Cute Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day!

Oh, Valentine’s Day.  Aside from Christmas, this is the number one holiday fraught with crazy expectations.  You can hardly go into the grocery store or drugstore without being bombarded with cutesy heart-themed items, oversized stuffed animals, and reminders that if you don’t make dinner reservations and spend a lot of money, you don’t REALLY love your significant other. It’s exhausting.  Not everyone has the money to get a dozen red roses, a card, and reservations at that really cute restaurant with the overpriced prix fixe menu; or to spend a bunch of money on makeup, a new dress with accessories, and a cute hairstyle at the salon. So, as a service to you, dear readers, I have scoured the internet for some of the cutest date ideas that don’t cost a ton of money, or ideas to spend the day with other single friends.

If You’re Single And Hanging Out With Other Single Friends:

  • Buy a bunch of pretty but cheap flowers, like carnations, and hand them out to strangers on the street.
  • Go somewhere cheap to eat (like a fast food restaurant), dressed to the nines (do each other’s hair and makeup beforehand), and giggle at the people who give you weird looks.
  • Invite your friends over to your house for a nice dinner.
  • Buy movie theater candy, make some popcorn, and watch a movie that is anti-Valentine’s Day, like My Boyfriend’s Back, or any of the ones mentioned in this article.  My girlfriends and I used to do this!
  • Do a “secret valentine”, similar to a secret santa, and send your friends notes to tell them how much you appreciate them.

If You’re Attached And Don’t Want To Spend A Lot Of Money:

  • Cook dinner at home, and then go out afterwards for cocktails and dessert. (Thanks to Moneycrashers!)
  • Find a local arcade, bring a roll of quarters, and challenge your date to a game of Street Fighter.  If you’re in the SF Bay Area, like me, Musée Mécanique at Fisherman’s Wharf is an excellent choice.
  • Play hooky from work and spend the whole day in bed together.
  • Order a pizza and ask them to put the pepperoni in the shape of a heart.  Have some wine ready, snuggle under a blanket, and watch that movie on your Netflix queue that you’ve always meant to watch.
  • If you live in a city, go to the local park and find a water fountain. Take a bunch of pennies and make wishes one at a time out loud while throwing them in.
  • If it’s too cold, make a picnic inside with hot chocolate. (This one and the water fountain are from Londonlady.)
  • Go on a late night drive.  Find somewhere to stop and get a nice coffee.
  • If you’re following me on Facebook, then you’ve already seen this!  And if you’re not, then you should definitely click that button on the right!

Unusual Date Ideas

Am I missing anything?  What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

Posted on February 5, 2013, in Dating and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Oh my goodness! I absolutely love love LOVE the Unusual Date Ideas! They are awesome and I think I want to try to do every single one of them. Thank you! :)

    I have to admit, even when (I would even dare say especially when) I was single, Valentine’s Day was my second-favorite holiday, and seeing your list of things to do with single friends reminds me of why. There are things I’d want to do on the list, but being taken, it would be hard to do.

    As for me, I’m recreating Paris at home. Plans are in the works, but for sure there will be a Picnic with french bread and an assortment of cheeses, a glass of wine, lots of lights, and a model of the Eiffel Tower that I made out of cardboard and wrapping paper. And, of course, a beret atop my head.

    Hope you have a great Valentine’s Day!

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