7 Affordable Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to think about what to do for your significant other. Unfortunately, because it’s an event that’s so popularly celebrated, going out for the evening can set you back quite a few dollars. So instead of doing the usual dinner and a movie, perhaps you can do something completely unique—one that won’t break the bank.

heart in coffee

Here are some romantic (but affordable) Valentine’s Day ideas.

1. Make your gift

There’s nothing like a homemade gift. Not only does it show that you care enough to put in such an effort, but this is definitely less expensive than buying Valentine’s chocolates or a nice watch. Here are some sweet gift ideas that you can make your Valentine this year:

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2. Spend the evening looking at the stars

Take a few blankets and lay them out in your backyard or a public park and spend your evening looking at the stars. It’s the perfect opportunity to brush up on your knowledge of the constellations, and a great way to snuggle with your Valentine. Have a truck? Transform into the perfect stargazing vehicle and line the cab with blankets and pillows.

3. Netflix and chill

Going to the movies nowadays isn’t only expensive, but it’s a true time commitment between getting there, 20 minutes’ worth of commercials, and the endless trailers before you even get to the main feature. Add a noisy audience (a particularly likely scenario on Valentine’s Day), and your movie-going experience can be spoiled. Pick out a classic film on Netflix with your special person, put some popcorn on the stove, and get cozy on the couch for a fun and intimate evening in.

4. Be your own chefs

heart shaped pizza

Cooking together can be a very romantic experience. Spend the day planning the menu and grocery shopping together, and spend some time in the kitchen putting together a delectable meal.

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Not particularly skilled in the kitchen or want to take it easy? Make your own pizzas—and shape them into hearts! Buy pre-made pizza dough to really cut back the work, but cut your ingredients (such as pepperoni or mushrooms) into little hearts to really woo your partner.

5. Breakfast in bed

heart shaped waffles

Start the day off right with a delicious breakfast—in bed. It’s an easy and economical way to impress your partner that still feels special. Try some eggs, toast, and bacon, and anything that you can cut into a heart shape is just a bonus.

6. Go on a scavenger hunt

Take your special person on a scavenger hunt filled with clues made out of memorable moments from your relationship. You can go as small (within your home) or as big (all around town) as you want, but make sure your clues feature some romantic poetry!

7. Be a local tourist for the day

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Visit your favourite nooks and crannies around your city and play tourist with your S.O. for the day. Check out the local landmarks and see how many spots you can check off the list.

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