Valentine's Day has always been more a girls' holiday. To me at least. All the advertisements made it that way: roses, chocolates, lingerie, dinners, wine, hotel rooms, etc.
But it's also very much a guys' day too. Or, it could be. Maybe?
Christie Ridgway, author of the Cabin Fever series, has some insight on what men think of this hearts and roses holiday women hold close to their, uh, hearts.
Valentine’s Day is a girly holiday, am I right? All pinks and purples and Hollywood-lipstick red. Don’t get me wrong, I like pinks and purples and Hollywood-lipstick red just fine, but think about this day from a guy’s perspective. Do you know a single one of them who’s into February 14th? Maybe I can dissect why not.
The colors associated with the 14th, the aforementioned pinks and purples and Hollywood-lipstick red don’t endear the day to them. In general, guys are into browns and grays and blacks. Shades that don’t show stains. Those girl colors say Valentine’s isn’t their holiday. Sure, you can buy crimson satin boxers with kisses or what-have-you on them, but I’d bet given the choice they’d rather wear their regular undies…or even go commando.
Most of them aren’t good planners. This is a particular problem on Valentine’s Day. While the stores are still open and they can get something on Christmas Eve, there’s only so many restaurant reservations to be had on the 14th. The guy who waits until the last minute will have to go with “I thought we’d have more fun at our favorite eatery when it isn’t so crowded,” and then hope some cheese and crackers and a bottle of wine will win his woman’s favor. (Which, by the way, is an awesome way to go as long as it includes some chocolate for dessert!)
And speaking of chocolate… They don’t get how easy the gift-giving could be because they don’t realize that we actually want that heart-shaped box of candy. From the day my daddy bought me a baby-sized one home when I was a little girl, on Valentine’s Day I long for that pink or purple or Hollywood-lipstick red box of my favorite confections.
It’s too bad, but our guys have yet to realize that candy and a sweet card signed with “Love” are as awesome to us as the nicest table in the nicest restaurant and are so much better than the tacky, scratchy nightie that they bought in an embarrassed rush at the lingerie store.
So do your man a favor and give him the scoop before the 14th. Send him a link to your favorite chocolate and tell him the both of you will make dinner together that night. Because that’s what you’re really celebrating—togetherness.
What advice do you have for a man wanting to please his woman on the 14th?
Well? What do you think? And what advice would you give a man?
Thank you for joining us, Christie.
Readers, keep scrolling to find out more about the latest book in her Cabin Fever series.
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Christie Ridgway is a California native and author of fifty contemporary romances. A six-time RITA finalist and USA Today bestselling author, she writes award-winning, emotional reads starring determined heroines and the men who can’t help but love them. Christie grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, went to college in Santa Barbara, and now is married to the sweetheart she met there.
She started off as a technical writer and moved on to computer programming before having two sons and pursuing the dream she’d held since childhood—writing romance novels. Her first book stars a hero who was a former professional surfer and since then she’s written about businessmen, TV stars, soldiers, journalists, vintners, race car drivers, and horror novelists. What her heroes have in common is their resistance to love and their hardest of falls when they finally do find their right woman.