Valentine’s dates can feel forced and unnatural, which, well, sucks. My husband and I are affectionate and appreciative of each other on all the other 364 non-requisite days, so we don’t need a holiday to tell us to show our love. We always felt fresh out of ideas when planning Valentine’s Day. Then we realized that we should just forget about expectations. Do what you want! We find a way to give in and have fun on V-Day; it is after all, a holiday meant for having a good time and being sweethearts or “BooBears” in our case.
Top 7 Date Ideas For Couples Who Think Valentine’s Day Sucks
1. Take a cooking class together.
Make it something that would be completely new to both of you like, sushi rolling. The worse you are at it, the more you can let loose and have fun. Cooking classes are also a public date, which is great when you don’t know the other person well.
2. Take a group to Escape the Room
Escape the room is an adventure game for small private groups or strangers. Participants are locked inside a themed room with 60 minutes to find objects, solve puzzles and figure out clues to unlock the door and earn their freedom. My husband and I went with a group of friends a few years ago to Escape the Room AZ and it was a really fun date.
3. Ideal Dates
Maybe you both enjoy different types of pampering. Spend half the day getting into each other’s shoes by doing something the other person would like.
4. Upgrade Your Netflix And Chill Night
Maybe you’re a couple who enjoys staying in. We certainly do. There’s no rule against staying in on V-day. If you’re going to stay in, make it a memorable date. Pick up a nice bottle of wine, flowers and a favorite meal, maybe even get a hold of a hometown favorite. You would be surprised how many pizza parlors will ship out their one of a kind pies.
5. Host An Anti-Valentine’s Day Party
I attended an Anti-Valentine’s Day Party hosted by a married couple and it was a blast. They invited several single friends and married friends who just weren’t that into the holiday. There were a few Anti-Valentine’s themed games, one of which, “best socks” I won. I wore Halloween socks because I didn’t know how to rep Anti-Valentine’s Day. Everyone got a kick out of my interpretation.
6. Do Something Active
This one of course requires you both enjoy getting physical. Here we are on top of Piestewa Peak enjoying the sunset. Active men and women adore seeing their partner in action, so getting out and enjoying rock climbing, paddle boarding, hiking and other outdoorsy activities is a good alternative way to amp up the romance.
7. Create Something Together
Giving and receiving gifts is part of the Valentine-s Day deal, but at some point you start to realize that the gifts are rather impractical. Who else has a closet corner filled with old bears and Hershey Kiss pillows? This year nix the junk gift and craft something together that you’ll actually want to keep. Take a page right from the romantic movie Ghost and enjoy a pottery class together, other ideas would be glass blowing, and the currently trending BYOB painting classes.
Still looking for gifts for him? Ready my 2017 V-Day Gift Guide for Him.