There are only three times of the year you have to go over and beyond: the Birthday, Christmas Day, and Valentine’s Day. Be prepared. Do you have a Valentine’s Day checklist?
Birthdays are staggered and Christmas is cluttered with family and travel. But, here’s the thing with Valentine’s Day: it’s potentially the one day she will see non-stop social media bombardment. Your antics will be compared to her best friend’s boyfriend’s antics.
Thinking about only doing something only at night? Think again. It is Valentine’s Day. One thing I learned from last year is girls start the Valentine’s boasting on social media first thing in the morning. Thanks to Instagram, Molly wakes up and finds a bouquet of flowers on her doorstep. Click. Upload. Write. Send.
In minutes, all of her social media friends have clicked “like” and rushed to their doorsteps to see what awaits them. No pressure, but your gallantry better be on point.
You have two options:
- Accidentally drop her phone in a bucket of water the night before (provided she doesn’t have an iPhone 7).
- Be prepared and make a Valentine’s Day checklist.
Choosing #2 will allow your girl to be the envy of all of her friends. I promise you, that’s exactly what she wants.
Give her something to post about.
You don’t have to spend much money or time, but be thoughtful. Girls want to feel like they are known by you. Paying attention…it’s a core characteristic of romance. What does she love? If she’s a Starbuck’s fanatic, have her favorite Vanilla Late waiting outside in the morning. Maybe she’s a “words of affirmation” kind of girl? Write a love note and put it on her car.
Do the basics, throw in some thoughtfulness, and you’ll create an instastory wonder kind of day.
Here’s your Valentine’s Day checklist:
1. Make the dinner reservations
I’m posting this a day and a half before Valentine’s Day. If you haven’t made reservations, get on the ball now! Do the cooking yourself only if you know what you’re doing. A heart-shaped pizza from Domino’s most likely won’t rock her world.
2. Grab the flowers
Most grocery stores will be selling a dozen red roses for $19.99 like some kind of manufacturing plant. But, ask yourself, “Is this Instaworthy?” Set yourself apart. Try some pink roses, white ones, or a mix of all three. Don’t go into Valentine’s autopilot. If your girl isn’t traditional, who says you have to get roses? What’s her favorite kind of flower? Know your girl.
3. Get the card
Today I was strolling through the cards and noticed a whole “Humor Valentine’s” section. Not my recommendation. Spend some time and go through the cards until you find the one that’s unquestionable her. Then, write something special. Don’t just sign the card. Make it memorable, and tell her something from the heart.
4. Dress to Impress
Be prepared. Something about a wearing a buttoned-down white shirt implies sophistication. Add some dress pants, a jacket, and an optional tie. You’re set.
5. Turn Your Phone Off
If she wants to post any pictures or stories on her Instagram, let her do it. After all, this night is about her. Focus. See her like you’ve never seen her before. Unless you’re on-call, I’d thinking taking a call during Valentine’s dinner is one of the deadly sins.
You got this. Have some confidence in yourself. At the end of the day, thoughtfulness and anything from the heart are more important than making a Valentine’s Day checklist. The worst thing you can do is nothing. Celebrate her, and you’ve won.
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