It's been a while...
I know, today is March 12th and not February 6th (oops! that was my wedding anniversary for the marriage ended in divorce)...and not February 14th either.
But your question reminded me of my own idea to write a hub on my significant days that somehow revolve around St. Valentine's Day.
I think, (to answer your question), "real" is a relative word. Is it real for you? You create your own reality. You don't have to buy anything. Celebration is more about spirit and feelings.
To me, Christmas is no longer a holiday, I feel depressed. It seems too much.
But St. Valentine's ? Last year I went dancing. This year I went dancing.
I got a Huge Heart full of Chocolates that I did not eat and plenty of "I love you" from the person who does not love me. Later we exchanged more gifts not related to St. Valentine and the relationship that was never a relationship in the first place ended.
But there were some good moments, February 14th included.
In short, you celebrate Love By Being in Love and whenever you feel inclined to do so in whichever way you find suitable.
Just use your imagination! Skip the trip to Hallmark!