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27 Lovely Ways To Spend Valentines Day If You're Single

Embrace the self-love.

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Sure, Valentine's Day shouldn't matter if you're single... but being without a plus one can still suck sometimes.


So. Many. Couples. Everywhere.

So, we asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the best way to spend Valentine's Day if you're single. Here are the results.

1. Celebrate Galentine's Day.


"In the spirit of Lesilie Knope, I love to celebrate Galentines Day; yummy pancakes, homemade sentimental cards, and little gifts to celebrate all the gals (and pals) in my life."

– Anne Jane Lynam, Facebook

"I’m channeling my inner Leslie Knope and celebrating Galentine’s instead! We did it last year and had a big group of ladies just celebrating how awesome we are and drinking buck’s fizz and playing games. It was a brilliant day, and I can’t wait to do it again this year! Ovaries before brovaries."


"Galentine’s Day!!! February 13th, get your girlfriend on! I don’t want to exclude men, how about Palentine’s? I hate myself lol ^-^"


2. Start a Valentine's Day tradition.

"My tradition is to bake a homemade, heart-shaped pizza and watch The Princess Bride. Sometimes included: buying cute lingerie for me and baking cookies for friends. I love my traditions!"

– Tracy Prouty, Facebook

3. Watch My Bloody Valentine.

"I usually watch "My Bloody Valentine" or some other Valentine related horror movie (there are more than you'd think)."– Matt Michaud

"I usually watch "My Bloody Valentine" or some other Valentine related horror movie (there are more than you'd think)."

– Matt Michaud

4. Post a selfie.

"I'll be seeing Fifty Shades of Grey with my girls and then posting a bomb ass selfie."


5. Celebrate your dog.

"I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m going to spend the day celebrating my dog’s birthday. Be jealous."


6. Spend it with your siblings.


"I spent my best Valentine’s day with my sister. Neither of us had dates and we thought what’s better than sister love. Still my best Valentine’s day and I still think I have the best sister ever. Or I just stay in and eat Ben and Jerry’s. That always works too."

– m457a37b78

7. Make cards for all your friends.

"I am in the process of making Valentine cards for my fellow singletons. Each one is different but very much on the lines of ‘you are valued’.

"I have never been in a relationship so I have never got a card, which truthfully does sting. However! I am not going to sit and get sad over it, the right person will come one day but for now I want to help cheer up as many as I can."


8. Go to the gym.

"Going to the gym! It’s just another day."


"I went to Zumba with a friend once, was fabulous."


9. Travel.

"I took a quick road trip up to PA and went snowboarding by myself all day! Best Valentines Day ever!"

– Aubrey Whipps, Facebook

"We went to Dublin with my best friend, had a pizza to share in a greasy takeaway and sampled lots of types of whisky before rebuffing all of the French and Irish rugby fans and salsa dancing with each other until the early hours. Best valentines ever."


10. Send anonymous gifts to your single friends.

"I'm finding some relatively inexpensive gifts to anonymously send via Amazon to the few single friends I have (I'm middle aged, most of my friends are in relationships). Something to make other people's days brighter, as making other people happy makes me happy."

– Matt Michaud

11. Embrace self love.


"You have to spend it on a self-lovin’ session. Go do whatever the fuck it is you feel like doing that day. Wanna splash some cash on clothes? Do it. Wanna eat junk food all day? Do it. Wanna stay in and just watch TV? Guess what, Valentines day is a day traditionally dedicated to showing the one you love most in life that they are special to you, and the one person in life you should love the most, before anyone else, is yourself."


I consider Valentine's Day an opportunity to celebrate all the things I love about myself. I go for a run with my dog (the only truly loyal boy in my life) to boost my endorphins and celebrate the things my body can do; I take an extra long shower so I can deep condition my hair and enjoy the steam; I put on makeup and clothes that make me feel confident; I treat myself to a movie I've been dying to see or try a new recipe for dinner to remind myself that I can enjoy my own company.

You can do all the things couples do, or do none of them at all and just hole up with Netflix. The important thing is doing something that reminds you why you love yourself, because you're awesome. Self love is the most important love.

– Chelsea Margaret Bradley, Facebook

"LOVE YOURSELF! If you don’t have a s.o., treat yourself and really indulge in that self love that we so often forget. Gather up your pets and maybe some friends, have your fav indulgent foods, and stay in or go out. But a nice new outfit or fancy dinner. And don’t forget to remind your besties that you love them, too!"


12. REALLY embrace self love.


"Just masturbate! Schedule some alone time, preferably in your room. Light some candles, put on some relaxing music, or watch porn, or use your imagination."

– Anonymous

13. Throw a dinner party.

"For the past few years I've thrown a dinner party for my other single friends. I cook something a little bit fancy, like I might do if I were cooking for a date/partner. We drink plenty of wine. The only rule is that nobody is allowed to talk about love, sex or romance unless it's part of a story about how awful an ex was or how awesome we are as single people. The playlist is all songs about being awesome single people or how rubbish relationships are. I have had requests from friends who are coupled-up to join in because they wish they could come, but only single people are allowed."

– Helen Taylor

14. Read.

"I head over to the bookstore and choose out a couple of cheap romance novels, go home make some mac and cheese, wrap myself in one of my plush blankets, turn my phone off, and read myself to sleep."


15. Have a sleepover.


"I had a slumber party with all my single girlfriends and we played mariokart and watched movies and made pizza. Valentines day isn’t just about romantic love. Its about the love we share with everybody close to us."


16. Go out to a nice restaurant with friends.

"My friends and I dressed up and went out for Indian food. Having dinner with 3 people I love unconditionally and know love me … We were SATC before there was SATC."


17. Remember the good things about being single.


"Give thanks for the fact that I can eat cereal for dinner, watch whatever I like on TV, turn up the thermostat rather than put on another jumper, and go to sleep without someone poking his d**k in my back, believing that it’s going to turn me on."


18. Have a spa day.

"Take yourself to a spa and treat yourself to a massage, a mani-pedi, whatever!"


19. Eat.

Jenna Marbles

"EAT. Haha I’m not kidding, I eat healthy about 90% of the time so on Valentine’s Day I plan on ordering pizza and eating some sweets and just watching TV and hanging out with my new puppy. I’m pretty excited lol."


20. Sleep.

"I do what I always do on Valentine’s day: I take a nap."


21. Wallow.


"Honestly, for me, trying to ignore it and pretend I’m happy and “totally fine!” doesn’t work, so I embrace the suck. I allow myself a pity party, because hell, we’re all entitled now and then. For me that means locking the doors, eating something bad for me, and watching something like Gilmore girls.

The trick, however, is keeping it confined to that day. February 15th, put on your big girl panties and move on."


22. Spend time with your mum.

"I'm booking the day off work and going shopping with my Mum. I'm gonna blow a load of money on things that make me feel awesome."

– Amy Wills

"All the years of my adult life that I’ve been single on Valentine’s Day, I’ve taken my mother out to a restaurant of her choice for a nice mother-daughter dinner."


23. Throw an Anti-Cupid party.

"Anti-Cupid party. Invite all your single friends and just have fun. Whether it’s a “woo being single’s great” thing or a “man being single sucks” thing you’ll enjoy yourself. "


24. Treat it like any other day.


"Treat it just like every other Tuesday, because it is.

"Get up, shower, go to work, come home, watch some tv, do some laundry, make/eat dinner, FaceTime my nieces/nephews, watch more tv, and then go to sleep."


25. Generally, just be with your friends.

Instagram: @studiodiy

"Friends. Meet your single AF friends and be single AF together."


26. Watch How to Be Single.

"Watch “How To Be Single” – it’s a really great movie and you’ll feel empowered as a single girl/guy afterwards."– charlotteelisabethc

"Watch “How To Be Single” – it’s a really great movie and you’ll feel empowered as a single girl/guy afterwards."


27. Plot world domination.

"Same thing I do every night : Try to take over the world!"


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