All Valentine’s Days look the same don’t they?
And all the romance and intimacy are gone.
Year after year it just ends up playing out as the same old cliché. A red heart shaped box filled with chocolates inside, along with a dozen overpriced red roses and an ever popular plan to eat out for dinner.
Once upon a time this was special but over the years it’s turned into a costly, time consuming hassle.
The thrill is gone, along with the true essence of the holiday.
After all you end up spending much of your night waiting for your table in an extremely busy restaurant instead of canoodling with your favorite person.
But you and your love bug don’t have to spend another Valentine’s like that.
You can switch things up to bring back the fun and intimacy, while keeping some traditional elements alive (don’t throw away those chocolates just yet J).
A Fun and Unique Valentine’s Day
The idea of Valentine’s Day is great, it’s just that when everyone celebrates it the same way it can become more of a hassle than a delightful evening.
Not to mention it becomes so standard that it lacks the meaning that it once had.
Valentine’s Day is about showing someone you love how much you care, not how late you’re willing to wait for you 7pm dining reservation.
Trust me, the romance is gone when your stomach is grumbling and your date is restless.
It’s time to switch things up and make this year’s Valentine’s Day enjoyable, special and relaxing.
Take out the costly wait time and insert some fun.
While everyone else is waiting for their ordinary Valentine’s Day to begin you’ll be having a truly special time shaking up tradition with these unique date ideas.
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- Dine in by candle light
You know that every restaurant outside of a McDonald’s or Taco Bell is going to be flooded with people. All of them waiting long after their reservation times to create some kind of romantic evening.
But how romantic will it be after being packed inside of the restaurant’s vestibule with 50 strangers like sardines in a tin can?
Don’t bother wasting your evening hanging out in a tight space with other diners. Instead order your fave dish to go and enjoy it in the privacy and space of your dining room.
There’s no waitlist to get in there.
Bring back old school romance by dimming the lights and lighting a couple of candles on the table. It will be way more picturesque and cozy than the battery operated votive candles you’ll be missing at the restaurant.
- Give massages
Don’t blow out those candles just yet.
Take them into the next room, put on some low romantic music and take turns giving each other massages.
It’s much more peaceful than hounding the hostess for your table, it feels amazing and the benefits are plentiful.
- Picnic in
Unless you live in a warmer climate, having a picnic outside is completely out of the question. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the simplicity and quality time that a picnic offers.
Clear out a place on your living room floor and make it happen.
The best part is you don’t have to pack or carry much since you’re a short distance to the kitchen, or have to worry about ants getting to your food before you do.
- Catch a flick on the couch
Remember that movie you and your spouse wanted to see but never got around to. Or maybe there’s an old movie the two of you can’t seem to get enough of.
Whether it’s on Netflix, from Redbox or on HBO make sure you take the time to watch it together.
A nice relaxing couple hours on the sofa with your favorite person can be quite splendid.
I mean, how much time do you typically have to just lounge around? I know, none, we’re all busy, busy bees.
- Do a staycation
The idea of getting away on Valentine’s Day, especially when it falls on the weekend sounds intriguing, but when you start to see the price of airfare and hotel rates for the top destinations your jets get cooled real quick.
You don’t necessarily need to get way to get away, if you know what I mean. You can have a mini vacation while staying close by.
Check out some nice local hotels with some fun amenities for a relaxing and romantic staycation.
- Put it on paper
Valentine’s Day is about expressing and celebrating your love for that special someone in your life. Make it especially unique by writing them a love letter.
Do it the old fashion way, grab a pen and paper and pour your heart out.
All the silk boxers and chocolate covered strawberries in the world cannot hold a candle to this expression of your deepest feelings for your mate.
- Make it a game night
While everyone else is out playing musical chairs with strangers due to the limited seating in the restaurant’s lobby, you could be chilling in your spacious living room playing one of your all-time favorite board games.
What’s better than reliving the fun of your childhood with the love of your life? Sharing your fondest childhood memories will bring you closer together.
And you can jump up and down with joy without having to worry about losing your seat.
- Make a gift
Most Valentine’s Day gifts end up in the garbage or collecting dust somewhere in the attic. And that’s only the ones that can’t be eaten.
This year make something that will stand the test of time, and a growling stomach.
Make your love muffin a card that’s dripping with your personality and love for them, or maybe they’ll enjoy a CD compilation of their favorite songs. You know, something that they can enjoy time and time again.
You can also make them a scrapbook of the time you’ve spent together. It’ll show that you care about the relationship you share and you remembered the little things others typically forget.
- Brunch it
Going out for dinner is the thing to do on Valentine’s Day. I guess nothing says I love you like eating at night, but other meals can accomplish the same thing.
Just because dinner is the traditional meal for celebrations doesn’t mean it has to be the only one. Brunch, or even a straight breakfast, can be just as amazing and often more creative and fun.
Come on, how many ways can you have a steak, a dozen maybe. But French toast on the other hand, millions!
Another bonus, a much shorter wait time and typically no reservation is needed.
- Reschedule it
If all else fails and you can’t see yourself celebrating Valentine’s Day any other way than hugging a bouquet of flowers, eating chocolate while waiting for your table at your favorite restaurant, then reschedule it for another day.
You know that Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year in the dining industry. So avoid all of the hassle and continue your tradition by waiting until after the crowd has died down.
The following weekend or even later in the month will make for a less stressful evening and also a cheaper one, since the hype will be over.
It’ll be wonderful because it’ll be just for the two of you.
Make It Special
When it comes to Valentine’s Day we all have the same ideas on how to celebrate it.
Couple that with doing those very things repeatedly yourself, along with others, it becomes predictable and nothing special.
You and your sugar plum have a wonderful, special bond and it should be honored in the same way.
Show each other you really care by shaking it up and making it special. You both deserve it.
What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?