How To Celebrate Valentine’s Day

By Natalie Krafft

 

Valentine’s Day is finally here! A day of romance, chocolates and roses awaits us all, whether we want it or not. For some of us, we’ll be waiting till tomorrow where it’s not only after Valentine’s Day sales, but Presidents’ Day sales that’ll get that fancy box of heart shaped chocolates down to 99 cents. However, if you want to celebrate V-day with a partner this year, here are some pointers to enhance your Valentine’s Day experience.
1. Flowers are always a good idea, regardless of gender.
Whether it’s the typical roses or an unconventional orchid, flowers are a beautiful way to express ones love for another. It’s a good way to brighten up not only their living space, but their day as well. They may not last a long time, but they’re still a very nice thought.
2. Chocolates are still pretty awesome, because it’s chocolate.
Unless they’re lactose intolerant, don’t be afraid to get chocolates. It can be the boxed chocolates or even just a bag of your loved one’s favorite candy! There basically isn’t a day where candy sounds like a bad idea.
3. Go on a hike, bike ride, or something outdoorsy.
Instead of the conventional romantic movie followed by an equally romantic spaghetti dinner, go to the outdoors and cherish your love alongside Mother Nature. Here in the Prescott area, we’ve been having oddly warm weather, which makes it convenient for long hikes or epic rides. It’s a great way to just disconnect from people and focus on each other. Plus it’s free to use the trails here! Star gazing and canoeing are also other fun ideas!
4. Make dinner and/or dessert together because let’s be honest: who doesn’t love food?
Not only does this allow you to have the opportunity to show off in front of your date, but it’ll also guarantee the perfect meal as you are both supervising the dish. It’s also extremely personal since you’ve put time and effort in, just for them. The two of you could make pizza for dinner with half of it being yours and the other half theirs, then dip your own fruit in chocolate for dessert! After all, the quickest way to a man’s (and woman’s) heart is through their stomach.
5. Do what you both love to do.
If there is a common ground between the two of you, use it. Are you both competitive gamers? Then try to kick each other’s butt at good ol’ fashioned Smash Bros! Do you both secretly love romantic comedies? Then watch one! Or do you both just have no idea on what to do on V-Day? Then just hang out and treat it like a normal day.
If you’re the sappiest romantic to ever swoon on this planet, then go ahead and make it the most romantic day ever. If romance is like a foreign culture from a different galaxy that makes you uncomfortable, then feel free to not do anything at all. In the end, it all comes down time. Spend time with each other and make it meaningful. While we shouldn’t be using Valentine’s Day as that once a year way to show our love, we should be making it special. Every couple (and single) is different, so celebrate this holiday in your own unique way.

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