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5 Ways to Spoil Yourself Solo This Valentine's Day

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By Patricia Garcia

People will have you believe that being single isn’t the most coveted relationship status on Valentine’s Day, but we’re here to tell you that they’re wrong! Being unattached on the one day of the year that celebrates romance has the potential to be a blessing in disguise.

For starters, you don’t have to scramble to find a reservation at a restaurant that will probably make you pay for a fixed price dinner anyway. Nor do you have to come up with a clever yet cute gift to give your significant other. Instead, you can actually do whatever you want — and what’s better than spoiling yourself once in a while?

Below, five ideas on how to spend Valentine’s Day with the ultimate date — yourself.

Take a page from Cher Horowitz and send yourself some flowers.

While it’s always lovely to get a surprise bouquet of flowers delivered from a friend or suitor, there’s nothing wrong with arranging one for yourself. Instead of being let down by a last-minute, sub-par arrangement (remember that one time a date got you dyed deli flowers?), pick some of your favorite blooms that you know will look beautiful in your home. If you want to go the extra mile, write yourself a little note of encouragement. If you don’t thank yourself, who will?

Treat yourself to a bath done right.

When was the last time you had a totally indulgent bath? On Valentine’s Day, while others are getting ready to go out, go ahead and prepare yourself a relaxing and much-deserved soak. Light some scented candles, crack open a book, and spend an irrational amount of time soaking in the tub. As for what to toss in there, Goop’s new Emotional Detox Bath Soak “The Martini,” made of pink Himalayan salt and chia seed oil, is simply heavenly. If you’re feeling really crazy, throw in a face mask while you're at it. Your skin will thank you.

Educate yourself at a wine tasting class.

Sure, there will be plenty of couples attending a wine tasting class on Valentine’s Day. And who can blame them — it’s a great idea for a date. But who cares if you’re going solo? Not only do you get to drink a lot of wine, you also get to learn a great deal about it in the meantime. Knowing the difference between chianti and cabernet is sure to impress whoever you match with next, whether a BFF or potential partner.

Throw a dinner party at home.

Okay so this isn’t exactly spending Valentine’s Day by yourself, but if you’re single on February 14th that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with some friends. Show off your cooking skills (or at least pick up some prepared food from Whole Foods) to your friends by making them a Valentine’s feast. If you’re feeling extra sweet, offer your guests something special and put out a spread solely made up of different kinds of desserts.

Binge watch whatever your heart desires.

One of the most tumultuous issues for modern day couples is Netflix cheating. (You know, when one person views episodes of a show they’re both watching without waiting for the other.) This Valentine’s Day you don't have to worry about hiding your “Recently Viewed” queue. Now you can watch whatever you want — you’re completely free! Want to re-screen Bridget Jones Diary for the 54th time? Go ahead, you won’t judge yourself! Feel like watching an entire season of "Grace and Frankie" in one sitting? Well why not?! Want to see what all that fuss about "Outlander" is about? You do you. And enjoy every second of it.