We’re betting your Valentine’s Day looked a little different than normal last year. For some of us, it was a welcome change from the clichés and grand gesture-pressure of February’s past. Then again, maybe you’re bursting to celebrate in a big way after laying low last go-round.
To each their own! The list of possible Valentine’s day activities for couples is long, and that means you can have it all.
From sweet and subdued to big-time adventure, these nourishing Valentine’s ideas for couples will help you celebrate with your sweetie – or simply spoil yourself.
Plan the Day Around Your Love Language
The Five Love Languages is a popular theory describing the most common ways people express and receive care. It’s thought we each have a primary way that we show and feel romantic love through some combination of: words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time, or physical touch.
If you don’t already know your own love language (or your partner’s) you can take this brief quiz to find out. From there, you can plan what to do with your girlfriend or boyfriend based on what you discover.
Whether your love language is pure quality time, gift-focused, or a little mix of all five, they’re all great ways to narrow your list of ideas to those that will help you feel most cared for.
Organize a Skate Date
Be it solo or as part of a duo, few physical activities are more romantic. ‘Tis the season for ice skating, though a roller rink can be just as cute.
Make it extra cozy by packing some creature comforts like a thermos full of hot chocolate, a snuggly blanket, or even a full picnic.
Take a Class
Learning or doing something novel is an energizing way to spend the day. Cooking classes are a popular choice this time of year. But online experiences have also gotten more plentiful.
For example, if you’re not comfortable going out to a bar, you can create a craft cocktail at home by signing up for a mixology lesson over Zoom. It’s a great way to pamper your partner or meet someone new if you’re still on the hunt.
Treat Yourself to a Massage or Facial
Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to exercise a little self care. That extends to couples, too!
If all the stress of the past two years is weighing on you or your sweetie, plan a relaxing, rejuvenating massage. Not into massages? You can get a similar effect by booking a facial. Yes, they’re great for the men in your life, too!
What’s more romantic than nature’s sky candles?
Whether you plan a trip to a dark sky designation or download an app to help you identify what you’re seeing, it’s an inspiring, low-cost way to make unforgettable Valentine’s memories.
Have a ‘Staycation’
Maybe the last two years have shown you just how much you love being at home. Great – embrace it!
So long as you’re offline and present, you can create a memorable Valentine’s Day adventure without ever leaving city limits. Make a list of things you have always wanted to see in your town and pretend to be a tourist for a day. Or, revisit some of your favorite places and relive your most treasured times together.
Gift your Partner a Pedicure
Maybe your lover just needs to get out of the house for a bit. Manicures and pedicures are a luxurious way to take a break and leave looking better than when you went in.
You can also celebrate solo by asking the manicurist to give you fun Valentine’s day themed nail art!
Do a Wine and Cheese Tasting
Focusing on food is always a good idea. Have this be the appetizer portion of the meal you’re making or contact your local cheese shop to schedule a personalized tasting.
If you’re more of a sweets person, you can easily substitute cheese for chocolate!
Make a Flower Arrangement for Yourself
You deserve something pretty today. Just because.
Valentine’s Celebration FAQ
Still not sure what to do on Valentine’s day with your boyfriend or girlfriend? Think of something they normally wouldn’t do for themselves and go from there. That goes for all you single pringles, too!