Flowers delivery to your office with a box of chocolates, a romantic dinner at the restaurant where you had your first date, if any of these sound familiar, that’s because they are – and it’s time to switch things up. Sure Valentine’s Day celebrates love – but not just the romantic relationship kind. We’ve gotten to know various other ways of expressing and celebrating love, whether you’re single or in a committed relationship.

To make the best use of next week’s holiday, we’ve had a chat with colleagues, friends and family on what they plan on doing that day and/or night and what they wish they’d have done in the past. To accompany those prospective plans, we’ve added appropriate looks – but before we start we want to keep one thing in mind, and that’s to take this much-celebrated holiday lightly, or with a grain of salt!

Whether a movie fanatic, a devoteed foodie, an active type, a culture and artsy aficionado, or simply a leisure and travel enthusiastic, we’re sure the following list of activities will spike interest even in the ones that are sick of the abundance of Valentine’s day love-filled cliches.

1 – STAY HOME & REVISIT A CHEESY ROM-COM

You’ve decided to stay home to celebrate your love – splendid idea! We recommend not overdoing it, ordering your go-to favorites or whipping up some home-cooked classics, and do absolutely nothing, but spend quality time together (& Netflix).

2 – AGREE TO A CASUAL FIRST DATE

No need try too hard being overly romantic and making a grand gesture on a first date – use this opportunity to go against the norm. Be creative and go outdoors! Head to a newly launched exhibition or gallery opening, take a workout class together, or go bar hopping in the city’s best wine and cocktail bars.

3 – ESCAPE THE CITY FOR AN EARLY LONG WEEKEND OR OPT FOR A STAYCATION

4 – PLAN A GALENTINE’S NIGHT

If you dread this night of the year ever since you were born, for various reasons including not being in a relationship, hence not receiving any gifts, or simply because it puts you down to be single, then we don’t blame you! And we sure as hell won’t tell you to ‘cheer up’ – in fact, if going out with a bunch of single friends/girlfriends is all you want, then by all means go ahead, and make sure to have a fabulous time! Alternatively, you could rent out a private room in an Indian restaurant, casually followed by a piñata explosion)

5 – BOOK A DATE NIGHT WITH YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER

…In an overpriced prix-fixe menu restaurant in the city, where you’re guaranteed to be neatly seated between dozens and dozens of couples. But hey, if you can’t

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