29 Surprising Valentine’s Day Date Concepts to Make Your S.O. Smile

When the second week of February rolls round annually, Adam and I inevitably have a look at one another a little bit bewildered and ask “So… what ought to we do for Valentine’s Day?” A lot of the conventional concepts can really feel a little bit tacky (to not point out overpriced), so I’m at all times on the hunt for surprising Valentine’s Day date concepts that may nonetheless really feel romantic and particular.

I bear in mind the primary 12 months we celebrated Valentine’s Day as a pair, we cooked a extremely fancy dinner at Adam’s place full with steak and chocolate soufflés, and it was so memorable that we’ve tried to do one thing exterior the field yearly since. Whether or not you’re coupled up or single, maintain scrolling for 29 distinctive concepts that may guarantee your Valentine’s Day is definitely enjoyable, with no clichés in sight.

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29 Distinctive Valentine’s Day Date Concepts to Attempt This 12 months

1. Discover and go to a drive-in live performance. Bonus factors for dressing up and bringing your individual garden chairs and snacks.

2. Create a non-public movie show in your home with a projector and display screen a romantic film. Simply add popcorn, Raisinets, and two pairs of cozy socks.

3. Go curler skating. Or ice skating. The aim right here is to channel your favourite hand-holding scene in nearly each basic rom-com.

4. Host a karaoke evening in your lounge. This personally appears like my imaginative and prescient of hell, however I do know it’s proper up a few of your alleys. Plus, if you happen to have been born with the voice of an angel, this could possibly be a terrific technique for making them fall in love with you on the spot. If you wish to be tremendous skilled with it, try this Wi-fi Bluetooth Karaoke Mic.

5. Take an early morning hike to look at the dawn. I do know, I do know—sounds sort of painful. However there’s nothing extra magical than watching the solar come up. Plus, getting up that early to interrupt a sweat is a complete bonding expertise.

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6. Take a digital cooking class. Bonding over pots of marinara and pans of tiramisu? Signal me up!

7. Put collectively care packages for the homeless. Stuff paper luggage or shoe packing containers with meals, water, socks, hand wipes, and so on. and maintain them in your vehicles for the subsequent time you drive previous somebody in want. It’s fairly cool to see your S.O. serving others and sacrificing their free time for a worthy trigger. You’ll doubtless fall in love with one another once more.

8. Host an at-home artwork evening. Whether or not this implies sketching in an grownup coloring e-book, making a collage of your favourite photographs collectively, or streaming an artist’s documentary, get your inventive juices flowing.

9. Schedule a tasting at a vineyard or brewery. Whereas we did this just about throughout the pandemic, there’s nothing higher than taking an tour to your favourite spots. Or, if you’d like a extra low-key expertise at dwelling, purchase three bottles of wine: one that’s $25, one that’s $15, and one that’s $10. Cowl the bottles in foil and blend them round, then attempt to guess which is which! It’s fairly shocking generally.

10. Decide up your favourite take-out and drive to a scenic location for stargazing. When was the final time you and your S.O. actually regarded on the stars collectively? There’s one thing about gazing on the nighttime sky that’s such a reminder of the vastness of the universe—and the way fortunate you might be to have discovered one another in it.

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11. Take a “staycation” at a favourite native lodge. I feel each couple ought to splurge now and again and spend the evening away, even when a full-blown trip isn’t within the playing cards. Order room service, watch a film, leap within the scorching tub, and sleep in.

12. Take a digital dance class. Try YouTube instructors that provide salsa or swing instruction. Good your dance strikes for the subsequent time you go to a marriage or a rustic bar.

13. Recreate your first date. For Adam and me, this could contain a dive-y Chinese language restaurant, Peking Duck, and one too many glasses of chardonnay. For those who’ve been collectively a very long time, you’ll undoubtedly have enjoyable laughing about these early days, and it could even be a invaluable reminder of why you fell so deeply in love within the first place. Be inventive about tips on how to recreate your dates at dwelling! Decide up takeout from the restaurant, dim the lights, use tablecloths, or any distinctive features {that a} particular restaurant has.

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14. Pack a picnic and bike experience to someplace particular collectively. There’s something so particular about using bikes collectively to a particular spot to bask in a picnic collectively. Pack your favourite cheeses with dips and snacks in a picnic basket—don’t overlook the bottle of wine!

15. Discover a neighborhood bookstore. You don’t should be a bookworm for this to be a best-ever date (though, bonus factors in case you are). Head out and browse the stacks! Choose a learn for your self or decide one in your associate. While you get dwelling, curl up on the sofa and browse side-by-side. Nothing like a little bit literature to set the temper.

16. Make breakfast in mattress. Nothing beats feeding one another bites of pancakes whilst you’re snuggled below the covers. Whether or not you need one thing wholesome and vibrant or are craving your favourite consolation meals (once more, pancakes), so long as you’re getting within the kitchen collectively and sharing a meal, you actually can’t go mistaken with this date.

17. Journey by prepare. This concept is likely to be a little bit extra concerned, however it’s nothing a little bit planning can’t make occur. Prepare journey helps you to absorb your surrounding sights in essentially the most enjoyable means doable. You don’t even should set out with a selected vacation spot in thoughts—it’s all in regards to the journey.

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18. Theme your date evening. Date nights are nice and all, however while you heart it round a selected theme, you may immerse your self in a complete new expertise. And naturally, nothing says romance like a little bit jaunt to France. Need all of the Parisian vibes with out having to get on a airplane? Make a playlist of all of your favourite French music, plan out a French-ified menu, and rework your eating room into the chicest French restaurant, regardless of the place you might be.

19. Make a imaginative and prescient board. Sharing your goals and setting the inspiration for future plans to return is the last word approach to join. You’ll be able to every create your individual imaginative and prescient board or collaborate on one collectively. It’s a enjoyable and galvanizing course of, and might information conversations for what you every need for yourselves and your shared targets as a pair. For steps on tips on how to get began, try our information to imaginative and prescient boarding.

20. Camp it up. Whereas a get-lost-in-the-woods date will be simply the journey many people are in search of, there are others who’d fairly camp out in the lounge. Whether or not you have been a scout in a previous life or have by no means spent an evening within the nice outdoor, there are many methods to tailor this date for a magical night (howdy, glamping). Simply don’t overlook the marshmallows.

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21. Ask questions designed to construct intimacy. This checklist of 32 questions was written particularly to assist deepen your relationship. As a result of because the writer, Nihel, writes: “With the proper mindset, intention, and questions, setting apart these particular moments can deepen your love and produce a recent and renewed perspective to your relationship.”

22. Learn your favourite “Trendy Love” tales. Who else skims the Sunday paper’s ‘Fashion’ part for these vignettes of real-life romance and heartbreak? For those who’re already a fan, assist your associate get on board. Decide an essay from their archives and take turns studying them aloud to one another. You’ll get a glimpse right into a life not like your individual, as every story is a window into distinctive views on, and experiences with, love.

23. Get aggressive. Recreation evening anybody? Care to problem your S.O. to a spherical of tennis? No matter your competitors of selection, decide it and kit up! There’s nothing like a little bit wholesome competitors to set the sparks flying.

24. Bake a brand new recipe collectively. PSA: Valentine’s Day dessert doesn’t should contain chocolate. In actual fact, among the greatest draw upon distinctive flavors and intelligent spins on classics. The Kitchn has you lined with its checklist of 40+ scrumptious desserts.

25. Recreate one another’s favourite cocktails/mocktails. Even if you happen to don’t take into account your self a mixologist, you may have a little bit enjoyable getting inventive at your private home bar. Ask (or guess!) one another’s favourite drinks and make them at dwelling. It’s a sort gesture that may make them—and also you—really feel seen in your tastes and preferences.

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26. Play Esther Perel’s dialog recreation, “The place Ought to We Start?” We counted down the times till the famed psychotherapist launched her dialog deck. With prompts like “Share one thing that’s modified your worldview” and questions that ask you to share what’s been conserving you up at evening, belief that there’s no holding again. Decide up your copy right here.

27. Write a letter to your S.O. for them to open subsequent 12 months. Who wouldn’t love receiving a letter that took you again to the place your relationship was the 12 months prior? Replicate in your emotions, ideas, and what you’re keen on most about them on this second. It’s a touching gesture and one that you just’re each prone to maintain saved in your dressers without end.

28. Discover out one another’s enneagram. For those who haven’t heard, intentional character checks are again. (Key phrase being “intentional”—there’s nothing hokey about them.) Discovering one another’s enneagrams is an eye-opening approach to dive deeper into what makes your associate tick. Study extra in regards to the enneagram—and what it says about your character—right here.

29. … or uncover your love languages. For those who haven’t carried out a deep dive but, understanding the love languages (and figuring out which greatest describes you and your associate) sheds perception into you every give and obtain love. We share all the things it is advisable find out about love languages right here.

Valentines Day Date Ideas

This publish was initially printed on February 9, 2020, and has since been up to date.