We’re hitting that time of year when we start to look at the calendar and realize it’s a good idea to get some Valentine’s Day Date Ideas in order and get some plans officially made. I always love planning dates, but sometimes Valentine’s Day date ideas feel like there’s a lot more pressure, and I’m a firm believer that it doesn’t need to be that way. There are so many great Valentine’s Day dates that fit any budget and sometimes those low-key cheap or free evenings end up being some of the best. Although I’ll always love a delicious over-priced meal, I’m grateful for all the different memories I’ve made with my husband. For anyone getting that Valentine’s Day date idea on the calendar, here’s a bunch of ideas to help you plan the right one for you this year!
Big Spender Valentine’s Day Date Ideas:
- Book a fancy restaurant with a view early, and impress with romantic evening dressed to kill
- Go indoor skydiving. Non-traditional, a little pricey, and the perfect unique way to get adrenaline pumping and endorphins going to help you feel more love
- Boat tour: this is going to look different depending on where you live, it may be a small lake or river, it may be a man-made structure, it could be gondolas in Italy, but all are a cool experience filled with romance.
- Buy play tickets. There’s something about dressing up and seeing something professional that gets you in a romantic mood. This year Hamilton is touring locally, and I’m just saying I don’t know many people who wouldn’t be thrilled with that as their Valentine’s Date date.
- Take a hot air balloon ride. A view of the city at morning or sunset makes for a romantic experience you won’t forget!
Valentine’s Day Date Ideas $20-$40:
- Rent paddleboats and go for a romantic stroll watching the sunset
- Find a late night opening at one of your local museums. They typically offer an adults-only night where you can see exhibits, learn together, hold hands, and feel like a kid again without having to watch any of your kids.
- Fondue night in: choose a chocolate fondue recipe with fruit and treats to dip, find a main course dip (cheese or marinara are our favorites) with some bread and meat, and enjoy a romantic night in for a fraction of the price of going out.
- Head to the movies. There’s always at least one romantic comedy released for the season, and even if it’s a bit cliche, sometimes the comfort and predictable love is the best kind!
- Skip the overpriced meal and choose a place that’s just you. Always up for burritos, go get those burritos! Love a good burger? We’ve learned that being together casually, or even welcoming a family date out can still feel so special.
Valentine’s Day Date Ideas on the Cheap:
- Head out for dessert only. Chocolate is a known aphrodisiac, so hitting up a fancy chocolate stand, grabbing your favorite ice cream, or splurging on creme brulee can make you feel like you’ve had an expensive date when you only had to pay the bill for dessert.
- Order takeout and set up a romantic place for two at home. Sometimes crowded restaurants aren’t the way to go, but a meal you don’t have to make and can enjoy under some stringed lights, at an indoor picnic, or a set table makes it feel just as special.
- Go for a hike. This could be a snowshoe, a bike ride, or an actual hike if it’s not too cold where you live. Pack a bottle of champagne if it’s your thing, or sparkling cider if you’re more like us, and stop for a surprise moment of romance and connectivity celebrating the day while getting the endorphins going.
- Go visit the significant places in your relationship (where you met, your first kiss, where you first lived) and take a walk down memory lane while only have to pay for gas.
- Buy a box of chocolates and head to your favorite coffee shop or hot chocolate stop. Get your favorite drinks and take turns feeding each other chocolates trying to guess each flavor.
Free Valentine’s Day Date Ideas:
- Cook a romantic dinner at home! I realize you’ll have to buy ingredients, but you’ll likely be eating anyway and need to buy dinner items in your normal budget, so we’ll count this as free. Plan a favorite meal you can prep together. You can include your kids if you want, or feed them cereal and send them off to play in their rooms while you enjoy some romantic time in prepping and enjoying dinner by candlelight.
- Find your favorite romantic movie you already own or can watch streaming, and enjoy a romantic fort night cuddling to your favorite flick.
- Although I’m always bashful mentioning it, bedroom games typically don’t cost a thing. Find one that sounds fun to you and have a good time reminding yourself love really doesn’t cost a thing.
- List your favorite things you love about each other, write them out and share it. It may sound cheesy, but those words of affirmation with specifics can make you feel more love than spending a million bucks.
- Give each other massages at home. There are plenty of free guides and YouTube videos online. A little lotion and some romantic music later set the tone of a totally free, totally romantic night.
Photos by: Chrissy Blake
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