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Heart-Shaped Hacks: Four Ways to Spread Joy this February

(BPT) - The aftermath of the back-to-back holiday season can hit people hard. While January doesn't bring much in the way of nice weather or celebrations, it instead inches us closer to Valentine's Day. Though historically a day to focus on love and partnership, over the last decade it has transformed into a time to honor and celebrate all bonds, including relationships with our children, grandchildren and even friends thanks in large part to social media. In fact, recent data shows that Galentine's Day has almost as many mentions on social media annually as Valentine's Day.

There are many ways to spread joy this February-having a girls night in for Galentine's Day, sending a gift to your long-distance partner, or simply planning a fun or romantic date night. Planning for a day or evening out just got a whole lot easier on the wallet too, because an AARP membership can unlock a plethora of discounts to aid in your efforts. Here are a few ways to celebrate love and friendship while utilizing your AARP member benefits:

1. Cuddle Up for a Cozy Night In

Looking for something low key? Grab your favorite snacks and a cozy blanket and cuddle up with your honey to binge your next favorite show on Paramount+. AARP members can save 10% on any plan-choose from over 45,000 episodes, blockbuster movies, live sports, and more all in one place.

If you're having friends over for Galentine's Day drinks, show off your inner sommelier by offering a selection of options from Naked Wines. Don't forget that AARP members receive $120 off and complimentary shipping on the first personalized wine order of $179.99 or more. Plus, members earn an additional $5 per month in wine credits.

2. Go All-in for a Classic Date Night

Keep it classic this Valentine's Day by making a reservation for two at Bonefish Grill. AARP members save 10% on food and nonalcoholic beverages, so it's the perfect time to enjoy that delicious surf n' turf meal you've been eyeing.

'When planning an evening out for a special occasion, you shouldn't have to make tremendous sacrifices because of budget restrictions. At AARP, we make it a priority to ensure that members can enjoy savings at restaurants around the country that fit both their budget and dining interests,' said Jason Mugg, Senior Vice President, Lifestyle & Emerging Businesses, AARP Services. 'While Bonefish Grill is certainly a fan favorite, AARP members have dozens of options for dining out and the list continues to grow.'

3. Special Delivery: Brightening Someone's Day with Blooms or Basket

Sometimes life gets in the way of holidays, and Valentine's Day is no exception. If you and your partner will be apart this year, show how much you love and miss them by sending a beautiful bouquet or a heart-shaped succulent from FTD. AARP members automatically save 25% sitewide and 30% off select items with promo code AARP30. If you're looking for another way to say you care, send relaxation right to their door with a spa gift basket or a food basket that has meat, cheese and brownie bites-you'll thank us later!

4. Take a Valentine's Day Getaway

If it's a stress-free getaway that will make you happiest this February-but you don't want to break the bank-book a quick trip through the AARP Travel Center Powered by Expedia, where AARP members get exclusive deals, seasonal offers, and special savings. Or book yourself a romantic staycation and stay closer to home-from DoubleTree to Waldorf Astoria, AARP members can take advantage of savings up to 10% off the best available rate at any Hilton property and get late checkout until 2 p.m. when available, or save 10% at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, which has thousands of pet-friendly properties worldwide, so you can even bring your four-legged valentine with you.

If your getaway is close enough to drive, you can save wear and tear on your own car and treat yourself by renting from Avis or Budget. AARP members save up to 30% off base rates or up to 35% when selecting Pay Now, and receive a 3% credit to apply to rentals within 12 months. Plus, you get an upgrade on compact through full-size car class bookings (based on availability), an additional driver at no cost, and more. So pack your bags, put together a playlist, and hit the road to your destination.

To learn more about the benefits and discounts for AARP members to help you prepare for Valentine's Day, please visit

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