Hello Gorgeous Couples, Fabulous Singles, Best Friends, Mums and Dads and all the rest of us who are just trying to get through next week without face-planting into a steaming pile of cynical resignation (or resorting to foil balloons and supermarket flowers). How’s it going?
If you’ve walked into a store of any kind this week, you've already been hit in the face with a LARGE assortment of pink-and-red-future-landfill designed to compel you to declare your love in retail form.
Yes, St. Valentine's Day, arguably the cheesiest Holiday in the calendar year, is fast approaching, and you're going to have to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
Why? Because if you don't, you'll feel like an unromantic curmudgeon, and if you do something lame, you'll feel even worse! It's a terrible proposition, no matter how you slice it. Why not shorthand the whole thing and get something AWESOME for yourself (or someone you love)?
Below, our Top 3 Tips for getting through Valentine’s Day with your dignity intact, no matter what your romantic status is at the moment.
Whether you’re married with kids, currently unattached or something in the middle, you should plan something special for the day. It could be as simple as a nice bottle, your favourite dessert and a luxurious soak in the tub or as elaborate as a full-blown dinner and a romantic evening with your special someone. It's Valentine's Day! Get in it!
Top Tip: Mr Handsome and I avoid restaurants like the plague on SVD because they are uniformly 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, and a long soak in the spa. That works for us!
Write an old-fashioned card and post it in the mail, or maybe just send a text to your Sister-in-Law who just broke up with her longtime partner. You can get in the spirit of the day by telling the ones that matter to you that you love them.
We’re not trying to be overly commercial, but if you try that thing where you tie a ribbon about ANY part of your person and do the “This is for you, Baby" routine, that's not going to fly. You need to get an actual gift. We recommend avoiding the cliché' chocolates and red roses unless you also have something good to hand over. Your SO probably has a better idea about what they'd like than you do, so why not pick up a gift card from a favourite brand and let them choose?
That way, you can celebrate the Holiday without the risk of disappointment. Plus, most can be bought and sent to their inbox in seconds. Delivery by V-Day guaranteed. Clever Clogs.
Happy V-Day, Lovers!