If like many you believe Valentine’s Day is simply a pointless, over-hyped holiday created by the consumer world, and the thought of it conjures a feeling of dread and thoughts of being alone, fear not!
There are many ways that you can use the day to your advantage and actually enjoy some good, quality time with the most important person in your life – you!
While the majority of loved-up couples will be splashing the cash, indulging in over-priced meals in packed restaurants, cosying up to strangers in the rammed cinema and exchanging expensive (and often unwanted) gifts, you can enjoy the peace and quiet of your own home and use the time for a little self-indulgence.
Kick back and relax in front of the TV or watch your favourite movie with a glass of wine and a takeaway.
Alternatively cook yourself an extra special meal before soaking in a long, indulgent bubble bath accompanied by candles, relaxing music and a good book.
If time alone isn’t your kind of thing, arrange a night in with your single friends.
Cook a meal together or order in, why not make it a themed night?
SingStar and Just dance on the Wii always guarantee an evening of giggles, especially when a few alcoholic beverages are thrown in to the mix!
A good selection of rom-com DVDs and a hearty supply of chocolate would go down equally as well.
For the gents you can’t go wrong with a games night, whether it’s watching the sport on TV or playing FIFA on the Xbox – arrange a get together with the boys and all bring a drink and snack of your choice.
Alternatively host a pizza and poker night, it’s bound to be a pleaser all round and there won’t be a mention of romance or a woman in sight.
If you don’t fancy staying in on the night and want to use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to meet someone new, there’s a selection of single-friendly events on around the county.
If you enjoy a bit of dancing head to Rushden Athletic Club for a 1940s Valentine’s themed dance, or for something with a bit more bite watch an action-packed wrestling show at Northampton’s Deco theatre.
Although restaurants, theatres and bars like to bump up the prices on the big day, many retailers and shops have special deals and limited edition products on offer too, so go ahead and treat yourself to something special.
After all, you’re not buying a present for anyone else so you may as well spend the money you’ve saved and show yourself some love.
However you choose to spend this Valentine’s Day, you can feel smug about being able to self-indulge and have a good time without the hassle of booking last-minute tables, buying expensive gifts or arguing with the other half over what film or TV show to watch while deciding what to have for dinner.
Happy Valentine’s day!