10 Unique Date Ideas for A Perfect Valentine’s Day

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Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is here. This time of year, we are inundated with everything pink, and red, and heart-shaped. The pressure is on – is it a box of chocolates, a fancier box of chocolates, a dozen roses, two dozen roses? It is hard to decide how to make Valentine’s Day especially, well, special. Never fear, we have quite a few creative Valentine’s Day date ideas that are sure to jazz up the Hallmark holiday.

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. ~ Charles Schulz (Tweet this)

Date Ideas to Have A Perfect Valentine’s Day

Go to dinner

Now going out to dinner may not seem like the most creative Valentine’s Day idea, but there is a reason it is such a popular date night idea. Going out to dinner on Valentine’s Day can be a really romantic and exciting event. To mix it up for the holiday, try a restaurant the two of you have never been to before.

New places create new memories. What else can make it extra-special? Pretend there is not a price limit. Let your date spring for the lobster or the steak, and buy the full bottle of wine. Tis’ the season, after all.

Stay in a bed and breakfast

Even if the bed and breakfast is in your own town, there is something special about sleeping in a home that is not your own. If you can work heading out of town into your schedule, even better! Bed and breakfasts are relaxing, comforting, and can be relatively inexpensive.

Many bed and breakfasts have private bathtubs or spas, fireplaces, and delicious food. A B&B is the perfect overnight vacation for you and your loved one.

I know of one duty, and that is to love. ~ Albert Camus (Tweet this)

Hit the gym

If you two are both interested in health and fitness, a great date idea is to work out together. If going to the gym and taking classes together is not thrilling, contact your local rock climbing gym. Rock climbing is a great couple activity because it requires trust and adventure. It will be a memorable experience at the very least.

Play in the snow

Ice-skating, sledding, or skiing are some of the most romantic Valentine’s Day ideas imaginable. Ice skating is a great year-round activity, even for warm-weathered locations. Ice skating has built in romance. Put on a pair of gloves and spend some time skating around the rink together.

If you live in or near a snowy area, grab some snow gear and spend the day on the mountain. The night can end with hot cocoa and snuggling in the ski lodge.

Explore a museum

Education can be very romantic, and most people tend to forget about it as a date option. Many times, local museums offer free admission as well. If your partner appreciates art, history, or both, spending the day (or night) in a museum can be very romantic.

When you love someone, all your saved up wishes start coming out. ~ Elizabeth Bowen (Tweet this)

Dance the night away

Maybe dance lessons are not the most creative Valentine’s idea, but what about a new dance? If you two have never done the Salsa, take lessons in it. If you two have never tried line-dancing, now is your chance! Hip-hop, rumba, Zumba? There are plenty of different types of dance, all offered in couples variety. Bonus points: you will have fun while exercising!

Go to a movie

Like going out to dinner, the theater may not seem that exciting, but you can add variety to the night. Sneak in snacks like when you were younger. Pack a purse with licorice and soda pop and go for a double-feature. See a movie (or two) that you two typically may not have wanted to see. Broaden your horizons and strengthen your love, all at the same time.

Relive your first date

There are not many things more romantic than remembering your first days together. Even if your first date was a typical night, it is extremely thoughtful to recreate the first night you spent together. If at all possible, asking your partner in the same fashion you first asked will truly make the night special.

Don’t exchange gifts

Sometimes, the added pressure of exchanging gifts can add unnecessary tension to any holiday (or birthday). If you two agree to not exchange gifts in lieu of quality time, you will not only save money, but you will save stress. No relationship needs additional stress involved in a holiday celebration.

Don’t leave the house

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do, but how much love we put in that action. ~ Mother Teresa (Tweet this)

You have heard of breakfast in bed, but have you considered all meals in bed? If you get cabin fever and cannot stay in bed for the full day, the sentiment is still there. Not leaving the house together for a full day is surely rare, which will add romanticism to the day. Make all your meals, or order in, but spend the day in your home, together.

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About the Author

Jessica Tholmer has a degree in English Literature. Jessica is a full-time writer for a small company, but she writes for multiple other forums. Jessica writes about love, life, and everything in between for HelloGiggles, though her work has been featured on Nerve, The Gaggle, The Conversation, and The Siren as well.

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