Valentine's Day Date Ideas 2018
Plan Your 2018 Valentine's Day
Planning your Valentine's Day can be daunting. Restaurants get booked with reservations in a flash and every other date idea sounds like it's been done a thousand times. Flowers and chocolates are reliable standards, but don't provide much of a distinctive touch. If you want to make an impression on Valentine's Day or do something a little extra special, here are some ideas on ways to think outside the box for your Valentine's Day date:
- Valentine's Day date ideas for her
- Valentine's Day date ideas for him
- Valentine's Day date ideas for couples
- Valentine's Day date ideas for teenage couples
- Valentine's Day date night ideas
- Creative Valentine's Day date ideas
- Inexpensive Valentine's Day date ideas
- Romantic Valentine's Day date ideas
- Last minute Valentine's Day date ideas
No matter what your dating situation or goal for Valentine's Day, you can find some great Valentine's Day date ideas that will delight, impress or romane your special someone this holiday.
Valentine's Day Date Ideas for Her
If you are trying to come up with ideas for your girlfriend, wife or other special lady in your life, go beyond just sweets and flowers to really impress her this Valentine's Day. Chocolates are never a bad idea, but there are so many more ideas out there for ways to celebrate Valentine's Day with the woman who makes your days brighter.
A lot depends on the nature of your relationship with the woman you hope to spend Valentine's Day with. Are you a married couple who has been together for decades or have you just started dating? The right Valentine's Day date will change depending on your status and how well you know her.
For New Relationships
If you are in the early stages of a relationship, Valentine's Day can bring along a lot of pressure. The upside is that you still have so many Valentine's Day date options that you have never tried as a couple yet. Perhaps there is restaurant that you've both never been to or a bar with special Valentine's Day cocktails. These simple ideas might still be new if you're a newer couple still getting to know each other.
This may even be your first Valentine's Day together as a couple. If so, a world of options are available. You may feel pressure to make this Valentine's Day extra special, but in reality there is nothing you can't try in terms of date ideas. Flowers and chocolates are an old staple, but when it comes to a new couple, these ideas are still fresh and new. Add your own touches by including a personalized card or perhaps a message to go along with the chocolates.
Some of the top ideas for new relationships include:
- Classics like flowers and chocolates, which are still fresh at the beginning of a relationship
- Dinner at a restaurant you've both never been to
- Valentine's Day cocktails out on the town
For Those In a Long Term Relationship
If you've been dating for a while and hit that comfortable, predictable groove, you might want to get more creative this Valentine's Day. This is the part of the relationship when there's a danger of falling into a rut or having things start feeling stale. You can see this as an opportunity, however. Valentine's Day is a great time to reignite the spark in a relationship that has been humming along on cruise control for months or even years.
But just where do you find that spark? Maybe it's something unexpected like a trip out of town. Travel to new places can add freshness to a relationship that is less than new. Plus, Valentine's Day weekend can be a great time to find deals on travel.
Another option is to splurge on that restaurant that has always interested her but been just outside of the budget. Valentine's Day is the time to spend a little extra money and finally go to a place she's been talking about forever. This not only makes for a special day, but shows her that you're listening to her and in it for the long run.
Some of the top ideas for established relationships include:
- Going to that restaurant she's always talked about but never been to
- Taking a spontaneous trip somewhere new and exciting
For Married Couples Who Have Seen and Done It All Already
If you've been married for a long time, or even just in a relationship for many years, it might feel like there's absolutely nothing left that you can do to wow her on Valentine's Day. In these cases, the simplest touches might be the best. Perhaps you already have an established Valentine's Day tradition. Try spicing it up by adding a fun twist. For example, if you usually go out for dinner, go somewhere new. Or spread rose petals on the floor while she's getting ready for your date so she gets a carpet of roses to walk out to her date on. This will add a sweet and personal touch to your old tradition and show her how much you care.
Keep your ears and eyes open when you're in a long term relationship. She might be dropping clues that she doesn't even realize. Maybe she keeps talking about a hobby she'd like to try (such as dancing or painting). Valentine's Day is a great time to try something new within an established relationship. Go for it this Valentine's Day - take a painting class together, go out dancing or drive somewhere completely new to watch the sunset.
Some of the top ideas for very long term relationships include:
- Trying a new hobby like painting or dancing that she's always been curious about
- Adding personal touches like a carpet of roses to old, established traditions
Valentine's Day Date Ideas for Him
There's no reason only women should get a special surprise on Valentine's Day. Make his day just as special by coming up with a fun surprise for your special man. Don't believe the myth that men don't like romance. Let him know how much you care by planning something special this Valentine's Day.
For New Relationships
If you've just started dating, it might be hard to guess what he'd like for Valentine's Day. Luckily, you have the option to keep it simple. Take the stress out of your first Valentine's Day together by suggesting something fun and casual like Valentine's Day cocktails (that you make yourself!) or a new restaurant. There is so much you haven't yet experienced in the relationship so your options are nearly endless. Be the one to get him chocolates or sweets, or suggest a place you'd like to go. Sometimes one party in the relationship feels undue pressure to plan Valentine's Day, but there's no reason it can't be a collaborative effort. Think of some of your favorite activities together and plan around those. If you have a shared interest or hobby, the most fun Valentine's Day might be a simple one in which you enjoy your hobby together.
Some of the top ideas for new relationships include:
- Surprising him with sweets and chocolates
- Doing something low-key and low pressure such as going to your favorite bar for cocktails
- Enjoying a shared hobby or interest together
For Those In a Long Term Relationship
Once you've had time to get to know your special man, you'll have a better idea of what would bring him the most joy on Valentine's Day. The advantage of being in a relationship for a while is that you have a lot more information to work with when planning a Valentine's Day date. Perhaps he'd always dreamed of a trip to a specific place. Now is the time to go for it! Valentine's Day vacations can be a great way to reignite a relationship that has gotten a little stale simply due to time.
Some of the top ideas for long term relationships include:
- Taking a trip somewhere new
- Going for a long drive together with no destination in mind
- Trying a restaurant you've talked about but never visited
- Planning an elaborate, but relaxed and romantic night in
For Married Couples Who Have Seen and Done It All Already
Have you had all the chocolates and wine you can stand for Valentine's Day? It may be time to try something new. If you have a long-established relationship, you'll risk very little by just going for it this Valentine's Day. Try something you've never even thought of trying. Never been out of the country? Plan a trip overseas. Never skied? Take a ski trip somewhere fun.
For more local (and affordable) options, take advantage of the fact that you've known each other forever. Maybe this year neither of you want the pressure of planning Valentine's Day. Plan a fantastic night in instead, complete with candlelight, great food and a favorite movie. Dance in your living room. Avoid the crowds. You've earned it.
Some of the top ideas for long-established relationships include:
- Planning your perfect night in
- Going on a dream vacation
- Trying something you've never done, such as skiing or other activities
Valentine's Day Date Ideas for Couples
There's no reason you can't plan Valentine's Day as a couple. Everyone will be happier with the result when your Valentine's Day date is a collaborative effort.
The best Valentine's Day date ideas for couples connect in some way to you and your special someone. Ask yourself some of the following questions to get you started in the right direction:
- How did you meet?
- What hobbies or activities do you share?
- What do you like best about each other?
- What have you already tried in terms of Valentine's Day dates?
- What date ideas haven't you tried but have always wanted to?
As you go through these questions together, date ideas might pop up on their own. You might hit on a hobby you have both never tried and always been interested in, for example. Perhaps neither of you have ever blown glass. Why not take a class? New activities can be a great way to connect, or reconnect, with your special someone on Valentine's Day.
Valentine's Day Date Ideas for Teenage Couples
Teenagers don't have the freedom or resources that adult couples do, so Valentine's Day can be a bit more of a challenge. That doesn't mean you can't have a special and romantic Valentine's Day date, however. Valentine's Day doesn't need to be expensive to be fun.
Here are some ideas for teenagers trying to have a great Valentine's Day date night:
- Go to the movies - it's a classic
- Make dinner together and eat it by candlelight
- Watch a romantic movie at home
- Go to an arcade together
- Plan a daytime picnic
- Go ice skating - it is sometimes free!
- Go out for ice cream or coffee
If you are trying to facilitate a Valentine's Day for a teenage couple (perhaps you are mom or dad), try to give them some space. You can set up a candlelit dinner in your home or a special movie night, but at some point it will be time for mom and dad to leave the room. A hovering parent can ruin a date night. Simply going to the next room over can let you still monitor the date without stifling it.
Valentine's Day Date Night Ideas
Date night takes on special significance when it falls on Valentine's Day. Make your date night extra special to meet the occasion.
Sometimes, the simplest answer is also the best one. Simply adding a rose or box of chocolates to your normal date night might be enough to add a touch of Valentine's Day to the occasion.
But you can also make it extra special by going above and beyond for your Valentine's Day date night. Roll out the red carpet, make a special dinner and serve it by candlelight for an unforgettable date night. Or perhaps this is the right time to splurge on an expensive and fancy restaurant instead of staying in. This can be a special experience that you wouldn't have on any other, normal date night.
Creative Valentine's Day Date Ideas
If you're looking for ideas outside the box, there are plenty available. Valentine's Day doesn't have to just be roses and wine and crowded restaurants. Creative Valentine's Day ideas will allow you to avoid crowds and cliches all at once.
Couple activities can be great for putting a creative spin on Valentine's Day. For example, you could opt for a couple's massage. This is not only an intimate experience, but also one you probably wouldn't get to have outside of special occasions. You can get your couple's massage together at the same time, which can also help set the mood for the rest of your Valentine's Day.
Another fun activity that's a bit outside the norm is dance lessons. You can learn techniques like swing dance, tango and other ballroom dances. This forces you to be up close and personal while learning a fun new hobby. It's a great way to set a spark on Valentine's Day.
For something even further afield, try something like wine and painting, a ski trip or even a wacky adventure like an escape rooms. Escape rooms are interactive puzzles that you have to solve within a time limit. They're fun, challenging and definitely not your everyday Valentine's Day date idea.
Inexpensive Valentine's Day Date Ideas
You don't need to break the bank for Valentine's Day. There are plenty of affordable and inexpensive Valentine's Day options that will still be a special experience.
First, and perhaps most obvious, is making your own Valentine's Day dinner at home. All you need to buy is the ingredients. You can splurge a little on candles or a fancy tablecloth to add a little extra to the experience. But the basics are all simple and inexpensive - and you get to keep the leftovers. A bottle of wine to go with the meal shouldn't break the bank. You don't need to buy the top shelf wine to get a decent dinner wine to pair with your meal. Getting a few rose petals to strew about the table can add a final detail that is inexpensive but very special and charming.
You can also plan a romantic Valentine's Day that is relatively cheap. Get a bath bomb and prepare an intimate, relaxing evening in the tub complete with candlelight. Especially for long term couples, this is a low pressure and low expense idea that can make for a memorable Valentine's Day. You can also go for sexy garments or accessories if you really want to spice up your inexpensive Valentine's Day.
If you do want to go out on Valentine's Day without spending a fortune, a great option is a homemade picnic. Find a cozy park, get a blanket and pack a lunch. Bring a bottle of wine for something a little extra. Of course, with Valentine's Day falling in February, this idea may not be possible for everyone and is weather dependent. But who's to say you can't have an indoor picnic in a beautiful location? Explore your picnic location options and you may find a Valentine's Day date that is nearly free.
Romantic Valentine's Day Date Ideas
Looking to really bring the romance this Valentine's Day? Spice things up or go the sweet and romantic route with these Valentine's Day date ideas.
A rose-strewn bath lit by candlelight can provide intimate alone time on Valentine's Day. If you have the tub space for both of you enjoy the bath together, it can make for a creative and extremely romantic date.
Surprising your date with gifts can also start things off on a romantic note. Perhaps those gifts are classics like chocolates and flowers, but try to be more personal than that. Think about what they enjoy most and surprise them with that. Maybe that is flowers after all, but perhaps it's a stuffed animal, a type of wine or even a movie. A special, personal gift can be a very romantic gesture.
If you have been in your relationship for a while and things have gotten a little stale, this is also a great time to dress up a little. Whether you're going out or staying in, putting some extra effort into what you're wearing can add a special extra touch of romance.
Dancing is also a romantic Valentine's Day activity, if you're doing the right type of dancing. Don't go out to a club. Instead, try a ballroom dancing class. Maybe styles of ballroom dance, especially things like salsa and tango, can be very intimate and romantic. Learning these dances with your significant other makes for a romantic date night.
Last Minute Valentine's Day Date Ideas
If you forgot about Valentine's Day, or just put it off, and find yourself scrambling for ideas, there are a couple ways you can still salvage the holiday. Don't bother trying to make a restaurant reservation last minute, though. You will likely do little more than frustrate yourself trying to get a table anywhere if you've waited too long.
Instead, consider date nights at home. You will never need to wait in line or get a reservation to have a special night at home if you simply haven't planned ahead. And you don't need to do much preparation. Buy a tablecloth, some candles and something you can make for dinner and you have all the ingredients you need for a romantic Valentine's Day at the last second.
Additionally, you can try creative Valentine's Day ideas at the last minute. These offbeat suggestions probably haven't been thought of by everyone else yet, so there's still time for you to make a plan. For example, you could go to an escape room, go out to see a non-romantic movie in the theater or visit your favorite karaoke bar. These aren't the standard Valentine's Day ideas, but they'll work in a pinch and probably aren't swamped.
Valentine's Day doesn't have to be elaborate to be successful. In the end, what matters most is you and your special someone. As long as you're together and doing something you both enjoy, you can have a wonderful Valentine's Day this year. And if the time is right, you can surprise them with an engagement ring to make a truly memorable Valentine's Day.