The middle of February is a time of brisk temperatures and bitter winds interspersed with the ultimate celebration of romantic love to help warm our hearts and souls despite the frigid air. With Saint Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, the stress of trying to come up with that perfect date idea to sweep your partner off of their feet can often feel like a daunting task to those who are unprepared.
Despite being a pinnacle of commercialized consumer culture, showering your loved one with the undying affection they deserve doesn’t need to be a cliche overpriced affair. Luckily the team at Luurve is here for you, whether you’re in a loving and committed long-term engagement or your relationship is just starting to blossom, we’ve got the perfect Valentine’s Day date ideas just in time to help you navigate the most romantic time of the year!
Dinner & Movie
A tried and true hallmark of the traditional western date night, dinner and a movie with the one you love is a great way to enjoy an evening and spend time with one another. This is a versatile option for those operating within a budget because you’re not tied to the constraints of having to go to a high-end restaurant and buy every concession available at the theatre on impulse, you can have a just as amazing, if not even more intimate evening by cooking their favorite meal from scratch and deciding on something for the two of you to stream together.
Picnic & Chill
I personally prefer the all-around flexibility offered by a simple picnic date, as there are truly no rules or expectations as to what you’re supposed to do and yet it’s a beautiful event every time. You can go as far as planning a lavish affair with an array of hors d’oeuvres and a vintage rosé complete with you feeding them chocolate-dipped desserts into the sunset: or if the weather and your wallet keep that reality in check you can have just as memorable of an evening-in eating takeout on a sheet on your living room floor as you both take turns feeding each other oreos.
While this one tends to be a little more of an unconventional date night option, it’s still an exciting one nonetheless. The option of going out to participate in a class together gives you plenty of room for options depending on your budget, skill, and activity level.
Trying to be expressive and showcase your creative ability? Why not share a pottery class down at your local college or even go to a paint-and-sip? Are both of you health and fitness nuts looking to get all hot and sweaty? Why not attend a couples yoga class or even get in some crossfit together? With an array of specials and offers tailored for couples on this magical holiday you’re bound to find the perfect fit for you and your partner.
An often overlooked yet extremely selfless and rewarding way to spend time with your date this Valentine’s Day is to volunteer to help make an impact on the greater world around you instead of solely focusing on each other. The two of you spend 364 days of the year fawning over one another and giving each other all of your attention, why not devote some time out of your year to focus on the betterment of others and the world around you as a whole?
Volunteering in any capacity can be an extremely rewarding experience for the both of you, between the personal gratification of doing something good and the external gratification of helping others there’s so much for you to gain. The best part is volunteering costs nothing more than your time and gives you to opportunity to connect with your partner in ways you may not have even thought possible.
While the stress of trying to plan the perfect Valentine’s Day date can often seem like an intimidating task, the actual pressures of the situation tend to be more fiction than reality in all actuality. Remember that the two of you love each other, and that they ultimately just want to spend time with you and simply be in your presence.
Have any date ideas or plans of your own for this Valentine’s day? Any versatile date ideas you love thanks to their flexibility? We would love to hear from you, feel free to answer any and all of these questions in the comments below and let us know what you think of our advice!
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