Everyone knows the best present you can give your other half is quality time. It sounds corny, but it’s true! That’s why these things to do on Valentine’s Day are exactly what you need to make your February 14 an extra-special occasion this year. Whether you’re looking for at-home activities, like watching the best Valentine’s Day movies and making Valentine’s Day crafts, or low-key outings, there are ideas for every couple here.
Don’t overthink it this year, and instead turn to this list of sweet Valentine’s Day date ideas. Cook a meal together, go for a walk, read romantic quotes and poem out loud, or simply watch the sunset. Whatever you choose to do, don’t forget to capture it with a photo paired with the perfect Valentine’s Day caption. It’ll be a Valentine’s day activity you never forget.
Cook Dinner Together
Cook a special meal with your date this Valentine’s Day. Cooking together can be such a bonding and fun experience. Although it can be hard work, it is so rewarding eating something you made from scratch with your won hands. There are plenty of dinner for two options to choose from, like this bacon-wrapped filets or a hearty pasta dish.
Craft Delicious Cocktails
Show off your mixology skills by coming up with a signature cocktail for the evening. Try this Raspberry and Pomegranate Rosé recipe that’s easy, flavorful, and a perfect shade of red for the occasion. These are my favorite cocktail glasses.
Have a Movie Marathon
There are endless romantic movies out there to stream with your other half this Valentine’s Day. Try classics that’ll tug at your heartstrings or fun rom-coms if you need a good laugh. Shop my favorite throw blankets here and here.
Write Each Other Letters
Love letters hold a special place in my heart and I think the art of writing love letters needs to come back. There’s nothing more sweet or sentimental than receiving in writing what you mean to someone and having that to hold on to. Go all out and buy fancy stationery and even a wax seal. It’s the perfect gesture for couples who are old souls at heart. Shop stationary kits here
Solve a virtual escape room
Want to see how well you solve problems together? Try a virtual escape room. An escape room, if you haven’t tried one, is an immersive problem-solving scenario — you’re literally in a room trying to follow clues, usually tied to a fictional situation, in a limited amount of time. You can find some virtual translations online. Not on the hHigh Street has made at home editions you can shop here. Also, the Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, Pennsylvania, created a Harry Potter-themed room using Google Docs. If you’re looking for a bit more of a challenge, The Escape Game also offers virtual escape rooms. Currently, there’s a multipart game called The Heist, about an art thief, that you can get bundled for $17, or separately for $10.
Bake Heart-Shaped Treats
Treat yourself to something sweet this Valentine’s Day. These heart-shaped cookies are the perfect choice. Ree used to make them with her mom every Valentine’s Day using stencils to spell out different messages. Delish has my favorite recipe for heart shaped cookies. But if you’re not in the mood to get to fancy with your baking, a simple tub of cookie dough and a heart shaped cookie cutter will do the trick. Shop for cookie cutters here.
Take a Scenic Walk
Bundle up and explore a local trail or just take a walk in your neighborhood. If it’s extra chilly out, put some hot chocolate in a thermos to sip on your way. I know in New York it has been nonstop snow for the past 2 weeks. Take this time to go play in the snow and enjoy all that winter has to offer. Shop my favorite winter scarf here!
Book a Staycation
To feel like you’re on vacation without going very far, book a one-night stay at a hotel or bed and breakfast nearby. Treat yourselves to room service and a dip in the hot tub if there’s one available! It’ll be nice to have a change of scenery especially after being stuck inside for the past year. Book your next visit here.
Set Up a Scavenger Hunt
Set your partner on a scavenger hunt throughout your house or even your neighborhood. Pinterest has some great pre-made list if you run out of ideas. Include cute handwritten clues that reference your favorite memories together.Shop some cute small gift boxes here.
Take an Online Cooking Class
This goes along the lines of cooking dinner together but with this date idea, you both get to improve your skills in the kitchen and learn something new. You can either sign up for a prerecorded class, or take a live session for one-on-one learning. Here are some available online cooking classes!
Enjoy Something Chocolatey
Nothing is better than chocolate-dipped strawberries on Valentine’s Day. Is it cliche? Totally, but there’s a reason they’re so popular! Don’t like strawberries? Try chocolate-covered marshmallows or bananas or pretzels, anything really! Shop fondue pots here. This book also has everything you need to know/can make with a fondue pot!
You know what they say, couples who workout together stay together. This year, ground yourselves by taking an online yoga class together. It’ll be a great way to set a calm and relaxing tone for the evening. There are lots of free sessions on YouTube—check out Yoga With Adriene, for instance! Here are some yoga mats to help you get started 🙂
Virtually Attend a Concert
Whether you like rock or classical music, there are options to enjoy a live performance right from your home. You can head to YouTube to look for a recorded concert or find out if there’s a live stream you can tune in to. Josh Groban, for instance, is performing a special virtual concert on Valentine’s Day!
This one might be a little harder just because of COVID but there are virtual ways to volunteer this year! Spread the love by giving back to your community together. Brainstorm volunteer opportunities with your partner, whether it’s cleaning up trash by the beach or donating food to the local pantry. There are also several ways to volunteer virtually, like writing a letter to someone in need!
Go Ice Skating
Get active and have lots of fun by going ice skating with your other half this Valentine’s Day. Whether it’s cold enough to hit up a local pond or you decide to head to a nearby rink, you’re guaranteed to have a lot of laughs. Shop ice skates here.
Stargaze in Your Backyard
Bundle up and head outside to sit back and look at the stars together. Even if you don’t have anywhere nearby to stargaze that’s free of light, just laying a blanket down in your backyard will do! This is my favorite outdoor blanket because it comes ready in a carry form and is waterproof!
Do a Jigsaw Puzzle
They’re your missing puzzle piece—so what’s more appropriate than doing a puzzle on Valentine’s Day? You can even get a custom puzzle on etsy made for a cute gift idea! I love this country side puzzle, gives you all the cozy vibes.
Have a DIY Spa Day
Have a calm, relaxing day by bringing the spa to your home. Put on some atmospheric music, make cucumber water, and turn on your diffuser. Take it an extra step by making homemade face masks, bath salts, and more. Add in by giving your SO a massage and it’ll be a night full of romance. Here are some spa kits from Etsy!
What’s more romantic than a night under the stars together? Granted this can really only be done in warmer weather but if you’re up for the snowy challenge, gather up plenty of blankets and book a camping site for a fun outdoorsy weekend getaway. Don’t forget hand warmers! This sleeping bag is perfect for all climates.
Order a Takeout Food Feast
Skip the cooking this evening and order out instead. Pick up dinner from your favorite take out spot—or get a variety of dishes from a handful of different restaurants! Walmart has some great dinnerware you can shop here.
Learn a Dance
Have you always wanted to take a dance class with your partner but never got around to doing it? This Valentine’s Day, put on your dancing shoes and learn a little routine right from home! There are free videos on YouTube as well as virtual dances classes you can take to get moving. You can live out the fantasy of dancing in your kitchen while cooking!
Plan Your Dream Vacation
Even though you might not be able to travel anywhere right now, daydreaming is the perfect way to satisfy your wanderlust. Plan your dream trip with your partner by creating a Pinterest board, perusing hotels, and maybe making a local dish or two. You can also turn this into a whole date night with ethnic food and learning about the culture. Remember that learning a dance idea? Incorporate that!
Wear Your Pajamas All Day
Stay cozy on Valentine’s Day with an all-day PJ party. Turn it into a comfort fest by indulging yourselves with your favorite foods, movies, and TV shows. For your own sanity, make sure they’re not your work from home PJ’s! This PJ set is one of my favorites!
Watch the Sunset
Nothing is more romantic than a gorgeous sunset. It’s the perfect way to have a moment of peace together, just enjoying each other’s company.
Watch a Comedy Special
Netflix has so many hilarious stand-up specials, you can spend your whole evening belly laughing if you want. Or, you can watch a mashup of your favorite comedians on YouTube! Here are more of my favorite throw blankets 🙂
Visit a Museum Virtually
History fanatics and art buffs can take a trip to the museum from the comfort of their home. Famous places like the National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C., the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam offer virtual experiences. Or, flip through a beautiful coffee table book if you’d rather not add the extra screen time.
Have a Fancy Brunch
Make delicious waffles (like these Lemon-Poppy Seed Waffles!), eggs, bacon, and anything else you can think of for an extravagant Valentine’s Day brunch. Complete the meal with tasty mimosas or coffee. Here is my FAVORITE waffle maker!
Read Love Poems Out Loud
Anyone who’s a hopeless romantic at heart will love this idea. Round up some swoon-worthy verses from poets like Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, and Lord Byron. Here is one of my favorite poem books.
Do a Craft Together
Get your creative muscles flowing by making something together. You can decorate mugs, vases, or personalized picture frames. You can give them to each other at the end as a little gift too!
Make a Charcuterie Board
If you’re not up to cooking, skip dinner and munch on delicious meats and cheeses instead. Design a gorgeous charcuterie board and serve with a bottle of wine for the best night in. (Or if dessert is more your thing, try a hot chocolate board!). Here is one of my favorite boards
Re-Create Your First Date
Take a trip down memory lane by re-creating the first time you went out together. Even if you can’t go to the same restaurant or movie theater, you can cook the same meal at home or watch the movie you saw. It’ll still be a special activity for Valentine’s Day.
Plan a Weekend Getaway
While you won’t likely be traveling to any tropical islands this year, you can still have a romantic weekend away. Seek out a nearby cabin and relax by the fire.
Make a Scrapbook
Get lost in old memories by putting together a scrapbook. It can include mementos from your relationship, like ticket stubs, boarding passes, and favorite photos. Use a leather bound journal like this one for a longer lasting journal.
Start a Paint Project
Whether you have an artistic bone or not, relax with your partner by making some beautiful art this Valentine’s Day. You can buy paint by the numbers kits, take an online class, or simply sketch whatever your heart tells you. You can also turn this into a wine and paint night! Shop a ready made kit night from Amazon here.
Play a game online together
There are plenty of options for games to play together online, particularly if one or both of you play video games already. Here is a great list of games great for quarantine, ranging from Animal Crossing (a good choice for a low-key hangout), to Tabletopia and Table Top Simulator (if you’re into board games), to Jackbox Games, which you could screen-share from one device. Jackbox Games like Fibbage, Blather, and Trivia Murder Party are particularly suited for two players.
Play Board Games
Unleash your inner child by playing some of your favorite tabletop board games. If you’re both competitive, you can even play for prizes—the loser has to do the dishes! This adult charades game is so fun.
Go on a Road Trip
There’s nothing like hitting the open road with your significant other! Whether you plan your destination or you see where the wind takes you, you’re bound to have a good time together exploring a new place. This car phone charger is perfect for a road trip since you’ll be needing directions.
Splurge on Special Wine
Valentine’s Day only happens once a year, so why not indulge yourselves? Buy that pricey bottle of red you’ve always had your eye on—you won’t regret it. This wine opener is so cool. It’s a wine cooler AND wine opener!!
Warm Up by the Fire
With everyone spending so much time indoors, get some fresh air this Valentine’s Day with a cozy bonfire. Bundle up in scarves, winter boots, and gloves and (safely!) build a crackling fire to snuggle beside. Make it even more special by roasting marshmallows and sipping on hot chocolate. Here are some cozy slippers to wear as you’re bundled up (and they’re under $40)!
Seek out specific Valentine’s offerings
Don’t forget to browse spots like Eventbrite or Facebook’s events page for specific tours, classes or other online activities on offer during Valentine’s. On Eventbrite, you can find virtual wine tasting sessions and a performance of Romeo & Juliet. Bumble and AirBnb, for example, will let you book tickets for an online jazz club in London, or take a Flamenco dance lesson from Seville, Spain. There might be virtual events offered by local restaurants and businesses, as well.