Valentine’s Day has become an over-hyped, highly commercialized, capitalist time of year. Couples now feel shamed into thinking they don’t love each other unless they spend a good chunk of their savings account or perform some outlandish act depicted in a Hollywood movie. Boy, that’s a depressing way to start a post about Valentine’s Day. Let’s turn it around.
I remember when love meant getting picked by your schoolyard crush in duck, duck, goose. Or buying them their lunch on that first day of freshman year. Or believing in their dreams when no one else would. All that wonderful, sappy stuff.
Valentine’s may have been taken over by horticulturists, Ferrero Rocher and Victoria’s Secret, but even the stone-cold hearts feel a bit of guilt if they don’t do at least something romantic on February 14th. It may be warped and cloaked in altruistic media motives, but Valentine’s Day still deserves some of your attention, so we’ve done a bit of digging to provide you with the following list of not-your-average date ideas for Cupid’s big day.
If you’ve got a special someone you want to impress this year, skip the flowers, chocolates and lingerie and go with an option that gives you both a more eclectic date experience. Singles can get involved too, this isn’t just about couples keeping the fire burning, it’s also about making a new spark. If you want to try the not-so-subtle approach, share this post with someone you’ve got your eye on. Who knows, it just might work! Or if you're not quite sure and want to stick to the traditional forms of wooing, there are more than enough Toronto restaurants and events as a back-up plan.