Valentine’s Day date ideas

Step outside the box with these unique date ideas for Valentine's Day.

Sitting down to dinner together at home can be a sweet way to spend Valentine’s Day, but there are plenty of options that can liven up the evening if you feel like stepping out of your comfort zone.

Get your camera ready, because these ideas will make you the envy of all your friends.

Unusual date ideas for Valentine’s Day 2021

People on a hot air ballon

1. Go on a hot-air balloon ride

It’s romantic, it’s memorable and you can do it from nearly every major city. Plus, it’s not as expensive as you might think. Viator and Buyagift both have dozens of deals on hot-air balloon rides, many of which come with yummy extras like breakfast or bubbly. Win-win!

Nintendo Switch with Mario Kart

2. Have an all-out Mario Kart battle at home

Or Super Smash Bros. Or any game that’s relatively easy to play. Friendly rivalry pumps you full of feel-good endorphins, plus you get to spend money on a console you can continue to use.

Couple in bed

3. Or get drunk and order naughty things online

If Mario Kart is the PG version of Valentine’s, this is the X-rated one. You know all those weirdly delicious fantasies you kind of get into, but never really dive all the way in? Fix that! Get your significant other, a bottle of wine and a credit card.

Couple skydiving

4. Experience an adrenaline rush. Skydiving, perhaps?

Did you know that nothing brings people closer together than a surge of adrenaline? Go as mild as watching a scary movie or as hardcore as skydiving, bungee jumping or diving with sharks.

Beach getaway

5. Book a romantic weekend away

No matter which day of the week Valentine’s Day falls on, why not plan a weekend away to celebrate? Expedia has a whole section on short breaks (hotels and flights included), so all you have to do is decide on a place and book. Bonus round: tell your partner you’re planning dinner Friday night. Then pack their bag in secret and drive to the airport.

Hotel room

6. Or simply book a hotel room in your own city

Hotels aren’t just for long vacations. Get a room for the night and spend time in the pool, the spa and your room, then take the following morning off so you can find somewhere nice for brunch.

Crowd at a concert

7. Score tickets to a sold-out show

Festival, concert, comedy night, whatever. Score two tickets to a sold-out show and it will definitely be a Valentine’s Day to remember.

Couple hiking

8. Get sweaty in the great outdoors

Sometimes it takes a tourist to make us remember the ridiculously beautiful nature right in our backyard. Take a hike and get back into nature. Science says it helps you de-stress within minutes and common sense says if you plan a picnic, your date will love it. Check out your city’s website for a list of nearby walking trails and parks.

Woman taking a photo with instant camera

9. Shake it like a Polaroid picture

This one’s easy, fun and saves you the trouble of thinking of a present AND something to do. All you need is a Polaroid camera (and film), a canvas and a willing partner. Take some time on Valentine’s Day to take polaroids of each other and whatever weird quirks that make your relationship tick. Pin the Polaroids on the canvas and voila! Adorable Valentine’s gifts you can both keep. You trendy kids, you.

Couple getting a massage

10. Indulge in a couple’s massage

It’s the most indulgent thing you can do while still including another person. You literally sit in a room while a stranger rubs you down and your partner is cool with it because they’re three feet away doing the same thing. You don’t even have to return the favour.

Cruise at sea

11. Book a last-minute cruise and leave, like, tomorrow

Did you know that cruise operators heavily discount their prices in the last week or two before they leave? It makes sense, because hey, once the ship leaves the harbour, that money’s not coming back. Treat yourself and your loved one to a romantic getaway ASAP!

Personalized mugs and frame

12. Get creative and print something meaningful

It could be an inside joke on a coffee mug or a picture of the two of you on a phone case. Sites like Getting Personal and NOTHS have hundreds of options to print something cute, quirky and unique to the two of you onto something that you’ll treasure forever.

Couple drinking wine at home

13. Stay home and cook. Just kidding, stay home and make cocktails

There should be some form of food too, of course, but why not order a few spirits, a cocktail shaker and a packet of mini umbrellas and spend an evening attempting to recreate your favourite cocktails.

View from a plane window

14. Book plane tickets. Anywhere.

Are you gunning for a grand gesture? Are you trying to out-romance Romeo? Go big or go home, right? Book plane tickets to just about anywhere and start planning your adventure from there.

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