Take a deep breath. That scent you just inhaled might be roses, a new bottle of perfume or the smell of love in the air. Itâ€™s Valentineâ€™s Day, and with that couples and singles around the world are celebrating love in many different ways. So if youâ€™re one of the many people scrambling around to find something to do on this day, here are some last-minute Valentineâ€™s Day ideas for you to do with a lover, friend, or on your own.
Dinner and a movie
Who says you have to be in coupledom to watch your favorite movie with your favorite dish? The nice part about dinner and a movie is its relaxing and entertaining, and you can do this at home or out on the town. Invite your best buddy or cuddle friend over, pick up your favorite eats, and pop a DVD in.
A Long Stroll
A leisurely, reflective walk is good on so many levels. First, youâ€™re exercising and burning those candy-filled calories. Two, youâ€™re getting some time to clear your head and de-stress from your day. You can use this time to chat with a walking buddy, take your dog for a walk or to return all those phone calls you miss while youâ€™re in class or at work. Another benefit to walking is you can use this cool night as an excuse to walk arm in arm with your perambulating partner.
While everyone is lining up at the local restaurant, this is the perfect time to run the opposite way and into the massage bed. Massage spas can customize massages for one or two people in the same or different rooms. Or, if you prefer to save your money, conduct a massage with your friend or partner at home.
A New Recipe
Itâ€™s fun, itâ€™s creative and if you do it right, it can be tasty. Pick a dish and gather all your ingredients to make something new. Cooking alone can be therapeutic and doing it with a partner encourages teamwork and communication. Savor the smells and indulge in the flavors as your prepare â€“ this is an added bonus you wouldnâ€™t get in a restaurant. Plus, cooking at home is almost always a more healthy choice than take out or fast food.
Play a Game
Stimulate your brain and someone elseâ€™s with a friendly game of cards, chess or video games. This interactive way of entertainment can keep you and your opponent occupied with strategy and light competition, which can be friendly or flirty. Also, it deepens your appreciation of your opponentâ€™s smarts, and shows you how they react in triumph (winning) or dilemma (losing).
Each of these activities can be done at home, on the go, alone or with a partner, on the cheap or with some money spent. However you decide to plan your evening, just make sure that your night is fun and safe. Happy Valentineâ€™s Day!