The 17 Cutest Things to Do With Your Date on Valentine's Day

It’s the most romantic day of the year – until you end up basically sitting in the lap of the couple next to you at a crazy expensive Valentine’s Day dinner, wondering if the gift you got your SO was too much or not enough. We've all fallen prey to Valentine’s Day SNAFU (don’t even get us started on Valentine’s Day last year), from lingerie mishaps to dining disasters. This year, to keep you embracing candy hearts and Cupids, we've compiled 17 cute things you can do with (or for) your partner on this ~special day~. What are the most unique and romantic ways to celebrate? What does your date really want? How can you spice up the day without stressing out? We have you covered.

1. Be a snow bunny

We know, we know—we’re all tired of freezing every time we step outside and slipping on ice when we walk to class. But few things are as romantic as playing in the snow with your SO on Valentine’s Day. Channel your inner 10-year-old and head outside for a snowball fight and snow angels—we're sure your partner will be happy to keep you warm.

2. Dress the part

The easiest way to spread Valentine’s cheer is to go elementary school and wear pink and red. Meet your boyfriend for a day date in skinny jeans and a pink top, or sport a red mini dress for your night together. For after hours, try Valentines-themed lingerie.

3. Give a gift that keeps giving

As we searched for the perfect gift for our SO last Valentine’s Day, we knew that people love two things: beer and lots of beer. It was with this information that we stumbled upon Amazing Clubs. Amazing Clubs is a website that lets you send a 12-pack of gourmet beer to your partner every month, for as many months as you choose. If beer is too pricey, you can also order coffee, BBQ sauce or ice cream. 

4. Go ice-skating 

The HC team’s number one recommendation for a perfect Valentine’s date is ice-skating. If romantic comedies have taught us anything, it is that skating rinks breed romance. So go have yourself a Serendipity moment and spend the day ice-skating with your date—don’t forget the cocoa!  

5. Go skinny-dipping

If ice-skating is too tame and your school is in a sunny place, many HCers recommend nighttime skinny-dipping. Seriously, few things are hotter than a steamy, late-night swim. Just be careful, please; getting caught trespassing might kill the mood. 

6. Buy them tickets to a game

If you want all of their friends to be saying, “You seriously have the best girlfriend ever,” tickets to your date's favorite sporting event are the way to go. Not only will you make their night and show that you’re into their interests, but you’ll also get to share something special together, and what’s better than that? StubHub is a great place to start looking for discounted tickets. 

7. Do dinner in bed

Going out for Valentine’s Day dinner is a tradition that needs to go. Unless you’re Posh and Becks, the service is bound to be terrible, the menu limited and the prices steep. Instead, try ordering in from a favorite restaurant and eating the meal in bed. Spend the night relaxing over good food and cozy company, instead of cramped with strangers.

8. Have an indoor picnic 

Harvard student Olivia Ford suggests taking the dinner in bed idea even further with an indoor picnic. To decorate your space, string white Christmas lights around the room, buy some picnic-y snacks, pop the champagne and set up a blanket and pillows for you and your date to sit on. Oh, and don’t forget to ask your roommates for some alone time!

9. Cook them a meal

Strawberry bellinis, chicken parmesan, spaghetti and chocolate mousse—nothing will make your date swoon more quickly than a delicious Valentine’s meal. If you're feeling ambitious and extra sweet, cooking dinner for your SO is the way to go. If you're an all-star in the kitchen, check out Food Network’s Valentine’s Day food and dessert recipes. However, if you’re like most of us and cooking a full gourmet meal is not a possibility, look at ifood’s simple recipes, like heart-shaped pizza. Also, if your date is up for it, cook dinner together—it will be surprisingly sexy to see them move around the kitchen.

10. Give them a classic card

Whether you’ve been dating for a while and you want to tell them how you feel, or if you haven’t been dating long at all but want to show you care, a card goes a long way. Get out the construction paper, doilies and stamps, and get artsy. For amazing card ideas, check out Martha Stewart’s card projects. When it comes to writing, a cute poem or heartfelt message is always a hit. 

11. Set a budget and make it fun

Let’s face it: Valentine’s Day can get pricey. Instead of stressing about buying an expensive gift, set a budget with your SO and get creative. For 10 dollars, you could buy a cheesy, V-Day themed stuffed animal, bake cupcakes or, better yet, purchase massage oil to really make their night.

12. Go lingerie shopping

To ensure a smile on your date's face this V-day, we recommend wearing hot underwear that they have never seen before. Let’s be real, what makes them happier or you feel sexier than a new, lacy bra?

13. Take your date down memory lane

Even though Valentine’s Day is about celebrating the moment, there’s no better day to reflect on what makes you so happy with your SO in the first place. A great way to celebrate your relationship is to make a scrapbook—look through old pictures, find cute stickers and paper and then channel your inner Warhol. If making a full scrapbook is too time-consuming, make a collage card or mini scrapbook.

14. Splurge on a hotel room

If you are willing to splurge on a gift, why not get away from roommates and sharing twin beds (no matter how much you love sleeping right next to your partner!). Sometimes, the best way to get in the mood is to invest in a change of space. Spend the night ordering room service, cuddling in a big bed and taking bubble baths…what could be better than that?

15. Make a coupon book

It’s true, coupon books are hardly a new concept, but what person doesn’t want this Valentine’s gift to last all year? Make them a coupon book for things like fresh-baked cupcakes, a movie night or a massage—and feel free to spice it up!

16. Whip up some cocktails

While getting drunk on V-day is probably not the best idea, making Valentine’s Day-themed cocktails with your partner is a fun and festive way to celebrate the day. Make each other drinks post-dinner; after all, ending Valentine’s Day with a homemade Be Mine Mojito doesn’t get much better. If you’re under 21, check out these awesome mocktail recipes

17. Be appreciative

We can all get a little carried away with a Valentine’s Day fantasy. But even if you spent the past three weeks dreaming of sailing on a yacht with your partner or opening a Tiffany’s box, be appreciative if they give you a teddy bear. We're not talking being understanding if they forget your plans altogether, but V-Day can be a little stressful for everyone, so make sure to acknowledge the effort your date makes. You'll have more fun, and they’ll be thankful to have such an appreciative girlfriend!

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