Save money, have fun, be romantic and make memories this Valentine's Day!
Okay, single ladies. Just because you’re boyfriend-less this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great Valentine’s Day! Refuse to wallow in your self-pity, and do something fun with your friends OR just relax by yourself.
For a chill girls’ night in with your friends, get them together for facials and clay masks. Give each other manicures and pedicures as you indulge in some girl talk. Then, choose an actor you all just can’t get enough of, and watch all of his movies. Our suggestions: Channing Tatum (Magic Mike) or Ryan Gosling (Crazy, Stupid, Love)!
However, if you want to spend the evening alone, treat yourself to a little bit of professional pampering. A spa day to yourself will boost your confidence, and who knows -- maybe it will help you snag a date for next year?
Here are some salons that offer college discounts:
Secrets Salon & Day Spa
9545 Reseda Blvd.
Northridge, CA 91324
1101 S Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90006
Valentine’s Day is not just about romantic love – it’s also about friendship love. Or in this case, bromance! Don’t feel embarrassed or weird if you decide to hang out with your guy pals. In fact, take advantage of the fact that you are all single and can still enjoy some quality “man” time.
For all you single guys out there, fear no more; video games are no longer geeky! Gathering together for a video game competition can be a manly way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We recommend NBA 2K14, FIFA 14, Madden 25, MLB 2K13 or Call of Duty: Ghosts.
Guys are all about competition. Throw in some laser tag guns, and you have yourself a perfect guys’ night out. The perfect middle point for CSUN, USC and UCLA students is Ultrazone Laser Tag, so have an intercollegiate battle of laser tag! It's located at 14622 Ventura Blvd., #208 in Sherman Oaks.
"SORT OF" IN A RELATIONSHIP:
We’ve all been in that weird stage positioned right between being single and being "Facebook official" with someone. If you’re in a “sort of” relationship and have yet to make it exclusive or official, Valentine’s Day could feel like added pressure: you don’t want to do nothing, but then you don’t want your significant other thinking, “I guess we’re just friends.” Or, you might want to do something, but you don’t want to scare the other person away.
Here are some suggestions for Valentine’s Day activities that won’t seem too awkward and could actually torpedo your “sort of” relationship into a real one:
No matter what anyone says, karaoke is on everyone’s bucket list. There’s just something about getting up in front of a crowd and singing horribly, but still receiving applause that appeals to everyone. Showing your potential significant other your courageous side might make them solidify your relationship status once and for all.
Check out these places for karaoke:
Acapulco Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
9400 Reseda Blvd.
Northridge, CA 91324
Soop Sok Karaoke
4070 W 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Café Brass Monkey
3440 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Going out to nightclubs and bars can get too crowded. Instead, enjoy a nice evening playing Just Dance in the comfort of your own home! Invite all of your friends, including your "sort-of" significant other, and compete against each other. The competitiveness will make for some flirty conversation (*wink, wink).
IN A RELATIONSHIP:
When you are a couple on Valentine’s Day, there is this unspoken notion that you have to spend excess money on your significant other. We are here to tell that isn’t always the case. Instead of having the traditional Valentine’s Day dinner, here are our out-of-the-box suggestions that are both fun and budget friendly.
Exposition Park Rose Garden
Guys, we understand you are in college. You have numerous expenses, and buying crazy-expensive roses for your girlfriend is just another Valentine’s Day ritual we do not expect you to abide by. Instead of buying flowers, go see them! Plan a picnic and surround yourself with the beauty of roses at the Exposition Park Rose Garden at 701 State Drive in Los Angeles.
As college students, we are all on a budget. We do not have the luxury to fine dine on Valentine’s Day, but we can all still enjoy a day at the beach. A beach sunset will always be timeless, and they provide romantic views to share with your special someone. Santa Monica Pier offers multiple attractions and affordable eateries; Dockweiler and Huntington Beach are perfect for intimate bonfires; and Newport Beach is near Balboa Fun Zone, which is complete with a Ferris wheel and other rides.