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Valentine’s Day For The Non-Romantic

Valentine’s Day can be the worst holiday of the year for those of you who hate the idea of mushy-gushy-lovey-dovey romance. If Valentine’s Day makes you feel like gagging, here are some non-stomach-churning ideas to help you get through the day without feeling irritated and disgusted by the cheesy cards, flowers, chocolates, and hearts that seem to pop up in every corner.

Go To A Brewery

Hate romantic dates? Go on a beer-tasting tour.  Nothing says, “I love you” like drinking beer! Learn how your favorite beer is made, try different kinds, and forget all about the cheesy Valentine’s Day festivity by getting a little tipsy with your significant other on a beer or whiskey-tasting tour together.

See A Horror Movie

What’s less romantic than a horror movie? Instead of taking your girlfriend on a date to see the latest Nicholas Sparks' movie, take her to see A gory slasher flick. The more blood and guts, the better. Hey, it’s kind of like incorporating red and hearts, right? Sort of? Maybe not. Either way, this is a date that will keep you from rolling your eyes this Valentine’s Day.

Volunteer Instead

If you want to stay away from the cheesy Valentine’s Day crowds, go do something good for humanity. Volunteer at your local animal shelter and take some lonely pups out for playtime or out for a walk. Giving your time to someone else is one of the best ways to get rid of any kind of bad mood. Volunteering at a soup kitchen really puts perspective on a holiday for those of you who don’t want to take part in the consumerism. Giving back really will keep your mind off of it.

Party It Up

If you don’t want to spend a day of love with your partner, throw a Valentine’s Day friends party! Invite other couples or friends and have a big group shindig instead. It cuts down on the romantic side of Valentine’s Day and amps up the fun side. Everyone can bring their favorite dish, and you can blast anti-love music (like “Love Hurts” or “Love Bites”) and have a fun dance party. Have fun with it and make it your own crazy tradition.