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 are 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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  • Hubby and I have never done Valentine’s Day and I doubt we ever will. Just another money grubbing venture I think


  • Love these ideas. We are not big on Valentine’s day but our wedding anniversary is in February so I may borrow some of these ideas!


  • We didn’t really do anything but these ideas are great.


  • i love these ideas i never get out for valentines though


  • We just had a quiet dinner at home. With candlelight. Made it more romantic!


  • some great ideas….thanks for sharing


  • The $0 date is a good idea; it means using your imagination and creativity.


  • Great ideas to spend some quality time together as a couple.


  • There are lotsa days I want to run away :)


  • We decided to get a nice painter in and he painted the outside of the house and half of the inside of the house, figured that it was our present to ourselves, we can go out for dinner anytime for a lot less than what they extort for Valentines Day and Flowers Day, I also have the fresh paint aroma in the house at the moment as the trades only finished this morning, Oh we also bought a maxi xlotto ticket together, just incase!!! We have been together so long, we know we love each other and would rather spend the money on things that benefit us long term.


  • We had the best Valentine’s Day ..Newcastle Maori Club celebrated Waitangi Day at Bolton Pt Park today : Waitangi Day officially falls on Feb 6th but seeing how Sydney had their celebrations last weekend Newcastle held theirs today. Woo Hoo..Kataua (war canoe), Hangi Meal, Stalls, and Kapahaka (entertainment) = GrEaT dAy!

    • OOPPS sorry should read WAKATAUA not Kataua.

      Richard Eriwata with the Newcastle Maori Club Whaka. (Robert Virtue – ABC Local).


  • heat a towel in the dryer and pass as valentine is getting out of bath or shower


  • Running away for the day sounds goods; even better running away for the week! ;)


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