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22 Unique Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Not sure what to do for Valentine’s Day? Bored of the routine dinner date? Check out one of these 22 unique date ideas for some inspiration!

This Valentine’s Day, I will be sitting at home in my pajamas, eating a whole tub of ice cream by myself, and binge-watching reruns of The Bachelor. 

As a lady who is single by choice, I feel happy with my relationship status most of the time. But on that one day of the year when everyone is celebrating how in love they are with their partners, I can’t help but feel a little lonely.

I decided to write this list of fun date ideas so I can live vicariously through people who are madly in love and looking to share new experiences with their partners. When I find a man I want to date, I’ll return to this list for some inspo!

Enough about me and my dating woes. Let’s talk about some fun things you can do for Valentine’s Day or your next date!

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Here are 22 unique and interesting ideas for your next date:

1. Wake up at 4 a.m. and catch the sunrise.

Sunrises can be just as romantic as sunsets. I’m a fan of mornings, so I think an early a.m. date with my lover would be relaxing and fun. (And obviously, we’d get breakfast after, because breakfast is the best!)

2. Play video games.

If your man insists upon sitting around playing video games all day, that’s your cue to get in on the action. I personally enjoy playing video games, and I get very competitive. If you pick the right game, a night spent playing Xbox makes for an unlikely, but interesting date!

3. Recreate your first date.

If you’ve been together a while, try setting up a date that is similar to the very first date you went on. Reliving memories is romantic! You could even compile a photo album of your relationship so you can look through it and remember the good times together.

4. Get drunk and play a board game of your choice.

Somehow, alcohol makes every board game more interesting. If you don’t believe me, try it yourself!

5. Roleplay… it doesn’t have to be sexual!

Try this: plan a date and location ahead of time. Then, pretend you’ve never met your partner before and hit it off like you’re strangers who are coincidentally attracted to each other. Like I said, this could be innocent fun… doesn’t have to be sexual. (But you control where the night goes!)

6. Have a no technology date.

Phones and televisions can prevent you from having a good conversation with your partner. Plan a whole date without technology and see how much quality time you can spend with each other!

7. Bake something together.

Baking is the true test of love (and patience). If you can successfully bake something with your partner, nothing will come between you. And if your creation doesn’t turn out as planned, at least you had a good laugh!

8. Have a progressive dinner at three different restaurants.

One restaurant for the appetizer, one for the main course, and one for dessert. Take turns choosing the restaurants. Bonus points if you pick a couple of bars to go to afterward!

9. Have breakfast for dinner.

Breakfast for dinner is something that always makes me happy. It’s the perfect casual, stay-in date if you just want to hang out and enjoy each other’s company.

10. Go skydiving.

Definitely for more adventurous couples. If you and your partner have never been skydiving, this is a chance to get out of your comfort zones. Taking a risk together can strengthen your bond!

11. Go on a hot air balloon ride.

Less scary than skydiving, but you’ll still be on cloud nine. Hot air balloon rides are breathtaking and romantic. You’ll get to see the world like you’ve probably never seen it before!

12. Go thrifting, or hit up some local yard sales.

If you live with your partner, you might have fun shopping for random stuff for your home. Thrift stores and local yard/garage sales are the best places to find cool stuff for your space. Someone else’s trash could be your treasure!

13. Hire a photographer to take some cute pics!

If your family Christmas photos are looooong overdue, why not plan a Valentine’s Day shoot? It will be just as cute and memorable. It could be the two of you, or you could include your kids and pets.

To shake things up, pick an unconventional location—like the side of a mountain or a sunflower field. Magnificent scenery makes for stunning photos!

14. Stay in bed and watch movies all day.

Some days, all I want to do is lie in bed and cuddle. I’m currently single AF, so I cuddle with my stuffed animals… but if you have a person, a day spent watching movies in bed might be what you need, especially if you’re busy with work and can’t seem to catch a break.

Take turns picking the movies to keep things interesting!

15. Do something crazy!

Like skinny dipping or checking out an abandoned house. (Maybe those are bad examples!)

It doesn’t have to be illegal, but do something with your partner that gives you an adrenaline rush. In relationships, it’s important to try new things to keep the chemistry going. So, whatever “crazy” means for you, do it!

16. Pick three different activities to do in one day.

Your date will be jam-packed with fun stuff for you to do. You won’t have a chance to get bored!

17. Go on an adventure to seek out the best views in your city.

If you’re a fan of landscapes, find the most beautiful and Instagram-worthy sights to see in your location. Many of them are hidden, so you’ll probably have to seek them out. It will be a fun adventure for you and your partner!

18. Throw a dart at a map of the U.S. (or the world) and start planning a trip!

I’m a wanderlust, and I get excited thinking about taking trips with the people I love. If you’re a travel couple, make a date out of planning your next trip. The thrill will rekindle your romance!

19. Gift each other an experience you can do together.

Experiences are so much better than things. You and your partner could each pick out an experience for the other person. You’ll want them to be experiences you can enjoy together. Then, you will have new activities to try with your partner!

20. Take a class together.

It could be a cooking class, a salsa class, or whatever you feel like doing. Learning something new together will strengthen your bond with your partner, and you’ll be more educated!

21. Do a bar crawl.

I think most metropolitan areas have some sort of bar crawl or pub crawl happening on Valentine’s Day. (For both singles and couples who want to go out and drink!) This could be fun if you enjoy going out, or if you need to get away from the kids and have an adults-only night.

22. Make out for three hours.

If you’ve been with your partner for a long time, you might need to reignite the spark and remember why you fell in love with them in the first place.

It’s not always about giving expensive gifts or going out on extravagant dates. Sometimes, you just need to get lost in that person and enjoy some intimate time alone. Quality time is the best way to make Valentine’s Day—or any day with your partner—special.

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