Whether you have just recently started dating someone or have been married for years, Valentine’s Day is the day when women expect to feel special. To them, it’s something to talk about with their girlfriends where there’s an unspoken contest over who’s guy treated them the best. If you believe your lady is the best in your life, then it’s time to step up your game and try one of these Valentine’s Day date ideas that are sure to make her feel special.
Dress Up Nice
Go ahead and get all dressed up, even if you have no place to go. Women love getting dressed to the nines, so give them the chance to dress up, even if the evening you have planned is low-key. Make sure you return the favor, putting on your nicest suit and her favorite cologne. She’ll appreciate the effort and feel special because of the effort you put in for her. Once you’re both all gussied up, you have a few options as to where to go or what to do.
Cook for Her
If you have zero cooking skills, this would be a good time to find someone to give you a crash cooking course on something you can make that’s simple but amazing. If you know your lady’s favorite dish, cook that, or sometime similar to impress her. Since this is a special day, make it special. Find fancy place settings with candles, and don’t let her anywhere near the dishes. This is a good opportunity to surprise her. Come up with a name for your “restaurant” and pick her up to bring her over to your place. Blindfold optional.
Go Out to a New Bistro
There are tons of little hole-in-the-wall bistros that you can find in your area that are generally less expensive than big fancy restaurants, but just as nice. Plus, it will typically be easier to get into, and it may be less crowded. Take some time to do some searching and visit them in advance if possible to make sure it’s up to par. And who knows? You might just find a new favorite dining spot.
If going out isn’t something your lady enjoys, why not try spending the day in bed? Prepare games and perhaps a romantic movie in advance, and get ready so spend the whole day holed up in your bedroom. Ask her for ideas on what you can do for the day, and then turn off your phones to just spend some quality time enjoying each other’s company. This would also be a great opportunity to serve her breakfast (or lunch or dinner) in bed.
Get a Room
For couples that have been together a while, doing the same things in the same places can make the romance feel like a routine. So, switching up your routine by going to a hotel room is a great way to put the spark back into your relationship. You can either stay in a hotel in your city, or get all the way out of town for a couple days, depending on your schedules. If you do plan on traveling to an unfamiliar area, make sure you do a bit of research so you are familiar with places to eat and things to do in the area.
Although it may sound like a buzz-kill, being super over-the-top corny could actually make your girl feel special. If you do it, make sure you do it right. That means a trail or rose petals that lead to the bedroom where her gifts are waiting for her: heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, red and pink teddy bears holding hearts, and big heart-shaped balloons. It’s always a good idea to couple the corny Valentine’s Day with a nice gift like a massage certificate or jewelry.
Do Something Physical and Fun
For women that enjoy being active, why not try a new fun activity together? Check around your area for things like ice skating, Zumba or yoga classes, or marathons. If your lady is a runner, look for 5k marathons that are run on Valentine’s Day. Some groups run special couples runs on Valentine’s Day, and the proceeds go to charities, so it’s win-win. Doing something fun and different together is a great way to broaden your horizons and get your blood pumping.
Valentine’s Day is a holiday that women tend to consider significantly more important to women than for men, which is why it’s so important for the man to step up and make it mean something. When planning a date for your special lady, always take into consideration what she would like. Just because many women would love a night out on the town, doesn’t mean yours will. Being sensitive to her likes and dislikes is another great way to show your lady just how special she really is to you.