Whether you’re into all things pink, heart-shaped, and lovey-dovey or not, there’s no denying that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.
But hey, just because Valentine’s Day is conventionally associated with all things ultra-feminine, does that mean you have to celebrate your love with the standard dinner and a movie?
In fact, when your love is burning strong and you feel inclined to show your significant other just how much you care, it’s important to plan dates with activities that you both actually enjoy.
No conventional Valentine’s Day dates here!
Express your love with these 10 unconventional Valentine’s Day dates:
1. Don’t Be Afraid To Stay In
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First things first, let’s get this out of the way…
Just because it’s February 14th doesn’t automatically mean you have to get out of the house to have your date. Perhaps nothing sounds better to you than a glass of red wine, a pizza, and a night cuddled up on the couch.
Or hey, maybe picking one of your favorite meals, and cooking together gets your heart pumping.
Whatever it is, point being, you should never feel pressure to have a conventional date just because it’s what everyone else is doing. If staying in sounds like your perfect date, do it!
2. Plan a Trip
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On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you really want to go all out for Valentine’s Day, make a trip of it.
You don’t have to fly across the country or do anything overly extravagant, but simply hitting up a local bed and breakfast in the next city over, or booking a luxurious stay in a fancy hotel in your own city can give you that little burst of excitement and fresh energy to make your Valentine’s Day one that you’re sure to remember.
3. Book A Couple’s Massage
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The couple that gets massages together, stays together.
That’s what they say, right?
Well, maybe that’s not exactly the saying, but it sounds pretty great to us!
If the idea of a relaxing couples massage sounds like your idea of true bliss, pick up the phone and book yourself an appointment. Trust us, no matter what you have going on in your life, after a nice relaxing massage, your stress is guaranteed to melt away, allowing you more opportunity to enjoy the company of that special someone.
4. Take A Class Together
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No, we’re not saying you should go sign up for any college-level classes, but oftentimes, if you look around your city, you’ll find plenty of fun, one night classes that you can take.
Perhaps it’s a painting class, or maybe pottery. If you both have an artistic side and the idea of making something together sounds up your alley, we highly recommend this as a great bonding experience.
5. Go To A Sporting Event
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If the arts aren’t necessarily your thing, but you both have a favorite sports team that you can’t get enough of, hit up a game together.
Nothing brings two people together more than their love for their team.
6.A Cafe Date
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Sure, the conventional dinner date might not appeal, but what about a super casual night at a cafe? Intimate, casual, and cozy, we love this Valentine’s Day date because it’s perfect for February, it’s nothing fancy, but it still has the potential to feel romantic and personal.
Cozy up together over hot chocolate, and then take a walk through the park if the weather isn’t too brisk. This little romantic stroll is guaranteed to bring you together.
7. A Day Date
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If you really want to switch it up and do things unconventionally this year, why not have a Valentine’s Day “day” date?
If you both work, you could meet for a quick lunch, but if you really want to take things to the next level, book the day off, and spend it together. Go to places that you’ve been itching to go to, but just haven’t had the time to.
During the day, you’ll be able to skip all the crowds, and it will feel like you’re being mischievous playing hooky together, which can feel romantic and exciting.
8. Try A Group Date
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Sure, Valentine’s Day is usually spent between two people, but since we’re talking about unconventional date ideas, try planning something with your closest friends, like an escape room or a board game night.
If you spend the majority of your time with your significant other and you’re looking for a little variety, this is a great way to bond, while still having a good time with other people.
Not to mention, you’ll go home in a good mood, and you can spend some alone time together then. It’s the perfect compromise.
Like we said, we know Valentine’s Day is not for everyone, but if you make it less about fancy gifts and extravagant dates, and you more so focus on showing the person you love just how much they mean to you, the day can hold a lot more significance.
Choose any of these unconventional Valentine’s Day dates, and we’ve got a feeling that this is one that you’ll cherish for years to come.
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