30 Things to Do When You're Single on Valentine's Day

Katie Sweeney

It’s February, and that means everywhere you look, you’re greeted with red hearts, pink flowers, and sweet nothings like “be mine” written in elegant scripts. Although some people see Valentine’s Day as an annoying and unnecessary commercial celebration, I’m a sucker for any and every holiday, and I am looking forward to sending handwritten cards and eating chocolate kisses. If you’re thinking, she must like Valentine’s Day because she has a handsome boyfriend who is taking her to a spa in Sonoma, think again.

I’m single and have been for a whopping 11 years. While couples massages aren’t in my near future, I plan on having a ball on February 14. You should, too! Just because you don’t have a significant other to cuddle up next to doesn’t mean you can’t commemorate a holiday that honors love. Not sure what to do? Here are 30 awesome activities for the ultimate Valentine’s Day, no S.O. required.

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1. Make plans. Seriously, if you don’t make plans to do something—anything listed here!—you’ll end up home alone. Which could lead you to wallow in loneliness, crying, or eating way too much ice cream. Avoid this scenario and make plans already.

2. Host a singles-only dinner party. Invite all your favorite single people, and toast to your independence.

3. Make chocolate-dipped shortbread hearts. Decorate with pink and purple sprinkles, place in clear cellophane bags tied with pretty velvet ribbon, and then gift them to your single friends.

4. Plan a Valentine’s Day “crafternoon.” Set out paper, cardstock, stamps, ink, and heart-shaped stickers. Ask your most creative friends to join you, and make Valentine’s Day cards.

5. Treat yourself to a haircut, blowout, beauty treatment, or massage.

6. Plan a weekend away with your best single friend or sister.

7. Cook a romantic dinner for your parents. Set the table, light candles, and open a good bottle of wine.

8. Take yourself out to eat at your favorite restaurant. Sit at the bar and chat up the bartender. Splurge on dessert.

9. Sign up for a boutique workout like Barry’s Bootcamp or SoulCycle. After the intense sweat session, indulge in a smoothie.

10. Bake a chocolate layer cake. Choose a recipe that’s a little more advanced, and be proud of yourself when you nail it.

11. Drink pink Champagne. Order two glasses!

12. Do a chocolate taste test. Get a bunch of different flavors of chocolate, and have some friends over to help you eat them. Make notes of how each one tastes.

13. Wear something festive, and feel the love.

14. Stay in and pamper yourself. Take a long bath, give yourself a face mask, or paint your nails.

15. Book a couples massage with your best friend or sister.

16. Send a heartfelt text to all the people you love in your life. Especially the old friend who lives far away.

17. Have a Sex and the City marathon. Order pizza from your favorite pizza place, shake up a cosmopolitan, and binge-watch the show that celebrates single women everywhere.

18. Go to your favorite bar, have your go-to cocktail, and then head to the local karaoke dive. Belt out all the classic love songs with your best buddies.

19. Plan a date with your best female friend. Get dressed up, go to a fancy restaurant, and order the special Valentine’s Day menu with wine pairings.

20. Do something nice for a single person who is older than you. Send your divorced aunt a bouquet of roses, and tell her how much you look up to her

21. Explore a new neighborhood. Head to an area of town that you aren’t too familiar with. Walk up and down the streets, enjoy a cappuccino at the hip cafe, and browse the racks of a stylish boutique.

22. Hang out with your favorite single guy friends. Drink beers, watch sports, and have fun.

23. Catch up on your sleep. Sleep in. Or take a nap in the middle of the day.

24. Stay off of social media. Facebook-stalking your ex to see how he is celebrating with his new girlfriend is not going to make you feel happy or confident.

25. Have nieces or nephews? Offer to take care of them so their parents can go out. Be the cool aunt: Order pizza, watch Frozen, and make brownie sundaes.

26. Head to Trader Joe’s and buy several bunches of flowers. Bring them home and channel your inner florist. Make beautiful bouquets. Use them to decorate your house, or deliver them to the people you love.

27. Go to a comedy show. Or stream Amy Schumer on Netflix. You can’t be sad when you’re laughing!

28. Hang out with your grandparents. They love you just the way you are.

29. Splurge on a nice piece of jewelry. You're worth it.

30. Love yourself. Do whatever makes you happy! Cut yourself some slack. Remind yourself that you are lovable and worthy of love. 

How do you plan on celebrating Valentine’s Day this year? Share your ideas with us below. 

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