Planning for Valentine’s Day

Bailey Plummer and Bailey Plummer

As we all know, the most romantic (or overrated) day of the year is upon us. Whether you consider Valentine’s Day a sweet day to spend with your significant other or just one big day of pizza and mockery, the day comes each year without fail, despite your feelings toward it. One major question for those sharing Valentine’s day with a special someone this year is “What do I get them?”

The most difficult aspect of Valentine’s Day is deciding how to spend it. Will you plan a fancy dinner out or in? Catch a movie? Stay in and cuddle? And that’s only the beginning of questions to ask. Then you have to decide what to buy, what to make or what to give to your partner in crime. Do you plan to go homemade? Buy something from the store? The questions and decisions are endless, and they are a key factor in why Valentine’s Day is such a struggle sometimes. For those strugglers this year, I have a few tips and tricks to help you make it through Valentine’s Day successfully.

1.    If you are going with a store-bought gift, try to stay away from boxed chocolates. Despite being a famous staple of Valentine’s Day, the phrase “you never know what you’re going to get” really sticks. Often, when ladies get chocolates, we eat the few delicious pieces, try a few yucky ones, and then let the whole box sit for a month until eventually throwing the rest away. Instead, try to choose a type of candy you know they will like and get some of that instead.

2.    Homemade gifts can be so meaningful if done correctly, and a good gift that you create yourself is likely to be kept for years. Honestly, you can never really go wrong with a handwritten letter or poem. While it may seem cheesy, sometimes those things really mean a lot, and the fact that you took the time to hand write sweet nothings will earn brownie points for sure.

3.    If you typically go all out for birthdays and other holidays, there may be nothing wrong with keeping Valentine’s Day low-key. There is often so much pressure placed on this holiday, and it can be easy to not live up to the hype if your gift falls through or an unfortunate event compromises your plans. Instead, the important thing to remember is that you are spending it with someone you care about! It may take the pressure off to do something as simple as chilling out all evening with a solid chick flick.

4.    If you are planning on a dinner date: do NOT forget to make reservations. Valentine’s Day is a huge holiday for fancy date nights, and there are few things worse than waiting all day for a nice meal only to have a two and a half hour wait when you get there. Make a reservation if possible, or phone ahead an hour early.

Whether you are planning on celebrating Valentine’s Day or not, at least we can all revel in the love we know exists and will be in the air on Tuesday. Regardless of how you spend the day, remember to let loose and ignore the pressure about having a perfect day. Just remember what you are thankful for, and let that be your anthem.

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