13 Creative Valentine's Day Date Ideas (That Won't Empty Your Bank Account)

Valentine's Day is a holiday you either love or hate, probably determined by whether you have someone to celebrate with. In my case, I've always loved the holiday, single or not. What's better than a day dedicated to treating someone else, or yourself, to a bunch of candy, compliments, and did I mention candy?

It was simpler in college though, when you and your significant other had the excuse of being broke to skip out on doing something fancy. The problem is a lot of us are still not swimming in money in our twenties, yet the stakes have somehow gone up on how we spend this day of the year.

If you're a twenty something wondering how to celebrate the day without emptying your checkings account, below are some ideas to help you figure out how to not disappoint your special someone. With a couple classic suggestions to others you would never consider, there's bound to be one idea that peaks your interest.

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1. Dinner and a movie

Classics are classic for a reason, so there's nothing wrong with having a typical date night instead of stressing out over making the night super special.

2. Cook each other dinner

If you two enjoy to cook, or don't do it often enough, trying out a new recipe or recreating a favorite childhood recipe is an easy way to pass the time and learn more about each other.

3. Recreate your first date

If you've been dating for a while, recreating your first date is a fun way to reminisce and see just how far you've come.

4. Visit a theme park

Theme parks aren't your typical Valentine's Day activity, so you can trust the lines will be shorter than usual.

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5. Go outdoors

If the two of you enjoy spending time outside, don't miss an opportunity to go on a hike, visit the water or even make a camping trip out of the weekend.

6. Get active

I'm not recommending you jog together, unless you're into that kind of thing, but gokarting, indoor skydiving or rock climbing are fun dates you won't forget.

7. Attend a bar crawl

This sounds super rowdy but hear me out, a bar crawl is a fun way to explore a neighborhood you don't typically visit. Plus, Groupon usually has such great deals around this type of event!

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8. Go on a ghost tour

For the couple who enjoys being creeped out together, ghost tours are a fun way to spend an night plus learn more about the city. You're guaranteed to have the most creative Valentine's Day night.

9. Host a game night

If you wanna spread the love to your other friends, single or in a relationship, hosting a game night is a fun way to pass the time with people you care about. Who said Valentine's Day is only a day to celebrate the ones you love romantically?

10. Have a staycation

If you live in a city with a lot of tourist attractions, a staycation is a great way to enjoy the things you typically don't get to enjoy. You can choose to stay at home or in a hotel, and from there make up an itinerary of things you've been meaning to check out.

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11. Visit an arcade

Trust me, arcades are just as fun as when you were twelve, plus now you can drink! Find your local arcade and bring a few rolls of quarters to spend a night challenging one another.

12. Check out a cat cafe

Love animals but can't have one? Cat cafes and animal shelters are a fun way to spend an afternoon giving attention to animals looking for their forever homes.

13. Go on a dinner cruise

As long as neither one of you gets boat sick, this is a fun twist on the typical Valentine's Dinner. Once again, Groupon usually has a bunch of deals for this type of activity.

Do you have an all time favorite Valentine's Day date? And for my single readers, if you search Valentine, there's plenty of content on the site for how to celebrate without a significant other!

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1 comment

  1. These are wonderful date ideas! Before my boyfriend moved and we begun our long distance relationship, we recreated our first date his last day in our state. Such great memories :)

    Lexi of Lex Be Livin’