It’s that time of the year when red roses, chocolate boxes and badly-stuffed teddy bears holding hearts with cheesy love messages flood the shopping baskets of love-filled hopefuls and obliged partners.
Celebrating this day can be a little tricky, especially if it’s your first Valentine’s date. As the nerves build up, you might find yourself worrying about what you should or shouldn’t do? Here are the top six things you should not do this Valentine’s Day.
1. Don’t show up empty handed
We know that this might go without saying, but even if you consider the day to be ‘over-rated’, your Valentine will probably be expecting something from you on the day, be it flowers or a chocolate. It’s important not to show up to your date empty handed. You don’t want your date regretting ever saying yes to being your Valentine, do you?
2. Don’t buy a gift card
Despite being a popularly regarded ‘fail-proof, safe’ gift, gift cards and vouchers can come across as thoughtless and effortless. Unless there was a specific hint for one, abandon mission!
3. Don’t go for quantity over quality
It doesn’t have to be expensive, but it’s important to put a little extra effort in seeking out the perfect gift for your partner, and not just what’s easily available. “The quality of your gift determines the quality of your relationship,” they say.
4. Don’t be a loner
Don’t have a Valentine? No need to panic. The day celebrates all love, not just ‘romantic’ love, so you could spend it with your loved ones, family or friends.
5. Don’t try be a poet
A Valentine’s Day poem is not the right way to kick-start your romance. Although it’s traditionally considered the ultimate in being romantic, to youth it could come across as lame, desperate or “too much, too soon”.
6. Don’t forget to wish your partner
An obvious one, but you will be surprised how many people actually forget to wish their significant other a happy Valentine’s Day. If you have been with your partner for a long time, you could get away with it, but if the relationship is as fresh as crispy lettuce, you want to diarise it and wish your partner a happy day. Extra points if you post something on social media!
Author: Gesture Chidhanguro