For some, Valentine’s Day is about being with your loved one, getting spoilt with chocolates and teddy bears. And for others it is one of the worst days of the year.

Valentine’s Day is, yes, a day of love and giving and receiving but that doesn’t mean that the giver has to be someone else besides you. Why not, instead of feeling alone, sad or even unloved, treat yourself? Take yourself out, go for a long romantic walk on the beach with yourself, watch a comedy, and take a bubble bath. Actually get to know who you are. Most of the times a lot of people are too busy to really sit down and relax and spend time with themselves. Instead of saying how you wish this day could go faster, just live in the moment with yourself. Buy yourself chocolates or a teddy bear. You have the opportunity to spoil yourself so why not take it.

Some people complain about how their special someone gave them something that they hate or took them somewhere where they thought wasn’t romantic at all. But do keep in mind that it’s about the thought. It’s not necessarily about what they bought you or where they took you but the fact that they thought about it and that they wanted to make you feel special. A simple “Thank you, I loved it,” can really make someone feel appreciated.

If you are stuck and have no idea what to get or where to take your special someone just remember the word ‘simplicity’. If I were to give you my point of view I would say take your special someone to some place that isn’t too loud, where you are able to talk to each other without having to scream at the top of your lungs. My suggestion is listening to what they like, what they don’t like. It often means a lot when you remembered a place that they only brought up once or a suggestion of where they would like to go. Or even something they liked in the shop windows. There is nothing greater than being surprised with the fact that you remembered.

But also remember that this is just one day and often the most specialist gift doesn’t have to make you bankrupt. For instance, if you are in Cape Town, you could climb to Lion’s head or have a simple picnic on the beach. Find some nature, wherever you are, and later watch the sun go down and the stars come out – a beautiful way to end a perfect day. Or even watching a nice movie with the warmth of a delicious cup of hot chocolate. My second suggestion would be to not leave everything to the last minute. No one wants to feel pressurized and hurried and over stressed. So start planning in advance, that way you’ve got nothing to worry about.
I hope you all have an absolutely wonderful Valentine’s Day.

Written by Trinity Munro


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