By Rebecca Martelotti
Assistant Features Editor
Feb. 14 can be one of the most dreaded days for some couples.
Valentine’s Day is that time of year when the pressure to show someone just how you feel about them, intensifies dramatically. Some people use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to show their affection, while others think it is just consumer garbage. Either way, thinking of a perfect date and gift could be a challenge for some students.
“I think Valentine’s Day is a fun way to celebrate being with someone you love,” said Jacklyn Stringham, a junior Public Relations major. ”It gives a girl the chance to feel special and get a little pampered, even though I think that should happen every day.”
A fun and different Valentine’s Day date idea could be ice- skating. Between handholding, sweaters and hot chocolate, your valentine is sure to be pleased. Local rinks, such as IceWorks on Underhill Boulevard in Syosset, and the Port Washington Skating Center on Seaview Boulevard, cost no more than $30 for an hour of rentals. This cost-friendly date is not only cute, but also affordable for the couple on a budget.
The classic movie or dinner date is sure to please and will not add on any pressure to try to make a night too perfect, or romantic. If you do not feel like going out, you can stage your own film night in your house. Load up on some snacks and your favorite flicks. This could be a great idea for the couple that has just recently started dating or the couple that is still defining their relationship status. Some other cheap, last minute date ideas could be a karaoke bar night or simply spending the day together having lunch and going shopping (window shopping works too).
For the lovebirds on campus, LIU Post will also be hosting a few Valentine’s Day activities all week. On Thursday, Feb. 13 there will be a Valentine’s Day photo booth, for free, in the lobby of Hillwood Commons from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Evening fun on campus includes a Valentines’s Day date night dinner, which will also take place on Feb. 13 from 8 to 9 p.m. Dinner will be served in the Fishbowl, following “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” in the Gold Coast Cinema.
Whether you have a romantic evening planned with a special someone or just plan to stay in, these date ideas are sure to be a blast. Want to make the day even more special? Don’t forget the flowers and chocolate—it makes everyone feel wanted.
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