Love is in the air! Don’t you just love it? Even though Valentine’s Day’s turned into this cheesy lovefest over the years, it’s still a great opportunity to show your SO how much they mean to you regardless of whether they find it cliché or not. You don’t have to be the most creative person there is to make your valentine feel special, nor do they have to be romantic per se to make the most of this holiday with you.
In fact, you can be the most anti-Valentine’s Day couple and still have some unforgettable time together minus the heart-shaped gifts and lovey-dovey activities. If I’ve managed to restore your faith in the holiday, and you’re in the mood for a non-traditional celebration this year, let’s check some of the not-so-usual ideas you can use up for your sweetheart.
A Pyjama Movie Night with Edible Treats
Seriously, what could top off a night spent watching movies together in your comfiest pyjamas and the cosiest home cinema sofas? Why, screening time accompanied by the perfect edible goodies, of course!
There are numerous options for a thoughtful Valentine gift online, and classics like chocolates remain popular time and time again. And there’s nothing cliché about them! You don’t have to have a sweet tooth to appreciate the sweetness and health benefits choc treats have, being packed with antioxidants as they are.
And then, there’s the variety of such gifts, from the regular milk chocolate bars to the special Belgian and dark chocolate truffles, balls and hearts, choc bouquets, as well as nuts and fruits covered in chocolate. Whichever the preference of your soulmate, you’re sure to find it, and make date night at home sweeter.
If, for some reason, this option won’t work with your partner, don’t worry, there are equally tasty alternatives of Valentines day gifts you can choose instead. In terms of sweet delights, you’ve got doughnuts, biscuits, macarons, and healthy fruits without any topping. And from the salty assortment, you can choose between delicious cheeses, crispbreads, spreads, chips, and other small snacks.
To make the night all the more special, you won’t have to prepare the room with anything cheesy like rose petals over the floor – a nightcap as the cherry on top would do. Pay attention to what your favourite person likes when it comes to drinks to complement the savoury snacking.
And finally, my advice is to change the dynamic between the two of you, even if only for the night. If you “own” the remote control and always pick what you watch, let him or her choose this time. Or surprise them with a marathon of sitcoms or chick flick/action-packed motion pictures you know they love.
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A Low-key Picnic for Two
If you two could do with some time away from the screens, then why not organise a picnic? When was the last time just the two of you spent some relaxing moments out in nature? If your memory fails you, it’s a sign it’s been quite a while, so pick a picnic-inspired valentine gift online stores offer and enjoy it at your favourite location. You can find beautifully arranged picnic hampers that feature exquisite cheeses to savour over a glass of bubbly and top it all off with a dessert in the form of the decadent Ferrero Rocher balls.
In case your budget doesn’t let you go further than the park for this occasion, you could always choose your home’s outdoor area as the perfect spot for this date alfresco. Best of all, you won’t have to set up anything special, just a cosy white and red rug to mark the “event” symbolically, and a valentine’s picnic basket full of their favourite foods would do.
Needless to say, this kind of date offers many perks that the one spent in a public space doesn’t – one of them being privacy, and the other comfort. This is especially true when you have a lovely garden lounging area for the ultimate relaxation. Who needs anything fancy or luxurious with a unique retreat like this?!
An Exciting Scavenger Hunt
Now, for the unromantic couple that enjoys playing games, a carefully planned scavenger hunt can bring lots of excitement on this otherwise unexciting/unimportant/uneventful day. There are two ways you can go about the planning process:
- À La Parks and Rec – You either do it Leslie Knope style with a trip down memory lane and use clues and locations that are meaningful for the relationship you two have, or…
- Favourite Things – You choose something less romantic (though not less special) as a few of their favourite things, be it a natural vitamin shop, museum, artist, national hero as their favourite idol, and work from there.
Once you’ve decided what your theme would be, picked the clues, the hidden items, and the specific spots, and set the length of the hunt, you can then choose the prize. Again, here you can use their top choices of snacks to fill up the gift box, or treat them to your hugs and kisses if normally you’re not the most cuddly partner. See, it doesn’t have to be anything big and pricey to be thoughtful and heartfelt!
A Refreshing Tour Around the City
Who said you can’t be a tourist in your own city? With the busy 9-to-5 lifestyles and packed schedules modern-day people have, it’s easy to overlook the excitement of being a tourist in one’s own city. Sure, you won’t get to pack up your suitcases and rush to the airport to fly to an exotic location, but you still get to do some “travel” fun.
Check for the city tours available, sign up the two of you, and get ready to be amazed by all the new facts you’ll learn, as well as the new point of view you’ll gain of this place you thought you knew well. The bonus is this experience can bring about refreshment in your relationship too. Dress up like tourists, grab some tasty edible valentines gifts to snack on the way, talk in a foreign language pretending to be foreigners, and fun is certainly guaranteed.
An Escape Trip in the Surroundings
In case you’re more of the independent couple that likes to discover new routes alone, imagine the excitement you’re going to have if you simply get on your way without too much planning, and set out to explore the surroundings. The purpose is to get lost, have a nice picnic, make s’mores, set up a two-person tent, cuddle up, sleep over, and enjoy each other’s company.
But if this “get lost” frightens you, of course, the key is to bring along all the needed safety items, including compass, GPS, maps, and some multi-tools. And don’t forget your food and water supply. Nothing can ruin a lovely trip like a growling belly and dehydration!