Valentine’s Day is barreling toward us like a freight train, and if you’re like a lot of guys, you probably have no idea what you’re going to do for your significant other this year. Well, my friend – you’re in luck! I’m here with a few suggestions that’ll make you look like you planned ahead and knew exactly what you were going to do. If you go with one of these suggestions, you’ll have Valentine’s Day covered.
Go For Fine Dining
There’s always the easy option–taking your partner out to dinner. Instead of going somewhere you’re both familiar with, opt for something unique and interesting. For those in metro areas, it’s a little easier to find something off the beaten path.
My Pick: If it’s happening in your area, try Dining in the Dark. You’re literally led to your table in a pitch black room with a bunch of other people, and you’re left to eat, drink, listen to music, and be merry for an hour or so in the dark. Trust me, my wife and I did this, and it’s a lot less strange than it sounds. It’s a dinner experience you won’t forget.
Make Something Together
What better way to show your love than to make something together? Head out to a painting or pottery class and create a masterpiece. Art isn’t really your thing? Try your hand at making beer in a social brewing space like U-Brew, where pros help you put together your own concoction, even if you’ve never done it before. You won’t leave with your creation, but you’ll be able to enjoy it (and the memory of developing a tasty beverage together) later in the year.
My Pick: I love the beer brewing idea! If you or your partner aren’t beer drinkers, you could do the same thing with wine, depending on what’s available in your area.
Do Something Spontaneous
Sure, going to dinner or taking a class together can be fun, but so is exploring the area around you. Go to the beach, hit up that local tourist attraction you’ve never visited, take a boat ride or spend the night camping in a yurt.
My Pick: Take a scenic train ride. You won’t be doing any driving, so you can enjoy each other’s company, and you’ll get some great views of the countryside close to your home. It’s a nice way to have an adventure.
Make it All About Confection
Don’t just go and pick up a box of chocolates, take your significant other to see where it’s made. There are a lot of shops making candy in major cities…and even if they won’t let you participate in making the candy, you’ll definitely be able to sample the goods.
My Pick: Put some thought into it, and pick up a box of candy from a lesser-known specialty candy shop. Your partner will appreciate you going out of your way to get something that can’t just be purchased at the grocery store.
Stay Home on Valentine’s Day
Can’t get away from the house on Valentine’s Day? No worries! Sign up for an ingredient subscription service like Blue Apron, and use one of their easy-to-follow gourmet recipes to cook up the perfect meal.
Keep it simple with a wine and cheese tasting session. Most grocery stores have a variety of cheeses available for purchase, and knowledgeable employees who can set you up with the perfect pairing for your (and your partner’s) preferences.
My Pick: More of an audiophile than a foodie? Pick up a favorite album from your local record store, throw it on the record player, and mix up some drinks. It’s a fun way to enjoy time together with a tasty libation and some good tunes. If you feel like this is something you’d like to do regularly, consider signing up for Vinyl Me, Please–a monthly record subscription service that sends a special edition LP, a 12×12 art print and a custom cocktail pairing. The perfect recipe for a regular indoor date night.
Remember, just because you’re stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t be romantic and thoughtful.
Need More Ideas?
Spending a weekend at a bed and breakfast, getting a couple’s massage or making a photo collage of some of your favorite moments together are just a few more thoughtful, romantic experience options to flowers and jewelry.