Valentine’s Day is almost here, and it is time to start making plans for your partner. Flowers and candy are nice, but wouldn’t it be fun to do something more creative this year? Here are ten creative ideas to make this Valentine’s Day your best one yet.
1) Sign up for a cooking class together
Skip the restaurant this year and head into the kitchen to learn some new skills together. Sign up for a lesson at a local market or restaurant, or splurge and hire a chef to come teach you at home.
2) Make your partner a photo album
Get those special photos off your phone and into their hands this year with the help of a service like Snapfish.com, Shutterfly.com, or Mixbook.com. These online sites make it easy to turn your pictures into treasured keepsakes.
3) Take a Hike
Pack some champagne and hit the trails at a local park. Fresh air and scenic views do wonders for romance. Toast your happiness at the top of the trail. In colder climates, snow shoes can make the trip even more fun!
Do good and feel good this Valentine’s Day by volunteering. Sign up to work a shift together at your local soup kitchen or animal shelter. Visit a nearby senior center and spend time with the residents. Cultivate gratitude together by giving back.
5) Visit a botanical garden
Most major cities have a botanical garden where beautiful flowers are in bloom all year long. Bouquets are nice, but for the same cost, you can buy a ticket to tour the balmy greenhouses, filled with exotic blooms.
6) Make art
Tap into your creative sides at a local art studio. Enjoy a ceramics, watercolor, or photography class together. Making art stimulates the brain and encourages you to see your partner in new, creative ways.
7) Visit a comedy club
Nothing brings couples together like sharing a few good laughs. Spend an evening together enjoying some comedy, and keep things light.
8) Record a romantic message
Your iPhone makes it easy to create simple videos or sound recordings. Show off your star power by creating a brief, heartfelt video message to send to your beloved. They’ll be tickled when they check their phone and see you sharing your message of love.
9) Make your own Valentine
Remember the joy of receiving tiny paper hearts back in grade school? Eschew the impersonal notes at the card store and get creative by making a paper card of your very own. Use photos to make your message personal.
10) Skip town
There’s nothing like a change of scenery to reignite romance. Search Airbnb.com for a unique getaway where you can leave the daily drudgery behind. You don’t even need to go very far. Overnight rentals can be an affordable way to change it up and reconnect.
With a little planning and creative thinking, you can make this year’s Valentine’s Day memorable, meaningful, and fun.