Valentine's Day can be a pretty polarizing holiday. It clearly separates us into two groups: In A Relationship, or Single. Somewhere along the line, Feb. 14 became not just V-Day but also Singles Awareness Day, aka S.A.D. This is ridiculous, because you can, in fact, celebrate the actual holiday if you're flying solo. There are a million things you can do on Valentine's Day when you're single — all of which will probably be more fun than going to an over-crowded, over-priced restaurant on a cold night, which is what all your coupled up friends will be doing.
On a day that's all about lovebirds and romance, it can be easy to get down on yourself if you're not currently part of a duo. Every store is stocked with "I Love You" stuffed Snoopys, heart-shaped boxes of candy, and greeting cards with red and pink envelopes. Being surrounded by all of this when you walk into a drug store to buy a new stick of deodorant, can leave you feeling pretty lonely.
It doesn't have to, though. Being single is not a failure. Would you rather be in a crummy relationship, just so you had someone you had to spend money on in February? I hope not. Sure, Valentine's Day is a wonderful celebration for people in happy relationships. But it can also be a great celebration for the single gal.
So if you don't have a special someone this year, be your own Valentine. As corny as that may sound, it's way better to use the day to treat yourself than to wallow in singleness or to completely ignore the holiday all together. Enjoy V-Day, even if you're enjoying it by yourself.
How can you mark the holiday when you're a single chick? Any way you want to! But if you're looking for ideas, here are 13 ways to celebrate that don't require a significant other.