Despite it supposedly being a holiday to celebrate being loved up, people bitch and moan to no end when Valentine’s Day rolls around. They complain about the pressure of finding a great gift. They say real love should be celebrated and shared every day, and Valentine’s is just a holiday pushed on us all by greeting card companies to sell more heart-themed stuff. They cry bloody murder at the cost of flowers. They scoff at their friends when they ‘buy into’ the Valentine hype.
Whatever, haters. Let’s just all get over this insufferable ‘I’m way too evolved to do Valentine’s Day’ bollocks, ignore the consumer pressure to #BuyAllTheThings, and celebrate the day the way St Valentine would have wanted*. By high-fiving your lover for being awesome, doing something you both love, and sealing the deal with some sexy fun time. You know. If you feel like it… not because it’s, like, expected of you of.
Here are three ideas for dates your bloke is bound to be stoked about.
Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, so why not take the day off, pack up the car, and get yourself and your lover the hell outta dodge for a long weekend at your favorite camping spot. Or take a short roadtrip away from home and stay in a fancy hotel. Or a seedy motel. Blast your favorite songs in the car on the drive, stop for a decidedly non-romantic bite to eat somewhere along the road, and take some time to go exploring the local scenery while you’re away from home.
Quiet dinner in a candlelit restaurant not your thing? Ditch the overpriced meal for two in favor of something fun to get your heart racing. Make a beeline for your local ice-skating centre and race each around the rink, put the pedal to the metal at a nearby racing track, or head to the nearest beach for a sunset dip. Stop in for a pint or two at the pub afterwards and split a burger and fries, if you must.
Pog and Snog
If you share a love of film, buttered popcorn and back-to-back hours stretched out on the couch, make a night of it and really go all out. Grab some DVDs you’ve been wanting to see, or old favorites you’re dying to watch again. Extra points if you can hunt down the first film you ever saw together. Set yourself up with a bunch of snacks and your beverage of choice, and pog out together on the couch into the wee hours.
Got another idea for a non-crappy Valentine’s Day you’ll both enjoy? Be sure to share it in the comments below!
*I can’t actually back this up. Very little is known about Saint Valentine except his name and that he died on February 14, but I like to think of him as a chill dude with a penchant for free love and doing what makes our hearts sing.
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