February is here, and that means grocery stores are stocked with perfectly primped boxes of chocolate, your email is full of discounts on the “perfect gift” for your boo, and restaurants in town are filling up with reservations for February 14th.
Let’s be honest – Valentine’s Day is another excuse for businesses to tell us that we’re not spending enough, caring enough or doing enough to communicate our love for the people in our lives. While any excuse to remind your S/O, your friends or your family members that you love them is a good excuse, it doesn’t need to look the way the world tells you it should when February rolls around.
If we’re honest, Valentine’s Day is a holiday that opens to the door to a lot of unnecessary guilt and comparison. If you don’t splurge on that watch he’s been looking at for months or fill a mason jar with 5000 reasons why you’ll love him forever, it’s easy to feel like you don’t measure up as a girlfriend, fiancée, or wife. Yet, when you scroll through Instagram, you see a beautiful blogger who woke up to a shipment of 100 red roses and a puppy, and suddenly your man isn’t doing all that great in the romance department, either!
It doesn’t have to be this way, though. Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to be flashy, it doesn’t need to be expensive, and it doesn’t need to be a competition between you and the people you follow online. And hey – if you’re single, it doesn’t even need to be about a partner. It’s the perfect opportunity to remind your best friends that you love them, too!
Every year, J and I swap back and forth between planning our Valentine’s day festivities, and this year we’re keeping it low-key. If you’re looking for something fun, inexpensive and creative to do with your guy or gals this year, these ideas for you.
1. Ice Skating and Hot Chocolate
It’s easy to get a little stir-crazy in the wintertime. Why not take advantage of the last few weeks of cold and hit the skating rink for an active, exciting date? If you’re not a skater, there’s nothing more romantic than holding your boy’s hand on the ice, and if you are a skater, it’s the perfect excuse to show off your skills! When you’re done, head to a local cafe and end the night over a couple cups of hot chocolate to warm up.
2. A Museum or Gallery Crawl
A trip to a museum or gallery is sure to get you talking this Valentine’s Day! Check out your city’s website for a list of the best museums or galleries near you and make a plan to do something educational this Valentine’s Day. If looking at art or historical objects for hours isn’t your thing, try mixing it up by making it a fun scavenger hunt game — whoever can find the first artist from France, wins!
3. Breakfast for Dinner in PJ’s
Who said Valentine’s Day has to include a prix fixe dinner? Some of the best nights are the one’s spent at home in comfy clothes, and breakfast for dinner is always a good idea. Head to the grocery store to pick up your favourite breakfast goodies and make a plan to make what’s usually a “night out” feel like a cozy “morning in” at home.
4. A Scavenger Hunt
While they do take a bit of work to pull off, a scavenger hunt is such a fun way to put a little extra fun into your Valentine’s Day plans while still sticking to a budget. A few years ago, I planned a bachelorette-inspired date for Jared that started with a date card in the front seat of his car. It told him where to drive with a cryptic message about our next activity, and the messages kept coming until we reached our final destination — an escape room. Like the idea but hoping to stay in this year? Try planting cute, encouraging messages around the house to lead your loved one to the final surprise — a love letter, a box of chocolates… whatever you wish!
5. The “Penny Date”
I have always wanted to try the Penny Date, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity! If you haven’t heard of this concept before, it’s exactly as it sounds – find a penny and let it decide on date night for you by getting into a car and flipping for your directions (decide how many times you are planning on flipping beforehand). If you flip the penny and land on heads, turn right. If you flip and it lands on tails, turn left. Every time you reach an intersection, flip the penny and turn the corresponding direction. Once you’ve used all of your flips, look around – this is where you’re making date night!
6. Indoor Picnic
There may be snow on the ground, but it doesn’t mean you can’t pull off a fun picnic! Pull out a blanket, set up the perfect environment (candles, flowers, chocolate, etc.) and eat your favourite picnic snacks from the comfort of your own home. This is the perfect opportunity to re-use what you may think is a “summer date” mid-winter, and it’s just as romantic!
7. Volunteer Together
Spending your Valentine’s Day serving others is one of the best ways to grow closer together! Find an opportunity to volunteer in your community (a youth shelter, soup kitchen, SPCA – you name it) and commit your Valentine’s Day to showing your love for the people around you. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about you – it’s a great opportunity to serve those who need to experience love the most.
8. Tackle a New Recipe Together
Scouring recipe books for a meal you’ve never tried, hitting the grocery store together and working on a new recipe is such a fun date! If you’re still getting to know each other, cooking or baking is a great way to get talking about your likes and dislikes and figuring out what it’s like to work together as a couple. Not only is a great experience, the final result is also (hopefully) delicious!
I hope these unique date ideas may help you invest in some of your most important relationships this Valentine’s Day. Remember, as easy as it is to get caught up in the commercialization of Valentine’s Day, it’s just a day. You have 365 days to remind your man, friends or family members of your love for them, so don’t stress. Have fun, spend time together and spread love! Xo
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