It’s the month of love, and yes, you either love it or hate it – Valentine’s Day! It’s all about celebrating your love for that special someone in your life, and you’ve probably started planning how you’re going to spoil your partner in twisted ways already… Or you don’t have someone notable as yet, and you’re just thinking about how to treat yourself and the singles around you. If you’re not a Valentine’s softie, here are fresh ways to enjoy an anti-Valentine’s Day.
These ideas are perfect for those couples who enjoy humour or the single bird still out there enjoying her/his freedom. Instead of giving the standard blah blah Valentine’s cards, give your partner a card with the words ‘It’s remarkable how long we’ve tolerated each other.’ or ‘You’re the reason I can’t breathe.’ – cheeky Valentine’s Day messages will put a smile on your partner’s face. Except for cards, there are various sassy gifts like mug sets with similar messaging printed on them.
Other anti-Valentine celebrations could include the following:
- Throwing an anti-Valentine’s get-together: Limit people without a significant other and include couples that don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. Hand out black roses, play singles games and have people exchange anti-Valentine’s gifts (gag gifts). Replace the pink and red colours with fun themes such as Country Western, Marshmallow Appreciation Day, etc.
- Valentine’s Day piñata: Let everyone take turns in smacking the piñata and ensure that there is something fun inside.
- Custom-order candy hearts: Everyone loves chocolates, during Valentine’s Day and any other day. Order candy hearts with the right slogans on them for your guests and see who laughs the hardest.
- Order an anti-Valentine’s cake: …or cupcakes, and hand them out to work colleagues, friends and family. Have funny slogans, but not too mean, or cake toppers such as a broken glitter heart. The cake could have some black hearts too.
- Dinner! Everyone’s gotta eat, right!? It doesn’t have to be romantic, but a quick dinner from one of Sandton’s restaurants with another single friend, a single parent or an acquaintance would be perfect. If you don’t want to be around people, dress up your pet for dinner at home…
- Gift your single friends: You’re not alone and let your single friends know it too. Pop into any of Sandton Central’s stores and search for great anti-Valentine’s mugs or t-shirts or customised items. Also, if one of your friends went through a recent breakup, think about building a relationship breakup-survival kit – they would appreciate it more than you think!
- Celebrate Valentine’s Day as a couple: Many couples don’t like Valentine’s Day either. If you’re in the same boat, join your single friends for a night out or spend it together on the couch watching your favourite Netflix series together, or start a new series, with no romance whatsoever, instead.
- Play the right music: You’ll feel better by playing anti-Valentine’s music such as Kelly Clarkson’s Since You’ve Been Gone or Bon Jovi’s It’s My Life. So, blow up the speakers with songs that’ll empower you to accept that you’re living your life the way you want to!
Valentine’s Day is for everyone. Whether you’re choosing to celebrate it in the old-fashioned, cheesy way or mostly in black, or grey, just ensure that you and the ones you spend it with are having fun. Be on the lookout for Valentine’s specials on our website or Instagram. Happy Valentine’s Day, or should we say anti-Valentine’s Day?