8 ideas for Valentine’s Day for if you want to do something different to the norm!
By: Kayleigh, redwigwam
Not everyone is a fan of Valentine’s Day and of course for single people its easy to see why, since traditionally this is a day aimed at couples.
However, in recent years companies have tried to change this to try and make the day more inclusive and we now also have Galentine’s Day too. (If you didn’t know, Galentine’s Day is on the 13th February to celebrate with your best gal pals).
Research has also shown people don’t just buy Valentine’s gifts for their partners anymore, they will buy them for their kids, their kid’s teachers, friends and family members and even pets!
So its completely up to you if you want to celebrate this instead of Valentine’s Day or do both! Below are our ideas for Valentine’s (or Galentine’s), for if you fancy something different to the usual couple’s meal out!
- Make your own homemade pizza!
Making your own means you can pick your own ingredients, make your food to your own taste and if you fancy giving it more of a Valentine’s twist you can make it heart shaped! This can be a fun activity to do on Valentine’s night with your partner, you kids, or your mates.
- Get crafty!
Buy a bunch of art supplies, card, glitter, pipe cleaners, you name it! Get all of the family involved and have a prize for the winner of the best craft created!
- Have a pamper night with facemasks, creams, lotions, mani-pedis, skincare galore!
After all, Valentine’s doesn’t have to be all about the love of someone else, self-love and self-care are very important too! And who doesn’t feel amazing after a good pamper and a good long soak in the bath with a nice bath bomb added?
- Decorate a Valentine’s tree...
It’s a new trend the last few years to decorate a tree for any occasion, not just Christmas! You might even have the stuff you need for it in the house already, if you have a small tree from Christmas, some red baubles, anything heart-shaped and maybe even a set of heart shaped string lights! If not, there’s plenty of shops that sell Valentine’s decorations, and they don’t have to be expensive.
- Play boardgames
Who doesn’t love a night of playing board games? There’s plenty you can play with just 2 people but again this can involve all of the family, or you can get your mates round for a good game of Monopoly, Cluedo or whatever other games you might have lying around. Alternatively, you could visit a board game café if you have one nearby where you live. They’re good for getting out of the house and taking part in an activity. They usually have really nice tea, coffee and cakes (and sometimes beer) and you’ll be helping out a small independent business in the process by giving them your custom.
- Buy a present for yourself!
Going back to self-love, treat yourself to something you’ve been after for a while!
- Go for a walk in your favourite park with your partner or friends.
Getting out of the house and getting some fresh air is great for your mental health and walking with company also gives you the chance to spend quality time with the people you’re with.
- Go on a group date
On Valentine’s Day restaurants tend to get booked up with tables for 2, it can sometimes be easier to get a booking for 4 or 6, so if you’re a couple, ring your mates for a double date or go as a group of singles!
Whatever you decide to do, just have fun, and don’t feel pressured into spending an extortionate amount of money just to keep up with people you know, or people you’re following on social media. Valentine’s Day is a lucrative business after all.
If you like buying extravagant gifts and you can afford it then that’s great, but the important thing is that you do what YOU want to do!