Let's play a little game. Look back on all the Valentine's Day dates that you've had in your life and think of the ones that don't involve dinners, movies, a bouquet of flowers, or a box of chocolate.
If you're having a hard time thinking of any, then you probably belong to the majority of couples who are simply too lazy to think of a unique Valentine's date for their partners. While this isn't exactly a measure of your love for each other, doesn't it feel great to know that your significant other took an effort to think outside of the box just to give you a truly unique experience you will never forget?
But don't despair, because you get another chance to make this year's Valentine's Day your most memorable yet. Here's a list of unconventional date ideas that you may want to try with your partner on the cheesiest day of the year.
14 Volunteer Together
This may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's a great way to do something meaningful and productive, not just for yourselves, but also for other people. You can volunteer at your local soup kitchen or at an old-age home or hospice.
Your beau is probably well acquainted with your sensitive and caring side, but this experience takes that to a whole new level altogether. This may even spark a new appreciation for each other, no matter how long you've already known each other. Suffice it to say that this Valentine's date won't only be unique, but also life-changing.
13 Have A Picnic Breakfast
Candlelit dinners? Picnics at sunset? Talk about cliché. Having a picnic at the crack of dawn, however, is seldom done but totally romantic. Imagine sitting side by side with your lover as you watch the sun rise and the sky turn into a lovely shade of gold. With all the breakfast goodies laid out in front of you, what more can you ask for?
Sure, this kind of Valentine's date takes a lot of effort, because you need to wake up during pre-dawn hours to prepare. But on the bright side, starting your day early also means getting to spend more time with each other.
12 Set A Play Date
Did you enjoy climbing trees as a child? Or did your significant other learn how to bike when he was still a kid? Instead of planning something complicated for your Valentine's Day date, why not embrace your inner child and just do the things that you enjoyed as children? Not only is this fun, but it's a great opportunity to learn new skills from your partner, such as flying a kite or building a tree house.
Also, research shows that doing or watching something nostalgic makes you feel a flood of positive emotions, which isn't a bad thing when you're spending one fun day with your loved one.
11 Take A New Class Together
As a couple, there is that one thing that you both love doing but sadly don't possess the skills for. Take Valentine's Day as an opportunity to enroll in a hobby class that you both love, whether it's cooking gourmet food or perfecting your calligraphy strokes. It's a perfect way to spend time with each other and learn something new at the same time.
But if you don't have the resources needed to enroll in a class, you can just try to teach your partner a skill that he doesn't know and vice versa. You can even make it a game so that you both get a sexy reward in the end.
10 Have An Art Appreciation Day
Wear your hipster glasses on Valentine's Day and hit the museum with your beau. It might sound boring if you're not an artsy person, but that's where the fun lies. It gives you an opportunity to discuss a new subject and appear slightly smarter than you really are. It will also feed your imagination as you try to make sense of that abstract painting that simply looks like a swirl of colors.
But art is not only limited to museums and galleries. You can try to participate in some street art or visit your local theater for a musical date.
9 Get Sporty And Adventurous
Have a blood-pumping Valentine's Day by trying out some extreme sports and adventures like bungee jumping, whitewater rafting, and rock climbing. After all, nothing bonds a couple stronger than a near-death experience. If you decide to spend Valentine's Day swimming with the sharks, then it'll certainly be one for the books.
But if you're not yet prepared to do death-defying stunts, but want to experience an adrenaline rush all the same, you can try more benign activities like playing laser tag, riding a zip line, or paintballing. It doesn't really matter what gets your heart racing, as long as you get your butt off the sofa and do something you haven't done before.
8 Visit A Haunted House
Valentine's Day and Halloween may be as far apart as the sun and Pluto is to each other, but that doesn't mean that you cannot try combining the two for a truly unique experience. If you're one of those couples who enjoy the tragic and the gory, you can book a heart-pounding haunted house tour near your place. There are also several haunted house theme parks that you can visit if you're having trouble finding the real deal.
You may not realize it, but haunted houses can be romantic, too. Think of this as an opportunity to jump into your lover's arms for comfort.
7 Enjoy The Countryside
For couples who live in the country, why not take your bike outside and go for a romantic ride around the countryside? There are so many beautiful things to see around you if you just take the time to slow down and smell the flowers. You can head down to your local fruit farm and pick your own fruits to feast upon before heading home.
For those who live in the city, you can take your Valentine's Day to the country and play country bumpkin and milkmaid for a day. You might end up grimy at the end of the day, but it'll surely be loads of fun.
6 Have A Karaoke Night
Face your fears of being under the spotlight and challenge yourselves to a karaoke night. You can both commit to singing at least one song, but a romantic duet will be better because it's Valentine's Day.
For new couples, this is a great way to know someone better as you'll instantly know how outgoing a person is, what his music tastes are, and how much he likes a challenge. Consider this as a chance to unleash your funny and wild side and see if he finds your out-of-tune high notes endearing. This also works perfectly for old couples who just want to have a good time.
5 Watch A Drive-In Movie
Sure, you can argue that it's just like watching a movie in the cinema, but drive-in movies are more romantic because you get your own private space in a public place. You can pretty much talk or eat or cuddle as much as you want without other people shushing you. It's also better than watching a movie on the couch as it entails more effort and preparation, hence making it feel like a real date.
Plus, how cool is it to actually watch a drive-in movie? It's like taking a scene straight out of a rom-com movie of your blooming love life.
4 Book A Spontaneous Flight Going Anywhere
If you have the money and time to spare, book the cheapest flight that you can find and leave everything behind just for the Valentine's weekend. It's better if you can go somewhere that you've never been before for an added thrill.
Of course, not having a planned budget or itinerary can be scary. For all you know, you might end up stranded in the middle of nowhere without any food or accommodation. On the other hand, you might also meet new friends, discover new places, and enjoy each other's company more. Either way, it's bound to be an unforgettable experience.
3 Explore Your Own Town Or City
You may think that you know your city like the back of your hand, but there's bound to be some nooks and crannies that you haven't discovered yet. Set aside your usual restaurant and movie dates, and try to find something new within your hometown that you previously didn't know about.
Perhaps there's a newly-opened bookstore that you've been meaning to check out. Maybe there's an exclusive underground bar that you've only heard about but haven't been to yet. If you don't have the means to book an expensive plane ride for a quick getaway, then maybe you'll find some hidden gems within your own city.
2 Do A Treasure Hunt
While it's probably difficult to search for famed lost treasures like those in the Dead Sea Scrolls or the lost city of Atlantis, thankfully it's already the 21st century and you can pretty much create your own treasure hunt with the use of GPS.
You can download apps dedicated to creating GPS-powered treasure hunts like Geocaching. You can even join GPS treasure hunting events in your neighborhood. Or, you can go the traditional route by making an old-fashioned map and leaving clues that lead to the secret treasure. Just make sure that the reward, in the end, is worth all the effort.
1 Re-Enact Your First Date
You know what they say: Love is sweeter the second time around. If you want to rekindle the spark in your relationship, one surefire way to do that is to re-enact the first time you went out together, down to the last detail.
Wear the same clothes, sit at the same table, and order the same food. Arrive separately and talk as if it was the first time you met each other. You'll surely get the same butterflies that you had on your very first date as you try to impress each other. After all, everything that you have right now began with that first meeting.