Every February 14th, couples take to fancy restaurants and the movie theaters to celebrate their love for one another. This year, make an attempt at breaking the cliché and try something new with your one and only. Not only is this guaranteed to spice things up in the romance department, but you will also enjoy breaking away from the path and doing something outside the norm.
Below are a few of our favorite alternative date ideas that definitely beat the traditional dinner and a movie.
The Flip Date
Let the flip of a coin decide the course of your Valentine’s Day this year. Start out by getting in your car and driving off in any direction. When you approach the fist traffic light or stop sign, flip a coin to decide if you’re turning right (heads) or left (tails). Keep driving and see where you end. Once you come by some restaurants, parks, or attractions, flip a coin to see if you should go in or not. Flipping a coin for each decision you will make is a great way to break the routine and try something new or adventurous with your significant other this year!
Be a Tourist in Your Own City
One way to turn up the heat this holiday is to go on a “staycation.” Check out your town’s touristy attractions, like a national history museum or park you’ve been meaning to visit.
You’ll be surprised how much you feel like visitors from out of town, and you’ll love how much fun you are having rediscovering the gems of your hometown with your loved one.
Sometimes Valentine’s Day is more than just going out for a nice dinner or exchanging chocolates and roses. If you and your sweetie want a way to celebrate true love, find a way to give back this Valentine’s Day. Volunteer at a local soup kitchen, nonprofit or animal shelter. Although volunteer work may not seem like the most romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day, you’ll be surprised how much closer you feel with your main squeeze after a day of doing good together.
Beat a Record
If you’re the competitive type, try beating a record this year. Even if you don’t succeed, challenging yourself with the help of your better half will make for a romantic and fun Valentine’s Day. Try baking the largest cookie or eating the most candy hearts (or even the longest kiss?!) Have fun with this idea but don’t take it too seriously! The best part is trying something new or ridiculously silly with your special someone.
Sure, getting up and singing in a room full of strangers is scary and embarrassing, but your Valentine will find it cute and endearing. Remember that scene from My Best Friend’s Wedding when Cameron Diaz performs a horrible rendition of “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself” and her fiancé finds it outrageously adorable? Imagine that scene when you’re singing to your sweetheart this holiday.
What are your favorite ways to spoil your Valentine? Do you prefer something more traditional or something more unique? Spread the love and share your favorite ideas with us!