If getting dolled up to get sardined in a restaurant with a bajillion other couples sounds like your own personal hell then continue reading my dear — and welcome to the club! Here are plenty of options that embrace the cheesiness of the holiday in a fun & unique way:
1. Be A Kid
Go play Top Golf, laser tag, a game of paintball in the dark, visit the zoo, or hit up your local batting cages. If mini you would love it, do it.
2. Ice Skating
Sip *spiked* hot cocoa, hold hands, and laugh your asses off when one of you falls.
Everyone knows restaurants are a nightmare on Valentine's Day. Postpone your date and spend the holiday itself indoors. Pizza, movies, alcohol, and a super casual dress code. Bam! Day made. Go all-out the following night without the hassle.
4. Get Out
Go rock climbing, cycling, hiking, etc. Plus, if you time it right, you can have a nice romantic evening and watch the sun set (and the sun rise if you make it an overnight adventure).
5. Get The Group Together
Plan a camping trip, a wild night out, a cozy night in, or a weekend ski or beach adventure. The more the merrier. Just make sure there's a healthy mix of couples & singles. (Don't want anyone to feel like a third wheel #awk).
6. Get Fancy
You know how The Bachelor always picks up his dates in extravagant cars? Well, you can too for a price, but you're renting a super fancy car sooo #livealittle.
7. Be an Adrenaline Junkie
Go jump out of a plane or start small and jump off some cliffs. Pro Tip: Bring a GoPro to show off your badassery.
8. Learn Something New
Go salsa dancing, take an art class, try partner yoga or a pole dancing class. If you've never done it, try it.
9. Step Up Your Picnic Game
Don't be boring — at least have the picnic be somewhere unique or special. Maybe a skyscraper rooftop, a greenhouse, library, or art museum are some options (if you have the connections to make it happen).
10. Be Unconventional
Sappy movies aren't for everyone. Have a horror movie marathon instead. Make a night of it with popcorn (themed perhaps), cold beverages of the alcoholic variety, and a Valentine to cozy up with when you get spooked (obvi).
11. Visit Your Local Brewery
If you're both into trying new beers, getting a flight at your local craft brewery is right up your alley. Personally, I thought I'd forever be stuck drinking what I lovingly refer to as "bitch beer" (read: hard cider), but one visit to a brewery opened my eyes to the dark stuff and my beer options expand right before my eyes.
12. For The Singles
There's no shame in being single on Valentine's Day. Plus, hitting up the bars with your girls is always a eventful time. You can even make it a fake bachelorette party to set it apart from your other Girls' Night Out— if you're into that sort of thing.
Remember, no matter what you choose to do, just have fun with it!