Just because you don’t have a valentine this year doesn’t mean Feb. 14 has to be the most dreaded day of the year. Here are 14 things you can do on Valentine’s Day to fill your (or someone else’s) day with fun, happiness and love.
Certain places, such as soup kitchens, are packed with volunteers around the holidays, but what about the rest of the year? Try calling local homeless and animal shelters and see if they could use a little extra help over the weekend. You might discover a regular service project that you love.
2) Mario Kart tournament
Tell your friends to bring over their extra controllers and prepare for the best night of their lives. If some of your friends aren’t into video games, set up some board games, such as Apples to Apples or Scattergories. Either way, your friends who do have dates are going to be bummed that they missed out on game night.
3) Make crayons for kids
We all remember what it’s like to deal with a broken crayon. If its point wasn’t sharp anymore, or even worse, if it broke in two, we probably didn’t bother using it. But now you can give old, broken crayons new life by melting them in heart-shaped molds and donating them to daycares or elementary schools.
Check out these easy instructions for making heart-shaped crayons.
4) Host a scary movie night
Watching rom-coms can be pretty awful on Valentine’s Day if you’re single, so why not try the opposite? Gather all of your favorite horror movies and invite your other single friends over for a scary movie night. Don’t forget the popcorn!
5) Do a Pinterest project
Newsflash: Boys, Pinterest isn’t just for girls. There are enough awesome do-it-yourself projects on this social networking site for you to find something that speaks to you. Have a Toms shoe flag laying around? Turn it into a wallet. Proud of your home state? Make an art piece out of it!
5) Have a bite
Since restaurants will be packed anyway, make a delicious treat for yourself (and whoever else is home)! Pick up ingredients to make a homemade pizza or sushi. And include some dessert, too!
7) Find a babysitting gig
Babysitting might not sound like fun, but making a little extra cash does. Plenty of parents will need a babysitter on Valentine’s Day, so give them a break and earn some money.
8) Read for fun
Pick a book that you can read in one weekend. Maybe it’s that book in your room that you’ve been meaning to read for awhile. If you’re in need of some inspiration, check out the Barnes & Noble list of best young adult books of 2015.
9) Surprise your parents
Are your parents gone for the night? Take this opportunity to surprise them by cleaning the house—or at least doing chores without having to be asked. It might not seem like that big of a deal to you (and probably sounds like zero-percent fun), but it’s pretty much guaranteed to put a grin on your parents’ faces when they come home.
10) Discover new music
8tracks.com chooses songs for you that match your mood perfectly. The website lets you pick three “tags” to help narrow down the kind of music you’re looking for, then gives you several customized music mixes to choose from. You can even create your own mix!
11) Buy yourself a present
The mall might be a little hectic on Valentine’s Day thanks to last-minute shoppers, but it’s a fun time to grab some of your friends and treat yourselves to a gift.
12) Get lost in the internet
There is more to the internet than just Facebook, Twitter and Reddit. For example, check out StumbleUpon.com. Mention a few of your favorite things, such as design or music, and the website will generate a list of awesome websites you never knew about. Or you could always take another quiz on BuzzFeed to find out when your true love will come along.
13) Start a blog
If you’re the creative writer type, starting a blog might be the perfect project for you! Every year thousands of blogs are created, so the trick is to come up with an idea that makes yours unique. If you’re in need of inspiration, check out Neil Pasrichas’ blog, 1000 Awesome Things.
14) Start geocaching
Geocaching is the real-world treasure hunt that’s happening right now, all around you. According to www.geocaching.com, there are more than 2.3 million active geocaches and more than 6 million geocachers worldwide. Download the app or check out the official site to get started.