It’s that time of year again and love is in the air. Valentine’s Day is upon us, and while most girlfriends are busy anticipating about how great it will be, most men are feeling the pressure. If you don’t want to be that guy who manages to completely screw up Valentines Day and turn it into break-up day, just follow this guide and you can be confident that cupid will be ever in your favor.
The first important thing to do to have a successful Valentine’s Day is to REMEMBER what day it is on. It falls on February 14th, that is FRIDAY this year. If you have trouble remembering dates, write it down or set a calendar alarm. If you happen to unfortunately forget, don’t let your girlfriend know! Play it cool. Then once she’s not around you can panic.
If you’re trying to make dinner reservations on Valentines Day, good luck! You probably won’t find any openings, unless it’s a fast food joint. I would STRONGLY advise against thinking that will fly. REMEMBER romance is key, not how much you spend.
One of the best things you can do to ensure a great Valentine’s Day is to prepare and plan everything in advance. If you want to eat at a certain restaurant, you need to make a reservation early. They do fill up fast. If you don’t have enough money to spare for a fancy dinner or couldn’t score a table the place she likes, there is a solution that can be even better than going out: Cook dinner for your significant other. This alternative is not only more romantic [check], because it’s just the two of you, but it is much cheaper to eat at home [check]. Everyone knows that Valentine’s Day can really put a hole in your pocket so this is an easy win-win situation.
3. Get a Thoughtful Gift
If you want to really “WOW” her, avoid being cliché and do something different! Yes, all girls love the occasional flowers and chocolates, but if you go to your local drugstore or pharmacy you’ll see a bunch of other guys doing the same thing – hanging out in the same aisle buying heart-shaped boxes of chocolate. If you’re going to get her flowers and chocolates pair it with something more meaningful to her. Don’t buy her a gift you want, buy her a gift she will want. Meaningful gifts don’t have to involve a lot of money but they will involve some thought. Some ideas for gifts you can give are:
- Make her a mix tape of all the songs you two listen to together. This is not only romantic but it is something she can keep forever.
- Make her a Coupon Book- Not coupons to the grocery store, but coupons that she can redeem from you. Such as a “ten minute massage” or a “get out of the Dog House for Free” coupon.
- Get a “Why I Love You” Book – Create your own book about the reasons why you love her or as a cheaper alternative you can write the reasons on pieces of paper and put them in a jar. Don’t be overly sappy or scared guys. Confidence is key.
Remember: Avoid teddy bears holding hearts, or anything heart-shaped if possible.
As much as Valentine’s Day is a moneymaking Hallmark holiday, it’s a day to express how much you really care about someone. If you make an honest effort on Valentine’s Day you should have a successful one. At dinner, put your phone away instead of being hooked on it like we so often do these days. Remember, this day isn’t about anyone else but you and your significant other so enjoy it!
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Gents… Bruno Mars.
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