Valentine's Day, arguably the cheesiest Holiday in the calendar year, is fast approaching, and I'm afraid you'll have to do something about it.
Why? Because if you don't, you'll feel like a curmudgeon, and if you do something corny, you'll feel even worse! It's a terrible proposition, no matter how you slice it.
Below are my Top 3 Tips for getting through Valentine's Day with your dignity intact (and without resorting to foil balloons and supermarket flowers).
- PLAN SOMETHING. Whether you're married with kids, currently unattached, or in the middle, you should plan something special for the day, even if it involves a long bubble bath, a nice glass of red, and your favourite takeout.
BTW: Mr Handsome and I avoid restaurants like the plague on V-Day because they are universally depressing, with little tables for two adorned with red roses and balloons jammed into every conceivable corner.
You end up feeling like a boob in a room with other boobs over-paying for a sub-par, prix-fixe menu. So, we've made a tradition of getting a whole Peking Duck, a great bottle of wine, light a candle or two, and taking a long soak in the tub. Handsome always offers to do the dishes, which is much better than a cuddly toy any day.
- SAY SOMETHING: Write an old-fashioned card and post it in the mail or send a heartfelt text to your kids or Sister-in-Law who just broke up with her longtime partner. You can get in the spirit of the Day by telling those who matter to you that you love them. Simple!
- GET SOMETHING: I’m not trying to be overly commercial here but tying a ribbon around ANY part of your body and doing the “This is for you, Baby" routine isn't going to cut it. You do need to get an actual gift. I suggest you forgo the usual tacky claptrap in favour of something practical and pampering that will last much longer than a box of chocolates
Or you could always side-step the gifting stress altogether and send your Valentine a digital gift card from a favourite brand and let them choose.
That way, you can celebrate the Holiday without the risk of disappointment. Plus, delivery by V-Day is guaranteed!
It's Valentine's Day, Lovers: Get in it!