Valentine’s Day 2013: There’s an app for that

February 6, 2013

There’s more to love about February than a short month and a groundhog. The holiday of love is upon us, and it’s important that you come to the game prepared.

Now, this is probably stereotyping, but a majority of this blog’s readership is of the male gender. Attention gentlemen: Don’t screw it up this year.

Like most things in this world, including Valentine’s Day, there’s an app for that. In fact, there are many apps for that. So many that Apple decided to create an entire collection of “gifts” for this year’s day of love for your iPhone and iPad.

ProFlowers recently highlighted their top app picks for Valentine’s Day, including some ones you would expect: UrbanSpoon — to help you find that perfect restaurant for a romantic dinner for two. As a bonus recommendation, download Open Table, create an account and make sure you book your reservation in time.

The online flower retailer (which also has an app that you should utilize before Feb. 14!) also pointed to a fun app: Virtual Candle. “You’ve taken care of the food, the wine is chilling and you’ve selected the ideal gift, all you need now is a little mood lighting,” the description reads. “Fortunately, iPhone has an app for that too. So cue the music, turn the lights down, and dine by the romantic glow of this Virtual Candle…”

It’s a little cheesy, but girls cheesy.

As mentioned higher up in this blog post, Apple also got into the spirit of Valentine’s Day. In the App Store there’s a section called the “Valentine’s Day Gift Guide.” The apps aren’t specifically about Valentine’s Day, rather, they’re gift suggestions.

You could buy your significant other an iTunes gift card along with a letter that say how much you love her and some great app recommendations for her. It would certainly help you save some money from the basic Valentine’s Day gifts.

Shane Co. recently created an info graphic giving a whole bunch of really interesting numbers of Valentine’s Day. You might be surprised at how much is actually being spent. (And did you know that 10 percent of annual U.S. wedding proposals happen on Valentine’s Day? How unoriginal.)

What does this blogger (who happens to be born on Valentine’s Day) suggest you do for your love bunny this year? Order some flowers, think of some creative apps she should download on her phone (or just use the iTunes store and gift them to her!), buy a cute small gift around your local town, and take her out to dinner.

Don’t be left scrambling on Feb. 13 with no plan.

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