Sure, sure, people say Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark Holiday, a consumerist’s dream come true based on some sort of esoteric history revolving around a martyr that has evolved or declined (depending on your perspective) into a bazillion dollar industry of gift giving and grand displays of affection.
But the fact that there is a history around this bright holiday can’t be denied. A 1440 John Lydgate poem honoring Henry V’s widow, Queen Katherine references the holiday:
“To look and search Cupid’s calendar,
And choose their choice, the great affection”
And, well, it’s everywhere. So there you have it – single people have been braving Valentine’s Day for ages; 1440 was a long time ago! But, in the age of selfies and snapchat, how do you help your daughter, your son, your co-worker, your sister, you name it – how can you help your freshly single BFF keep their heart happy and enjoy Valentine’s day?
Make a gigantic Valentine with a simple message and bring him takeout.
If you’ve got the time, I recommend poster a size message like:
“It’s Gonna Be Okay”
“The Person Reading this Rocks the Party”
“The Person Reading this is Hotter than Coffee”
“You Got This”
You get the idea. You can type it up and email it to a nearby Kinko’s. They’ll print it up for you in minutes – for about $2.00 – seriously, $2.00! Show up at his door with your arms spread wide holding the poster.
Note: Takeout, pizza and salad, or a home cooked meal is kinda critical. Honestly, I don’t recommend anyone (single or wildy in love) go out to dinner on Valentine’s Day. It’s a zoo.
Help your BFF figure out his or her strong suits.
This is a good one and you can do it all year. Buy two Valentine’s Day cards. In one card tell her your three favorite qualities about her. In the other card, drop in a $5 gift card to a favorite coffee shop and write this at the top: “Someone who adores me challenged me to write this”. Include a note asking her to write down three things that she feels are her strongest qualities. My favorite funny valentines are on Etsy. You can check out my Pinterest page for ideas. If you don’t have time for that, I’d hit up De Medici Paper, Butter Home Watson Kennedy, PCC, or Show Pony. My absolute fave is Elliot Bay Book Company.
Seriously, you’re still reading this paragraph? Do I really need to explain that sending flowers is always a good idea? Enough said. My favorite petal peddler in Seattle is Young Flowers. But, I’m pumped about the new little Capitol Hill pop-up shop Umlaut & Ampersand that will be at SugarPill. Look them up on Facebook to find out their holiday hours.
And, if you really run out of time, I recommend you set your alarm to send a text on February 14 just letting him or her know that you are sending them a little extra love.