It’s easy to get bogged down in the buying frenzy surrounding Valentine’s Day, but remember that love isn’t about what you give in goods, it’s about what you give by way of time, attention, and acknowledgment. Don’t forget that no matter what you choose to buy your partner, it all comes up to spending time together and having the most perfect Valentine’s Day together.
CONSIDER YOUR LOVED ONE’S PREFERENCES:
While Valentine’s Day can be a touchy subject, and it can be easy to overthink the whole thing, it can also be fun; it’s all about knowing your loved one and what she or he actually likes.
Does he or she adore upscale cuisine? Swoon over romantic movies? Obsess over sports, music, literature, or any other topic? Settle on one or two areas of interest that you know your date loves, then build from there. A movie buff might prefer to stay home and watch a movie or go out to the cinema, a lover of music might find going to a concert the most romantic thing to do. It’s all about knowing your loved one.
Valentine’s Day is also a time where you can go all-out cheesy and shower your love with anything that’s pink or red, or has hearts or kisses on them. You’ll get bonus points if your present contains all of the above! That works if your loved one enjoys such things, or enjoys the irony in that.
FOCUS ON THE FOOD:
Most Valentine’s Day dates are built around some element of eating, whether it’s an all-out dinner or just chocolates. Think about what sort of cuisine you and your date both enjoy and where to enjoy it.
Here are a few different options for dining:
Cook at Home:
Show your date how dedicated you are to a memorable evening by crafting an elegant meal yourself.
Go to a Restaurant:
If you want someone else to worry about the food and ambiance while you focus on your date, choose a restaurant you both like. Be careful as Valentine’s Day is a notoriously difficult time to get reservations, make it well in advance.
Combine the intimacy of eating at home and the relaxation of having someone else cook for you by ordering take-away or delivery food.
A ROMANTIC MOVIE NIGHT
If you plan on staying at home any one of these following movies will do the trick and provide you with a lovely Valentine’s Day experience.
WALL-E, the cutest little trash compactor you’ll ever encounter and a possible descendant of the Steve Jobs empire is lonely in an empty futuristic city. All of that changes with the arrival of a mysterious robot named Eve, which triggers intergalactic courtship.
Wes Anderson, whose work includes The Royal Tenenbaums and The Grand Budapest Hotel, wrote and directed this continuously surprising and delightful adolescent romance that is just hard to resist.
Watch Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet on a journey down a metaphysical rabbit hole of love and loss. On the surface, it’s a quirky story about getting one’s painful memories erased, but there’s a deep iceberg of longing under the surface.
In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he’ll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm. Neil Gaiman’s wonderful novel adapted to the big screen is sure not to disappoint you.
While home sick and in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. The grandson is sure he won’t like the story, preferring something with lots of action and “no kissing”. Luckily, the grandfather promises him a tale full of fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love and miracles. He delivers on his promise.
HORROR MOVIE MARATHON
While it is Valentine’s, you’re not limited to just romantic movies. Another good option is to go against the grain by having a horror movie marathon. A bunch of amazing horror movies have come out in the past few years such as “It Follows” and “The Babadook” and Valentine’s serves as a great opportunity to watch them, pop some popcorn, grab a few cold beers, and make a night of it. Plus, a horror movie marathon promises a lot of cozying up to each other as you get spooked.
GO CAMPING THIS VALENTINE’S
Whether you go to an actual campground or simply make yourself a little camp in the yard or the living room, camping is a wonderful excuse to snuggle up to your Valentine. You can stay warm by the fire and end the evening with some freshly roasted s’mores (Yum!). This is a memorable way to mark the occasion, just don’t forget to get a tent ahead of time!
GO ON A PEDESTRIAN ADVENTURE
Go on an adventure by taking your Valentine to a neighborhood you have yet to explore, and just walk around. Find your destination along the way and keep things spontaneous. I bet you’ll find a new cafe, a bookstore or a beautiful park that you never would’ve spotted otherwise.
TRY A BEER OR TWO AT A LOCAL BREWERY
If you’re both into beer, an evening of beer tasting at a brewery can be a real adventure. It’s amazing the variety you can find between different kinds of beer — it’s almost like people in that way. So, do some day drinking this Valentine’s Day, and discover your new favorite brew.
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From Stuccu with love
The Stuccu Team