It happens more often than most of us would like to admit. Valentine’s Day sneaks up on you, and you end up stressing out or scrambling to make last minute plans. In particular, as we are all pulled in so many directions, we may forgot that somehow it’s the middle of February and are stuck scrambling to celebrate our loved ones. Luckily, we have a few simple tips to help you #WINVDAY this year.
1. Have a Plan
It’s important to have a plan of how you and your partner want to celebrate the occasion. Have a plan squared away at least a week in advance so you don’t have to stress about last minute planning. Consider all the little details (and maybe a few backup plans as things tend to change) so nothing unexpected comes up (or, if it does, then you are prepared). We suggest making an itinerary or list that helps you keep track of everything and will ensure you don’t miss a single thing.
2. Book Things in Advance
If you are able to head out for the day, then be sure to book everything in advance. From a romantic stroll through the local woods or a picnic outside, there are options to head outside. For families with kids, then a romantic day with your partner might be difficult, but is still doable. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, don’t forget to block off your schedule at work so no last minute projects come up and you can’t spend time with your family and loved ones.
3. Order Gifts Ahead of Time
Ordering gifts in advance not only ensures that they will arrive on time, but you are also able to put more thought into them. Shopping early also means having the largest selection of items before things sell out. Have you ever been to a card aisle the day before Valentine’s Day? It’s slim pickings, total chaos, and you’re practically bumping elbows with the people next to you. Don’t let your once thoughtful gift turn into “whatever I can find on such short notice.” Avoid all of this unnecessary stress and get your gifts in place.
4. Celebrate Early
Most people forget you don’t have to celebrate Valentine’s Day on the actual day itself for it to be meaningful. Why not enjoy your own Valentine’s Day a few days before? This could help you avoid crowds for popular local destinations or extensive wait times for take out at popular restaurants. Plus, who wouldn’t love to receive sweet treats a few days early?
5. Plan Something Fun
Dinner and a movie are classic Valentine’s Day dates, but variety is the spice of life. So, this year, don’t rely on the classics and try something new. Plan something fun that you both can look forward to so it’s not stressful and doesn’t feel like an obligation. Always wanted to learn the tango? Take a class together. Or, how about finding an online music show? Break away from the status quo and try something new this Valentine’s Day.
The most important thing to remember is to just go with the flow and enjoy yourself. Valentine’s Day only comes around once a year so don’t waste the day distracted by trying to make it “perfect.” What matters most is that you’re spending it with the person you love!