12 Valentine's Day date ideas that are more romantic than going out for dinner
If you're looking for last-minute, non-cliche ways to surprise your partner this Valentine's Day, you're in for a treat. Ahead are 12 alternative — and budget-friendly — date ideas guaranteed to spark some romantic vibes.
Love going out to dinner and to the movies? Just not on Valentine's Day? You're not alone: taking your loved one out to any of these places, on this day revolving around romance, can be about as cheesy as showering him or her with an oversized teddy bear or a box of chocolates. As one of the most overrated celebrations after New Year's Eve, it's easy to feel disenchanted with the underwhelming chocolates, rose bouquets, and stuffy restaurants that become overly predictable around February 14. Fear not, we've got you covered with date ideas to impress your partner — they're better than an overpriced dinner reservation.
So, if you are seeking last-minute ideas to surprise your partner this Valentine's Day, check out 12 unique — and budget-friendly — Valentine's Day date ideas that are far from cliche. These romantic date ideas will provide infinite opportunities for you and your significant other to celebrate love your way.
1. Have a spoil-each-other kind of day.
Whether it's serving your partner breakfast in bed or whipping up his or her favourite treats, spend the day spoiling one another. Take turns pampering each other for no reason other than simply because you both deserve to feel loved and appreciated.
2. Grab your laptop and head to your favourite spot for a DIY outdoor movie screening.
We all know going to the cinemas on Valentine's Day can be a bit cliche — not to mention expensive and overcrowded. So, why not stretch your budget a whole lot farther by creating your own movie screening? Bonus points for timing the film around sunset.
3. Have a spa day at home.
Since spas can be expensive and are usually booked solid around this time of year, why not save time and money by making a romantic, serene spa-like environment in your own home? What's more romantic than rolling out of bed, directly into your living room, and onto a massage table? With plenty of at-home massage booking services and apps, you are bound to enhance the romance from the privacy of your own home. Light candles, bring out the oils and give yourself permission to stay in robes all day.
4. Hit the road and get lost on purpose.
Sometimes, no plans are the best kind of plans. With an open road in front of you and no set agenda in mind, you're guaranteed to have an unforgettable, spontaneous adventure together.
5. Create your own signature cocktail.
A little gin here, a little tonic there — shake the night up by concocting your own signature cocktail together. Not only will taste-testing be a blast, but you and your partner might just become skilled mixologists by the end of the night.
6. Or have a boozy picnic in the park or your terrace.
Avoid the frustrations of making overpriced dinner reservations by having a romantic picnic in the park near your office building or even your terrace. Fresh air, an open sky, and cold beer — what's not to love?
7. Spend the night dreaming about the future.
Sometimes there's nothing more soothing as a couple than to simply dream together. Spend Valentine’s Day igniting your imaginations and sharing your wishes for the future. By the end of the conversation, you're bound to be bursting with excitement and inspiration.
8. Make homemade pizzas and have an in-home game night.
If you're looking for a little playful competition, gather a stack of your favourite board games and have an in-home game night. The loser can be in charge of making dinner. But save the dishes for another day.
9. Take a cooking class — without leaving your apartment.
They say cooking is a way to the heart, so why not take a cooking class together? Thanks to a ton of online cooking tutorials, you and your partner can partake in your own private cooking class without leaving your apartment. And the best part? The majority of these web lessons are free.
10. Play tourist in your own city.
If you feel like splurging, make a hotel reservation for the night and live it up as if you two are the only ones in the world.
11. Go dessert-hopping and end the night with a romantic stroll.
Craving an extra sweet date? Skip the fancy dinner and go straight for dessert. The more places you stop by, the sweeter the night will be.
12. Volunteer together.
Since Valentine's Day is all about the celebration of love, consider volunteering your time as a couple at a local NGO or nursing home, and make someone else feel loved. You will not only make a difference in someone else's life, but the bond of volunteering together is also a romantic, feel-good feeling that will last a lifetime.