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Be Mine, Valentine: Unique Date Ideas

Updated on May 29, 2016
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Erin Shelby is passionate about living a lifestyle that aims for financial freedom. She writes about personal finance and other topics.

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Want this Valentine's Day to be unique? Leave the clichés behind this year. Skip the store-bought flowers and boxed jewelry and try something new. If you're ready for a change, here are five unique Valentine's Day date ideas to consider.

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Unique Date Idea: Being the Chef

The plan: Never cooked before? Go online to find some recipes you and your sweetheart will love. Practice preparing your meal in advance to get it just right. Before grocery shopping, be sure you have a detailed list. Don't know where to start? One of my favorite places to go for recipes is Allrecipes.com.

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Old Valentine's Day

Seeing a movie

Unique Date Idea: Planning a Surprise

The plan: Even if your budget is small, you can create a surprise to wow your valentine. Take it from Ashley Harris, an engaged nurse in Cincinnati. "I've had lots of fun dates, but I would say the best type is when I have no idea what the date entails! I think the surprise factor also shows that the guy puts some extra thought into it." How to plan your surprise? Look for free admission to museums, art galleries, historical exhibits, cafes, or poetry readings. Your state or city tourism website will also help you plan.

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Old Valentine's Day

Buying flowers

Unique Date idea: Planting a Garden

The plan: With some green-thumb know-how, you can start a garden together. Visit your local nursery to buy potting soil, terracotta pots, and seeds. Starting a garden for the first time can be a fun process that you'll want to continue for many seasons.

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Old Valentine's Day

Watching sports at an arena

Unique Date Idea: Getting Physical Together

The plan: Ever get stir-crazy in the winter? You're not alone. Get rid of that wintery cabin-fever feeling with a sporty Valentine's Day date. Stoke the fires of romance with a little friendly competition. Why not try:

  • Bowling
  • Darts
  • Laser tag
  • Table tennis
  • Pool
  • Putt-putt golf

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Buying jewelry

Unique Date Idea: Making Art Together

The plan: Schedule a beginner's lesson for two or join a group class at an art studio. Consider what you'd like to try: drawing, painting, charcoal, pastels, photography, or clay. Your efforts will result in a unique Valentine's Day gift with special memories only the two of you share.

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      erinshelby 3 years ago from United States

      Thanks, ardhendudey, glad you liked this!

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      Ardhendu Dey 3 years ago from Jamshedpur

      A lot of wonderful and unique date ideas. Just loved it.

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      erinshelby 3 years ago from United States

      @FlourishAnyway - Coffee in winter or ice cream in summer - any day can be romantic, not just Valentine's Day. Great ideas.

      @Teaches12345 - With the dorky shoes and vintage shirts, what better way to find (or keep) a sense of humor in your date or mate? Cosmic bowling (with the lanes darkened with black lights) - even more fun.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I think we would enjoy bowling. It's fun and it would be fun to do as a couple. You have lots of good ideas here for making Valentine's Day special.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I love your art idea! Many cities have places where you can paint ceramics for an hour or two. It would be a cool idea to make a coffee cup or ice cream bowl for your honey and enjoy it together.