If you don’t know exactly what you want to do this Valentine’s Day, but you know you don’t want to get stuck in a Netflix or movie binge, even worse, end up at an overpriced clichéd dinner out, there’s no need to worry.
Here are 13 Unique Valentine’s Day ideas for all types of budgets, that will make your V-day special. It doesn’t matter whether you’re single, a couple already, married, or just looking for a fun activity with special friends. Either way, choose an activity that best fits your comfort level and let the fun begin.
- Beach Picnic: Grab a blanket, food and drinks and head to a nearby beach. Find a place out of the wind, maybe take some chairs, and have a romantic night by the water and waves. Every time either of you hears a bird noise or fish splash, you have to say something nice about your Valentine, and they reciprocate.
- Make a Donation to Charity: If your partner isn’t into traditional gifts but you want to get them something anyway, consider making a donation to charity. It can be a donation to a local organization, Doctors Without Borders, or even Heifer, which allows you to give enough money so that someone in a developing country can, for example, buy a flock of chickens. (Because who doesn’t like offering chickens for Valentine’s Day?)
- Molten Pleasure: If you live somewhere cold grab some marshmallows, chocolates, cheese, biscuits and wine and spend the night cuddling up in front of a fire. For every mouthful you have a something sweet, you have to say something you like/love about your sweet valentine.
- A Themed Dinner and Movie Night at Home: Watching Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck fall in love in Roman Holiday is definitely more satisfying when accompanied by a big plate of homemade spaghetti and meatballs. Maybe it’s a ‘Love Actually’ theme, or ‘Pretty Woman’ dress-ups, act out the names and roles then have a big bath together.
- Handmade Paper Flowers: The usual flowers are, of course, a sweet gesture, but they do die after a week or so and can be outrageously expensive around Valentine’s Day. Instead, make your own flowers out of paper (some craft stores even have kits) for a present that will last a long time and remind your partner how much you care. You might even write special notes or words on some.
- A Paint and Sip Class: A hilarious way to bond with your S.O. or friend is to take a paint-and-sip class together, which involves–you guessed it–painting a masterpiece (or something) while sipping on wine or a cocktail. Plus, you’ll have a memento to take home with you.
- A Wine Bar Crawl: Instead of sticking to just one spot, hop from place-to-place and order different kinds of wine and tapas along the way. It’s waaay more interesting than a boring ol’ sit-down dinner (and even your regular bar crawl). Of course, it doesn’t hurt to stash one away for later too.
- Roller Skating: It’s just as romantic as ice skating, but with a little more pizzazz. And since it’s V-Day, your local rink will likely have a lovey-dovey theme. Look for one that’s kind of retro and caters to an older crowd. Just be careful it doesn’t become overly memorable due to a trip to the hospital to get a broken leg fixed.
- Karaoke: Leave behind the friend group and head to the karaoke bar with just you and your Valentine. What better way to celebrate your chemistry than singing classic couples duets such as ’03 Bonnie & Clyde’ and ‘I Got You Babe’ together? This is about fun, laughing together bonding time.
- A Bike Ride: You might have to plan this during a time when the streets aren’t quite so crowded (especially if you live in a city). And/or, find a scenic location nearby that’s bike-friendly, so you can stop along the way to sit and chat. Maybe write 6 quality questions out and at each stop, ask another question and you both answer.
- A Hotel Stay: Book a romantic hotel that’s free from roommates, dirty dishes, and paper-thin walls. Many inns and hotels host their own Valentine’s specials, from champagne service to three-course meals at the hotel restaurant.
- An Amusement Park: Whether you’re close to the coolest parks in the U.S. or a little wooden roller coaster, riding the rides, munching on cotton candy, and people-watching can be tremendously fun. Just make sure it isn’t, you know, pouring rain—or make sure the venue has indoor attractions if the weather is not good.
- Have a Game Night of Personal Connection: Dust off some of the fun games in the cupboard, or better still, play the How Game Are You?™ Intimacy Edition game and plan a night in to talk, laugh, share and connect more with each other. No need to think of questions as there are 175 already created for you.
We think the best Valentine’s Day activities lead to more understanding, connection and emotional/physical intimacy and this all happens through the tasteful Intimacy game. So, get a copy of How Game Are You?™ Intimacy Edition game for Valentines Night, or if you have other plans, give it as a Valentines Gift for your relationship. Plan a great Valentines day in to talk, laugh, share and connect more with each other.