Valentine’s Day for One

T-minus 5 days until Valentine’s Day! Couples across the nation are planning dinners, rush shipping from Amazon, and picking out teddy bears and cards for their significant others. For those of you who are single, this means only 6 days until all the discount chocolate your heart desires. This time of year, many blogs and sites are posting about the perfect V-Day gift to buy for your boyfriend or girlfriend, husband or wife. Well, how about a Valentine’s Day for just for you! Everyone deserves a special day or treat whether they’re in cahoots with someone or not. Here are five great gift ideas for that awesome person in your life…you!

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Vacation All I Ever Wanted

Just read the word, “vacation.” and you’re already dreaming of sunny beaches and your feet dug in the sand. Tons of people don’t use up their paid time off, and end up losing it! This Valentine’s Day, surprise yourself and book that trip you’ve been planning for-ev-er. Traveling solo is fabulous and fun, because you’re never on anyone’s schedule. You get to see and do what you want, when you want, and have the freedom to change plans quickly if a great adventure is found around the corner. Great sites like Groupon offer affordable getaway deals, and with Travelocity you can save by booking flight and hotel together. Stop waiting for the right time, and book that trip! Grab Cupid’s bow and shoot an arrow anywhere on the map you’ve been dying to see.

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Furry Friends

Sometimes being single can feel a tad lonely, which is often where our pets come in to fill that space with joy and slobber. Perhaps the adoption of a new forever friend might be the start of a great new relationship this Valentine’s Day? What’s better than unconditional love, play, and someone who’s always happy to see you? There are tons of amazing and loving animals at shelters across the nation who are in need of a good home. Check with the Humane Society in your area, or local shelters to go meet and greet some adorable new friends. Just make sure you have the time, space, and energy for a new pet before looking around to find just the right one for you.

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Shake It Up

If things have felt a bit stagnant and spending time alone has started feeling boring, try something new! There are likely tons of classes, activities, groups, clubs and events in your community. Treat yourself this Valentine’s Day to something you’ve always wanted to try. Maybe a golf lesson, Capoeira or Zumba class, horseback riding lesson, painting, or a stained glass creating class. Get out and try something new to re-inspire yourself.

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Relax

Couples massage are a very popular Valentine’s Day gift, but often finding the time to accommodate both busy schedules to actually get in together can be tricky. Not so when you’re only booking a trip to relaxation town for one! This year indulge, and buy yourself a deluxe massage treatment. The health benefits of massage  range from relieving stress to lowering blood pressure. If the entire aisle of heart shaped chocolates and life sized teddy bears at the grocery store are giving you a headache, a good massage is just what the love doctor ordered!

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The Gift That Keeps on Giving

If you’re feeling alone on Valentine’s Day, consider sharing the most valuable thing you own with others…yourself! Volunteering your time in your community is a great way to meet some new friends and neighbors and get involved with a good cause. Helping others in need is so important, and can benefit you as well by creating a sense of purpose! Check different sites like VolunteerMatch or local community boards in your neighborhood for events or causes that you relate to and would enjoy.

Valentine’s Day is a perfect reason to celebrate this party of one! If you don’t have a life partner in crime these days, enjoy doing something special just for you. It’s also OK to buy large quantities of chocolate for one if the need arises, it’s full of plenty of healthy antioxidants and fuel for your inner child.

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