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Valentine’s Day for the lovers and the haters

Ah Valentines Day, a marmite kind of day; some love it and some hate it.

Either way the shops are packed with novelty roses and DJ’s around the globe are preparing the cheesiest love song playlists they can find, cue ‘My heart will go on’. Cinemas are getting involved by prepping steamy Valentine’s Day viewing in the form of Fifty Shades of Grey and chocolatiers are increasing our chances of breaking our New Year resolution of weight loss with their influx of heart shaped chocolate.

COMMENCE THE TWITTER TIRADES AND CHEESY LOVED UP INSTAGRAMS.

Being single doesn’t mean you can’t get involved in Valentine’s Day. Prior to my Mr Right being in my life, I still enjoyed the day, taking away the awful love declarations on social media. Being with my friends or hanging out with family – and sometimes, more often than not, just spoiling myself.

For those of us who just aren’t into the cheesy gimmicks of Valentine’s Day, here’s a few alternatives partner or no partner.

THE NO CINEMA, CINEMA.
Remember when you were small and stayed up late to watch films, while having to hide underneath pillows and sheets to stifle the sound in case you woke someone? Well how about making a fort? Oh yeah, I went there. Arrange your living room like an outdoor cinema space by moving the chairs back and grabbing all your cushions to set up a comfy floor space. Dim the lights and bring out the popcorn and you have all the fun of the movies, minus the awkward back row snogging – well, that’s always optional.

Recommended viewing: The Anti-Valentines Option – Blue Valentine (will make you question the purpose of relationships, so prepare the tissues). Cheesy Option – When Harry Met Sally

STAY AT HOME DINNER DATE.
Don’t fancy a sitting in a crowded restaurant surrounded by couples gazing into each others eyes? Nope, didn’t think so. How about cooking up a lavish meal in your own home? And before you say it, yes you can cook. Invite your friends round and cook a big 3 course ‘come dine with me’ style meal. And if that fails? Well there’s always the take away option…

GIFT GIVING, NO ‘FAVOURS’ NEEDED
Buying presents for your other half on Valentine’s Day has to be one of the hardest tasks. Far too much guesswork involved, especially if it’s a new relationship. I say sod it. How about buying presents for the other loves of your life? Your friends or family. Turn it into a ‘secret Santa’ game and set a minimum spend, that way everyone can feel a little bit of love on Valentine’s Day.

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