Happy Singles’ Day, folks—thank god there’s a proper holiday celebrating those of us who either haven’t found a long-term boo to cupcake with… or don’t want one in the first place. For those of us who have to pay thousands of dollars a year to go to showers, bachelorette parties, and weddings (knowing full well that gesture may never be reciprocated); buy baby presents when they have no interest in reproducing; and getting stiffed on +1s because the presumption is that they’ll be arriving solo, today is for you. Remember, lots of people in relationships are lowkey deeply unhappy and just terrified of being alone. Just a pick-me-up thought on this special day!
To be clear, there are some great things about being single—lots of them, actually. For example: You can freely make out with as many problematic crushes as you wish, you always get to pick the Netflix show, you can starfish freely in your bed, vibrators and masturbator toys are better and more high-tech than ever, and you don’t have to ask another person if it’s OK to treat yourself. On that note, Singles’ Day is the perfect time to buy yourself a self-care gift that says, “I know myself, I love myself, and I’m in control of my destiny,” on top of shopping an abundance of dedicated sales. As we’re wont to do, we’ll give a quick rundown here, as well some suggestions for gifts to make yourself feel ~*~special~*~.
Have a romantic night in (with yourself)
Bath salts and scented candles may feel like Celine Dion music video territory, but there’s nothing wrong with showing yourself a little ~*~romance~*~, especially since your Hinge date probably won’t. Tidy up your living room, wash your bath mat, and cozy up with our editor’s Japanese bath salts and a sultry Boy Smells candle. Then, head to bed with a set of heathered cashmere sheets from Brooklinen.
Plus, shop these sales on cozy bedding, home goods, and luxurious skincare:
Dyson is offering up to $150 off select vacuums.
Stock up on snacks
Everyone knows the best way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, and that’s true for yourself as well. Sip an earthy, mushroom-based chai from MUD\WTR; fire up the steamer basket and sit down to a meal of XCJ’s ridiculously delicious soup dumplings; and for dessert, feed yourself white-chocolate-injected strawberries from Bokksu.
Plus, shop these sales on cookware and kitchen appliances:
Upgrade your sex toy collection
There’s nothing like an arsenal of orgasm-inducing sex toys in your nightstand to take the edge off the single life. In fact, it’s fair to make the generalization that much of the best sex you’ll ever have will be with yourself. Grab a new clitoral stimulator, Fleshlight, or butt plug set. Why not?
Plus, shop these sales on sexual wellness products:
LELO, the high-tech Swedish sex toy brand, is offering up to 50% off sitewide.
Zumio, maker of one of our fave vibrators for targeted clitoral stimulation, is offering 25% off sitewide plus free shipping.
Do some dopamine dressing
Whether you’re looking to attract a figurative Betty or just want to feel yourself in a new ‘fit, copping a fuego new look is an A+ way to feel good about being single. We say, for the guys, grab a handsome new puffer, like this one from The North Face Black Label; for the ladies, score a satin lingerie set from CUUP’s new holiday collection; and for anybody and everybody, treat your tootsies to a new pair of Crocs.
Plus, shop these sales on clothing and accessories:
Alo is offering 30% off sitewide on its popular athleisure-wear.
Crocs is offering up to 50% off select styles—and hey, might help you get laid, because who doesn’t want to go home with someone wearing Crocs?
Everlane is taking 30% off sweaters and outerwear, so you can stay warm even if you’re the only one on the sofa.
Farfetch, home of droolworthy designer goods, is offering 22% off select styles.
Happy Singles’ Day, singles. Personally, we’ll be watching Singles and eating Kraft singles.
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