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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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Georgia-Rose is a publisher at Finder.com and specialises in all things shopping and travel. She has years of experience working in retail and tourism and as an avid budget traveller, she loves helping people find the best deals on everything from plane tickets to sunglasses.
When she's not jetting off somewhere new you'll find her watching cake videos or befriending stray cats.
With the nation locked down and many couples not being able to celebrate together, the overall spend on Valentine’s Day this year is set to fall by over a third (36%), from £1.45 billion last year to £926 million.
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