Links We Love: Occupy VDay, Spending $3.4 Billion on Romantic Dinners, Naughty Gifts & More

Whether you swoon over Valentine’s Day or not-so-lovingly call it Single Awareness Day, these must-read love/sex links from around the web are sure to strike the right chord.

If You’re in a Relationship…

What To Get Him…
Sure, he loves chocolate, but sending a heart-shaped box to his office may be a tad embarrassing for your dude. What he really wants is you -- if you get our drift -- so here are some naughty (but nice, too!) gifts for your leading man. Tressugar also has some great finds if you’re long distance, and GalTime has goodies for grooms-to-be. (Really though, anything will work -- other than these worst tokens of love ever. Yikes.)

Ladies, It’s Just a Day
Seriously -- Valentine’s Day isn’t the only day we’re in love with our mate, but still, the pressure is on for a romantically perfect evening straight out of a Lifetime movie. Don’t let the stress of 24-hours of hearts-and-roses ruin your relationship. HowAboutWe tells you how.

A Cozy Dinner For Two -- Without the Price Tag
According to Pew Research Center, Americans spent $3.4 billion on Valentine’s Day dinner last year. Save yourself money (and time for, um, other things) by having an aphrodisiac night-in, instead of going out. The Frisky has great inspirational ideas and New York mag reveals secret recipes from famous chefs.

Have More Sex…Now.
We’re debunking the myth that married women (or really, any women) don’t want to have sex. According to our brand-new married sex survey, a third of women were in the mood to have sex today -- or yesterday. This is a link you’ll want to forward to your guy -- especially since we also discovered that what puts ladies in the mood is just to have something nice said to us. Go ahead gorgeous, send him the tools for sexual success.

If You’re Single…

Love the One You’re Not With
Love isn’t limited just to coupled-up folks -- that’s the idea behind this great Valentine’s blog: Occupy VDay. It reminds us that love comes from anyone, not just The One (or the one of the hour).

It’s Okay, Be a Hater
If Cupid’s on your hit list, you despise the arrival of your co-worker’s 100-stem bouquet and you wouldn’t be caught dead pinning anything onto a “Valentine’s Day Ideas” Pinterest board, you may be a V-Day hater. It’s okay, we’ve all been one at some point. Glamour shares ideas on how to celebrate -- we mean not celebrate -- this sickeningly love-obsessed day.

Beyond Those Three Little Words
You’re the butter to my mashed potatoes. I read every single one of your tweets. My pillows smell so much better after you stay over. It's hard to believe, but there are men out there who will express their love with these (and even more ridiculously adorable) phrases. Remember love’s out there with GuySpeak’s guide to a dude’s way of saying “I love you.”

Send This Anonymously
Remember that guy who was completely emotionally unavailable, so-so in bed and consistently late to everything (even your birthday dinner)? He’s your ex for a reason and here are some cards we think you should send him -- anonymously, of course -- for Valentine’s Day. (And then, give that geeky guy a chance with these fun finds from Gamma Squad.)

In Case You’re Hopeful
Being single on Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you should drown yourself in cakes and chocolates (but if you want to, these are beautifully yummy). Instead, take it as a challenge to find a better relationship than the jerks you’ve dated in the past. The Luxury Spot offers advice on how to find a magnetic person who will surprise you every day -- not just on February 14.

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