The do’s and don’ts of Valentine’s Day

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Last year I wrote an article offering some simple steps to follow suggestions on how to get that person you’ve been pining after.

If you haven’t read it yet, shame on you. Go do it now. I’ll wait. Done? Good.

This year I’d like to give you all some tips on how to keep your significant other, so you don’t grow up alone in a house full of cats wearing fashionable yet creepy sweater vests.

First on the list of do’s and don’ts: gifts. Everyone loves gifts. Girls typically love chocolate and flowers, and boys love anything that goes fast and/or explodes.

The question is usually, “When is it appropriate to give said gifts?” Answer: any time. It is going to be sweeter and more romantic to give someone a gift just because it’s Tuesday, rather than waiting for their birthday because it’s expected then.

However, don’t give gifts every Tuesday; that’s excessive, and more than a little clingy.

Also, there are such things as bad gifts. For example, I don’t care how much your significant other likes horror movies, do not try to give them Saw as a romantic gift. Not only does it not say, “Let’s snuggle,” it may be an indication that you need help. From a professional.

Next up, try to surprise them once in a while. Planning dates weeks in advance is definitely a good idea if you have a busy schedule, but that can also get stale quickly.

Movies and dinners can become repetitive, so find a way to switch it up.

Tell your date you’re going to a movie they don’t want to see – but will go to in order to be with you – then change the plan at the last minute and do something new. Go bowling. I know, nobody likes bowling. It’s one of the few sports you can play half asleep (and probably be better at). But it’s infinitely more fun with someone you care about. Again, there is a downside. Please don’t try to be too surprising with your impromptu dates. Don’t take your significant other to an illegal cock fight.

That really won’t end well for anyone involved. At best, you’ll just leave hungry.

Finally, a word of warning: all of your lovey-doveyness may be having a bad impact on your friendships, but not in the way you think.

You may be hanging out with your friends doing all the normal stuff, but they could still resent you. Do you know why? It’s because you won’t shut up about your relationship!

Your friends know you are happy; your friends are glad you are happy. They can tell from the way you act and how you behave when your significant other is around.

What they don’t need is the bevy of other information you give them. They don’t need to see 100 photos of you kissing on Facebook. They don’t need their news feed blowing up with status updates of “I miss you!” They don’t need you to be mopey when you haven’t seen him/her in the past six hours. They don’t need, and they will hate you for it.

All that aside, I wish you the best of luck in love this year. Just please, please don’t tell me about it.


Author: Artie Phillips

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