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14 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas that Don’t Suck

14 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas that Don’t Suck | Stile.Foto.Cibo

 

Real talk, Valentine’s Day kind of sucks, especially for queer couples. With all this corporate heteronormativity everywhere and the idea that you have to spend loads of money to do the day properly, expectations get unreasonably high too quickly and nobody has a good time. So throw away the fancy dinner, flowers, chocolates, etc. and plan a date you’ll both actually enjoy.

14 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas that Don’t Suck

  1. Make the most epic blanket fort ever and share a fancy picnic inside. Champagne recommended. In most parts of the northern hemisphere, it’s too cold to go outside for a picnic. Lucky for us all of our favorite blankets and pillows are already out for the season. Use as many as you want, throw down the softest ones to snuggle on, and hang some fairy lights somewhere. Full permission to get carried away. After all, this is a blanket fort! Nobody can find you. Just maybe put the food away first.
  2. Live somewhere not frozen? Head to the nearest nature preserve and get lost. Extra points for finding a secluded place to make out. Heck, if you do live somewhere chilly, get super bundled up and do it anyway! Go be snowy winter explorers.
  3. Volunteer! Find a local animal shelter that needs help walking their dogs and take some pups for a loop. You get to pet dogs, get a walk in, and you’ll make that dog’s day!
  4. Game nights are great with lots of people, but you definitely have some two person games around. Each of you pick your favorite and go to town.
  5. Just stay home, #NetflixAndChill style. Everybody else is going to be out and about. Stay home, relax in your jammies (or nothing at all), and save the date for another time, when it’s less crowded and inevitable price hikes are gone.
  6. Go bowling! Let’s be honest here, when’s the last time you went bowling? Did you have fun? Of course you did! This can easily turn into a double or even triple date, too.
  7. Cooking or baking with your partner where you’re splitting the work and really getting the creative juices flowing in the kitchen can be such an intimate time together. Break out a brand new recipe neither of you have tried before and have way too much fun figuring out how you can tweak it and make a new recipe all your own.
  8. Find a museum free day! Lots of museums offer free days for residents. Many libraries offer passes to museums as well. The Field Museum in Chicago is even offering free admission to Illinois residents for the entire month of February as we say (a temporary) goodbye to SUE the T.Rex
  9. Play Pokemon Go? Go for a walk and see who can catch the most pokemon in an hour. Too cold? Head to the mall or another large indoor space and do it there!
  10. Take a drive out into the country or to the nearest large body of water and stargaze while getting extra cozy. This is another great opportunity for those snuggly blankets and pillows. You could even kick the cozy up a notch with some canisters of hot chocolate at the ready. Bring along mallows and whipped cream!
  11. Couples art projects! Get some body paint and turn your partner into your canvas. Or make something together. Have your own sip + paint night at home and see who can make the best/worst painting. Extra points for having the confidence to hang them up after!
  12. Spend the entire day in bed. [Insert eyebrow waggle here]
  13. Head to your local library and find all the books you would both want to read. Make an epicly long to-read list that you’ll probably never finish and start in on it. Reading a book snuggles are the best and you can make it even more fun by reading the same book!
  14. Find all of the goofy “I forgot I had that” clothes and accessories in your closet and have a silly photobooth-style shoot. Post the silliest selfies for everyone else to enjoy!

The possibilities are endless when it comes to non-traditional date ideas. I hope I’ve at least helped inspire your own off-beat date. Is there anything you think should be on this list? Share your silly dates in the comments!

And remember, just because capitalism says you have to have a big fancy date with one partner does not mean it’s true. Be cheap, be single, take all your partners out at once, just lay around naked all day, or ignore the day entirely! Whatever you do, I hope that February 14th isn’t a terrible day for you.

14 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas that Don’t Suck | Stile.Foto.Cibo

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