7 Unique Valentine’s Day Date Ideas, Because There Are A Lot More Options Than A Fancy Dinner

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With Valentine’s Day less than a month away, ‘tis the season to brainstorm ideas for what you can do with the person you’re dating. Whether it’s a long-term partner or someone new, there are plenty of unique Valentine’s Day date ideas out there, because there are a lot more options than a fancy dinner. Sure, those can be nice, but everyone’s doing it. A dinner that may run you $50 a person normally could easily be doubled or tripled on the day of red hearts. And, TBH, is the food and service that much better?! “Low-pressure dates create a low-pressure Valentine’s Day,” Susan Winter, relationship expert and bestselling author of Allowing Magnificence, tells Bustle. “Be creative. Think of an ‘experiential’ date that bypasses the traditional routine of flowers, chocolates, and a dinner.”

I hear that. Think back to some of your best Valentine’s Days of the past. What stands out as the best? The worst? For instance, one of my favorite ones was when my then-boyfriend made me a CD of songs — of him playing guitar and singing, to lyrics he wrote. Awww. To me, that was way better than any $200 dinner at some overhyped place. Another memorable Valentine’s Day was when a few friends and I went to the Eiffel Tower— we were studying abroad in England — and it was completely platonic, yet full of love. “Valentine’s Day is not just about expensive reservations and gifts; it’s about celebrating that you found someone meaningful enough to spend this day together,” Clarissa Silva, behavioral scientist and author of the relationship blog, You’re Just A Dumbass, tells Bustle. “Do something highly thoughtful, but simple, for one another.”

Here are seven unique Valentine’s Day date ideas, because there are so many things you can do aside from going out to dinner and buying each other chocolate.