Just because you don’t have a valentine this year doesn’t mean that February 14 has to be the most dreaded day of the year. Here are 14 things you can do on Valentine’s Day to make your day—and in some cases, someone else’s day—full of fun, happiness and love.
1) 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.
2) Write a love letter
When Hannah Brencher was 22 and a new resident of New York City, she began writing love letters and hiding them all over the city for strangers to find. Try writing letters or making cards for your local retirement community or fire department.
3) Make crayons for kids
We all remember what it’s like to deal with a broken crayon. (Let’s be honest: If the crayon’s point wasn’t still sharp at the top, or if it broke in two, we probably didn’t bother using it.) You can now give those 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) Catch up on Netflix
For those of you who have had countless snow days since the start of the year, you might be Netflixed out. If you aren’t tired of it yet, now would be a great time to start a new series. (Any Arrested Development, Freaks and Geeks, or Pretty Little Liars fans out there?) If you’re in the mood for a movie, you’re covered with options for a movie marathon.
5) Treat yourself to dinner
Grilled cheese is probably one of the best sandwiches known to man, but have you ever switched up the classic recipe? Try substituting the regular bread for Hawaiian bread or making one of Buzzfeed’s 31 twists on this classic sandwich.
6) 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!
7) Find a babysitting gig
Babysitting doesn’t always sound like fun, but getting a little extra cash always is. Plenty of parents will need a babysitter on Valentine’s Day, so give them a break—and give yourself an opportunity to 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.) Get bonus points for choosing a book that’s been made into a movie—such as “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” or “The Great Gatsby”—and reading it first.
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
Hear songs picked to perfectly fit your mood at www.8tracks.com. 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, too!
11) Buy yourself a present
The mall might be a little hectic on Valentine’s Day thanks to all of the 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 www.StumbleUpon.com. Mention a few of your favorite things, such as design or music, and it will generate a list of some of the most awesome websites that you never knew about. Or, you know, you could just as easily get lost on BuzzFeed.
13) Take a photo
Document your day’s plans in photographs, no matter what you do. Don’t be afraid to get artsy! You can create a cool collage at the end of the day. Take this a step further like Saturday Night Live cast member Brooks Wheelan did: Record video footage every day for a year and make a video with a second of each day’s video. The final product is pretty amazing.
14) 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 really 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.