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The perfect stay-in guide for Valentine’s Day

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According to a Canadian retail survey, 68% of Canadians plan on staying in this Valentine Saturday. Whether you love or hate the holiday, we have put together student-friendly DIY themes for you to make the most out of your stay-cation (some ideas of which could easily transfer over to chill nights in during reading week).

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The Netflix

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Onesie? Check. Fluffy slippers? Check. Throw blanket? Check. This theme is all about comfort, whether you’re snuggling up with someone, or curling up solo.

Dinner

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Loaded Sweet Potato Skins
 Great for sharing, and are built to last through a solid movie marathon.

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Baked Chicken Wings
 Another social food that is great for picking at over a span of time. This recipe goes the healthy route, but keeps all the flavour, so it’s a win-win.

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Easy Coconut Panna Cotta
 one of the quickest, easiest, tastiest desserts you’ll ever make. Cause let’s face it, we can’t really keep our eyes off of a Friends binge-watch session for any length of time.

Snacks

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Popcorn! Over 30 healthy, tasty versions to choose from.


Drink
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Hot spiced cider, because Winter. Also, it’s a quick, comforting drink that doesn’t compromise on flavour and is easy to whip up.


Gift
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Forget flowers and candy, roll with a gift basket that has all the things that you need as a busy college/uni student! (And maybe throw in a plushie/nerdy toy to top it off).


Activities
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Binge-watch your favourite series AND/OR create a romantic comedy playlist to veg to.

 

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Same rules apply for the attire and the setting. It’s the ambiance that changes in this version.

Dinner
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According to ca.askmen.com, the number one food to avoid on a first date is soup. And so, here’s a list of 12 tasty crock-pot recipes to choose from that are simple, and deliciously defiant.
Drink
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Nutella hot chocolate. Sinfully delicious, it’s true love in a cup year-round, no holidays attached.

 

Snacks
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Trail mix. It has more substance than popcorn, which might be extra satisfying and filling after a light, soupy dinner.

 

Gift
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Single Taken Netflix Sweater. There’s no better way to stay toasty and show the world your true love.


Activities
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Binge watching anti-Valentine movies AND/OR your favourite non-romantic series

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Throw on your favourite cosplay attire, geeked-out graphic tee, and whatever accoutrement you must add to balance out your work space, and let’s get going!

Dinner

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Mee krob and chicken satay with extra peanut sauce from Siam Palace. Not Sheldon Cooper? Chinese takeout is a surefire win. So is anything from the Geeky Chef.

Drink

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Butter beer. Because Harry Potter.

Snacks

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Spider man strawberries. Super nerdy, super easy.
Gift

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Nothing says “Yoda one for me” like Perler bead art, and printable geeky valentine cards.

Activities

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A healthy game of rock-paper-scissors-lizard-spock, followed by card games, board games, video games, or PC games. Games. Don’t forget to put on a playlist of documentaries for the perfect ambient background noise.


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Only difference in this is that you’re going to throw on your favourite EVIL cosplay attire.

Dinner

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All things garlic. Great for your heart, not great for a date. Perfect.
Drink

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Butter beer. Let’s not get hasty with our taste buds, this one’s still a win.

 

Snacks

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Impaled heart cupcakes. Finally, a way to put those plastic swords to use.
Gift

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Choose a custom anti-valentine gift from Etsy.

Activities

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There are a slew of geeky activities in this list. The “become an amateur astronomer” idea seems like a perfect way to look at stars instead of being starry eyed.

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Buzzfeed lists for every step of your Valentine’s Day plans? Yes, please!

Dinner

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Any of these could work, especially #5 Stir-fry. Give your meal a Valentine theme by the way you place your food, or the dishes/cutlery/stemware you choose to pair with your food!

Snacks

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Childhood snacks that are still available? Yes, please! A nostalgic trip with your significant other over Dunkaroos? How romantic.
Gift

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Any of these will do, especially the painting lessons from Bob Ross, or the rubber stemware.
Activities

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A quiz-binge, starting with, “Which Disney Prince Should Be Your Valentine?”

 

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You’re still rolling with lists….the anti-valentine lists.

 

Dinner

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Cheesy Sriracha potato skins. Because something this good shouldn’t be wasted on something like a Valentine.
Snacks

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Sriracha and bacon cheese ball and Ritz crackers.

 

Gift

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#23 The DIY grumpy cat plush.

 

Activities

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Everything else in the above (gift) list (including this card).

 

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Share them with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Remember, whether it’s a happy or not-so-happy day for you, make sure it’s one where you #DrinkSmart!

 

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