Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Whether you’re in a long-term relationship or just starting to date someone new, I’m guessing you’d rather avoid cliched activities for the big V-Day. If you do want a standard predictable date just watch any rom-com for pointers, but if you’re after something a bit different then read on (these ideas all work well for friend dates/galentines too!).

Paint-balling

I know, the thought of running around a field shooting at each other doesn’t sound very romantic, but it depends how you see it. If you’re an athletic couple, firing off a few rounds and teaming up against others could be a fun bonding exercise. Even if you’ve been going out for a while, there’s something about taking out a guy from the other team with your partner by your side that brings you closer. To add romance you could pack a nice picnic to enjoy after your victory, and maybe some painkillers for the bruises!

Roller-skating

Another active choice, doing something physical is sure to increase your excitement and get the blood pumping (not in that way). Even if you’re not great at skating, holding each other up can be kind of cute. If you’ve got a roller disco near you it could be fun to attempt some moves together, or you could take your skates to the park or beach and have a day out with a difference.

Pottery Painting

If rushing around and potentially getting injured isn’t your thing (or your date’s) then maybe something a bit more relaxed will be up your street. If you can find a pottery painting workshop in your area it could be fun to get creative and make something together. Either paint a piece each, or team up and create a memento of the date. Most of these places are also cafés so you can have a bite to eat at the same time.

Cook a meal

Speaking of food, many say it’s the way to a man’s (or woman’s) heart. I know that expression is a bit cliche, but it does ring true. Rather than go to an overpriced restaurant, eat the same set menu as everyone else and have to listen to a cheesy playlist all night, why not go to the grocery store then whip up your own feast? Light some candles, dress up and have a nice, romantic dinner – where you get to choose the music.

The fact you’ve made it together transforms it from a cliched date to a fun activity which ends with food! You might teach each other a thing or two in the kitchen, and if it all goes wrong you can order takeout and watch Netflix (it doesn’t count as a cop out if you tried).

Whatever you decide to do this February 14, and whoever it’s with have fun (and take a picture for Instagram so we can have nosey through the #valentines tag!).

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