Did you know that, on average, we spend almost $150 on our loved ones every Valentine’s Day? The total for the entire United States adds up to $19.6 billion! These costs come from things like jewelry, flowers, and dinner. It’s time to end the madness. Valentine’s Day isn’t about how much you spend - it’s about how much you care. Show your loved one with actions instead of items that you value their companionship with these no-cost yet romantic date ideas:
Watch the Sunset
This romantic cliche exists for a reason. When was the last time you did nothing but appreciate nature and the world you live in? Small miracles are uplifting, enchanting, and they remind you to have gratitude for everything you have - especially your loved one sitting beside you.
Pick a spot that’s far away from city lights and the bustle of everyday life, spread out a blanket, and observe the universe going about its business. Download a stargazing app and see if you can identify constellations, satellites, and planets. Bring a telescope or binoculars for a closer look, and enjoy watching the passage of time as measured by the stars.
Have a Movie Marathon
When do you give yourself permission to sit and do nothing but watch movies or favorite TV shows? Pull out your DVD collection or get on a streaming service like Netflix or Hulu, cozy up under a blanket, and spend the evening laughing and crying over the lives of characters.
At-Home Spa Day
Nothing says romance like candlelight, a warm bath, and massage oil. Enough said.
Host a Game Night
A little friendly competition always makes for a good time. Invite over a few other couples and have everyone bring their favorite board games. You can play for fun, arrange a “grand prize,” or make a trophy for the top couple to take home and gloat over!
Have a Living Room Ball
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Have you ever wanted to go to an old-fashioned ball and waltz around the dance floor while wearing fancy clothes? You can! All you need is space to dance, a little music, and a special someone’s charming attentions. Even if you don’t know how to do any ballroom dances, you’ll still enjoy twirling around the room in the arms of your sweetheart.
Have you noticed most of these ideas involve staying at home or going somewhere by yourselves? True romance and intimacy come when you’re together, just the two of you, and you’re free to enjoy each others company in privacy. A fancy dinner can’t replicate that. Happy Valentine’s Day!