Valentine’s is always a special day for people to celebrate love and show their appreciation for their partners. On February 14th, lovers are expected to give each other valentine’s day gifts, which usually come in the form of flowers and chocolates. Others go on romantic candle-lit dinners. However, several people are looking to up the ante for their next Valentine’s day celebration.
Flowers, chocolates, and dinners are all great, but you can make this year’s Valentine’s Day extra special with these out-of-the-box ideas;
Take a class
There’s nothing more romantic than exploring something new together. Taking a class allows you to learn and cultivate each other’s interests. For example, if you and your partner are interested in crafts, then you can book an exclusive pottery class for both of you; if you love a good cocktail, then a cocktail-making class may be a great fit. Remember to have fun in these classes. Picking up new skills isn’t the only priority; enjoying a new activity together is also important.
Take a scenic hike
If you love the great outdoors, then taking your beau on a hike is an excellent idea. Choose a hiking path you’ve never gone on before, or you can also do your favorite hike. It may also be a good idea to go on a hike that leads to a romantic panoramic view, so you can set up camp or a picnic right after. While on your hike, keep the conversation going so it’s also a very interactive experience.
Take a road trip
Given the chance, everyone would jump at the chance to go to a romantic destination, but that’s not always possible. Not everyone has the luxury of taking time off from work and traipsing away to a romantic destination. Keeping in with the spirit, you can satisfy your wanderlust with a road trip instead. You don’t have to go very far either, making it an ideal Valentine’s day idea for busy folks. Even your morning drive to work can become instantly more romantic with just a few personal touches. For one, you can create a personalized playlist of songs that hold meaning for your relationship and listen together. Or you can take a leisurely drive around your favorite area and just spend some thoughtful and conscious time together while taking in the views.
Go on a food crawl
There’s nothing worse than not knowing where to eat on Valentine’s day. Instead of making the difficult decision to choose just one place, you can go to several! Make your Valentine’s day dinner more special by doing a food crawl where you try out different restaurants and cuisines in a single night. Be strategic when looking for places to do this in; you can go to food hubs like BGC, Poblacion, or Maginhawa for even more options. Although, it may be a good idea to make an itinerary and reserve tables prior to your going so everything runs smoothly.
Recreate your first date
Show your thoughtfulness by recreating your first date together. Go back to the place where it all began. Take it even a step further and dress for the occasion, wear the exact outfits you wore on that first date if you still have them. For couples that have been together for a long time, this is an excellent way to reaffirm your deep appreciation for each other. It demonstrates the significance of your first date. Plus points if you get the smallest details right, too, If your first date was at a restaurant, you can even ask for the same table and place the same order for that extra wave of pleasant nostalgia.
Have a cook-off
Put your competitiveness to good use when you have a cook-off with your loved one. Instead of simply preparing a romantic dinner, add a little twist and make it into a small challenge. Each of you can prepare one appetizer, main dish, and dessert, which you will then share in a meal. This enables you to cook for each other and try your all to come up with the best dishes. Be careful about getting too competitive, though. The important thing is that you both give cooking for each other 100% effort.
Stay home and enjoy each other’s company
Valentine’s day celebrations may be filled with grand gestures, but they can also be as simple as spending time at home. Put your favorite music on and have a private dance party or slow dance in your living room. You can even get some food delivered and prepare a movie playlist for the ultimate movie marathon. After all, Valentine’s day is about spending valuable time together, even if that’s just on the couch in your pajamas.
Your stay-at-home Valentine’s day is only as good as your home is. At Camella, we guarantee that every day feels extra special in your own space. Homes developed by Camella are always well-built and designed to emulate the romance of places like Spain and the Mediterranean. This way, every day at home feels like an adventure. Our developments also come with state-of-the-art amenities, such as a swimming pool and generous walk paths so you can take a dip or a pleasant stroll with your loved one.
Whether you’re spending Valentine’s day out and about with your partner or celebrating it single and happy, make sure to do something special, intentional, and out-of-the-box.