By John Ortved, Glamour magazine
I know what you're thinking: He's just going to write "oral" six times, because that's all guys really want on V-day. And you're partially right. I could do that and not think twice about it. But my friends actually surprised me with what they really wanted come February 14. Have a look; they might surprise you, too:
"I'm never sure what the right thing is to do. Part of me wants to take her somewhere super fancy, do flowers and the whole bit. Another part of me knows that's cliché and lame and wants to cook a nice dinner at home. This year, I'm involved in something pretty new, so I don't want to stress anybody out (particularly me). I'm getting takeout from one of the best sushi places in town, picking it up after work, setting it up with candles in my apartment, and then inviting her over for 'a drink'. I think she'll dig it. You think she will?"
--Jacques, graphic designer, 28
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"I think the best V-Days involve surprises. And not just because I'm into blindfolds. True story: a somewhat kinky girl I was dating a few years back really hated Valentine's Day, like absolutely loathed it. It was a thing for her. When Valentine's Day came around, she invited a friend of hers over and we had a threeway. It was her way of somehow spiting the day and taking away all it's supposed meaning. I'm not a political guy, but I was on board for this cause."
--Terrence, 25, bartender/guitarist
"Sadly, I cannot remember ever dating anyone on Valentine's Day. How awful is that? My idea would be a night in, with special sex. Not like weird stuff we haven't done before, 'special' like we pay a lot of attention to each other's favorite spots. Not the kind of sex where you leave Modern Family on in the background."
--Jonathan, 30, advertising exec
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"I like Valentine's Day. It's the easiest. You show up with flowers and you're a rock star."
--Michael, 21, student
"My wife and I throw a dinner party with some other couples, a couple of whom now have kids. None of us are particularly into the normal facets of the holiday, so we use it as an excuse to see our good friends and maybe set up some singles. One year my friend Mark came but the woman we'd invited for him didn't show. He got really drunk. It was fairly perturbing. We don't invite him any more."
--Arjun, 30, insurance
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"I love going to those anti-Valentine's Day parties, where it's all singles and people hook up. There's always a few of those being thrown around NYC. That's what I really want for V-Day--a reminder that it's just a stupid day and it doesn't necessarily have to mean anything."
--Sean, 26, banker
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