Trying to get a good seat at the movies on Valentine’s Day is like a toned-down version of The Hunger Games – you fight a theater full of other people for the best spot and if you fail, your romantic night is basically doomed. Skip the battle and try a totally unique (and cheap!) date instead.
1. Indoor Picnic.
If it’s way too cold to actually go outside where you live, throw down a blanket and have a romantic picnic in your dorm room or living room. Make cute little finger sandwiches, cookies or brownies, and pick up your fave chips, then pack them up in a basket. If you want a bigger dose of nature, just flip on NatGeo and listen to the sounds of birds chirping. It’s all the fun of an actual picnic, minus the bugs crawling in your food.
2. Sweet Treat.
Get your date on Taylor Swift style – spend your night making some sweet treats in the kitchen. You and bae can both pick your favorite desserts and make them together. Or go out to a restaurant and order a crazy dessert. It’s a totally fun date that will most likely end with chocolate – what could be better?
3. Spa Night.
This is a killer date idea that comes for free. Raid your kitchen for supplies to make DIY face masks or bring out your nail kit for an at-home mani/pedi. Then watch your favorite rom com while you wait for the masks to dry. Bonus: face masks make for some adorable seflies!
4. Netflix Dinner.
Is your favorite Saturday night activity catching up on your favorite shows with bae? Order takeout from your favorite restaurant and try to finish a new mini-series in one night – you might have to stay up late, but that’s part of the fun! Order cheeseburgers, Chinese food, pizza, or any other food you love. And don’t forget dessert! Get donuts from your favorite bakery or your go-to ice cream flavor from the grocery store. You’ll spend the whole night pigging out and cuddling – basically a dream come true.
5. Game Night.
Planning a super romantic Valentine’s Day date can be v stressful, especially if you just started dating. A game night is a totally chill date that’ll take the pressure off. Hit up an arcade and bond with your S.O. over an old-school game of Frogger or a Dance Dance Revolution battle. Then at the end of the night, you can use your tickets to buy each other a funny V-Day gift.
6. Snow Date.
Snow can be a major pain when you’re trying to get to school, but it actually makes for a pretty great date. If it happens to be snowing on Feb. 14th, head outside and channel your inner Elsa. Build a snowman, have a snowball fight, or go sledding. And be sure to warm up with cuddles and lots of hot cocoa.
7. Play Games.
February weather isn’t always the most romantic, so if you’d rather stay in on V-Day, channel your inner kids and play your fave childhood boardgames, or try a super hard puzzle. It’s a great way to laugh and bond without just watching a movie like usual.
8. Ghost Tour.
If you and bae are into ~creepy~ stuff, go online and see if a town near you has a walking ghost tour. Most cities have them for cheap and they’re super fun. A guide (usually dressed in a Victorian costume) will take you to the spookiest spots in town and tell you scary stories.
There’s nothing more romantic than laying out looking the stars, but in the winter that’s not really doable. Instead, go to a planetarium for a night-time view of the sky sans the frigid temps.
10. Burritos With Bae.
If you don’t want your little brother interrupting your V-Day date, but don’t have the cash for a ~fancy~ dinner (or if you just want to keep it cas), why not hit up your fave fast food joint? You know the food will be good, and it can be fun to split some of your fave treats in a low-key environment. Go to Chipotle for burritos, and split some guac and chips. Or hit up McDonald’s for fries and McFlurries!