We miss the days when Valentine’s Day was an effortless holiday. In grade school, all you had to do was come to class and you’d go home with a brown bag full of cartoon Valentine’s Day cards and enough high-fructose goodies to last you through Halloween. Even in high school, your awkward first boy/girlfriend could be contented with a simple dinner out or bouquet of roses.
Enter college and the post-adolescent romantic scene. For people enduring the label-sensitive stages of a new relationship, flowers and candied delights can seem like overly bold gestures. At the other end of the spectrum, more serious partners have higher expectations for forms of romantic affirmation. We can’t help but feel like suckers every time we buy a box of chocolates. Such obvious purchases connote laziness, and in the eyes of our loved ones – gasp! – lack of affection. Truly conquering the holiday requires forethought.
Here at Daily Steals - where we’re all about unexpected finds - we recommend novel twists on conventional Valentine’s items. Instead of red roses, opt for pastel-colored flowers. And skip the predictable truffles and prepare a homecooked dinner instead. Because nothing screams indifference like a prixe fixe menu.