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How to Celebrate Valentine’s If You’re Single

Single on Valentine’s Day? It’s a blessing and rarely a curse. Instead of taking out your significant other and treating them to an extravagant meal, you can take yourself out and treat yourself to the extravagant meal. With the holiday comes the ungodly amount of red and pink hearts, chocolates, and roses everywhere you look. As a single person, it might be an annoying and unnecessary celebration, but there are ways to enjoy the holiday by yourself too. 

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being single on Valentine’s Day or even in general. In fact, being single is the greatest opportunity to discover more about yourself, your wants, and your needs. Instead of focusing on being single for a day about love, take the chance and turn it into a moment to treat yourself, friends, and family. However, if you’re stuck alone on this holiday, here are some ways to celebrate by yourself.

1. Buy Some Fancy Wine

Movies are always showing couples going out on Valentine’s Day and grabbing the fanciest wine possible to enjoy. Why not do it by yourself? Look at your budget or even splurge a little on a good bottle of wine. Then cook up your favorite food or buy your favorite take-out meal. That’s definitely treating yourself.

2. Buy Yourself Flowers

Longing for flowers? Why not just buy some for yourself? This is the perfect way to guarantee the arrangement you want. There is no disappointment involved in this ordeal, no way for you to mess up the kind of flowers or the amount! Plus, these plants can liven up your living space and can boost your mood.

3. Send Love Letters to Your Friends

Remember in elementary school, when you made your own Valentine’s box and exchanged cards and candy with your classmates? Let’s bring that back as an adult. A holiday celebrating love isn’t just reserved for a significant other. Instead, try and send some love letters to your friends. It’s a great way to show that you care and appreciate their presence in your life. 

4. Bake Delicious Cookies

If you’re not going out on this day, then do something exciting at home. Baking is a great activity. You get to balance out ingredients and flavors, and wait in anticipation for how yummy the cookies will turn out. Plus, if you have cute shaped cookie cutters, utilize them! Make your cookies so appetizing that you can’t help but eat it all. If you make enough, you can even treat your friends, family, or even that friendly neighbor down the hallway to some cookies!

5. Go Explore and Enjoy Nature

It may be hard to access lots of nature directly in NYC, and may feel impossible without a car. Thankfully, our public transportation is reliable, getting us to places outside of the city. Being outdoors is good for the body and soul. Your body gets the steps it needs, while your lungs get in some fresh air, away from the city. Take this chance to take a deep breath, forget your worries, and enjoy nature. Check out some great hiking trails or even try joining a group for some mushroom foraging!

6. Take Yourself Out for a Good Meal

Grab a seat at Ichiran with solo seating and a hearty ramen serving. Enjoy a night of omakase at Sushi on Jones for under $100. Explore some restaurants with no seating space so that you can bring the meal home. Or go to your favorite restaurant and get a take-out meal. It’s a great opportunity to treat yourself to delicious new food, or enjoying your favorites again. 

7. Sweat It Out

You might be thinking this is an insane idea. Working out on a holiday? Doing some type of workout inside or outside and getting your heart rate up is a great way to release endorphins. Go to your gym (or a gym), find a workout class, or even roll out the yoga mat to calm your mind. 

8. Check out a Museum

NYC is the place for this activity. With a huge selection of museums, it is up to you which one you are feeling. Strolling through dozens or hundreds of art and historical sculptures is a great way to relax and enjoy yourself. It’s also a great way to learn about new artists or history facts that you didn’t know before. Fun fact, many current NYC museums were originally mansions owned by wealthy individuals such as Andrew Carnegie

9. Splurge on a Gift for Yourself

Companies usually take this time to send out Valentine’s Day promotions and emails. Usually there are so many emails, it gets annoying, but during a holiday there could be discounts for items you’ve had your eye on. This is the opportunity to get something for yourself. Buy the bag you’ve thought about for a few months, or the shoes you hesitated to get. The idea is to treat yourself, and splurge a little. Who loves you more than you?

Courtesy of Etsy

If you’re not a fan of getting Valentine’s Day emails, some companies will offer to opt you out of their Valentine’s Day related content. For example: Etsy has given the option to opt out of their holiday emails. 

Nina Yu is a writer, new to the city. Her articles have been published to local newspapers and a national women’s online magazine.

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