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4 Things NOT To Do On Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is upon us and that means the pressure of doing something special on that day is weighing down on us all. Many people view this holiday as just some clichéd gimmick created by the Hallmark Company. It can be so much more than that, if you heed my advice. If you wish to have an enjoyable holiday this year—and keep yourself from becoming a cliché–here are a few things you should avoid doing on Valentine’s Day.

1. Propose



Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like proposing on Valentine’s Day is an easy out. This day already has all this romantic hype about it, so to me, if you propose on February 14th, you are just a lazy bum who is capitalizing on everything that is Valentine’s Day. Zero effort is being made. Come on, be more creative than that. (And if I had been proposed to on Valentine’s Day—which I wasn’t because my fiancé is awesome—I would’ve punched my other half’s face. Okay, not really.)


2. Give clichéd gifts

Oversized teddy bears, heart-shaped boxes of chocolate (that only contain about two or three edible pieces), homemade coupon books…I could go on. Put a little more thought into this Valentine’s Day and give something that means more than that you just stopped at the store on your way over and picked up a box of chocolates. Get tickets for a concert or plan a romantic date. Or, jokingly give ALL of the clichéd gifts to your significant other and then surprise them with the real thing!

Or give them this teddy bear. It just makes me giggle.




3. Go on a first date

Talk about some serious pressure. For future reference, for any and all first dates—especially if you don’t know the person that well—avoid any romance-infused holidays. It could turn out to be a great date, but it could also turn out to be the worst date of your life with all that added pressure of being extraordinarily special and romantic. Just don’t do it. February 15th is a perfectly fine day for a first date.


4. Be alone



If you’re single, don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day alone with a pint of ice cream and a sappy movie! You don’t need a significant other to be happy in life, so stop acting like you do. Invite friends over to eat ice cream and watch movies together, or go out to dinner. Either way, don’t wallow in self-pity. At least do it in the company of others.

Riley McDaniel is an aspiring writer with a love for children, writing, music, and movies. She has her BFA degree in Creative Writing for Entertainment from Full Sail University and hopes to use her work to instill a love of reading and writing in others. Though she has a passion for writing, her passion for chocolate is almost just as strong.