That annual holiday dedicated to love (and friendship) is around the corner and the hype machine is on full throttle. There is perhaps no other day that divides the population so clearly into two groups – the romantics and cynics among us.
In response, we’ve come up with some ideas that will reboot your v-day game and perhaps even appeal to the eyeball-rolling cynics out there.
VDAY CLICHÉ: DINNER RESERVATIONS
Do you really want to eat another meal side by side countless other couples staring longingly into each other’s eyes? Also, how hard will it be to secure a table at your favourite restaurant? Why not try something new.
ROMANCE REBOOT: COOKING CLASS
Try making a meal together. You will brush up on your culinary skills all the while improving your communication and cooperation ones as well. Nourish and Dirty Apron both offer enticing options for the 14th.
VDAY CLICHÉ: ROSES
If you haven’t noticed, the prices of roses rise significantly in February with Valentine’s panic in mind. Why not duck the trend and have something more unique sent to your bae’s office.
ROMANCE REBOOT 1: ORCHIDS
Nothing draws attention more than an exquisite, sculptural orchid. They are subtle, sublime and long-lasting…hopefully, like your love (!). They are also a sure way to spruce up someone’s day… and desk!
ROMANCE REBOOT 2: PHOTOBOOK
How about putting all those lovey-dovey selfies to work? Create an analog memory of your digitally documented romance. With apps like Shutterfly, Blurb and Snapfish, it is easy, affordable and beautiful.
VDAY CLICHÉ: CHOCOLATE
Whispering sweet nothings will be worth more than sweet somethings in the end. Don’t be boring. Leave the chocolates for another day.
ROMANCE REBOOT: BAKED TREATS
Bake something instead! Nothing says love like home-baked goodies. Spending time researching, collecting ingredients and baking a dozen cookies or a couple of molten lava cakes is always a winning proposition.
VDAY CLICHÉ: NETFLIX AND CHILL (literally)
Ok people, staying home and binge watching is not an option even if its a string of rom-coms. Something a little special is necessary if you want to win some brownie points with your love-interest.
ROMANCE REBOOT 1: SNOWSHOE & FONDUE
Envision cozying up in a hand-carved snow lounge amidst towering evergreens enjoying a chocolate fondue by candlelight. Sound like heaven? This could be you after making your way along Mt. Seymour’s snowshoe trails on February 14th. Sounds like the perfect mix of cardio, romance & chocolate to us!
ROMANCE REBOOT 2: INDOOR CLIMBING
Hopefully, we’ve got your heartstrings playing a different tune. Trust us, the element of surprise will spark your romance!