For those individuals fortunate enough to have a special someone by their side, Valentine’s Day is an undeniably romantic occasion.

Those in love tend to be showered with chocolates, flowers and tiny trinket hearts. This is the one-day of the year for you to grab your partner and embrace the gooeyness of it all.

However, sometimes saying “I love you” simply doesn’t cut it and when you realise that you’ve given all of the standard Valentine’s Day gifts you can stand, it can be a challenge to come up with something original.

No idea what to do with your partner? Fear not.

Here is a list of quirky, romantic, fun and relatively inexpensive date ideas for this Valentine’s Day:

1) Run away for the day

Day trips are an easy bet. For a luxuriating experience, try a spa weekend or treat yourself to a couples massage. If you’ve got a taste for the outdoors why not rent a cabin out of town? What’s more romantic than cuddling up in the wilderness with your loved one and a glass of wine?

2) Recreate your first date

Nothing could be more romantic than recreating your first date with your partner. Whether you return to the bar where you shared your first drink, eat the same food you both shared, or rent the movie you first watched, this date is sure to impress. After all, it’s the thought that counts right?

3) The $0 date

This year try a ‘no gift no cash’ policy. This date is the real deal when it comes to finding out whether you and your partner are a match made in heaven. Think old DVDs, people watching, window shopping, etc.

4) Jump for your love

Two facts for you: Exercise induced endorphins improve your happiness AND doing new things together as a couple ignites the same feeling as falling in love.

Head to your local Flip Out trampolining arena and spend the afternoon jumping around like a kid with your partner. Mixing up dates with a fun activity is sure to keep those butterflies alive!

5) Catch the sunrise together

Unless you’re not a morning person, in which case there’s always the sunset!

6) Karaoke Challenge

Whilst it may not be a first date activity, you’ve surely been together long enough to relish in a little embarrassment. Let each other pick out a song and give those vocal chords a workout. If you head to a local bar prior, you’ll forget how offensive each other’s voices really are.

7) Hire a Moped

And drive. Literally, any direction, to any destination. Everyone knows how much fun adventures can be. How long has it been since you two have done something crazy?

8) Double Date

For those couples who could do without another night in with their other half, why not enlist one of your favourite couples and hit up your favourite restaurant or bar? Making fun of the hopeless romantics staring into each other’s eyes should provide endless entertainment.

What are you doing on Valentine’s Day? Share in the comments below.

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  • Definitely stealing some of these ideas for some more dates with the hubby


  • We don’t do anything. We spend the year just loving one another and creating special moments all year round.


  • I only make special dinner.We don’t celebrate it.


  • We don’t do anything much! My hubby might cook me breaky before we go to church as usual every Sunday


  • Valentines day is hit and miss with us one yr one gets a giftthe next yr the other one gets a gift as we both forget. This yr I planned something nice but my husband is sick as ever : (


  • We don’t do a special date on Valentine’s day. And actually going out for a date with 2 kids with special needs is nearly impossible and very challenging. I’m happy with a peaceful moment at home :)


  • Some really great ideas there. I love the moped one- although right now with hire care shortages I imagine the same would apply for mopeds.


  • Some people have birthdays that clash! This will be the focus this weekend. A meal together and …… playing it by ear (you never know what you’ll feel like!!)


  • Catch the sunrise together is my favourite idea as it’s sooo romantic


  • Hubby is working valentine’s day so I don’t think we will be doing anything special.
    I also have a toddler and new born so it’s a bit hard to get out and do anything at the moment!


  • We will be going out for lunch on Valentine’s Day – we don’t need a ‘special’ day to celebrate, we try to have lunch out every weekend, depending on circumstances, live for the day and enjoy each other’s company!


  • I’ll be volunteering at a Bunnings BBQ this valentine’s day to fundraise for our kids sporting club. We will do a simple takeaway dinner and baskins I think. We will have the kids with us. But these ideas will be good for our date nights.


  • I love the $0 dollar date! Takes away from the commercialism of it all.


  • So sad to see so much focus on valentines day, makes lots of people unhappy. I say….there’s 365 days in most years, make the most of every day


  • We think no specific date on Valentines day is needed


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