How to Enjoy Valentine's Day When You're Single

Try these 13 ideas for spending the day alone (or with friends).

Being single in February kinda sucks. It's dreary and cold and, oh yeah, there's that romantic holiday you won't be celebrating.

Remember this, though — Valentine's Day falls on a Wednesday this year. Therefore, it's highly unlikely that your coupled friends will do something grand and extravagant on a weeknight. Secondly, be happy that you don't have to spend money and think of a cute, creative gift idea.

Instead, make the 14th a positive experience by taking care of Number One.

Make a date with your friends...

Friends Eating at Restaurant

Friends Eating at Restaurant

Students eating a meal toghether

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There's no better way to spend Valentine's Day as a single person than with people who are unattached, like you. Meet up with friends or family for a movie, meal or drinks. Host a game or movie night at home. Go shopping or do a group activity outside.

Or with the couch.

Man on Couch

Man on Couch

Shot of a young man browsing the internet at home on a digital tablet

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Hey, sometimes you just need some "me time," ya know? Enjoy this opportunity to catch up on hot TV shows, flip through magazines or read a book.

Cook a nice meal for yourself...

Pumpkin Fettuccine

Pumpkin Fettuccine With Sausage and Sage

This pumpkin fettuccine with sausage and sage is so satisfying. The layers of flavors beg you to put on a thick sweater and curl up on the sofa with a steamy bowl.

When was the last time you prepared a well-balanced, nutritious meal for yourself? In the spirit of self-care, spend time making dinner from scratch, not a box.

Or order take-out.

Eating Pizza at Home

Eating Pizza at Home

Man having pizza in the bed in bedroom with his lovely dog.

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Make this day about doing things you love. So, if cooking ain't your thing, then skip it. Splurge on a nice wine or beer instead.

Fresh out of a relationship? Do something your ex never wanted to do.

Create a video game station with all the necessary conveniences.

Build a Video Game Station

Create a video game station with all the necessary conveniences.

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

If you love to stroll aimlessly through Target or play video games for hours but your ex considered that activity torture, take this opportunity to do it alone without someone complaining.

Go to a wine and painting class...

Wine and Painting Class

Painting with Wine

Nettoyage d'un pinceau. Une oeuvre peinte en arrière plan. L'artiste Sonia Caron nettoie son pinceau lors de la création d'une toile durant une soirée Paint Nite a Otterburn Park au Québec. Le 25 mars 2016. Sonia, graphiste et illustratrice peint son oeuvre selon le modèle qui est suggéré lors de l'événement.

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This is a great way to meet new people or catch up with friends. The relaxed atmosphere makes it enjoyable and beginner-friendly. Pottery, glass-blowing or cooking classes also offer opportunities to learn a new hobby and provide fun environments for groups or singles.

Or color at home.

Urban Outfitters Adult Coloring Book

Urban Outfitters Adult Coloring Book

"642 Things to Color" humorous adult coloring book from Urban Outfitters.

Photo by: Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

There are multitudes of adult coloring books out there. Pick whichever one peaks your interest and get lost coloring inside (or outside) the lines. Seriously, there are so many options, from Game of Thrones to Vogue-themed. This one is beautiful, and the pages would look great in a frame when you're done.

Book a massage or nail appointment...

Midcentury Modern Nail Salon

Blush and Cream Midcentury Modern Nail Salon

This upscale salon has a Midcentury Modern design that is girly, glamorous and vintage. The blush and cream palette makes the space feel soft and feminine, while the gold accents add a touch of glam to the rooms. Vintage details such as the white chandelier help to add personality to the space.

Photo by: Nick Pironio

Nick Pironio

It's the perfect way to unwind after work and give yourself the gift of relaxation. Indulge in an hour-long massage or facial. Meet your girlfriends at the nail spa for wine and pedicures. Get a blow out at a dry bar, just because.

Or have a DIY spa night.

Woman Reading in Bath with Face Mask

Woman Reading in Bath with Face Mask

Cropped shot of a young woman relaxing in the bathtub with a book and glass of wine

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Light the candles; run a hot bath; put on a face mask; pick your favorite nail color and relaaaaax. Make a homemade face mask or body scrub. Try that hair mask you always read about but never have time to do. Create your own essential oil blend for a natural moisturizer.

Go to a local coffee shop.

Reclaimed Wood Cafe Bar

Barista Bar Features Salvaged Wood

All existing framing lumber was salvaged and used to accent the bookshelves, product display shelves, cafe bar, point of sale, bakery case and overhead storage. The warm wood pops against the cafe's crisp white walls.

Photo by: John Wilbanks Photography

John Wilbanks Photography

When you're feeling lonely, it's nice to be around other people, even if you don't know them. Coffee shops are great for singles who want to mingle or singles who just want to enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and artisan coffee.

Sign up for an exercise class...

Colorful Wall Accent Anchors Neutral Color Palette

Neutral Color Palette Anchors Colorful Wall Accent

To highlight the color in the space, designers used a neutral color palette to anchor the space and help reflect the natural light from the windows. Mirrors were then added to reflect the color and light, making the space look brighter.

Photo by: Adrian Tiemens Photography

Adrian Tiemens Photography

Because you never leave a workout feeling worse than before. Choose any type of physical activity, inside or out, to feel confident, relaxed and full of positivity from all those endorphins.

Or try one at home.

Exercising at home allows you move at your own pace, taking off the pressure of working out in front of a group. Some cable providers offer a variety of exercise classes to rent or watch for free. But YouTube is really your best bet for free, engaging classes with personable instructors. I recommend Casey Ho of Blogilates, PopSugar Fitness and Brett Larkin Yoga.

Buy something frivolous.

Clothing Rack and Black Art Deco Bench

Clothing Rack and Black Art Deco Bench

A pre-existing bench that was reupholstered with a shimmering black fabric with coordinating cording was used as a comfortable sitting area in this boutique. The pillow fabric was also used as a wallpaper application in the dressing room and behind the cashier counter.

Photo by: Casey Dunn

Casey Dunn

Whether it's a trendy piece that boosts your confidence, new tools or an outrageously priced-candle, buy an item that makes you happy. After all, what better day to splurge than Valentine's Day? The sales will be amazing, too.

Check Out Our Gift Guide: 15 Valentine's Day Gifts to Get Yourself

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