Written By Johnson Okunade
Let’s start by asking: What is the Essence of Valentine’s Day.
We all know Valentine’s Day is a day for loving, and loving means sharing. Valentine’s Day is a day for sharing our care with our loved ones; family and friends.
To our loved ones, little meaningful deeds done for them will surely be appreciated. The appreciation may not be spontaneous, but sooner or later, it will be acknowledged with thanks.
But most times, we fail to realize that Valentine’s day is actually not about sharing evergreen moments with loved ones alone but also a time you introspect into the kind of relationship you have with yourself.
The kind of relationship you have with yourself is the most complicated one because you cannot “vex” and walk away from you. You must be able to forgive yourself for every mistake and deal with every imperfection.
When we show love, we actually feel pleased about ourselves. Showing love to friends or family ultimately boosts our self-esteemed and we seem larger than life.
Usually celebrated every 14th of February. On Valentine’s day, expensive gifts are exchanged. Expensive dates are set. It is a great and memorable day for lovers.
In this part of the world, larger percentage of people believe that your Valentine’s day celebration is not perfect until you have a partner of opposite sex to share a romantic celebration with. It’s actually cool having a boyfriend/girlfriend or spouse to celebrate love with, but because you don’t have your boyfriend/girlfriend or spouse near you or you don’t even have a boyfriend/girlfriend or spouse at all shouldn’t be a bottleneck to celebrating Valentine’s day.
There are many loving, caring, and generally great people out there who simply can’t think of a single romantic thing to do, let alone create the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience for their loved one or themselves.
If you are looking for some great date ideas that will put a smile on your friend and family’s face and melt their heart, then just keep on reading. If you want to know things you can actually occupy yourself with despite not having a boyfriend/girlfriend or spouse, you are on the right page.
1. Organize a nature walk
Being outside has many health benefits, but what you are going for is the beautiful view, seclusion, and the thrill of sight-seeing. Whether you have a partner or not, you can get a place far from the city, bring some food and drinks, and explore the wilderness. This is nice way to spice things up a bit and get away from the loud and busy city life.
2. Lock the doors, turn off the phones and have the whole house to yourself/yourselves
This one might seem a bit obvious and kind of redundant seeing as how I’ve already mentioned a bunch of stay-at-home date ideas that require this step as a prerequisite, but when I say, “Have the whole house to yourselves,” I literally mean turning the whole house into a stage where you can explore your fantasies. Decorate each room a bit differently, have a lot of snacks and drinks lying around, put a bunch of blankets and pillows on the floor and go from room to room throughout the day. You can start off with a steaming shower, if you are not alone, have a nice meal, then watch a movie cuddled up on the couch.
3. Cook something new
Start researching good recipes, get the right ingredients and prepare a couple of practice dinners to make sure you’ve got your technique and presentation down pat. Cooking for someone can also be a big turn on and you can create some incredible meals without spending too much money. Take it up a notch by dressing classy, decorating your dining room and presenting yourself or your partner with a printed menu.
4. Dance the night away
If you and your significant other are relatively good dancers, or if you simply enjoy moving your body to the rhythm of the music, then a night at a nice club or similar venue is the perfect thing for you. Alternatively, whether you have a partner with you or not, you can set up dance floor at home, play your favorite music, have a few drinks and dance like there is no tomorrow.
5. Spend the day driving around the city and visiting new places
This one is geared towards lovers who have been together for a year or two and want to experience a few new things together. Visit a few cool coffee places on the other side of town, check out interesting restaurants you’ve never been to, and consider going to see a play or having fun at a comedy club or show.
6. Act out a fun scenario wearing costumes
Some role-playing may be just the thing you need to spice up your love life after a few years of being together, but it can be a very fun experience for newly acquainted lovers as well. Work on the scenario together (a vampire Niklaus Mikaelson boyfriend and a psychologist Camille “Cami” O’Connell girlfriend, wounded soldier and nurse, a female cop arresting a robber, etc.), buy the right costumes and accessories beforehand and find a good setting. You could also rent a hotel room to add to the forbidden-fruit vibe.
7. A trip down memory lane
This one is great for long-term couples who will benefit from reminiscing about all of their fondest memories together from the start of the relationship through to the present, reliving some of the most significant moments they shared. If alone, a visit to where you used to live as kid or the primary/secondary school you attended.
8. Horseback riding
Horseback riding is incredibly fun, especially if you’ve never done it before. And what girl doesn’t dream of a prince coming to take her on an adventure on his noble steed? It evokes a sense of nobility and is a very good bonding experience.
9. Go to a concert
Whether you are alone or you have someone with you, there are a whole bunch of things happening around Valentine’s Day, so go online and check out what’s happening near you. You’ll surely be able to find tickets for a cool concert or some type of festival with live music.
10. Fancy night on the town
Buy some elegant new clothes, rent a sport car for the night and go to a nice restaurant, followed by a jazz club or gallery exhibition. Walk tall, make a few sarcastic quips, if you have a partner, have a few laughs with him/her.
11. Take a tour of the historical and cultural sites of your city
This is my favourite because the cultured crowd and history buffs among us, a day spent learning about some of the local history and delving deeper into national culture is both incredibly fun and a great way to share a unique experience with a loved one. You’d be surprised to find just how much you don’t know about the place you live in.
12. Make a fun music video
Meet up earlier in the day, take decent camera, and start shooting a music video. Rehearse the lyrics (you can even make up your own silly song), dress up, and start filming. You’ll have tons of fun doing it and you can edit the video later and have a cool memento.
13. Play some sports
Some one-on-one basketball, a soccer match against another couple, a bit of tennis, or even something as simple as a table tennis tournament. Make it fun by attaching favour-debts to whoever loses. The winner can demand for any favour as he/she deem fit.
14. Fill the whole day with random fun activities
Just say no to plans, reservations and clichés—if you have a partner, take your him/her by the hand, have some cash or ATM card ready and just go out and have some fun. Bowling, followed by a drink at a coffee shop and then a romantic movie? Sure, why not? Going for lunch at a nice restaurant and then organizing a double-date game night? Go right ahead. Going for a long walk in the park, visiting a museum, followed by a nice meal at home and then going out to a club? Hey, who am I to say no? You can use some of the ideas from this article and mash them up together to create a fun-filled Valentine’s Day you’ll remember.
There you go, a whole bunch of useful ideas for Valentine’s Day. You can pick out any one of these, make some adjustments or even combine different options to create the perfect Valentine’s Day date for yourself. Plan ahead, have fun and celebrate your love proudly.
Valentine’s Day should not only be celebrated once a year. The day should not be devoted only to our beloved and special friends. The essence of this day should be practiced everyday, now and forever. Let us make everyday a Valentine’s Day.
Written By Johnson Okunade
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