Chocolate and a bunch of roses are lovely Valentine’s Day gifts, but perhaps the best Valentine’s Day suggestion is to spend time with your loved one. Time AND a nice message telling exactly why you adore them. (Hint: Here are some Valentine’s Day texts and wishes.)

To return to the quality time theme, we’ve compiled a list of 30 Valentine’s Day date ideas for couples to help you plan your night (or day) together. Some are inexpensive, while others are completely free.

Some are one-of-a-kind activities, while others make the ordinary spectacular. Some are formal, while others are informal and comfy. All of these things are sure to make for a romantic time together.

If food means “love” to her or him, prepare a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner for two at home. If nothing says date night like cozy PJs, you can round off the evening with a romantic Valentine’s Day movie marathon with your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, or wife. Whether it’s your first Valentine’s Day together or you’ve been building your love bond for decades, you’ll cherish memories from February 14, 2023.

Play a Game

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When was the last time you played a game with just the two of you? Pick a favorite from the closet, or try a new couple’s themed game, like Talk, Flirt, Dareor Our Moments

Make Playlists for Each Other

Spend some time putting together playlists for each other on your favorite streaming service. Choose songs that spark memories of your relationship or simply tunes you know your significant other will love. Then pour some wine, turn on the music, and reminisce.

Take a hike

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Even if it’s cold where you live, taking a scenic hike is a great way to unplug and unwind this Valentine’s Day. Maybe there’s a favorite spot where you live, or you might want to try one of the best hikes in the U.S. Either way, you’re bound to have a fun time because you’re in great company.

Take an Online Mixology Class

Learn how to craft cocktails with a James Beard honoree who has been at the forefront of the NYC craft cocktail movement and the founder of the world’s best bar, and become each other’s, favorite bartender.

Play Tourist in Your Own Town

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Is there a landmark in your town that you’ve always wanted to visit? Or a museum you’ve never seen? Become tourists in your own home and finally check off one or two of those bucket list items you keep putting off. Get into the role by snapping tons of pictures throughout the day.

Make a Scrapbook of Your Relationship

Even partners who aren’t so into crafts will get a kick out of this fun activity. Gather up photos of your relationship, old ticket stubs, and meaningful receipts, and make a beautiful book that you’ll both treasure!

Go Stargazing

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You don’t need a telescope to set up a stargazing date. Just head to your own backyard with a warm, outdoor blanket and use a stargazing app to help identify constellations in the night sky.

Go for A Drive

No destination? No problem. All you need for this fun Valentine’s Day activity is a sense of adventure and a full tank of gas! You’ll both get out of your comfort zones while you explore new terrain. There’s no telling what you might stumble across. You can also check out our list of the best road trips in every state.

Play Hooky

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Take the day off from work and enjoy some R&R. Have breakfast in bed, do a crossword together, and binge-watch your favorite shows. Reminisce about how and why you two first fell in love.

Write Love Letters to Each Other

If you’ve never done it before, now’s the time to put in writing why your partner is so special to you. Tell them which of their qualities you most admire, how they make you feel, and why you fell in love with them.

Have a Parisian Date Night

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Pretend like you’re in the City of Love this Valentine’s Day. Make sweet (or savory!) crepes, share a bottle of wine, and put on some romantic music to set the tone.

Exchange Heartfelt Gifts

No, February 14 doesn’t have to be all about presents, but it is nice to give—and receive—a little token of affection. Consider purchasing an item your loved one has always wanted or even just gifting a DIY Valentine’s Day card

Volunteer Together

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One of the best ways to spend the day together is to choose a cause you’re both passionate about and sign up to volunteer—you’ll do some good for others and yourself, as volunteering can make you feel more connected to each other and the community. Visit volunteermatch.org to search local organizations and volunteer opportunities.

Set up A Waffle Bar

Is brunch your favorite meal to eat together? Build the waffles of your dreams by setting up a DIY waffle bar. All you need is some waffle batter, a waffle maker, and all the toppings your hearts desire. Try the Sautéed Apples, Pear & Cranberries

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