To us, Valentine’s is about celebrating love in all forms. It’s about different types of love and different types of relationships. That's why we have been re-imagining Valentine's Day for singles.
No one needs to feel alone or feel left out.
If you are single, let's use this time of year to spread the love and celebrate all of the special people you have in your life.
5 suggestions to make the most of Valentine’s Day for singles
Make some time to see your close friends
Are there some good friends you haven't managed to see in ages? Is your best friend always busy? Is there always a calendar clash with ex-work colleagues you are longing to see?
Make the time to see them this Valentine's - get a date and time booked ASAP.
Even if you are in a relationship, that doesn’t mean you have to exclusively spend time with your partner on Valentine's Day or over Valentine's weekend. Why not organise a bit of a reunion with some friends from school, university, an old workplace or sports group?
We all live such busy lives; wouldn’t it be nice to make the most of a Wednesday in February to get together and catch up?
Check-in on how everyone is doing. Get everyone around for a few drinks or dinner. Or, if you are spread across the UK, a group video call works well.
Have you heard of Galentine’s? It’s celebrated on 13th February each year and marks a day to be grateful for the female friends in your life – single or not. A day to shower them with attention and show how much your bestie or dearest girlfriend means. How could you celebrate Galentine's and your best friends this year...perhaps a little gin hamper you know she'll love?
Spend time with family and loved ones
Many couples do not celebrate Valentine’s and, perhaps, your parents or grandparents may be one of them.
Perhaps you have an elderly grandparent who is widowed. Make the time to celebrate your relationship with them and tell them how special they are, as well as how lucky you feel to have them in your life.
Pop around this Valentine’s Day with a cake or little gift. Spend some time together. Check in. We hear far too often about how lonely some of our older generation feel.
Consider also if there is an older person who lives alone in your street – why not reignite that lockdown spirit and pop by to see if they need anything or simply would like a bit of company, a nice chat, over a warm cup of tea?
Support those who may be struggling
There is no denying that Valentine’s Day can be very tough for those recently bereaved or going through a difficult breakup, for example.
Why not make it your mission on Valentine’s Day 2024 to reach out to those who are struggling?
It can be really hard… not knowing what to say… not knowing how to fill the void… not knowing how to help. But often all anyone needs is to know there is support out there. Individuals who care. There is someone who notices them.
If you are worried about what to say, there is some great advice from Mind on how to support a grieving person.
Try something completely different
As a single, do you ignore Valentine's Day itself on purpose?! Do you hide away?
This year, how about changing the 14th of February into a ‘Love Yourself Day', by doing something unique and different?
Book a holiday
Go to a spa
Get a massage or facial
Sign up for a challenge
Enrol in a course
Choose to help others
There are so many new and exciting experiences to try .... if not now, when?
Carry out a random act of kindness
Have you heard of Random Acts of Kindness? It’s when you do something small and kind, sometimes completely unpremeditated that brings a lot of happiness to another, possibly a stranger.
Every February and especially on Valentine's Day, we challenge everyone to give it a go!
Challenge a friend or your children to play ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ bingo with you. Draw up a 4x4 grid of acts and see who can cross them all off first between the 13th – 19th of February 2024, which is Random Acts of Kindness Week, with Random Act of Kindness Day on the 17th of February).
We love the ready-made set for kids, available on Etsy. However, we are sure you can make your own.
Some other Random Acts of Kindness suggestions include:
• Asking a shop worker how they are
• Ordering a small gift for a friend, with a gift message saying “just because” or “thanks for being you”
• Telling a family member how much they appreciate them
• Buying something on a charity’s wish list
• Doing a chore or small job for a parent or relative
For more suggestions, take a read of our Random Acts of Kindness – 20 suggestions to try a blog.
And don’t forget acts of kindness to yourself too, such as:
• Writing down 5 positive qualities about yourself and what you’ve learnt about yourself in the past year (keep somewhere safe to read regularly… and to read again next year)
• Composing a letter to your future self – pop it in an envelope and mark it “To be read on 14th February 2024”
• Finishing work early on Tuesday 14th and treating yourself to an afternoon pamper session – check out our very own Relax and Unwind Hamper.
• Starting a wellness journal – make the 14th of February the day you buy yourself a new one each year.
Valentine's Day for Singles
Making it all about what makes you feel good
Self-love... self-belief... self-compassion. Helping others, as well as looking after yourself, sounds like a great way to celebrate Valentine's to us.
With everything that is going on in the world, it feels right that Valentine's Day 2024 is all about re-imagining what love truly means and the depth and breadth of relationships all around us.