friends, whomever. You could even just use this time to go down to the basement and play video games uninterrupted if that’s what makes you happy. Giving yourself a complete night off might be all you need to feel pampered.
Name a Cockroach After Your Ex
Sure it’s a little petty, and probably won’t solve any of the problems you may have had, but sometimes doing something that feels a little spiteful is just what you need to feel good on Valentine’s Day. Having a cockroach named after the one that did you dirty (and then having it fed to meerkats at the zoo live on camera) is the perfect way to see some vengeance without actually doing anything you might regret.
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Valentine’s Day may have some seriously dark origins, but today, it is celebrated as the universal day of love. There is no reason that can’t mean self-love. Enjoy the day your way by not taking it too seriously. For real, what do you love more than fun, anyway?
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