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Valentine's Day Sucks! - Anti-Valentine's Ideas

Updated on December 19, 2014
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Dear Valentine's Day haters, I am totally on your side. There are many excellent reasons to hate February 14th. And dear Valentine's Day lovers, don't get me wrong; I am not against the idea of giving and receiving love. I just hate to see Valentine's Day being so commercialized that a non-descript rose bouquet is sold at the price of caviar. Romantic love has been given so much significance on this so-called special day that many seem to forget it's not the only kind of love that deserves to be celebrated.

For singles, Valentine's Day could be even more depressing than Christmas. For breakup survivors or "dumpees" who are recuperating from severe heart wounds, seeing silly couples acting extra lovey-dovey might aggravate the lingering pain and prolong the healing process. A lot of men also secretly dread Valentine's Day and the grueling burden of fulfilling their beloved women's expectations. I am in none of these situations but hate the Cupid's Day nonetheless. Luckily, my husband is allergic to Valentine's Day as much as I am, so we usually ignore it completely and stay home to avoid witnessing public love scenes. But if you'd rather do something anti Valentine's instead of just ignoring it, here are some fun ideas you might want to adopt.

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Anti Valentine's Idea # 1 - Host a "Love Gone Wrong" Movie Night

Invite some friends to your place and watch a marathon of "love gone wrong" type of movies. Here are some good ones:

  • War of the Roses - A couple battling in a nasty divorce. Their aggression and cruelty toward each other will make you grateful to be single.
  • The Kill Bill series - A retired assassin seeking revenge upon her former lover. It is quite graphically gory.
  • American Beauty - The true beauty of this film is the fact that it portrays misery of married life in such an artistically depressing way.
  • Curse of the Golden Flower (Chinese film) - A tale of nasty secrets in a royal family. The queen has an affair with her stepson. The prince sleeps with his half-sister. And the king slowly poisons his wife. However, none of these is the most horrible thing that happens in the movie.
  • Shutter (Thai film) - The spirit of a woman comes back to haunt the man who betrayed her. Like most horror films, the plot isn't very complex or interesting, but the creepy factor is quite astounding.

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Anti Valentine's Idea # 2 - Remind People about the Thorny Side of Love

Being anti-Valentine's doesn't mean you shouldn't offer gifts to your loved ones and show them you care about them. Just don't do it the cheesy way. Forget about the exorbitantly priced Valentine's roses and get them potted cacti instead. Yes, roses are a great symbol of love, but people tend to admire only the flowers and scorn the thorny stems, which is like choosing to see only the beauty and ignoring the possible difficulties in love. Enough with such naivety! Give them some cacti and show them the spikes! Love can hurt. No relationship is absolutely perfect. And sometimes love can even kill! And yet, it's still a precious thing just like a little pot of cactus.

Anti Valentine's Idea # 3 - Make an Anti-Valentine's Statement with Your Attire

On Valentine's Day, some streets might look more like strawberry fields since lots of people suddenly fancy wearing red clothing. If you're a real V-Day hater, you might want to opt for black from head to toe to defy the day. If you don't want to be mistaken for a goth and would rather do it in a more humorous way, get an anti-Valentine's t-shirt, hat or sweater from websites, like Cafepress and Zazzle. These sites offer a galore of affordable clothing, most of which are printed with funny and creative designs.

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Anti Valentine's Idea # 4 - Let People Taste Your "Pain"

This idea is especially appropriate for recent breakup survivors. Bake some heart-shaped cookies, then break each of them in half or make little holes in them. Dark chocolate is probably the best flavor, as it's very bitter and very black. Share a taste of your "wounded heart" with your friends, family or coworkers. This Valentine's present can tell people two things about you. First, you're accepting that your healing is not yet complete. Second, in spite of that, you're strong enough to bake some funny goodies and laugh about your own problem! Plus, it's a nice satirical gift that might encourage some people to think twice before gloating over their romantic dinner plans in front of you.

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    Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

    This an interesting hub. I love Valentine`s day but hey these ideas are not bad.

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    Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

    Yeah, Valentine's Day lovers can adopt some of these ideas as well.....just to be different! Thanks for dropping by.

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    wowsite1234 5 years ago from Moncks Corner, SC

    HAHA, very interesting. I do celebrate V-Day, but I know a few people that could try these ideas out.

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    Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

    Cool! Hope you share these anti-valentine's ideas with them soon :)

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    Haha--I quite with you--I think it's over-emphasized--love doesn't just show up on Valentine's day. Great ideas. Love the eat your heart out idea.

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    prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Actually, Love wasn't only belong to Valentine Days. But we can express and share our love everyday. Thanks to remind us about this, brother. Have a nice weekend!

    Prasetio

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    Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    I didn't start dating until college and always adopted some sort of anti-Valentine's Day theme in HS. Fun ideas.

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    Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

    Funny hub! My husband proclaims that he hates Valentine's Day too because it is so commercialized and "shames" couples into spending needless money on candy, flowers or jewelry on the "made-up" holiday. I'm with Prasetio in believing that one should express love ANY day, and not on a designated holiday like V-Day. :)

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    jenubouka 5 years ago

    Couldn't agree with you more, Om. The overly commercial ads, the falsehoods for only having to romance your loved one one day out of the year. I have always shunned the very idea of celebrating this "hallmark" holiday.

    Great ideas!!

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    Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

    @Anglwu - Yay! Glad to have you on the anti-Valentine's team.

    @Prasetio - Well said! Hope you have a lovely weekend as well.

    @randomcreative - Thanks! Anti-Valentine's stuff is kind of more fun to do than cheesy Valentine's stuff, isn't it?

    @Stephhicks - You have a very wise husband! Every day in our lives should be Valentine's Day indeed.

    @jenubouka - Glad to hear you're also a V-Day scorner, Jen! Thanks for dropping by.

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    Cathy 5 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

    This was both creative and funny. The cupid fraud image was very funny. Thanks.

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    Heather 5 years ago from Ohio

    LOL!! I've got you in my Google reader, and I've gotta say--I literally LOL'd when I read this title! Great for those who don't need a day assigned to show their love for someone! :) As usual, up, funny, and interesting!

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    Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

    @ytsenoh - Yeah, that pic is pretty funny, but maybe Cupid should be arrested for indecent exposure rather than fraud. :)

    @UniqueVanities - Thanks, my friend. Glad this hub gave you a good laugh. :)

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    Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

    LOVE THIS! While I happen to be a huge fan of the rampant commercialization enjoyed by modern V-Days (chocolate, hearts, and pink everywhere? YES PLEASE), I think your ideas are way fun. I'm actually having an anti-Valentine's Day party this Sunday and I'm inspired by your Hub to dress in all black on the actual day (unless I go to a crazy pillow fight, in which case I'll need something more battle-ready). Such fabulous ideas. Happy Anti-Valentine's Day!

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    Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

    Happy anti-Vday to you too, Simone! Have a great party and please don't get into a pillow fight! A food fight would be much more fun :P

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    SJmorningsun25 5 years ago

    Love this! I would probably love V-day if I had a reason to, but as I don't, it's Most Hated Day of the Year (next to any day in January). Your ideas are great--defiance with a sense of humor! I especially love the cactus. Thank you for this!

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    Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

    Thanks for stopping by, SJ. Happy anti-Valentine's Day! :)

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