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Make This Valentine's Day Amazing!
If you're stuck in the dinner-and-a-movie rut every Valentine's Day and finally want to try out a different date idea—or even if this is your first Valentine's Day date and you don't want to mess it up with a lame date—then read on!
Here are some cute and romantic Valentine's Day date ideas that you can do on this special day. There are even ideas for long-distance relationships. The ideas are creative and diverse enough to suit everybody, so you'll be sure to find a cute and romantic Valentine's Day date idea that you can enjoy!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Valentine's Day Date Ideas
- The classic picnic in a park.
- Movies. (Overdone? Yes. Safe for a date you don't know very well yet? Yes.)
- Go to their favorite restaurant, or take them to your favorite restaurant!
- Serenade your valentine (if you like to sing).
- Cook a romantic meal at home.
- Arcade day.
- Go-karting, if you have a track nearby.
- Can't go wrong with flowers and chocolate; this might just be the most classic romantic idea. (Make it white chocolate if you want a bit of originality there.)
- Horseback riding. (This is a fun and cute idea for a date.)
- Treat your sweetheart to a spa day, where either A. You do the work or B. You get them a gift card to a spa.
- Hiking (bring a camera!).
- If you live near the shore and it's warm, go for a walk. If it's not warm? BONUS! Give them your jacket to wear for the date.
- If you live in the city, go to the local park and find a water fountain. Take a bunch of pennies and make wishes one at a time out loud while throwing them in.
- Get up and watch the sunrise. Stay for the sunset, too. It'll feel closely intimate when you realize you spent the whole day with each other.
- Find a good dessert recipe online. Go shopping for ingredients together or have them ready if you want it to be a planned date. Bake together!
- If you are in a long-distance relationship, grab some wine and sign in to Skype. Don't skimp on the dressy date outfits.
- Buy a few roses. Place them in places you know your valentine visits throughout the day.
- Try homemade ice cream! Come up with your own fun toppings; you'll learn a lot from this about each other. (Example: Who knew they liked caramel and lemon?)
- Sharpies 'n White Tees. Write a poem on the back of the shirt. Or a picture . . . or song lyrics . . . anything romantic! Fun idea for a date!
- In a long-distance relationship, connect to an online server and play video games in two-player against your sweetie. Hunt each other in Call of Duty or team up and fight some rivals.
- If both of you like crafts, try making something together with the Valentine's Day theme.
- Swap your favorite recipes. Have your significant other bake your favorite recipe, and you bake theirs. See how yummy it turns out
- Visit the zoo or a petting zoo. Who doesn't like cute animals?
- Find a winery nearby and invite your date for a day of fine wine sampling. Just remember: one of you will still have to be able to drive home safely!
- Show up on a motorcycle and surprise your date with flowers. If you don't own a motorcycle, stand next to one and pretend it's yours.
- But if you do have one, go for a fun ride somewhere if it's not too cold where you live in February for Valentine's day.
- Make it a date to try a new hobby. Learn to cook together, knit, sing, learn a different language. Do something you both enjoy or want to learn about.
- If it's too cold, make a picnic inside with hot chocolate.
- Buy them a huge teddy bear. This might not be a very practical gift, but it sure is cute and very sweet! Spray it with your cologne and write a cute "I Love You" card, that the bear can hold for you!
- Send an e-card for Valentine's Day! It's a simple and thoughtful idea that you can do a few hours before your actual date!
- If you can't be with your sweetheart for Valentine's Day sign on to Skype and sync a movie together. Leave video or voice chat on so you can each comment as the movie plays.
- Sit on a trampoline with a blanket and watch the stars for a while.
- If you're not into the whole arcade idea, a video game date night could work instead.
The History of Valentine's Day
The history of Valentine's Day (V-Day) is really covered in mystery. But how did this romantic holiday come about? There are 3 ideas that are commonly accepted when discussing the history of St. Valentine's Day (which is the correct term for the famous holiday).
The Three Legends and Theories
The first legend (and the most commonly accepted), claims that St. Valentine was a priest during the third century in Rome. Emperor Claudius II believed that single men were better fighters than married men and those with families, so he outlawed marriage for young men in order to make them better soldiers. The priest, Valentine, disagreed with Claudius and continued to marry young couples. When he was discovered, Claudius was infuriated and ordered that Valentine be put to death.
Another theory exists that on February 14th, a holiday to honor the Queen Juno of the Roman Goddesses was created. Juno was the goddess of women and marriage to the Romans. The next day, the festival of Lupercalia started, and the tradition was that the names of Roman women were written on a piece of paper and placed into a vase. Each man would choose a name, and that woman was the man's partner for the duration of the festival.
Not much is known about the third Christian, St. Valentine, except that he died in or near Africa.
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What is your favorite type of date?
Dale Anderson from The High Seas on August 21, 2019:
Good ideas here. My wife and I like to cook together a lot.
Anonymous on November 08, 2017:
I don't wanna do any of these I want my valentines day to be real special not lame like this and now I'm getting upset because these ideas are real lame and stupid and normal I want fun and unforgettable but this stupid Google idea is not helping meeeeeee
kabir khan from lahore on February 03, 2016:
welldone Sir, V nice written
raegal from Minnesota on February 06, 2014:
Great ideas here! Thanks for the info.
BristolBoy from Bristol on January 16, 2014:
Great ideas. The thing I hate is how much everything costs, in the UK restaurants etc are twice as expensive on Feb 14th than any other day!
fabio coco on January 20, 2013:
Laura Writes (author) on February 05, 2012:
Thank you, I hope some of these ideas sparked your imaginations :)
MP50 on February 03, 2012:
Great Hub LL, brilliant ideas for V-day. Thanks for sharing, voted up.
Ingenira on January 04, 2012:
Spa sounds like a really romantic and cute ideas, good to relax together on this special day.
Laura Writes (author) on February 04, 2011:
That is by far the best and most creative V-day idea I've ever heard. You just beat my whole list with that idea... Thanks for sharing
Lita C. Malicdem from Philippines on February 03, 2011:
Enjoyed my read! I'll adapt #17- Go to church, offer mass for my beloved(The Boy I'd Loved Before), buy a big red rose, lay it on his tombstone, go home and read his memoirs I wrote here at HP! Isn't that romantic,LondonLady? Thanks!
cherubicwindigo from Florida, USA on December 28, 2010:
I know plenty of girls & women who would love a Valentine's Day at the arcade, including myself. Good thing I wouldn't date a downer who would hate a day of having fun. I think the best tip for a great Valentine's Day is to ask your special someone what they want to do!
rpalulis from NY on December 27, 2010:
I must be really romantic, because I enjoy doing all the above, especially # 8.