Everyone knows the best present you can give your other half is quality time. It sounds corny, but it’s true! That’s why this list of things to do on Valentine’s Day is exactly what you need to make your February 14 feel extra special this year. Whether you’re looking for at-home activities (how about watching a few of the best Valentine’s Day movies or making Valentine’s Day crafts?) or prefer low-key outings, there’s bound to be at least one idea here that suits you and your partner.
Sure, a Valentine’s Day gift is probably a nice thing to pick up. But sometimes it’s the small gestures that really count. Take Ree and Ladd Drummond, for example. One year, they simply treated each other to hot chocolate as they drove home from Colorado. The Pioneer Woman may have even had both dollops of whipped cream. (That’s love, if you ask us.) So don’t overthink it this year, and instead turn to this list of sweet Valentine’s Day date ideas. Make Valentine’s Day mug cakes together, go for a walk, read romantic quotes and poems 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 Instagram caption. It’ll be a Valentine’s day activity you never forget!
Have Breakfast in Bed
Who says one person has to wait on the other? Have breakfast in bed together! These lemon poppy-seed waffles are the perfect main course.
Do Something Crazy!
Okay, so maybe literally skydiving isn’t in order (but hey, who says it can’t be?). Still, you might as well make an adventure out of the best date night of the year! Try a new activity—something you’d never consider on a “normal” day of the year.
Cozy Up with Some Hot Chocolate
There are few things cozier or more appropriate for a blustery February day than hot chocolate. Try this white chocolate variation and add some pink food coloring to make it festive!
Craft Delicious Cocktails
Show off your mixology skills by coming up with a signature cocktail for the evening. Try this Cranberry Thyme Gin and Tonic that’s easy, flavorful, and a perfect shade of red for the occasion.
Make Dinner Together
Cook a special meal with your sweetie this Valentine’s Day. There are plenty of dinner for two options to choose from, like these bacon-wrapped filets or a hearty pasta dish.
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.
Write Each Other Letters
What better way to profess your undying love for each other than with the written word? 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.
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!
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.
Enjoy Something Chocolatey
What’s better than chocolate-dipped strawberries? Or chocolate-covered marshmallows? Or chocolate…period. You get the point!
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.
Set Up a Scavenger Hunt
Set your partner on a scavenger hunt throughout your house or even your neighborhood. Include cute handwritten clues that reference your favorite memories together.
Take an Online Cooking Class
If you want to improve your skills in the kitchen, then an online cooking class is a great way to do so. You can either sign up for a prerecorded class, or take a live session for one-on-one learning.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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 made for a cute gift idea!
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.
What’s more romantic than a night under the stars together? Gather up plenty of blankets and book a camping site for a fun outdoorsy weekend getaway.
Order a Takeout Food Feast
Skip 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!
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.
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.
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.