If you’re like most of us, you probably find that Valentine’s Day kind of creeps up on you and before you know it, you need to make a plan in a hurry to let the person you care about know that you care about them (and make it seem like you didn’t think about it at the last minute). Sure, the stores are full of love-themed trinkets from the end of January already, but for some reason, for me, the urgency doesn’t really hit home until it’s just a few days away, like today…
So in my search of romantic ideas for my significant other, I thought I would share some of my ideas with you…
Here are 12 things you could do this year on the 14th February…
#1: Have an indoor picnic
Skip going out to a restaurant where you will be forced to behave a certain way. Let your guard down, spend your Valentine’s Day dinner enjoying home cooked food, or snacks in the comfort of familiar surroundings. Spread out a blanket, break out the bubbly and put on a feast for the two of you.
#2: Go to a comedy show
Laughter is good for the soul so celebrate Valentine’s Day with a few good laughs. Take your date to the nearest comedy club for low pressure, fun experience the two of you will remember.
#3: Go to a rock concert
Go out for an ultimate rock ‘n roll date and treat your special someone with tickets to their favourite band. If they aren’t playing anywhere near you, go to a local music venue for a live show.
#4: Salsa Dancing
Get out of your comfort zone. Not only is salsa super romantic, you’ll be able to work off your dinner too. Even if you take your date for salsa dance lessons if neither one of you has danced before, it is a lovely way to spend your Valentine’s Day.
Get a reservation at a new restaurant, or off the beaten path bistro. This will mean you won’t get too much of the mainstream traffic than if you had to hit a popular, tried and tested restaurant which would probably be really crowded and more than likely fully booked.
#6: An evening of Service
Don’t allow your partner to do anything. Make dinner, set the table, do the dishes, offer a massage etc. Your partner will feel super special and you don’t have to spend a fortune either.
#7: A Day at the Spa
Spoil your special someone with a couple’s treatment at the spa, if you feel comfortable sharing something like this with your special someone. This is great for married couples.
#8: Video Game session
Wow, that one sounds a little cheesy. But face it, how often do guys and girls actually play video games together? Most of the time it’s just a guy-fest with the girls rolling their eyes in the kitchen… Provided neither one of you gets too competitive, this can be super fun.
#9: A fancy lunch date
Go to a fancy restaurant for a lunch date instead of supper. Most of the restaurants will be fully booked for supper but not for lunch. You’ll also probably be able to get away with spending a little less as it isn’t such a big meal time.
#10: A round or two of Karaoke
Karaoke is almost always ridiculous. It lowers expectations and it also allows us to laugh at ourselves and at others. You also don’t have to have a date. You could go out with a bunch of single friends. No pressure but loads of fun. Just don’t throw in too much alcohol as you don’t want to be stuck with someone singing All By Myself by Celine Dion.
#11: Cupid Couple Run
If you’re into exercise and keeping healthy and fit, this should be loads of fun for you. Register for a couple’s run on Valentine’s Day. You’ll score points with ease, and probably be donating to a charity at the same time.
#12: Supper club
Look for a supper club near you. They usually take place at homes of local chefs. Sometimes they even have websites. These are great as you’ll be doing something different, but still be getting in a great dinner…