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Valentine’s Day is coming up, so I figured I would share some ways to celebrate the holiday without buying gifts. It can be hard to extricate yourself from the commercialized side of the holiday, with all the stuffed animals, chocolates, and cards in the stores. However, I’ve found that doing an activity or going somewhere with loved ones can be much more rewarding than gifting them something. After all, the things you give your loved ones will either get eaten, worn out, or thrown away, but the memories you make will exist for much longer!

#1: Jazz Lounge

A jazz club is the perfect club for introverts like me. It’s moody and candlelit, there’s no talking allowed during performances, and you get to enjoy a glass of wine. It’s relaxing, and I always leave the club feeling inspired.

#2: Picnic

A picnic is great if you’re spending time with a group that just can’t decide on what place to eat at. You get to bring whatever food you want, and you get to enjoy some nature at the same time. My favorite place to head to is the beach!

#3: Art Museum

Of course, it doesn’t have to be an art museum if that isn’t your thing. But a museum is a fun way to spend the day, especially if the weather isn’t that great.

#4: Walk in Nature

If you’d rather spend the day outside, going for a walk is perfect for you. It can be a short walk around the block, or a long hike on some trails. It’s also a great way to have some deep conversations.

#5: Browsing Books

A visit to the bookstore or the library is an entertaining way to spend the day. Plop your nose in a book and get lost in a fantasy world 🙂

What I’m Doing This Valentine’s Day

My boyfriend is working most of the long weekend, so I’m planning on heading to a museum with a coworker on Saturday. On Sunday I’m having a picnic, and on Monday, I’m planning on going to a bookstore.

How are you planning to celebrate Valentine’s Day?

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