I love Valentine’s Day. I say it every year: I love a day that’s all about love! Before we had kids, my husband and I went out for a fancy dinner every year to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We’d get dressed up and go somewhere a little nicer than we usually go to. It became our little tradition and we both looked forward to it. We rarely celebrated on Valentine’s Day though because of my husband’s rotating schedule. He works pretty much every holiday (don’t feel bad for me. I’m used to it 😉 ) so we’d celebrate as close to Valentine’s Day as we could.
Now that we have kids and his schedule to deal with, we’re lucky if we even remember it’s Valentine’s Day. Kidding. We still do something small to celebrate, but now we stay home and do something fun but low key. So if you’re staying in on Valentine’s Day this year, here are some unique and inexpensive ideas for a fun at-home date night. And the best part is that even if your Valentine happens to be under 3 feet tall, you can still do some of these things to celebrate!
10 At-Home Date Night Ideas for Under $10
1. Try a new bottle of wine or cocktail
If you and your partner enjoy wine, buy a bottle of something you’ve never tried before and try it out. If you know nothing about wine, pick a bottle with a fun name (which is usually my strategy) and get to sipping! And if wine’s not your thing, find a new drink recipe and play bartender at home. Mix up a new cocktail and enjoy it together.
2. Rent a movie from RedBox or On Demand (or borrow one from a friend)!
You’ve probably watched a movie with your partner before, right? Well this time, make choosing the movie the fun part. Do something silly like letting your 3 year old pick out a movie for you. Or, each choose 5 or 6 movies you really want to watch, put the titles in a hat and pick one out. Or watch something totally out of the ordinary. It’s Oscar time, so watch something that’s been nominated even if it’s not what you’d normally choose. Just last week we did this and watched Foxcatcher. Bizarre movie but great acting.
3. Cook or bake something together.
There are lots of ways to make this one fun. Check what you have in the pantry and see who can whip up something delicious with just things you have on hand. Find a copycat recipe for an appetizer from your favorite restaurant and try that. Or, bake a cake together — and eat it too.
4. Give each other a massage.
This one is pretty self explanatory, right? Grab some lotion (or something saucier if you have it 😉 ) and take turns massaging each other.
5. Play a board game.
Dig out the board games and play something together. Choose and old favorite like Scrabble or Monopoly, or try something new like Cards Against Humanity. Either way, a little competition might spice up your night!
6. Turn off the tv and…talk.
Most nights, after the kids are in bed, my husband and I sit on the couch, each with our laptops on our laps and the tv on. We don’t talk much, but just the fact that we’re next to each other relaxing is really comforting. But some nights we make it point to turn off the tv, close the computers and actually talk to each other. If you’re feeling serious, ask each other questions about your relationship–what you like best about it, what you’d like to improve upon, where you see your family in the next five, ten, twenty years. Or, be silly and ask each other funny things like “would you rather be an ugly genius or a hot moron?”. Take turns making up the scenarios or just do a quick Google search and you’ll find plenty of “would you rathers” that will make your head spin.
And, for the record, I’d rather be an ugly genius. 😉
7. Do a chocolate tasting.
Go to your local Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s or even Target, and buy a few unique bars of chocolate. Break them up into pieces and test them out together. Or, if you’re anything like me, just buy one of those hearts filled with Russel Stover candies and take a bite out of each one. (Yes I really do this. In fact, it’s probably one of my favorite things about Valentine’s day! Every year I specifically ask for one of those hearts just so I can take bites out of every one and not feel bad about it. I think it drives my husband nuts, but he buys me one anyway!)
8. Have an at-home coffee date
Rather than spend $4 on a cup of coffee, why not play barista at home and make up some fun concoctions. Heat up some milk and use your blender to make it frothy. Add cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice to give it a new flavor. Or add some booze and make that coffee “Irish”. Baileys works well and so does Kahlua, Grand Marnier and Frangelico.
9. Take a trip–down memory lane.
Dig out your wedding album (or any old pictures you have–even if they’re online) and look through them. I’m actually very excited to do this on Valentine’s Day. I can’t remember the last time we looked at our wedding album and it always bring back so many memories. We had a photo booth at our wedding and we’ll be digging out that album too. It’s always good for laughs!
10. Take a bubble bath together.
If you have a big jacuzzi tub, fill it up and hop in! And if you don’t…well you’ll just have to squeeze in the regular one!
In the comments, tell me…what are your plans for Valentine’s Day this year?