Holidays Valentine's Day

Ideas for Valentine’s Day

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When Valentine’s Day rolls around, you want to make your partner’s day a little bit better than the rest. The trouble is, that’s harder than it sounds! Whether you’ve been together for a few weeks or multiple decades, it’s always tricky planning a day Cupid would be proud of.

To make things easier, we’ll let you in on a little secret: the most important part of a great Valentine’s Day is spending time together! With that said, we understand if you want to make the day a bit out of the ordinary. That’s why we’ve gathered ideas on how you make this Valentine’s Day extra special, no matter if you want to spend the day at home or head out on the town. Pick one of these ideas and get ready for a love that will keep blooming all year long.

Stay at Home Valentine’s Ideas

If you’re dreaming of a cozy Valentines’ Day with your partner, you can’t beat a day spent in the comfort of your own home. While romantic movies have their place, we get it if you want to branch out. That’s why we’ve gathered up a great list of at-home date ideas.

Take a Note From Your Favorite Bakers

If there’s anything sweeter than love, it’s a day filled with triple-tiered cakes and cookies still warm from the oven.

Start the day snuggling on the couch while watching The Great British Bake Off. Once your mind is spinning with visions of plum pudding and your mouth is watering, head to the kitchen to do some baking. Decorating heart-shaped cookies is a classic option, or you can pick a favorite recipe from the show.

Throw a Dance Party

Put on some tunes and hit the dance floor, aka kitchen, with your favorite partner! The best thing about dancing at home is you don’t have to worry about trying out your latest moves, no matter how ridiculous they are. And if you’re looking to improve your moves, you can always pull up an online dance lesson.

Go Camping Indoors

If the winter weather is a bit too cold to spend the night outside in a tent, then bring the camping experience indoors! Spread out sleeping bags or blankets, cook some marshmallows on the stove or in the microwave, and gather around a campfire made of candles.

Hold a Poetry Reading

If you are a romantic at heart but have a hard time expressing your feelings, a poetry reading might be just what you’re looking for. Head to the local library to gather some romantic texts then spend the night exchanging lines with your partner. Don’t forget to order some red Valentine’s flowers for that extra touch of romance!

Create Valentines for Your Loved Ones

Is there such a thing as too much love? We don’t think so. While there’s no doubt you love your partner dearly, they probably aren’t the only person that deserves a valentine.

Gather cardstock, glitter, glue, stickers, and whatever else your crafty self can think of then get to work creating some handmade valentines. After you’ve got a good stack, sign them from the two of you and mail or hand-deliver them to your loved ones.

Pull Out the Board Games

Raid your closet for your favorite board games, clear off your table, and prepare your best smack talk – things are about to get serious! To add an exciting flair to your game night in, put some wagers on victory. Maybe the winner gets a massage or gets to pick where you order dinner from.

Hold a Chocolate Tasting

In case you don’t already know, you can now find all sorts of specialty chocolates! Single-origin, 80% cocoa, milk chocolate filled with matcha – the options are basically endless! While Hershey might be a little jealous, a chocolate tasting will show your partner just how sweet you are.

Gather five to ten chocolates and split them between the two of you while taking notes along the way. Don’t forget to remember your partner’s favorite for future occasions!

Learn How to Make Top-Notch Cocktails

Are you tired of heading to the bar whenever you want a good cocktail? Then learn how to make your own! Head online to find a virtual mixology class (or head to YouTube if you’re looking to save a few dollars). By the time the night’s over, you and your partner will have more than a few winning cocktail recipes up your sleeves.

To make the night extra special, order some special glassware, liquor, and mixers ahead of time. Not only will this make it a Valentine’s Day to remember, but you’ll also be ready for future date nights.

Plan a Themed Dinner

Even if you’re staying home for the night, you can still use your tastebuds to travel the world! Pick out a country or city to serve as inspiration for your romantic meal – if you can’t choose, close your eyes and pick a place on a map! Next, find recipes for an appetizer, main course, and dessert then gather the ingredients. Put on some tunes, grab a drink, and get cooking!

Valentine’s Day Night Out Away From Other People

With Covid still rearing its head, you might be hesitant to head out into a crowd. However, the thought of spending another night at home is enough to make you scream. If that’s the case, check out these ideas for a safe and fun night out.

Take a Hike

If you’re really looking to get away from other people, head to the woods or beach! A scenic hike will help you blow off some steam and get your blood pumping. Pack some snacks (and maybe a flask) and enjoy the fresh air.

Picnic Under Moonlight

Since the full moon falls on February 16th, the Valentine’s Day sky will be awash with moonlight. Use this as an opportunity to head out for a romantic picnic dinner, complete with a cozy blanket, candles, and Valentine’s Day flowers.

To keep food and drink simple, order takeout from your favorite restaurant and grab a six-pack or a bottle of wine. You may find this romantic night away is exactly what you need!

Plan a Bike Ride

Another Valentine’s Day option for the fitness-minded is a bike ride through your city! If you don’t have your own bikes, check to see if your city has a bike-share program or rent some bikes from an outdoor store. When planning your route, consider taking a trip down memory lane by cruising past local landmarks that share special importance to your relationship.

Go Sledding

If you’re lucky enough to live in an area with white winters, don’t miss out on the opportunity to relive a fun childhood favorite! Grab your toboggan, throw on that wool hat, and pack a thermos of hot chocolate. Once you’ve found a good hill, hop onto your sled with your partner and get ready for a good ride. Don’t forget to hold them tight!

A Scavenger Hunt to Remember

If your partner loves a challenge, send them out on a scavenger hunt. To keep things romantic, mix in clues that relate to your time together – think things like “the location of our first kiss” and “our favorite brunch spot.” While the end prize is up to you, you can’t go wrong with one of our gift bundles for Valentine’s Day.

A Hot and Bubbly Night

When the weather is cold and winter seems like it’s never going to end, a warm soak makes the mind feel at ease. Plus, is there anything more romantic than a secluded hot tub? Head to Airbnb or VRBO to check for vacation rentals with hot tubs. Add in some rose petals, chocolates, and other treats then get ready to relax the night away.

Valentine’s Day Date Night Ideas

While the classic dinner and a movie night has its place in the world, it doesn’t exactly scream extra special. These date night ideas will create memories that keep blooming into the future.

Couple’s Massage

If you and your partner could both stand to relieve some tension, treat yourself to a couple’s massage. After you’ve got your knots and tightness worked out, head out to a relaxing night at a wine bar.

Escape Room

While being trapped with your partner may sound idyllic, have to push this thought aside in an escape room. Not only will the two of you have fun working together to break out, but you also might learn a thing or two about your partner!

Ice Skating

No matter if you can land a double axel or barely stay on your feet, a nice on the ice with your significant other is a nice change of pace. Pair it with some warm beverages and you can’t go wrong. Even if you live in a warmer area, there might be an indoor ice-skating rink nearby.

Go to an Arcade

Whether it’s a classic arcade or a pinball bar, any place filled will old-school games is bound to be fun. Get ready to duel your partner in skee ball and take bets on who can get a higher score on Pac-Man.

Sing Your Hearts Out at a Karaoke Bar

Do you and your partner love to sing? Then head to a karaoke bar to belt out your favorite tunes. Even if you aren’t much of a singer yourself, you can spend the night cheering on your partner and rating the other vocalists.

Enjoy the Plants at a Conservatory

If your partner is itching for a taste of that spring greenery, take them to a date at a conservatory. As soon as you step inside these lush, plant-filled houses, you’ll feel transported to another world. As a bonus, they’re nice and warm!

Long-Distance Valentine’s Day Ideas

There’s no denying that long distance is hard – especially on Valentine’s Day. But that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate with your partner! Swap the phone calls and video chats for one of the creative ideas below to create a day to remember.

Play Boardgames

Even if you’re miles apart, you can still sit down together for a game of Monopoly or Settlers of Catan. Thanks to a little thing called the internet, it’s easy to play classic board games virtually. Grab some snacks, wager a bet, and start playing. Try Boardgame Arena for a great site where you can play all your favorites through your browser.

Send Each Other a Dream Box

While it’s hard to be apart, focusing on the future can make things easier. While talking about dreams gets a thumbs up, we suggest you box up your dreams and deliver them to your partner.

Fill a box with ideas about your dreams for your future together – these can be things like concerts you hope to attend together, big events like graduations, and ways you plan to support your love from afar. Ask your partner to make their own box then open your boxes together on Valentine’s Day.

Order Each Other Dinner

Browsing through DoorDash or picking up takeout from your favorite Thai restaurant is fun, but being surprised by dinner is even better!

Set a date and time for dinner, but don’t make plans for food. Instead, leave it up to your partner to provide you with your grub (and vice versa). Order delivery from one of their favorite restaurants or mix it by picking something from that new place in their town. Bonus points if you order dessert!

Sign Up for a Virtual Cooking Class

If you’d rather take advantage of your kitchen, sign you and your significant other up for a virtual cooking class! Most classes allow you to tune in from multiple locations, so you’ll both be able to learn and cook from your own homes. When the class is done, you’ll both have a homemade meal you can enjoy together over video chat!

Write Love Letters

Even if you’re already in the habit of exchanging letters, there’s no such thing as too many love notes. Write out your feelings, draw some hearts, and let your partner know how much you appreciate them.

Flowers for Valentine’s Day

However you celebrate, you don’t want to forget flowers for Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re looking to send roses for Valentine’s Day or order some Valentine’s Day tulips, The Bouqs Co. is here to help!

We source our flowers from sustainable farms and deliver them right to you or your partner’s door. All you have to do is unpack, arrange, and enjoy!

And did we mention you can order ahead of time? By taking care of the flowers now, you can focus on creating the perfect Valentine’s Day celebration. And if you’re planning on doing something for Galentine’s Day, the day before, we have you covered there too with our Galentine’s Day party guide.


What Should I Do On Valentine’s Day?

When you’re figuring out what to do on Valentine’s Day, start with your relationship! What do you and your partner enjoy doing together? Is there a new activity or place they’ve been wanting to try out? If you’re still stuck on what to do, try ice skating, plan a themed dinner, or play board games at home.

What Can I Do for Valentine’s Day at Home?

Valentine’s Day at home doesn’t have to be boring! Put on some music and dance, learn how to cook a new dish with an online cooking class, or have a board game marathon.

How Can I Make Valentine’s Day Really Special?

The best way to make Valentine’s Day special is to put some thought in ahead of time. By planning a special date night and ordering flowers, your partner will see how much you care.

What Should I Do for My Partner on Valentine’s Day?

That depends on what your partner likes! At the bare minimum, you should spend a few hours with them, whether that’s virtually or in person. To go the extra mile, order their favorite food or plan a great date involving one of their favorite activities.

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