If you’d rather swim with sharks than celebrate Valentine’s Day, here are some non-romantic activities you can do if you’re single, shacked up or still deciding…

Valentine’s Day is nearly here, and after a quick ask around the office we’ve realised people fall into two camps – those who are all about a dark chocolate selection and two dozen roses, and those who are not. Valentine’s Day is like Marmite – you either love it, or you hate it!

If you’re the latter and can’t imagine anything worse than a ~romantic~ meal surrounded by other couples, here’s a list of alternative activities to get you through 14th Feb. You can thank us later…

Alternative Valentine’s Day activities

Boxset binge

Picture the scene – curtains drawn, candles lit, cushions plumped and lights dimmed… now flick on the TV and spend the next 8-10 hours watching a new show. Perfection!

There are endless boxsets to get stuck into so if you’re feeling overwhelmed with choice, here are a few of our current faves:

  • Making a Murderer (if you haven’t watched it yet, where’ve you been?)

  • Jessica Jones (bad-ass female superhero saves the world)

  • The O.C. (total noughties nostalgia)

  • The West Wing (there are seven seasons to keep you going)

Kickboxing class

If Valentine’s Day makes you angry, or if you just fancy hitting a punch bag for 45 minutes, a kickboxing class is a great way to vent frustration, get your heart pumping and generally feel awesome. Search for a session in your local area and go throw some punches.

BFF hangout

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to about romance – celebrating friendships is just as important and can be a whole lot more fun. Grab a group of your fave people and arrange a get-together, whether it’s a fun day out or just chilling at home. Buy cute cards, exchange small gifts and tell your squad how much you love them!

Pamper day

If you’re at a loose end this Valentine’s Day, ask yourself this – why waste time worrying about what to do when you could be luxuriating in a sauna?

Spa days don’t have to be expensive, either – most big gyms have spa facilities and will let you in as a guest for a small fee, so you can spend the whole day lounging. Or book in for a mani/pedi at your local salon and ask for a cheeky glass of champagne while you’re there.

Treat yourself

There’s one thing we think everyone – whether you’re loved up or not – should do on Valentine’s Day, and that’s treat yourself. From a cheap bunch of flowers to a new pair of shoes, there are lots of ways you can say ‘I love you’ to yourself. Here are a few ideas…

  • A burger and fries for one (we love MEATliquor for the best patties)

  • A hair cut and colour (create an inspiration board in Pinterest)

  • A framed print for your wall (scroll through Society6.com)

  • A new addition to your skincare stash (try a nourishing facial oil)

Jen Allison
Jen is an online writer with a penchant for rose gold jewellery and oversized knitwear. She’s a stickler for grammar, loves a good book and can’t get enough of Instagram.

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