We know, we know -- it's a scam. Overpriced cards, watered down champagne, puke-worthy twee stuff everywhere. But there's no avoiding it -- Valentine's Day is every bit the money-grabbing institution. And, sadly, it's one that half the country seems to have bought into. So, in an attempt to play nice and avoid dying a lonely, bitter husk, you've got to take part.
But that doesn't mean you can't be savvy about it! Our pals over at Lifehacker UK have been diving into the deepest, darkest corners of February 14th so you don't have to, pulling together all the guides you could need to ensure that the day isn't a complete, heart-breaking disaster.
Even if it's just you and your hand spending some quality time together tomorrow, the folks over at Lifehacker UK got you covered. Covered in what exactly...well that's up to you.
How to Hack Valentine's Day: 5 Alternative Ideas and Why You Shouldn't Believe the Hype
Lifehacker UK's unconventional guide to Valentine's Day has everything you need to know about 14 Februaryth, from cutting through the hype to the best alternative ideas for marking the occasion. Read More >
Learn the Wild and Naughty History of Sex Toys
Boost your knowledge of sex toy history with this video from the folks at Anyhoo. Read More >
Where to Buy the Best Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts for Him or Her
We've got a good eye for deals round these parts, and if you need to snap up a last minute Valentine's Day gift, we've got you covered there too. Read More >
Choose the Best Mattress for Your Sex Life With This Guide
Not all mattresses are the same, likewise nobody has sex in the exact same way. So how do you pick one that's right for your activity? Read More >
Sorry Lads, Pheromone Sprays are a Complete Load of Bollocks According to Science
If you're trying to find some way to get a date by Valentine's Day, you can scratch pheromone sprays right off the list. Read More >
All The Ways Regular, Frequent Sex is Good for Your Health
It turns out a number of studies have pointed to specific health benefits from regular sex—including a stronger immune system, lower blood pressure, and more. Read More >
A Visual Guide to the Best Wines From 12 Recent Vintages
Here's an easy way to learn about some of the best vintages of the last 10 years and gain a bit more wine knowledge than the average plonker. Read More >
What to Watch on Valentine's Day - Whether You're in Love or Not
If you're wondering what you're going to watch on Valentine's night then worry not - here are some top selections. Read More >
How the Colour of Your Bedroom Affects Your Sex Life (and Your Sleep)
A recent study shows that the colour of your bedroom has a direct relationship to the quality of your sleep, as well as impacting how often you bump uglies. Read More >
...and one more, just in case you've truly cocked it up and will only have yourself for company tomorrow..
All the Ways Masturbation is Healthy for You
The health benefits of masturbation go beyond relieving sexual tension. As if you needed more reasons to have some quality alone time, this video offers them up. Read More >
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