Things to Do on Valentine’s Day: 5 Best Date Ideas

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No idea what to do on Valentine’s Day? You’re not alone. Valentine’s Day is a big day for couples, and there’s definitely a lot of pressure to plan the perfect date. If you still don’t know what you’re doing for Valentine’s Day, we have some suggestions for romantic, fun, and relatively inexpensive dates. Here are five great date ideas for Valentine’s Day 2015.


1. A Romantic Dinner

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Going out for dinner is the traditional thing to do on Valentine’s Day. But any restaurant worth going to is probably going to be packed, loud, and overpriced. While going out to dinner is fun, you can probably spend less by eating at home. Plus, making dinner at home is much more romantic.

All you need to do is set the menu, and set the mood. You can go for at-home upscale by putting unscented candles and a white tablecloth on your table, or you can go for a more relaxed “indoor picnic” vibe. If you’re doing things upscale, try doing a three-course meal. Start with a nice salad, then grill up a couple of steaks (or maybe lobster) for the entree. For dessert, you can never go wrong with chocolate. You can make a cake yourself, or take some of the pressure off yourself and order a gourmet chocolate cake for about $12.

If you’d rather do things a bit more casually, one fun option is an indoor picnic. You can put together a basket of all her favorite stuff, or grab one of these handy “romantic dinner for two gift baskets” to save some time. After dinner is over (and you’ve done the dishes), you can head to the bedroom, or head out to do something fun.


2. Movie Night

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If you’re heading out to the movie theater to catch a flick, the hottest ticket is definitely going to be Fifty Shades of Grey. If you can’t get a ticket to that movie, other romantic movies out this Valentine’s Day season include One Small Hitch, Lovesick, and The Last Five Years.

If you’d rather avoid the cold and the crowds and watch a movie at home, you’ve got a much wider array of films to choose from. Some Valentine’s Day-appropriate flicks you can watch at home include the Anne Hathaway flick Song One, Tyler Perry’s Temptation, or Crazy, Stupid, Love. Just add a bowl of popcorn, a box of chocolates, and a snuggly Valentine’s Day blanket, and you’ve got all the makings of a romantic night at home.


3. Ice Skating or Skiing

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If you live in a part of the country where it’s been cold and snowy, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to have some winter fun. Ice skating is a super romantic date activity, since you’ll get to be snuggled up close to each other and hold hands all day. It’s also an activity that almost anyone can do, even if they aren’t very athletic.

If you are both a bit more experienced with winter sports, try downhill skiing or cross country skiing. You can make it a day trip, or splurge on a weekend getaway with a romantic room at a ski resort. If you can get a room with a fireplace, that would be the ultimate in romance. Regardless of what winter activity you’re doing, make sure you have a warm winter coat, a pair of gloves, and some hand warmers in case of emergency.


4. Go Dancing

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As they say, dancing is a vertical expression of a horizontal desire. If you’re looking to get lucky on Valentine’s Day, taking a girl out dancing is definitely going to get her in the mood. You can hit your favorite club, or find a studio near you that’s giving tango or ballroom dance lessons for couples. Present the woman you love with a new pair of dancing shoes before you head out, and she’ll be putty in your hands.

Not exactly comfortable dancing in public? Have an indoor dance party with a video game like Just Dance 2015, or take things slow with a basic dance lesson DVD. Regardless of what type of dancing you do, or where you do it, Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to take your partner dancing.


5. Recreate Your First Date

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What could be more romantic than recreating your very first date as a couple? You could recreate your first date, or recreate the activities from your first Valentine’s Day together. You could find the movie you watched on your first date, or return to the bar where you first shared a drink together. You can bowl a few frames at the bowling alley you used to frequent when you first started dating, or put on a CD of the band you went to go see together on your first date. It’s the thought that counts, so pay close attention to all the details of your original date.