Does a night in watching a movie sound so much better than going out on the town? Do you get overwhelmed after hanging out with your friends for too long? How about needing a day or two to recoup from said outing? You’re probably an introvert.
With Valentine’s Day labeled as the holiday of love, most people think of grandiose gestures such as having a large teddy bear or bouquet of flowers sent to your lover’s office, making a bid deal about going out to dinner, and of course, the romantic restaurant proposal. Sound like too much for you? Yeah, me too.
If you or your partner are an introvert it might mess with that narrative. So here is my advice on spending Valentine’s Day with an introvert. Keep reading to find out more.
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How to Spend Valentine’s Day with an Introvert
Swap Dining Out for a Home Cooked Meal
I have issues eating in front of others. I would also feel uncomfortable if my SO dropped a pretty penny to eat at that super hip restaurant downtown. I’m not the most comfortable being the center of attention, especially out in public.
If your partner has any of these issues, or if you want something that’s a bit more private, swapping the expensive night out for cooking your favorite meal is the way to go. You can dress up your home to fit the atmosphere and focus only on the two of you. It’s also more likely that the gesture of cooking for your SO is more appreciated anyway
Swap the Theater for the Couch
I don’t know about you, but I really hate going to the movies when it’s packed. You have to rush to get a good seat, then constantly move around when someone needs to leave their seat or return to it. Then there’s always the chance of getting stuck next to people talking, have the person behind you kick your chair…
Save all the trouble and watch the most recent release on Netflix of Hulu. You can wear super comfy clothes, snuggle up, and you’re not paying an arm and a leg for bad movie theater food. That’s a win-win in my book.
Related: How to Spend Valentine’s Day Alone
Swap a Night Out for a Night In
So maybe you want to do something with a few more people. Maybe you want to do a double-date with your best friend. Maybe you’re being adventurous and momentarily agree with the phrase “the more the merrier!”. What do you do if you want to spend time with friends but don’t want to deal with the rest of the world?
Have a night in.
Having something like a game night could be really fun if done right. Maybe you do dinner by yourselves and have plans for another couple to come over for games, a movie, to have a few drinks, to catch up, whatever. That way you get your social interaction, but without having to deal with the rest of the public.
Swap Quantity for Quality
Most introverts I’ve met don’t like being the center of attention. And to go with that, most feel somewhere between awkward to extremely uncomfortable receiving a super expensive, super extravagant, or over the top gifts.
I would seriously prefer something that has meaning to either myself or the relationship. I don’t need ten small gifts that don’t mean much. I don’t need two boxes of chocolate, a plush bear, a pair of earrings, AND matching necklace. You don’t need to spend a fortune on gifts.
Want to get them something expensive? Make sure it’s meaningful too.
I guess the most important thing you should take away from this is make it a big deal for you and your partner, not everyone else. If you think your partner might some things listed here, maybe take the chance and go with it. Remember, you know your partner more than a random blog on the internet. These suggestions won’t work for everyone. Not the whole world is a homebody introvert.
- Swap a dinner out on the town for a home cooked meal. Sometimes crowds get us anxious, even though we don’t have social anxiety.
- Swap a theater date for a night in with Netflix or a movie or two.
- Swap a night out at a bar or other establishment for a night in with just the two of you.
- Swap quality for quantity. Usually we prefer the little things that are meaningful.
Are you and Introvert? Which of these suggestions would you prefer on Valentine’s Day? Let me know in the comments!