• Drew Gilmore

Your Valentine's Day Salvation

February 14th is right around the corner and if you don't know what you've got going for that day, we have a few ideas. If you've got a special someone, check out the "For the Couples" section! If that's not quite your deal, scroll on down to the "For the Not-couples" section!

For the Couples:

It’s just two days before Valentine’s Day and you’ve got no plans for that special day (Been there, done that). You think that your significant other deserves the world, but your lack of preparation (or lack of a calendar perhaps) has left you scrambling to scrap together the perfect date night for your special someone. What in the world are you going to do? All hope is not lost. We’ve got you covered for a lovely day of Valentine’s plans.

Here’s what you’re gonna do. Sometime in the morning/early afternoon when you roll out of bed, get your better half and get to one of the awesome deal markers found on the Kick-it Points app. Take your pick from some hiking at Bishop’s Peak, Madonna or Cal Poly’s “P,” a day trip out to Avila Beach or Laguna Lake, or maybe even a stroll through downtown to check out Bubblegum Alley. Have some fun with the experience! Quality time is one of the best gifts that you can give to one another and being with someone you like/love/gotta-have, in one of the most beautiful areas of the country, is a joy of its own. When you get to your destination, soak it in. Enjoy the time and let this outdoor escape grant you a reprieve from the corporate hustle-and-bustle of Valentine’s Day.

Then, before you leave, make sure to claim your deal for later! Your deal will stay active under the Deals tab for two weeks! So if you want to avoid the masses this Friday and push your dinner back a few nights, we’ll keep your deal ready for you!

So. You got active with your person and you had a fun time. When you pick your late lunch/dinner/dessert spot for Valentine’s Day, head over there and show the merchant your deal on the Kick-it Points app, and they’ll hit redeem. And just like that, you’ve saved a little dough.

With hundreds of local businesses on the Kick-it Points platform, you’ve got tons of options to choose from. We’ve got deals from Paso to Pismo at places that serve everything from breakfast to ice cream. That’s the fun of it all; you can get out and try some new places that you’ve never been and hopefully you’ll find a new favorite. And in the not-so-distant future, we’ll be rolling out a new feature that will allow you to customize your deals at the location of your choosing! Now, the most important part of your Valentine’s Day plans is this: turn your phone off and put it away. Cherish this lovely day with your lovely pal and we hope we’ll see you Kickin-it with us this weekend!

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Kick-it Points Crew!

For the Not-couples:

Alright. It’s that time of year again. Heart-shaped balloons, outrageously-big teddy bears, mass amounts of chocolate, and dozens and dozens of roses are flying off the shelf. It’s hard to escape, isn’t it? And this year, you don’t have a special someone by your side to experience this lovey-dovey season with…yet. Well hey, that’s more than okay! We’ve got your plans for Galentine’s Day, the “bro-equivalent” of Galentine’s Day (Pal-entine’s Day? I don’t know), and Singles Appreciation Day all covered.

So maybe you don’t want to go out to an expensive restaurant that’s bombarded with overpriced meals and a marriage proposal at the next table over. That’s fine with us. We’ve got deals for whatever you’re into. You want some ice cream? Got it. You want some coffee? Got it. You want some socks? Believe it or not, we got it.

We’ve pieced together what we feel is a fun way to spend your Valentine’s Day, but please feel free to add or edit this checklist to create the best experience for you (or your group!)

  • Start your day off with a sunrise hike at Bishop’s Peak, and claim one of the deals up at the top!

  • Head over for a stroll through Cal Poly, and claim one of the deals near Dexter Lawn

  • Make your way to “The P”, and snap a pic of your active self and claim a deal!

  • Take a break and go reward yourself with one of those great deals you got from some of the most amazing local businesses!

  • Head over to Avila Beach or Pismo and soak up some rays, and, of course, claim a deal while you’re at it!

  • Treat yourself to a little afternoon snack or some dinner by redeeming the deal you claimed on the beach.

  • Go cap your night off by watching the sunset at Perfumo Canyon or another sunset location in town, and claim a deal when you get there!

Yes, we know that list is overwhelming, and it should be. We just wanted to show you the tip of the ice berg when it comes to how much inspiration you can derive from the app when it comes to Valentine's Day ideas. Oh, and by the way, if you actually end up checking off everything on that list, let us know, because that would be a legendary feat to get through in one day! Send us a DM so that we can get you on board with the Kick-it Points crew for our next Real World Social event. That's some serious dedication... or some serious avoidance of Valentine's Day! Either way, good on you.

In order to claim these deals, you’re gonna have to get out in the real world and be real-world social. As you can see, deals can be claimed in a variety of ways, from hiking or beach-cruising, or sometimes even just showing up at the business. Once you’re there, you can claim the deal on the Kick-it Points app and the deal will be saved on the app and ready to use for two weeks. When you show up, you can show the merchant your deal and they’ll handle it for you.

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a drag. Every day is just what you make of it. And with Kick-it Points we hope that we can help you to make your day awesome! So get out there and be real-world social. Who knows, maybe you’ll even find your Valentine along the way.

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Kick-it Points Crew!