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Six Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day for the Single Gal

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at McGill chapter.

Valentine’s Day is coming up and it seems like you’re the only one who doesn’t have plans with a special someone. You may find yourself feeling lonely and even slightly irritated by the holiday’s many clichés. However, this shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying the day. After all, you don’t need a boyfriend to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We have compiled a list of fun activities that you can enjoy by yourself or with friends on the 14th.

Treat Yourself

It’s the best way to rejuvenate when you’re down about your love life or if you just need to relax. You can go to a spa, get a manicure, or buy the handbag that you’ve been eyeing for months. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you’re enjoying yourself. Remember, you have to look good to feel good, and this is the best time to do just that.

Make Gifts for Your Friends

Since this holiday is supposed to be about love, what better time is there to show your appreciation for the people who’ve been with you through thick and thin? It’s easy to buy gifts from a store, but handmade gifts require more effort and your friends will recognize that. These gifts can be something as simple as a card, or you can decorate a mug for each of them. You can even decorate plain vases and put your friends’ favourite flowers in them. Whatever gift you make, your friends will see your love for them.

Start a New Interest or Develop a Hobby

Have you always wanted to take a pottery class? Did you promise to go to the gym at least once a week? Whatever your personal interests are, it’s a good time to start them now. You tend to learn a lot about yourself when you start a new hobby. It can broaden your horizons and you may even discover a new talent. More importantly, it’s a great way to meet new people within your city or community. Life becomes much more vibrant when you’re committed to something that you’re passionate about. 

Host a Party

Remember that scene from Valentine’s Day, where Jennifer Garner invites all her single friends and they smash a heart to pieces? That’s not the type of party you’re going to have. You’re going to have a fun party with your other single girl friends. What’s more fun than catching up through conversation, food, and booze? Also, you can decorate your house or apartment in so many ways for this occasion. There is no need to be bitter because there are so many more positive things to focus on.

Travel Somewhere New

You don’t have to leave the country or even go very far; you can go to a new restaurant or a new part of town. It’s a good way for you to reflect on yourself or to spend time with friends. More importantly, you’ll learn about the different stores, people and restaurants that a new place has to offer. The best part is that you don’t have to spend much money (or even any) to gain a new experience.

Remember Love Comes in All Forms

It’s easy to get caught up in the fact that you don’t have a date on Valentine’s Day. However, you have to remember that your friends and family love you no matter what and that you’re already blessed for that reason. A boyfriend doesn’t necessarily make you happy. Therefore, enjoy the time you have for yourself and appreciate the people around you.  

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Erica is a writer for Her Campus. She is currently in her second year at McGill, pursuing a degree in English (Cultural Studies). She is also an aspiring writer who loves fashion, beauty, travel, and culture. She hopes that you enjoy her articles and her insights into the world around her.