Valentine’s Day ideas: 9 seriously smart, slightly offbeat things to do

  • Prerna Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 12, 2016 17:56 IST
We have compiled a list of date-ideas that are not-so-conventional and are sure to win hearts. Take your pick and woo your beloved. (Pinterest)

In case you had forgotten or you hadn’t already been hearing about it all week, here’s a friendly reminder: Valentine’s Day is on its way.

Did the last line send chills down your spine? Are you one of those people who are forever caught in the quagmire of I-don’t-know-what-to-do-this-Valentine’s-Day?

Read: 11 ah-mazing last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts to impress her

Well, you are definitely not alone. With 14th of February being celebrated as the day of love all over the world there’s a lot of pressure on couples across the globe to make this day ‘special’.

Everybody’s definition of ‘special’ is bound to be different and personal. Based on how long you’ve known your partner, you should be able to figure out how to make the day memorable for them (and you).

Read: Valentine’s Day gifts that will make him pretty darn happy!

However, if you seem to have hit a ‘lover’s block’ and can’t think of ideas beyond going to the nearby restaurant or the movie theatre (again?!), don’t worry anymore. We have compiled a list of date-ideas that are not-so-conventional and are sure to win hearts. Take your pick and woo your beloved:

1 Stay at home, binge watch your favourite movies and order take out


Firstly, we’d like to make this clear: If stepping out of the house and spending an active day on your feet doesn’t seem like your cup of tea, you don’t have to worry. Know that you can always choose to stay in, watch your favourite movies together, order some take out and make a date out of it! Added benefit: You can do all of this in your pajamas. Nobody will judge you, we promise.

2 Take a walk through heritage buildings


Are you tired of going to the same skyscrapers (read fancy malls) that form this concrete jungle we are living in? Here’s a solution: visit sites of historical importance in your city. Every city in the world has certain heritage buildings that make it sacrosanct. Before you boo us on this one, let us tell you that it can be incredibly romantic. Taking a long walk through these ruins while sipping on sweet hot tea, with your loved one at your arm can be a vastly enriching and memorable experience. Feel more connected to the city you are living in by learning a little bit about its history, offer your reflections on time to each other and feel more close to each other, far from the bustling crowd that characterizes the rest of the city. Try it! You won’t be disappointed.

3 Visit a dhaba on a highway


Got a busy schedule and don’t have time to take a proper holiday? We’ve got an idea: Book a cab (ditch driving for a day) and go for a long drive on any one of India’s popular highways. Stop at any of the roadside dhabas that line these highways and treat yourself to some truly scrumptious and wholesome meals at these local food joints. Vouched for, equally, by self-proclaimed foodies and gourmet eaters, the Indian ‘dhaba’ has been the hot topic for discussion for quite a few years now. Allow yourself to gorge on the greasy delicacies (cheat day!), in the company of your other half and let the conversation flow.

4 Cook together


Food, they say, can be powerfully used as an expression of love. Let food come to your rescue when you have effectively run out of date ideas that don’t involve going to a restaurant. It might require a little bit of homework but we don’t have to be pros in the kitchen to be able to produce something that our partner likes (heard of YouTube?). Spend a day cooking together (of course you get to eat it all at the end of it), we have heard it’s a great way to bond and it’s psychologically relaxing too.

5 Make it a camera-happy day


In this age of smartphones, it just so happens that most of the point-and-shoot and DSLR cameras in our houses are eating dust in some niche corners. Here’s an awesome date idea: Take out those cameras and capture a day worth of memories in high quality pictures and get them developed to give you a chance to look back at them with fond reverence in the future. Try to capture what you like about each other – their smile, the way their eyes crinkle when they laugh, the little sigh of exasperation they do when you say something stupid; let it be candid. Instead of focusing on trying to get the perfect picture, focus on having a good time, and good photographs will follow naturally.

6 Volunteer together


Giving back to the society in whatever little way you can is a noble and a gratifying idea. Make the experience more enriching by asking your partner to volunteer with you. You get to acquaint yourself with the more generous side of each other and get to spend time together in a unique fashion, all while doing something good for the society. There are myriad options when it comes to choosing where to volunteer. Find a cause that you are both passionate about and bask in the spirit of joyful giving, collectively.

7 Flea markets


With the insurgence in the numbers of malls and shopping arcades in recent times, no doubt they are quickly becoming the go-to destinations for couples seeking to spend time together. We, however, shouldn’t underestimate the alluring charm of flea markets, and their potential of providing a day full of fun and frolic. So, the next time you are scrounging for a date idea, but are dead tired of visiting the glitzy mall in the vicinity, choose to invest your time in visiting a local flea market: Apart from the most obvious benefit of being easy on your pocket, they will provide you with an opportunity to indulge in laughter that’s belly-deep as you watch each other haggle with the street hawkers over stuff that you might not even need, not to mention the amazing street food you get to enjoy as you walk the by-lanes of your city.

8 Go to an entertainment park and enjoy the rides


When was the last time you visited an entertainment park? Was it with your extended family and your little cousins? We thought as much. Maybe it’s time to visit an entertainment park again, but this time with your beloved. The potency of entertainment parks as viable date options cannot be overstated. Packed with joyful (sometimes scary!) rides, delectable street food (and cotton candy!), and all things spelled f-u-n, entertainment parks are sure to provide a day full of merry-making and quality time together.

9 Watch the sunrise together


Okay, we realize this one sounds clichéd, but there’s something about the beauty of a multi-hued sky around 6 pm that made us include it in our list. Choose a top spot in your city that provides a majestic view of the setting sun, and ponder upon the theme of recurrence in our lives while beholding the glorifying beauty of the receding sun, with your beloved. Add some chaat or bhelpuri (you’ll find sellers aplenty at popular sunset points) to this concoction and you have the recipe of a perfect, memorable date.

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