TORONTO Jan. 31, 2011 Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day
Kim Hughes think Valentine’s Day
If You Are Single…
#1 Sign up for Lavalife.
February 1st Valentine’s Day February 15
#3 Be a Doll and Babysit.
If You Are Taken…
#1 – Bon Appetit, Baby
Skip the expensive, impersonal and overcrowded restaurant scene altogether. Instead, select a dinner either from a cookbook you have never tried or from a perennial fave. Shop for the ingredients and prepare dinner together. Up the ambience quotient by choosing a national cuisine – say Spanish, French or Portuguese – then pair with wine, music, even clothing style from that country.
#2 – See the Sights
Be tourists in your own city for a day. Visit a museum or art gallery, go shopping, canoodle on public transit and enjoy lunch or brunch at a local hotspot. Take along a camera and photograph each other at sites you both enjoy or better, at places that remind you of good times you have had together in the past.
#3 – Double (or Triple) Your Pleasure
If you’re single and loving it…
Ladies, take the day off and book yourself a day at the spa. Revel in spending a solitary, giddy afternoon pampering yourself.
If you’ve only had a few dates…
Guys, this may come as a shock: Even if a woman has had only one or two dates with you in the month of February, she’s hoping you’ll send her flowers for Valentine’s Day.
If you chose to forgo flowers, candy is by far the next best thing unless she is a wine drinker, in which case a terrific bottle from her favorite region (or of her favorite varietals) is a guaranteed winner.
If you’ve been dating six months or longer…
Guys, we hate to be the bearer of bad news, but six months or longer generally means jewelry. If you need help picking something she’ll like, ask her best friend or sister to go shopping with you.
If jewelry is a no-go consider getting her an e-Reader such as a Kobo or nook. Personalize the device with a selection of titles adhering to a theme such as her favorite titles, books you’ve read that you think she’ll love, the most romantic stories ever told, travel adventures set in places you hope to visit together, titles you hope to discuss/debate over future candlelit dinners…