So, you waited until the last minute to plan your Valentine’s Day date? And you don’t want to spend too much money? We’re not judging. With these date ideas, your partner would never guess that you procrastinated and couldn’t get a dinner reservation.
Outdoor date ideas
Picnic at the park
For those in warmer climates, consider a picnic at a local park. After all, there's no reservation needed for nature! Just grab some ready-made food at the market and a picnic blanket—then, off you two go strolling into the sunset. Extra points: if the park happens to have a lake or pond, you can enjoy an extra scenic view and feed some hungry ducks.
Looking for an adventure? Try geocaching, which is like modern-day treasure hunting. Tiny containers of treasure are hidden all around the world and can be found by tracking their GPS coordinates through the Geocaching app, which is free to download. There are more than three million active geocaches out there, so there are sure to be some around you.
Grab a Groupon for your nearest mini golf course. Some places offer unlimited mini golf for as low as $10. Not only is it a fun activity, but it also serves as cardiovascular exercise, as the average person burns 300 calories during one round. Let the games begin.
Indoor date ideas
At-home spa night
Face masks can be purchased nearly anywhere nowadays—even your local drugstore. Grab two, and begin transforming your home into a spa. Put on your robes, light a candle, and turn on a spa playlist (like this one) to create that relaxing ambiance.
Cook dinner together
Cooking together is a true collaboration from start to finish. From deciding on a recipe to delegating tasks, spending some quality kitchen time with your significant other can strengthen your bond and communication skills without having to spend much money. Need some easy recipes? Click here.
Bust out some snacks and those dust-covered games that have been tucked away for too long. Some awesome two-player games include:
- Head's Up
- Exploding Kittens
- Would You Rather?
Glass of wine optional.
A true date night classic, bowling for two typically costs less than $20 and creates some healthy competition between you and your partner. Bond over strikes (or gutterballs) with your best celebration dance.