Valentine’s Day might be a couple’s holiday, but that doesn’t mean singles have to feel left out or sad. In fact, with more single young people than ever before, some companies are shifting their priorities somewhat to help the uncoupled enjoy themselves on February 14th.
These offerings are also increasingly geared toward men who are looking for a little pampering of their own on the day notorious for seemingly punishing people who aren’t partaking in a special couples deal.
Studies show that men outspend women on Valentine’s Day by an average of $12, so it makes sense to suggest some of you guys should spend a little on yourselves and treat yourselves right. If you are looking for suggestions on what to do to show yourself some love, look no further.
15 Different Things to Do When You’re By Yourself on Valentine’s Day
Bring the Spa Home
More and more men are going to more spas every year. Women have been enjoying the facial and massage way of life for years, and whereas the industry was once geared almost exclusively toward women, more spas are incorporating all genders — or no genders — into their designs, with many even targeting men specifically.
Now, things are different, and whereas it might be a good time to hit the spa in years past, we suggest this year you start by going full on DIY. It can be as simple as just relaxing by candlelight in the bathtub. Pour some epsom salts into your soak with your favorite adult beverage within arm’s reach and you are set to relax Valentine’s Day away.
Breakfast in Bed
What could be better than resting in bed while chowing down on breakfast? Whether it’s cooking up your favorite pancakes or calling your favorite local eatery for a decadent, delicious brunch of your choosing, take the time to stay cozy under the covers before, after, and most importantly, during your most important meal of the day.
See a Movie
Sure, you have been staying in and binging on Netflix, but why not do something a little more fun and actually spend the cash on one of the new blockbusters that are going straight to streaming these days? Or, with award season right around the corner, check out any of the predicted Oscar-nominated films you might have been waiting for the right moment to see.
Take a Virtual Cooking Class
Learning to cook is one of the best skills a man can possess, making it easier to save money, improve your health and impress friends and romantic partners, so why not take those amateur skills you’ve been working on to the next level in 2023 by taking a virtual cooking class?
There are endless chefs on the internet willing to show you how to cook (we highly recommend the fun and engaging skills of New York Times‚ author Alison Roman) or there are sophisticated MasterClass courses designed for your specific level of expertise.
If all of that cooking seems like the exact opposite of what treating yourself on Valentine’s Day should be, screw it. Order in and skip all of those dishes. With the restaurant industry in major trouble thanks to the global pandemic, ordering in from your favorite local restaurant might not only make your day better, but theirs as well. Just remember, those delivery apps are great and convenient, but often the restaurant pays out of its profits to be in the mix. Order straight from the source to ensure it sees all that cash, and of course, tip very, very well.
Get a Hotel Room
If you’re stuck in a rut and tired of the same old, same old, this might be a perfect time to book yourself a room. Not only do you get to let someone else do all the work of tidying up after you, but you’re supporting a business that could use some help.
We recommend picking a local establishment to keep your local economy in the black, and of course, tipping the staff. Booking a nice hotel room erases any and all responsibility you might have to clean up after yourself, cook your own meals, or even get out of bed. You don’t have to go all baller status and spend more than you would on your next car, but try for something a little more luxurious than you can get by the hour.
Take a Staycation
A lot of us have gotten used to being in doors, but that has meant taking on DIY home projects or working all hours of the day because what is work-life balance these days? Take a day off for yourself and have some quality „me time.“ Relax like we outlined above or just lie around on the couch all day in your comfy night time pajamas (or better yet, a plush robe). Nothing is too lazy for your staycation. This is your day to do whatever you want. The possibilities are endless.
Drink the Good Stuff
If you love a quality drink but find yourself going for the well liquor or the house wine, use Valentine’s Day as your opportunity to crack open the Reserve. Good scotch and cigars, small batch beer and pizza, or red wine and red meat — any one of these could be well worth the risk of a hangover in the morning.
Splurge on Something Special
Single or not, there are some gifts you just want to get for yourself. It could be a made-to-measure suit, a luxury travel bag — hell, it could even be a car. Whatever it is, make Valentine’s Day the day you take the plunge and invest in whatever it is you want — within reason. You only live once, and if we had to guess, you are going to end up happy with your decision.
Pamper Your Pet
Let’s be real here, sometimes a pet is the best Valentine a man could ask for. Take advantage of the day meant for your true love by pampering yours with a bubble bath, a blow out, and a bunch of play time. In recent years, almost 20 percent of all Valentine’s Day spending went toward a significant other of the furry persuasion. If you need some pet-friendly ideas, we have plenty of those too.
Do a Fun New Exercise
You could always hit the gym, but we recommend you take this time to break your ordinary routine. Rock climbing, mountain biking, even running off the trail can give you an exciting change to your normal day-to-day and make you fall in love with your sport of choice all over again. If you want to stay inside and train at home, download a new fitness app or find a fitness influencer you like and switch up your workout.
Turn Off Your Phone (Not Just to Vibrate)
This one may be easier said than done. Most of us remember a time when cell phones were there for our convenience instead of being the ones that called all the shots. Take the time to walk outside and hear the sounds of nature, find a new book, or dig out one you love and read it again, or start that meditating you’ve heard so much about. One study published by the Harvard Business Review states that just having your phone nearby can affect your brain in negative ways. Who knows? Valentine’s Day may be the start of a mind-altering tradition for the better.
Catch Up on Sleep
No one gets enough sleep. Ever. If pomp and circumstance typically associated with Valentine’s Day is a big turnoff, then why not just sleep? Turn off the TV, put away the snacks, and call it a night at an absurdly early hour. It sounds good already, doesn’t it?
Get a Babysitter
If you have children young enough to need a babysitter, then chances are you understand why it’s important to prioritize hiring one from time to time. You could use the time to go out and social distance with your partner, friends, whomever. You could even just use this time to go down to the basement and play video games uninterrupted for hours if that’s what makes you happy. Giving yourself a complete day or night off might be all you need to feel pampered.
Name a Cockroach After Your Ex
Sure it’s a little petty, and probably won’t solve any of the problems you may have had, but sometimes doing something that feels a little spiteful is just what you need to feel good on Valentine’s Day. Having a cockroach named after the one that did you dirty (and then having it fed to meerkats at the zoo live on camera) is the perfect way to see some vengeance without actually doing anything you might regret.
Valentine’s Day may have some seriously dark origins, but today, it is celebrated as the universal day of love. There is no reason that can’t mean self-love. Enjoy the day your way by not taking it too seriously. For real, what do you love more than fun, anyway?
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