For those of us in love, Valentine’s Day is a haven of chocolate, boozy gestures and pink fluffy everything! But the older we get, the more Valentine’s Day becomes a chore to be avoided and degraded at all costs.
Whether you’re new to the dating scene, or fell in love many moons ago, we could all use a little helping jazzing up our love lives this February, so I thought I’d share some unique yet romantic Valentine’s Day tricks and trips to do with your loved one.
- Plan a romantic indoor picnic.
Clear the furniture from the centre of the room, put on a fun film, roll out an old picnic blanket and stock up on your favourite finger food. Whether your partner is into humus and celery, or pizza bites and chips, indulge in a little stay-at-home date in the comfort (and warmth!) of your own home. This is the perfect date for those on a budget, those struggling to make a reservation or simply those who are a little too socially awkward for anything posh.
- Book a one day holiday
For those who need to stay a little closer to home this Valentine’s Day, why not book a little stay-cation in your own city? Book a posh hotel room for just the one day, or the one night, and spend the day indulging in all the amenities they have to offer. Spend an hour or two in the bar, splash out on room service, and snuggle up under a luxury duvet just for you.
- Go on a Ghost Tour
What better way to celebrate your love than by scaring the living daylights out of yourselves of a spooky city ghost tour. It may not be the most romantic of adventures, but it can certainly involve a lot of hand holding, frightened arm clutching and reassuring screams as you stroll around the haunted streets of your local town. Test each other’s nerve and bravery for the night…and then quickly head to the nearest pub once it’s finished.
- Organise a Group Date
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a solitary event – why not rope a few of your coupled up buddies into an activity filled day out or a movie marathon for the evening? Alternatively, if Valentine’s Day just isn’t your thing, why not hate on it in good company? Host an Anti V-Day party with broken hearts and not a drop of pink in sight, to celebrate your disdain for the holiday together.
- Meet up for a second first date
Perfect for long-term couples, this date gives you the chance to re-discover your partner for the person they’ve become since they started seeing you. Meet at the restaurant, from separate locations, introduce yourselves and get to know the person sat across from you. Discuss work, family, TV…anything to find out a little more about them, as even if you already know most of the answers, this is a great way to see your boyfriend or girlfriend in the present, rather than the past.
- Go to a Karaoke Bar
Karaoke Bars are great fun for Valentine’s Day, whether you join in the singing or not. Even just going to watch can provide you with hours of entertainment, and perhaps …after a few drinks, if one of you decides to belt out a classic, your partner will always be on hand to post the video on Facebook afterwards!
- Play Valentine’s Day Lucky Dip
This one requires you to get a little bit more creative! Think up a creative selection of activities, tasks and rules to implement for every hour of the day. They can range from giving the other person a massage, to cooking a nice dinner, to playing your favourite board game! Pile them altogether in a box, and pull them out randomly throughout the day to decide your schedule of activities for your Valentine’s Day!
- Watch an old romantic movie
Nothing will ever be as romantic as the classic Hollywood era of movies. Find a cinema showing one of your favourites and book two tickets for the day. Lose yourself in love of history and of old fashioned cinema and immerse yourself in the adventure.
- Organise a Photoshoot
Take your partner on a surprise trip to a professional photography studio, and get some timeless snaps of the two of you looking your absolute best. Even take a few silly ones with props, or with your favourite pet and frame them in your home – to remind you of that special day.
- Visit a luxury spa
Hide away from the cold bite of the February weather in a luxury spa for the day. Wrap up in seaweed, book some relaxing massages and take a dip in the Jacuzzi with a few glasses of bubbly. Let the stresses and pressures of Valentine’s Day just drift away, and enjoy your pamper session together.
Valentine’s Day can be anything you make it, so I hope these suggestions have helped you come up with an idea to make your holiday as special and romantic as possible.
Thanks for reading!
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