If you are single you may be one of many who are not necessarily looking forward to the hundreds if not thousands of images that will be undoubtedly uploaded on social media from people in a relationship on Valentine’s day.
In this post you will find:
- The main reason Valentine’s Day is so popular and why you’re not missing out.
- Great gifts you can give anyone on Valentine’s Day with no strings attached.
- Thoughtful and fun activities for singles to do on Valentine’s Day
The Reason Valentine’s Day Is Popular And Why You’re Not Missing Out
In all fairness, you don’t necessarily have to be on social media to be on high-alert that Valentine’s Day is near.
Overnight, before we had an opportunity to open our first Christmas gift; retail shops and grocery stores quickly filled their shelves with Valentine’s trinkets and boxes of chocolates for us to consider purchasing.
Each time this happens we find ourselves shaking our heads while simultaneously thinking “slow down!”
Some may be reading this thinking, yes I know, now what does this have to do with me being single and living my best-life on Valentine’s day? Aren’t you going to explain how to get a date? Well yes and no.
It’s important to understand the underlying agenda surrounding Valentine’s Day and being clear on what is reality versus how we are influenced by our society. Leaving those “non-attached” unburdened of the frenzies surrounding this holiday and free to live their best single life during this time.
Think about it, less than two months prior to February 14th, we showered our love ones with fabulous Christmas gifts displaying our love and affection. Is Valentine’s Day really about having to reaffirm our love again so soon after with more gifts?
This should be unnecessary right?
Unfortunately, Valentine’s Day is one of those “feel good” traditional holidays that we as consumers have bought into hook line and sinker.
The National Retail Federation (NFR) has stated in the article Confident Consumers and broader buying lead to record Valentin’s spending plan that Valentine’s “spending is expected to total 27.4 billion, up 32 percent of last years record of 20.7 billion.”
If you’re single and feeling left out, then this should be one of those AHA moments! Now, based upon what has been brought to your attention. Should your focus be on the fact that you’re single, possibly feeling lonely, and without a date on Valentine’s day?
No, not at all, but better yet redirect your thoughts and embrace the fact that in this season, for you, it is simply an aggressively marketed holiday that produces record-breaking sales and a boost to our American economy.
Now with this new outlook, you can embrace being single, confident in knowing you’re not missing out one bit. In fact, this year you’ve actually been given the opportunity to save your money!
This is important to understand not because there are hidden agendas, or celebrating love on Valentine’s Day is terrible; no participating can be fun I get it.
However, this point is vitally pertinent to those who feel they are missing out or feeling unworthy of being loved because they don’t have a boyfriend, girlfriend or spouse to celebrate Valentine’s day with.
Valentine’s Gifts To Give With No Strings Attached
You may say yes, I understand Valentine’s Day is a big marketing ploy. However, I’m single and my spirit is good! I really would like to know if it’s appropriate to give someone I’m just getting to know a gift, but not come on too strong. I’m not ready to propose or anything.
This is actually a scenario that should be addressed. There are so many levels of getting to know someone, especially in the beginning. If you are single and are in the early stages of a new friendship and Valentine’s day just happens to be on the horizon.
Here are a few questions you should ask yourself if you’re contemplating if you should get them a gift or not:
- Why do I feel the need to buy a gift? (you’re feeling pressured to do so)
- Should I buy a gift I don’t want to lead them on or send the wrong message?
- Do I really want to spend the money on a gift right now?
If you are asking yourself any one of the questions it’s possible you’re just not ready and too unsure. Therefore, it’s ok not to exchange a Valentine gift and the other party should understand.
However, here is a couple of no-string attached ideas of what you can give someone you appreciate, and want to get to know better.
- A book on a topic that you’ve heard them mention they are interested in. This shows that you have been listening and is a good start for any new relationship.
- More of your time, ask them out on a date, at this stage no other gift is needed. If the other party seems to be upset over the fact that you did not give them a gift, then you’re possibly not on the same page.
Thoughtful and Fun Activities For Singles To Do On Valentine’s Day
Now it’s Valentine’s Day you’re ok with being single but you want to have fun as well, what do you do?
Disclaimer: It is also important to mention that there are many people who don’t acknowledge or celebrate Valentine’s Day. Therefore, are perfectly content and happy going about their normal daily routines.
However, again if you’re not one of these people, here are several thoughtful and fun activities to consider:
- Go on a bike ride or hike the fresh air tends to clear the mind and exercise releases the feel-good endorphins.
- Call together a few of your single friends asking them to bring a favorite dish or appetizer to your place to play board games and share some good food.
- Start some early spring cleaning. This is a perfect opportunity with your new outlook to declutter not only your thoughts but some closets and other areas of your living space.
- Check-in on someone you haven’t spoken to in a long time.
- Take your parents out to dinner showing your appreciation and admiration for the love that they’ve shown you over the years.
- Prepare for yourself a gourmet meal.
- Write a list of things you love and feel blessed for in your life, put it in a frame and hang it up in your home as a reminder every day.
These are just a few, I’m sure you have many more. Please share them below!
Chances are there is someone in your circle who you can now share this information with on how to live their best single-life during Valentine’s Day!
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