The Ultimate Guide for Valentine’s Day: Romantics vs. Cynics
The Big Date
By Samantha Leal
Whether you're a total sap or you think Valentine's Day was invented by the greeting card companies, one thing's for certain: It's Cupid time. Here are the best ways to celebrate, no matter your stance.
Romantic: Sweep your valentine away with an over-the-top night. Think: a VIP dinner for two, or renting out an ice-skating rink. The key is to think about what your partner would really want -- and then do it times 10.
Cynic: Skip the whole dinner-and-a-movie shtick; it's overrated anyway! Instead, find out if any of your spouse's favorite bands or performers are playing around V-Day and surprise him with tickets. If he's a sports fanatic, try snagging seats for a hockey game.
Romantic: Order in from your partner's favorite restaurant and grab a bottle of wine or champagne. Light some candles and watch movies or listen to music, and actually enjoy some quality time together.
Cynic: It's time to get out the horror DVDs: Try My Bloody Valentine or Lovers Lane. (Not so into scary movies? My Boyfriend’s Back will do the trick.) He won't have to sit through a sappy romantic comedy, and you get to cuddle up (plus, it'll definitely get both your hearts racing).
Romantic: Get crafty and make a memory book filled with your favorite photos together, anecdotes and quotes. You can add to it every year.
Cynic: Your guy isn't going to want candy or flowers, so try getting him something he'll actually use (or something he's been wanting but hasn’t bought for himself). That game system he's been eyeing? That'll definitely say "I love you."
Romantic: Yeah, it might be cheesy, but sending flowers or chocolates to your love at work is the best kind of cheesy.
Cynic: Send him a sexy text that'll make him race home.