If your usual Valentine’s Day plan includes dinner at your go-to restaurant and a box of chocolates for your sweetie, it’s time to shake things up. These five unique Valentine’s Day ideas are designed for the couple that wants to try something different this year. From camping out at home to visiting a psychic, here’s to surprising your partner with a romantic adventure they won’t see coming.
Camp Out in Your Living Room (or Backyard)
The great thing about camping at home is you get to use all your fun camping gear AND your clean bathroom when you need it. Of course, camping indoors doesn’t require fancy camping gear. Remember the forts you used to build as a kid? Give them a try if you’re camping in your living room. You can even recreate a starry sky with fairy lights and nature sounds with a quality sound machine. If you want the real thing, set up your tent in the backyard for an outdoorsy experience with all the comforts of home within reach. Don’t forget the s’mores!
Go on a Dessert Bar Crawl
If you thought bar crawls were beneath you, chances are you haven’t tried a dessert bar crawl. Even if your city doesn’t have an array of dessert bars to choose from, you can design your own dessert crawl by touring a few nearby restaurants and only ordering dessert at each. Be sure to eat dinner beforehand — maybe a meal you whipped up yourself at home? Or, if you prefer to eat sweets while in your comfiest PJs, whip up your own ice cream or bake cookies together at home.
Visit a Psychic
Find out what’s in your store for you and your partner by visiting a psychic together on Valentine’s Day. Have your tarot cards or your palm read and get a mystical glimpse into the future. Want to foresee your future in the comfort of your home? Order your own tarot deck and learn how to read the cards with this simple guide. You may even discover a new side hustle.
Hit the Spa Together
Instead of gifting your Valentine with a spa gift card and secretly envying their day of bliss, treat yourself by joining in. Plan a spa day together, ideally somewhere the two of you can have treatments in the same room, like a couples’ massage or hang out in a sauna together. Check out if your city has a co-ed Korean spa, which can be an affordable option. Want to show off your own massage skills? Check out this massage book and order a scented massage oil so you can pamper your Valentine with your own hands. They might even return the favor.
Recreate Your First Date
If you don’t live too far from where you and your Valentine enjoyed your first coffee, meal, or dance, surprise them with a repeat visit. If you’re too far from the location, simply have the same kind of food somewhere else, or even better, recreate the date as best you can at home. Wear the same outfit you wore or something similar. If you ate sushi, make sushi. If you ate pizza, make pizza. You might even reminisce about what you talked about that very first date if you can remember it. The more details you gather, the more epic the recreation will be. Here’s to falling in love all over again.
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Erica Garza is an author and essayist from Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared in TIME, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, and VICE.