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Activities for Singles on Valentine's Day

Updated on January 30, 2013
Don't worry! Love comes from many places.
Don't worry! Love comes from many places.

I have never experienced a Valentine's Day in which I have actually been with someone. I'm simply too romantic for romance! As a seasoned single, I have therefore had to find something ELSE to do on that special day- aside from gazing into the eyes of The One, of course.

If you, too, find yourself alone on this fabulous holiday (yes, it can be fabulous for singletons, too), consider the following activities. You'll have a great time. Trust me.

Have a Party

How lame would it be to spend Valentine's Day with a lover? Who needs 'em when you have awesome friends!

In the past I have hosted Singles Awareness Day (SAD) parties to celebrate the 14th, and have had a blast.

Because I love "activity parties" I have made the themes mostly craft-centric (e.g. Ironic Valentine's day card making), but you can really go with whatever you like.

One option is to throw a Halloween party on Valentine's Day. All of your decorations and costumes can be purchased on the days following Halloween of the previous year, hence you will have the pleasure of confusing your guests AND saving money.

You might also challenge guests to communally write a romance novel, make cootie catchers to divine fellow guests' romantic futures, or throw a pajama party complete with nail polish, stuffed animals a pint of Ben & Jerry's for every guest.

Drinking copious amounts if alcohol works quite well when no other party activity seems to cut it.

How about a nice zombie movie to get your thoughts off pointless human attachments?
How about a nice zombie movie to get your thoughts off pointless human attachments?

Indulge in a Movie Marathon

Whether enjoyed with friends or alone, one can do very well by watching an action movie on Valentine's Day. In addition to being quite thrilling, these movies remind one just how intolerably boring and insipid most romantic films are.

If you have a humorous disposition, you might, of course, turn to romantic films, but to keep things on the up-and-up, watch them with sarcastic commentary. If you don't feel like providing witty rejoinders yourself, I highly recommend watching Twight with Rifftrax commentary, (though I am told that, thanks to Robert Pattenson's immense self-hatred, Twilight's original commentary is pretty hilarious, too).

Even if you're not feeling loved right now, you can share your love with others!
Even if you're not feeling loved right now, you can share your love with others!
Nothing says 'love' like a stick of butter!
Nothing says 'love' like a stick of butter!

Bake Up a Storm

If you tend to feel particularly down in the dumps every Valentine's Day, shift the focus from yourself to others. One great means of doing this involves baking confectionary treats for all the loved ones in your life: the friends, family, and coworkers who usually go unappreciated on this couple-obsessed holiday.

In addition to boosting your popularity amongst the recipients of your sweet treats, you will gain access to treats you actually like. This ought to provide a pleasant contrast to the cheap or unfortunately-filled chocolates one may be plagued with while in a relationship.

Knives and Arrows

For those who may not enjoy the loudness of a shooting range, knife throwing or archery may be considered as alternate activities.

Visit a Shooting Range

Valentine's Day activities need not me limited to domestic pursuits. A visit to the shooting range is quite romantic when one thinks of romance in a more holistic manner, and the prospect shooting firearms provides a splendidly cathartic counterpoint to the sticky sweet itinerary most couples face on V-Day.

The romance, the exhilarating release, and the novelty of the activity would certainly make a trip to the shooting range a hit with friends, though going solo would be just as enjoyable. Should you feel lonely on Valentine's Day, you can at least feel like a badass as well.

Your sadness will melt away on that massage table!
Your sadness will melt away on that massage table!

Get a Massage

Some couples get massages on Valentine's day. This does not mean that singles are banned from all spas. If you wish someone else would pamper you and treat you to lovely spa treatments and massages on V-Day, man up and treat yourself. You will gain additional enjoyment from the activity knowing that you are beholden to nobody for the lovely session.

Scared of dying during the jump?

Hey, even if you do, your death story will be GREAT! "____ tragically died skydiving on Valentine's Day..."

Who could ask for anything more?

Go Skydiving

Let's face it- there are better plunges to take than marriage.

Whenever I am suffering from a blue mood, be it the result of loneliness or frustration with a stressful and over-loaded schedule, few things away my sadness quite like a healthy rush of adrenaline. One of the best rushes comes from jumping out of a plane, and nothing justifies an expensive recreational activity such as skydiving like a special holiday!

Nothing says "Screw Traditional Valentine's Day Activities" like jumping out of planes!
Nothing says "Screw Traditional Valentine's Day Activities" like jumping out of planes!

Banish Self Pity

No matter what you do, do not waste Valentine's Day feeling sorry for yourself. That's just... Gross.

In all situations in which one may not have exactly what one wants, the best option is to be proactive and make do with the status quo. It is your responsility to set the terms by which you live and celebrate.

Ultimately, nobody can make you happy but yourself, so this coming Valentine's Day, whether you are single, seeing someone, married, widowed, or stuck in a very complicated and stressful polyamorous relationship, I hope that you do something fantastic.


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    • poetryman6969 profile image


      5 years ago

      Guns and valentines!

    • BDhire profile image


      6 years ago

      nice idea for singles.

    • KenDeanAgudo profile image

      Kenneth C Agudo 

      6 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

      Great hub and so nice happy to read your hubs ;-)

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      Marie Alana 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      This is such a great hub! One can do the same on an anniversary of a divorce. This hub says so much about Valentine's day, but at the same time it says so much about you. I love your pictures! I never thought, but skydiving could be such a fun way to get the adrenaline going and to get away from the stressful modes. I love it!

    • emdi profile image


      6 years ago

      In todays world we all are busy in activities.

      During valentines day, I would recommend just sit together peacefully with ur partner and talk to each other. At least during this day we should find time to listen to each other.

      Now a days ,none of us have time to listen, we just talk or do some activities- when is the time then to listen.

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      6 years ago

      Haah so sad for singles like me.Anyways i really enjoyed your hub.Personally i feel everyday is valentines day for happy couples.

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Lucky you, Kenja! And I get it, hahaa. I'm always just looking for excuses to travel. Darn!

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      Ken Taub 

      6 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I meant on my hubs, online, not actually heading 3,000 miles cross-country. But either way, not so tough, lived in CA and in NY -- and NYC and San Fran, more similarities than differences...

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Glad you enjoyed the Hub, Ken! I'd be out of my depth out there, though! Things seem to run quite differently!

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      Ken Taub 

      6 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Tight and funny. A pleasure to read. Thanks Simone. Now come hither to the right coast and tell me what you think. I need some good feedback from smart singletons! Ken

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks for the kind words, everyone!

      SubRon7, I can't imagine how crazy flower shops must get around that day. Must have been amazing!! I'm kind of jealous, actually. I bet it would be an incredible experience to be putting together those arrangements and dealing with all the stressed customers!

      Also, Ninjadater, that is SUCH an awesome V-Day activity. Count me in.

    • Ninjadater profile image


      6 years ago

      I'm single, and watching the SEASON Premiere of "The Walking Dead!" that night, care to join me....Simone?" (Well, in spirit at least? lol)

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      An engaging hub! I can relate well to this hub of yours as I am single. Being single for a considerable period of time is indeed a blessing as it enables one to possess complete freedom, explore new things in life and enjoy independence. Your points are very helpful! I like watching movies and indulging in creative activities.

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up

    • sbma-kennedys profile image


      6 years ago from North West England.

      Hi Simone. This is my first visit but not my last. A really light hearted smile from me. Thank you.

      Voted up and following.


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      James W. Nelson 

      6 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      You are just too funny, Simone. I wish I could produce humor so lively as you do. Usually, when I think of a good comeback, 2-3 days have passed and nobody knows what the heck I'm talking about.

      As for That Day, I have "not" been alone just once.

      Now hang onto your hat (one of your cool ones) I have spent about 30-40 V-Days working at a flower shop, took a long hiatus and now every V-Day and Mother's Day I'm back at it in a flower shop in Fargo, ND.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 

      6 years ago from Clinton CT

      I love your hubs. You make everything sound...I don't know..lively! :) You have a great presence; in your photos, your writing, and of course- your videos too. Nice work :)

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      Ethan Green 

      6 years ago from England

      I know it's a little way off yet, but are you free next valentine's day? Oh hang on, this is a hub comment box. Sorry. Great article by the way. But don't make me have to read it again next february 14th:-)

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      That sounds like a good activity to me, bishopkmb! And props for even doing that DESPITE boyfriend-possession! Honestly, I bet they're glad you have such good taste. And I do highly recommend additional baking activities- for anything!

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      6 years ago from Maryland

      My best friend and I always have a "Murder and Mayhem Movie Marathon". Even if we have boyfriends we ditch them for night of blood and gore. These ideas are great, too. We'll have to incorporate baking into next year...

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      One can never underestimate the power of butter, eh Millionaire Tips? It's great fun to share treats on V-Day. I highly recommend it!

      Yeah, Crystal Tatum, shooting ranges are great!

      OMG Leroyworld, I love the idea of having a knife throwing party. I must make this happen. And hahaa, people really do show up for sweets, don't they? Hey, whatever works.

      I am very happy to report that cootie catcher manufacturing techniques have remained unchanged, drbj! Some things never change. ;)

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      A cootie catcher? Now that's a novel idea, Simone. Has the manufacturing technique changed or is it still the same old same olde? Just wonderin'.

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      6 years ago from Texas, No place else

      I like the knife throwing suggestion. Maybe that could be a party theme. Realistically, I will probably just cook something - probably chocolate chip cookies. Odd, people show up for my cookies, but not my parties.

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      Crystal Tatum 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Great ideas for singles like me. I like the shooting range - good way to take out aggression!

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      Shasta Matova 

      6 years ago from USA

      These are all great ideas! I especially like the stick of butter caption. I've baked on V-Day before, but hadn't really thought about sharing.


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