No matter how long you’ve been with your honey, it’s no secret that Valentine’s Day can be stressful.
Between scoring that coveted restaurant reservation and fighting crowds at the shopping mall, going out on Valentine’s Day is, well, overrated. Instead, stay inside, far away from the groups of people, and plan a romantic date night that’s more affordable and more memorable than any restaurant dinner.
Whether you want to channel your inner child and beat your beloved at Mario Kart or you’re ready to spice things up (in the kitchen, of course!), here are some cosy dates where you won’t have to leave your comfortable home!
Netflix and Chill
“Netflix and chill” sometimes gets a bad rap, but if planned correctly, a night in front of your favourite streaming service can be surprisingly romantic and fun.
Before you surprise your partner with Netflix, make it unique. Create a lineup of your honey’s favourite TV show episodes or rewatch that movie you saw on your third date. Whatever you do, don’t make it a typical old TV night—add something unique and sentimental to show you care.
Enjoy Fondue for Two
Channel the ’70s and whip out that fondue pot or just a regular bowl of melted chocolate will do too. There’s just something romantic about chocolate fondue, and it’s even more delicious when you don’t have to leave your living room to enjoy it.
You can use white and dark chocolate and an array of fruits and cookies to create a fondue for two that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day. If savory is more your style, melt some cheese and dip your favorite vegetables.
Create an at-Home Spa
With a few candles, massage oil and some facial masks (yes, fellas can get behind good skincare too), you can create a night of pampering for you and your sweetie. You can surprise your partner with a new foot spa or a relaxing bath.
Plan an Indoor Picnic
Unless you live in a warm climate, February isn’t typically considered an ideal month for picnicking. Instead of waiting for warmer months to roll around, pack up a picnic and head to your living room.
You can easily prepare a lovely wine (or any drinks) and cheese plate (or dessert) that’s perfect to enjoy next to a window. Once you’ve had a picnic free from bugs and sticky grass, you may never go back to the real thing.
Plan a Board Game Night
When’s the last time you and your Valentine sat down and played a board game? Pull out those old chess boards and checkers pieces and challenge your partner to a board game duel. Pick games specifically made for two players (think Scrabble, chess, or card games) and spend Valentine’s Day brushing up on your favourite strategies.
Order in Your Favorite Meal
Who says Valentine’s Day has to be labour intensive? Give your spouse a night off and order in from their favourite restaurant. Make it extra special by ordering a few dishes from a few different places and setting up a collection of fun flavours.
Make Valentine’s Day Breakfast
Making breakfast in bed may be an oldie, but it’s a goodie. Wake up before your Valentine and surprise them with strawberry Nutella French toast. Who doesn’t love a date that doesn’t require getting out of bed?
Map Out a Future Vacation
Just because you’re staying home this Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you can’t dream of faraway places to visit. Print out maps and photos and spend the night planning either a real or dream vacation.
Have a Video Game Marathon
Let yourself become a kid again and battle it out over the video game console. Pick up a few vintage video games and debate which classic series is better: Sonic or Mario. If you don’t already own a console, head to a Shopee or check out Lazada and pick up a video game system from your childhood.