Oh no, it’s Valentine’s Day, and you don’t have anything planned!
That’s okay. I am here to help!
Whether you’re a guy looking to surprise your gal with a fun date, or you’re a gal looking for an idea because your man was slackin’ (😂) – I’ve got some suggestions up my sleeve!
There have been many evenings where my fiancé and I sit there, staring at our phones, going back and forth saying, “what do you want to do?” – “I’m not sure, but what do you want to do?” No progress is being made to actually do anything, but we waste away our time together, wishing we could think up something inventive!
A few months ago, we decided to try something new. We went to our local craft store, grabbed some colorful popsicle sticks, and wrote down date ideas on each one. Some are free, and some are a little more on the pricey side, but whenever we have a free day together, we pull the date sticks from a drawer and pick something to do! Some of them would make excellent ideas for Valentine’s Day, so keep reading to find out more of my favorite budget-friendly ones!
Get on Facebook, check the upcoming events in your area, and head to a small, local concert!
You will probably spend around $20 on tickets and another $15 on drinks. You may also find a new band to love, a new beer to hate, and you won’t need to dress up. It’ll be casual and memories will be made.
Have a “throwback night.”
Grab your favorite childhood candies, a bunch of board games, and build a blanket fort. Tell silly stories or write up some “Mad Libs.” Play hide-and-seek. Watch a 90’s kid’s movie. This kind of date is free and will make you feel nostalgic. You may end up telling each other childhood stories and learning new things about one another!
Go to a paint night event. They definitely are all that they’re cracked up to be.
The first time my fiancé and I went to a wine and paint night, we weren’t sure we’d love it – but we did! We discovered some hidden talent, made friends with the other people there, and now have two masterpieces to put in our future home. Pre-game before you go so you don’t have to spend any money on drinks while you’re there, and you can get away with this evening costing about $50 (though sometimes you can score a Groupon and spend way less)!
Make a meal together and have an indoor picnic.
Get on Pinterest. Find a fun and creative recipe, and make it together. Bonus points if you already have some of the ingredients already lying around – otherwise you will probably spend about $25-30. Even better: make it a competition. Get your kids, dog, or next door neighbor to judge who made the better fancy grilled cheese, ramen, etc. Then set up a blanket on your living room floor, light some candles, pour some wine, and enjoy your homemade feast.
Have a movie marathon.
My first pick? Harry Potter. It’s one of the few movie series that everyone can agree on! Watch each of your very favorites (for a total of two movies), or just start from the beginning – and maybe finish throughout the rest of the week!
What are your Valentine’s Day plans? We may be combining a few of these suggestions together for some serious fun. No matter what, it’ll be wonderful because we will be together!
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