Planning a Better Valentine’s Day

Valentines 560x280It’s that time of year once again. Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Whether you’re a fan of big romantic gestures, or you prefer a more subtle kind of affection, you’re going to have to step up your game if you want to make a good impression for the polarizing holiday of love. Executing a successful Valentine’s Day really just boils down to one thing, adequate preparation. If you put in the time to plan something special for the holiday, it’s going to show that you care. Let’s take a look at how you can plan a better Valentine’s Day this year.

1) Come Up with Something Interesting

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At this point, the market saturation of garish Valentine’s Day paraphernalia means there is an infinite number of hackneyed ways to screw up your date. From cheesy teddy bears to heart shaped boxes of chocolates, the temptation to pick up something up from the holiday section of CVS can be overwhelming. But if you want your valentine to feel appreciated, you’re going to have to do a little bit better than that.

Try focusing on making it about a shared experience, rather than who can find the other person the better gift. When in doubt, the gift that will get you the most points is to create a romantic memory. Your own your own to come up with an original idea and the romantic gesture that will speak to your partner, but bringing back something special from your relationship is a good starting point. Bringing her back to the spot where you had your first date isn’t anything groundbreaking, but it’s a start. And if you do decide to do a physical Valentine’s Day gift, make sure you choose something with sentimental value.

2) Put Some Thought Into How You Dress

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Aside from picking out something fun to do, you should think about how you’re going to present yourself on the big day. If you’re really going to set the mood, it’s going to take more than just throwing on a t-shirt and a pair of jeans. Taking some time to get dressed and look presentable is important, and it will help elevate the day. And getting dressed doesn’t just mean picking out a nice shirt. It is the holiday for romance after all. Consider investing in something nice like men’s designer underwear. It’ll be a pleasant surprise and maybe kick things up a notch in the romance department.

3) Make Reservations Far in Advance

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If you’re planning on eating anywhere halfway decent, you should make reservations as far in advance as possible. Valentine’s Day is arguably the busiest night of the year for restaurants, as everyone in the city wants to take their date someplace special. Aside from restaurants, you should make sure to book in advance any other common romantic outings you might be planning like wine tastings and boat rides.

4) Plan a Surprise

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While some partners might express their disdain for surprises, the truth is that most people enjoy a surprise every once in a while. It doesn’t need to be a huge one, but a little something unexpected is always nice on Valentine’s Day. Sure, surprising your girlfriend with diamonds is never going to go out of style, but other gestures like planning a surprise trip to the beach, placing candles around the bedroom, or getting tickets to a special event are all fun ideas for a memorable, romantic surprise.

Planning a successful Valentine’s Day isn’t rocket science, and virtually anyone can plan something special. All it takes is a little bit of thought, planning, and preparation and the holiday will be great. And for those single readers out there, every other single person is going to want a date for Valentine’s, so who knows, maybe this year has a surprise in store for you.