35 Valentine’s Day Ideas That Are Better Than an Overpriced Dinner
Go beyond dinner and flowers with these fresh, fun Valentine's Day ideas for couples.
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Valentine’s ideas that are uniquely you
Valentine’s Day is a holiday dedicated to all things love. Celebrating love is easy. The tricky part is figuring out Valentine’s Day ideas that celebrate your unique love.
Start with some questions: What do you enjoy doing? How long have you been together? What’s your budget? Some couples love romantic movies, romantic restaurants, and exchanging Valentine’s Day gifts, while others prefer to keep it simpler with Valentine’s Day flowers, Valentine’s chocolates, and Valentine’s candy.
There’s no right way to spend Valentine’s Day, but if you and your number one are looking for new ways to celebrate your affection, consider these Valentine’s Day ideas for an extra-special February 14.
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Recreate your first date
Whether you’ve been together two months or 20 years, your first date was likely pretty memorable. Even if it was a comedy of errors, it still ignited something! Reignite that spark of first love by recreating that first date, from the Valentine’s Day rose that kicked off the celebration to the chocolate-covered strawberries that ended it.
Fill out love journals
This is the Valentine’s Day gift that keeps on giving: Make or buy a love journal in which each page prompts you to write a fun memory, a story, or something you adore about your significant other. Share your books with each other on Valentine’s Day. This is perfect for folks who are better at expressing their love through writing rather than talking. Flying solo this year? Grab your gal pals for a Galentine’s Day celebration.
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Create a photo album
Go through your favorite pictures together—stopping to talk about all the memories—and put them in a digital album celebrating your relationship. You can print it out or share it online with a cute couples caption. Include some Happy Valentine’s Day messages.
Play Valentine’s Day bingo
Print out our Valentine’s bingo card and challenge each other to complete as many items as you can throughout the day. Whoever gets bingo first gets to decide the evening’s activity.
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Have a “favorite things” day
Pick a few of your favorite things to share with your partner. They could be small, like a favorite lotion or rose color, or bigger, like hiking to your favorite view. Knowing why it’s meaningful to you will increase your bond.
Create a signature cocktail
Having a signature drink for the two of you is a fun way to celebrate now and can become a tradition. Look up interesting recipes online or take a mixology class together. Mixing a drink together is one of the things happy couples do after work.
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Start with sexting
Use technology to build anticipation throughout the day by sending each other sexy pictures and chats. By the time you meet up, you’ll both be in the Valentine’s Day spirit. For fun, sprinkle in some of these hilarious Valentine’s Day memes.
Take a relaxing staycation
Use the holiday as an excuse to fully disconnect and escape somewhere together. You don’t have to go far to make it fun; check out these staycations that make fantastic Valentine’s ideas.
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Write each other an annual Valentine’s letter
Write your sweetheart a love note expressing your gratitude and what you adore about them. Both new and long-term couples will strengthen their bonds and have a yearly keepsake. Get your creative juices flowing with these quotes about love.
Make homemade gifts
Whether you’re on a budget or trying to be more creative, make a rule that you can only gift each other something homemade. Top it off with one of these printable Valentine’s Day cards—they’re free!
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Take a romantic bath together
As far as Valentine’s Day ideas go, this one is among the sexiest. Go all out with the bubbles (or bath bombs!), candles, music, and rose petals to create a romantic bath. Enjoy the tech-free quality time together.
Play love song karaoke
Load up a playlist with romantic songs—including the best love songs—and serenade each other karaoke-style. It’s one of those Valentine’s Day ideas that will have you laughing and swooning. (But mostly laughing.)
Make a romantic breakfast
It doesn’t have to be dinner to be romantic! In fact, morning larks may find a loved-up breakfast (in bed?) or brunch to be way more romantic. Go ahead and make those pancakes heart shaped while you’re at it.
Share a sexy playlist
Music is a great way to bond emotionally. Start a shared playlist; each of you can add your favorite songs to get in the mood. Be sure to share what it is you love about the song—and your lover. You can also share these funny Valentine’s Day cards.
Go shopping together
Rather than stressing out about choosing the perfect gift (and then picking something random), go shopping as a couple. You’ll learn what your partner likes, and it’s a fun activity. Or take one of these romantic weekend getaways to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Create a couple’s vision board
Talking about and planning your future together is a great way to bond on a deeper level. Create a vision board with things you’d each like to accomplish, then figure out what you can do together. Not only will you connect with your significant other, but you’ll also improve your relationship communication.
Bond over a new cultural experience
Is there a cuisine you’ve been dying to try? A country you’d love to learn about? A language you’d like to practice? Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to create a fun cultural experience together. If you’re still hunting for Valentine’s Day gifts for him, our list has you covered.
Take turns planning the fun
Planning a Valentine’s Day celebration often comes with a mountain-high list of expectations (many of them unrealistic), so reduce the pressure by taking turns planning. You can alternate years or split the planning for that day—one of you plans dinner while the other chooses an activity. Start the fun before February 14 by creating these homemade Valentine’s Day cards together.
Work up a sweat together
Exercise releases natural hormones, which can improve your sex life. Pick an activity you will enjoy together, like a Valentine’s Day fun run. You can always shower the sweat off together afterward!
Gift an experience
Flowers, chocolate, and candy are great, but experiences are often a lot more meaningful than things. Schedule an activity during which you can create memories together, like an escape room, a morning hike, or a paint-and-sip class. Or try one of these experience gifts instead.
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Stay home and chill
Valentine’s Day ideas don’t have to be fancy, which is why we love this low-key activity. If your lives are busy and you’re always on the go, the best Valentine’s Day celebration may be to skip the high-priced dinner and do something at home. Still shopping for the perfect present for your special someone? Check out the best Valentine’s gifts for her.
Count the stars
Nothing is more romantic than laying under the stars together. If the weather permits, take a blanket and a stargazing app and spend some quiet time watching the night sky (or not) together. Or take your cue from the stars and pick your Valentine’s Day celebration based on your zodiac sign.
Go on a scavenger hunt
Make the day into a fun game by creating a scavenger hunt of love notes. Each note can remind your loved one of a happy memory together and then end at a romantic dinner spot. Add the first clue to your Valentine’s card.
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Try a new dessert recipe together
Put on your aprons (perhaps only your aprons) and cook up a new Valentine’s Day dessert recipe. Find one online or create your own. Then take turns feeding it to each other.
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Create a piece of art
Get creative and paint, sculpt, draw, or craft something that commemorates your relationship. New couples can make something that can be added to, like matching painted mugs, while long-standing couples can honor their years of memories with a sculpture or photo collage. Want to make your love laugh this holiday? Share these Valentine’s Day puns.
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Play an adult game
Dice, cards, board games, role play—whatever type of game you enjoy, there’s an adult version of it, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to try something new to spice up your sex life. Valentine’s Day ideas can be as subdued or racy as you’d like, and this one brings the heat.
Hit up a comedy show
Laughing together can be incredibly romantic and sexy. Check out a live Valentine-themed improv or get tickets to a comedy show. Feel like staying in? Cuddle together on the couch and stream your favorite comedy movies. Or ditch the flicks and tell each other Valentine’s Day jokes.
Go thrift-store gifting
On a budget? Head to your favorite thrift store. Each of you gets $15 and 30 minutes to find the perfect inexpensive Valentine’s Day gift for the other. If you have a few more dollars, pick out the perfect date-night outfit—and you have to wear whatever your partner picks!
Play a modern Newlywed Game
This classic game is just as fun for couples who’ve been together for one year as it is for those who’ve lasted for 50 years or more. For more fun, play it with other couples who’ve been married for varying times. Speaking of friends, don’t forget to buy some small Valentine’s Day gifts for the best friends who get you through the ups and downs of your relationship.
Cook a new dish
Instead of going out to eat, flex your culinary skills and cook a nice meal together. Bonus points if you make a dish you’ve never tried before.
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Give back to your community on Valentine’s Day by volunteering at a local animal shelter, soup kitchen, or another community organization or nonprofit. It’s a great way to bond with your partner and spread the love you share.
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Share love poems
If you and your partner enjoy poetry, pick your favorite love poems and read them to each other. Or write your own love poems and exchange them. It’s a romantic, personal, and incredibly sweet activity; plus, you get to keep the poems as souvenirs of an unforgettable Valentine’s Day.