Valentine’s Day is an occasion that many couples look forward to each year. It provides an annual opportunity to express love in a way that is usually very different than the affectionate exchanges that happen daily. Even the ones that occur on special dates like birthdays, anniversaries, and Christmas.
One thing is certain. Valentine’s Day is probably the biggest date night, or day, of the entire year. When considering how to celebrate, some may embrace their wild, creative side, going all out to give their partner an experience they will never forget. Some may consider Cupid’s annual arrival as a bit of a challenge. A fun challenge they are always up for. Others may look at February 14 with a bit of trepidation, sure they want to make their partner’s day special, but not sure exactly how to do that.
That’s exactly why we put together this article. For ideas. For inspiration. For the promotion, propagation, and 100% pure unadulterated joy of Valentine’s Day dating delight. We hope it will help a little with your planning. Please enjoy our 10 Ways to Make Valentine’s Day Special for Your Sweetheart.
P.S. There is no rule that says you can’t use more than one!
Do What You (Don’t) Love
People are all very different. It’s the spice of life (and love in many cases). Chances are your partner has a few favorite hobbies, indulgences or interests that are not the same as yours. Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to reach out and engage with your partner over those things they love the most. The combination of giving your time and finding common ground with them is a sure recipe for romance.
Three Is Not a Crowd
Valentine’s Day doesn’t only have to be spent as a duo. It’s important to find time alone together, of course, but V-Day double dates are certainly not out of the question. In fact, adding a third, or fourth, or the fifth party to the mix can make for a pretty exciting night out. Consider a Valentine’s Day group outing of friends and see what interesting dynamics you can bring to the experience.
Enjoying physical activity together is already a benefit to healthy relationships, and to staying healthy. Why not incorporate it into your Valentine’s Day plans? Go on an extended walk together in a romantic locale. Or take a leisurely bike ride with scenic views. For next-level action, you might even consider a strenuous and invigorating hike or a visit to a rock climbing gym. Afterward, you can always look forward to some relaxing chill time.
Take a Trip to the Past
You can get a lot of romantic mileage from reminiscing about the history you’ve shared together. Looking at old photos or videos, or reading correspondence from the past is always good for a few smiles, a few laughs, and maybe even some sentimental, but heartwarming, cries. If your relationship is newly founded, think about a dramatic re-creation of your first meeting or your first date together. It might be fun. It’s also a potent way to make your Valentine’s Day date memorable.
Make Motion Picture Memories
Love watching movies together? Schedule your date around a favorite flick or even something new. Drive-ins are cool if there’s still one that operates near you. Some even show special Valentine’s Day-themed movies this time of year. And it’s always nice to cozy up in the car with a bucket of buttery popcorn. Alternately, you could have a movie night at home with some special touches, like making gourmet goodies and projecting the movie on the wall.
For the Love of Nature
We’re surrounded by some of the most intoxicating beauty found anywhere – the beauty of planet Earth. Why not spend your Valentine’s Day date outside in nature? It’s always the most idyllic backdrop for romance. You can soak in a gorgeous sunrise or sunset, visit a forest or beach for a stroll, or, if it’s not too chilly, you can put together a candlelight dinner beneath the glory of the night’s starry sky.
Romance Starts in the He(art)
If you are artistically inclined, a love-inspired DIY project is a great gift to incorporate into your date. Create a painting or drawing for your partner that’s inspired by them. Write a romantic poem to share the depths of your heart. Even making a gourmet meal is a thoughtful gesture anyone can appreciate. There really is no limit to how creative you get. This is not only a chance to show off your natural abilities, but it also lets you say exactly how you feel through a medium you are passionate about.
Take It Out, Bring It In
Where there’s Valentine’s Day, there’s always food. Not only is it the biggest date night of the year, but it’s also the biggest restaurant night. And that’s always an option. But for a more novel approach, think about what a romantic picnic might look like. Pack a checkered-cloth bag with homemade goodies or pick up your favorite takeout food and escape to a secret location. A picnic can happen just about anywhere. Even in a location, you wouldn’t normally consider, or a cozy, secluded part of your home.
Go Where the Locals Go
Take a day or two off work and plan a “staycation” for Valentine’s Day. It doesn’t have to break the bank. Just imagine… a couple of days of quality alone time with the one you love, including all the creature comforts of hotel living and delicious restaurant dining, lounging around with no responsibilities at all. What a dream! If you can manage it, this kind of simple romantic excursion is not only refreshing, but it’s a huge investment in the nurturing of a relationship.
If Music Be the Food of Life, Play On
Create a soundtrack to your Valentine’s Day date. Music enhances practically any situation for the positive. If you know what kind of music your sweetheart likes, the rest is easy. It could be as simple as making a playlist for your date or attending a live music event. Are you musically gifted? Write them a song or perform a private concert on your instrument of choice. Even playing old records on an antique record player can add nostalgia, romance and charm to your date.
So, what do you think? Feeling a bit romantic? A tiny bit inspired? Ready to put together a plan of action for Valentine’s Day 2022? Hopefully, we sparked a few good ideas that you can take and make your own. Our sincerest wishes for a February 14 filled with love. May Cupid strike twice for you and your sweetheart.10 Ways to Make Valentine's Day Special for Your Sweetheart by The Bradford Exchange