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How to Not Celebrate Valentine’s Day This Year

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

Whether you’re forever single, long-distance on February 14th, or just don’t celebrate the holiday, this article is here to give you tips on how to not celebrate Valentine’s Day. Personally, my SO and I just choose not to celebrate because we’ve got our own traditions (a.k.a. anti-Valentine’s). I have nothing against Valentine’s Day, but I don’t think it’s necessary to feel pressured to spent tons of money and put weight on exactly how you choose to spend the holiday. Do what makes you happy


1. If you’re forever single, get together with your friends and do a “Galentine’s Day.” Relax, order pizza, bake cookies, maybe even have a “boyfriend bonfire” like Rachel, Monica, and Pheobe. Just make sure you don’t burn down any buildings.

2. If you’re in a long-distance relationship, it is still possible to have a date without feeling the pressure and sadness of not being together on Valentine’s Day. Pick a movie or a show, pop some popcorn, and jump on FaceTime with your SO. If you start the show/movie at the same time, it’s like you’re watching it together. Don’t focus on Valentine’s Day, focus on carving out time for each other.


3. If you’re just not into Valentine’s Day, you think it’s stupid, or you just don’t have money to spend on flowers, chocolate, and teddy bears, but you still want to do something special with your SO, do an anti-Valentine’s Day. February 15th, take a trip to the store, buy all the discount candy, rent a movie, and spend some time in sweatpants. No pressure, low cost, and still time spent together as a couple. Just make sure you discuss this ahead of time so you’re both on the same page.

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4. Treat yourself! Take yourself to dinner. Have a spa night. Bake a cake. Binge watch that show you’ve been meaning to watch. Go buy yourself an expensive gift because you deserve it! Be your own Valentine and OWN IT!

Kallan Doyon

U Conn '23

Kallan is a senior at the University of Connecticut studying Psychology, with minors in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Sociology. She plans to pursue her Masters in Social Work after this year. She loves writing! Like, genuinely love it, and rediscovered her love of writing just recently!