Take Charge | Valentines Day Date Ideas

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It has always been assumed that the guy is supposed to plan Valentines Day dates.  He usually has to make reservations, dress up, and pick up flowers.  How about the ladies switch things up a bit this year?  Instead of relying on your man, take initiative and plan out the perfect date!  Your guy will not only feel loved, he will appreciate the fact that the stress will be taken off of him so he can relax and enjoy spending time with you.

Being a college senior, I am always thinking about ways to save money.  It has almost (lets be honest, shopping is just necessary sometimes) become second nature to look for the cheaper option in situations.  With that said, I have come up with a list of budget-friendly date ideas for just about any couple.

Stay in for Game Night | Gather up your favorite board games and plan an evening in!  Keep it low key and just between the two of you, or invite a few other couples/friends for a fun night.

Have a Picnic | This is a classic date that will never not be a good idea.  Pack your favorite food items and head out to your favorite park.  Mix things up and pack one for your living room (complete with a blanket to sit on) or even your backyard!  Plan a nighttime picnic so you both can cuddle under the stars.  Either way, make sure to pack some bubbly!

Visit a Winery or Brewery | Travel to a popular vineyard/brewery or just visit your local one.  Do your research ahead of time because some places do free tours and tastings.

Go on a hike | Put on those hiking shoes and get outside together.  Whether its around your local botanical gardens, in the mountains, or in a park, this is a great date that will bring you both together.

Explore your City | Continuing this exploration theme, get to know your city a little better.  Walk around the streets of downtown during the day to see the city in a better light.  Stay on the streets or venture into the unique little shops you find.  If you both are already pretty familiar with downtown, start exploring your local parks and get to know the trails better.  If either of y’all are into photography, this is a great opportunity to bring your camera along!

Bookstore Date | Whether it is a large chain store like Barnes and Noble or a quaint local bookstore, spend your afternoon sipping coffee (or tea if you aren’t caffeine addicting like me) and searching through books together.

Bowling | Whether together or in a group this is always a quality option.  It steps out of the romantic category and is just plain fun and usually cheap.

Cooking Together | Since I am a huge fan of cooking, this is one of my favorite options.  Come up with a menu ahead of time of your favorite dishes or decide to try new foods.  Not chefs?  Find an easy dessert recipe to make together.  Making food for your guy is always a good idea.  They weren’t lying when they said “the way to a mans heart is through his stomach!”

Valentines Advent Calendar | If you want to make your Valentines day more special and last longer, plan out something the two of you can do every day in February leading up to the 14th.  Write it down and stick in an an envelope (I got the idea here).  Each day beginning Feb 1st, you both can open the envelope together and follow instructions for your date.  They can be as simple as cuddling up and watching a specific movie together, making dessert together, or eating breakfast in bed one morning.

Get creative and start planning your V-day!

I am planning on making Valentines day a weekend instead so I will be incorporating a little of all these into my plans.  My boyfriend and I go to school in different cities and won’t be able to see each other much on the 14th.

What are you planning?

Have a beautiful day, xoxo

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