Did you know that many singles date in seasons? They avoid relationships between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day just to escape the pressure of the media, their peers and colleagues to wine and dine someone or be wined and dined? It’s actually a really sad reason to stop dating and severely limits a single’s chances of finding the relationship of his or her desires. So in order to help professional singles experience a stress-free Valentine’s Day, we compiled a list of Valentine’s Day tips to help jump start the new dating season.
Tip #1: Love yourself. Who says that Valentine’s Day is reserved only for couples? Pretend it’s your birthday and do something nice for yourself instead of relying on someone else to bring you happiness. Get a massage or manicure if you’re a woman or go test drive a really fast car you’ve been eyeballing if you’re a man.
Tip #2: Ask someone out. The gentleman may think it’s corny, but 62% of women surveyed by It’s Just Lunch said they would gladly except a first date on Valentine’s Day. Even if you just met the day before, the probability of a woman accepting your same-day Valentine’s date invite shines in your favor. So it’s not too late to score a date!
Tip #3: Make it a date night. The perfect Valentine’s date is hands down dinner at a nice restaurant. But if you can’t get a reservation anywhere, the second most popular Valentine’s date activity is staying in and cooking dinner together. “Even though this may be a routine activity, there is no reason it can’t be special. Just put a unique twist on your meal,” says It’s Just Lunch dating specialist, Jennifer Foster. If you don't have a date lined up, how about showing your favorite single friend some love on Valentine's Day?
Tip #4: Say no to chocolate. When it comes to Valentine’s Day gift giving, most singles stay within a $50 to $100 budget and generally shy away from chocolate. Giving someone chocolate is seen as a last ditch effort without any forethought. The best Valentine’s Day gifts are the cliche flowers and card. Spa packages and jewelry also come in high demand. As for the gentleman, how about tickets to see their favorite sports team?
Tip #5: Be silly. “Valentine’s Day is, without a doubt, the cheesiest holiday of the year [...] based around love, hearts, sappy poems, flowers, and all that other delightfully gushy stuff,” says blogger Andrew Wang. “Quit running from this fact and just embrace it. Take any idea and mock it, make it ridiculous,” he says. “This is the time of year when silly really works in your favor.”
Tip #6: Go out and have fun. Don’t just sit at home if you don’t have a date. Half the people out that night are more than likely to be single too. So go out and have fun because the more fun you’re having the more attractive you appear. And the more attractive you come off as, the more likely you are to bump into someone who can be your sweet Valentine next year.