Whether you’re just getting to know someone new or you’ve been in your relationship for years, figuring out how to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a memorable way can be tricky; especially if you’re trying to do so on a budget. That’s why we’ve put together a list of budget-friendly, yet memorable ideas. Take a look at these inexpensive Valentine’s Day date ideas.
Tour a Local Winery or Chocolate Factory
Wine and chocolates are standard Valentine fare. But instead of just gifting them to your sweetie, why not take them to experience how they’re made and enjoy a chocolate and wine tasting? Taking a tour of a local winery or chocolate factory is a fun way to spend a few hours and there are always plenty of free samples to enjoy.
Take a Winter Hike
Weather permitting, bundle up and go for a hike. Even familiar parks and trails have new things to discover in the winter. You’ll get some exercise, fresh air and much-needed screen-free time together. Bring along a Thermos of coffee, tea or hot chocolate to help keep you warm.
It’s fun, cheap and a little silly. Going bowling is not your usual Valentine’s Day date, which is what makes it so enjoyable. Don’t worry about racking up strikes and scores. Just let loose, binge on snack bar food and see which one of you can actually make bowling shoes look stylish. Then post the pics on Instagram, of course.
Go Window Shopping
You can’t beat online shopping for convenience, but it’s certainly not a date night activity. But real-life window shopping is a fun date. When was the last time you spent time strolling and daydreaming without spending any money? Leave the credit cards at home and head to an outdoor shopping area for a few hours of window shopping (and some people watching, too). It’s fun, free and you’ll be able to take note of future gift ideas for your partner.
Have a Retro Game Night
Spark some romance with a lot of laughs and a little healthy competition. Choose your favorite childhood board games and have a retro game night. Whether you play Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit, Boggle or other classic favorites, you’re sure to have a good time and relive fun memories while making new ones.
Take a Cooking Class
Sure, you could just go out to dinner for Valentine’s Day. But what’s special about that? Taking a cooking class together will be less expensive and much more fun. Whether you’re just learning your way around the kitchen or you’re seasoned foodies who want to explore cooking a new cuisine, learning something new together is sure to bring you closer. Afterward, visit a farmer’s market to buy the ingredients and try your new skills at home.
Hit an Open Mic Night
Up for a little Valentine adventure? Find a local bar hosting an open mic night. You never know who you’re going to see, and that’s what makes it fun. You could have the good luck to witness the budding career of the next big thing (Ed Sheeran got noticed at an open mic night) or just end up hearing someone’s so-so poetry. Either way, you’ll have plenty to talk about on the way home.