If you’re not really into pageantry, but you’ve got someone in your life that you want to impress, then you’re in luck. Fortunately you have access to a smorgasbord of modern technology that helps you look like you have your stuff together when you really don’t. For the love of God, whatever you do, don’t show up on February 14th and say, “Can’t we just go get a burger or something?” No. No you can’t.
Here is how to have a Valentine's Day nerdgasm.
1) Sending a Card
No, you can’t just write on your date’s wall on the morning of February 14th with a message like, “Hey there Valentine, can’t wait to see you tonight.” If you really want to come off classy, then you need to send a card—preferably a real one made out of actual paper. Check out the app Red Stamp and send your Valentine a customized card that screams considerate. The app touts itself as a modern day social secretary, and their website is both easy to use, and fun to work with. Check them out!
2) Sending Flowers
If you’re a dude, believe me when I say that you need to send flowers. No matter who your girl is, if you send flowers to her work on Valentine’s Day, you will be a hero of a boyfriend. Check out Ava’s Flowers. You can place orders online, and they offer same day delivery (in case you forget to order ahead of time.) This is a nationwide company that works with the best local florists in your area. Oh and did we mention you can get same day delivery? What more could you ask for?
3) Busting Out the Touchy Feely Love Quotes
Valentine’s Day is a time to really go over the top if you’re deeply in love with someone. Be cheesy. Be sentimental. Be lovey-dovey. You’re supposed to!
But most people aren’t walking around with an encyclopedia of famous love quotes in their brains. Fortunately for you, there’s an app for that! Check out Love Quotes 500. This is a free app that has hundreds of love quotes ranging from Shakespeare, to pop culture references. You can browse through their database of quotes and favorite the ones you like. This cool app is available to anyone with an iPhone or iPad. Show your Valentine your soft, yet intellectual side by reciting Shakespeare to her over a romantic dinner for two. Trust me, it WILL pay off later that night. . .
4) Pulling off the Perfect Dinner
There is nothing classier than knowing about wine. But, if you’re more of a beer-in-a-can person there’s an app to help you create the perfect food/wine pairing. Play around with Hello Vino. This awesome app is also free and can help you pick the perfect wine for your evening. If you don’t know a lot about wine already, the wine aisle in the grocery store can be an overwhelming place. Whether you stay in and cook a romantic dinner for two, or go out to eat, Hello Vino will have you talking like a world-class sommelier in no time.
5) Playing the Perfect Music
Of course you want to make sure to play your date’s favorite song and all that, but you also want to have the right song playing all night. You don’t want to have to stop and play DJ in the middle of your Valentine’s date night. If you haven’t already done so, check out Songza. This music app is similar to Pandora, but instead of creating a station around a particular song or band, the station is created around a specific mood. Simply tell it what mood you want to create, and Songza will do the rest.
6) Keeping it Safe
You may be going on a Valentine’s date with someone who you just started dating, and are still in the process of getting to know each other. If this is the case, you may want to consider reviewing the person’s public criminal records. If you’re thinking that researching public records sounds like a huge hassle, then guess what, there is a website that does it for you! Background check websites like Instant Checkmate specialize in data aggregation, so all you have to do is sign up for an account and type in the person’s first and last name. The site will tell you everything you need to know about who your Valentine really is.
Wouldn’t you want to know if the person you’re about to spend Valentine’s Day with has ever been arrested? What if you’re about to go on a romantic date with a sex offender? These certainly aren’t pretty questions, but you need to know the truth—even if it’s ugly.
Keep your Valentine’s Day romantic, fun, and safe by taking capitalizing on the digital world we live in. Be prepared to make this the best Valentine’s Day ever!
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Jessica Ruane is a writer for Instant Checkmate, an online backgorund check website. To learn more, check them out on Crunchbase.