There is so much pressure to make Valentine’s Day extra-special each year, but we’re here to remind you that the most important Valentine’s Day gift is time spent together. (We’re not saying that there’s anything wrong with “receiving gifts” being your love language!) Whatever you decide to do on Valentine’s Day this year, you can’t go wrong with a thoughtful and sweet card. Need a little help putting your feelings into words? These Valentine’s Day wishes and messages will help you express how you feel to your loved one.
If food is the way to your honey’s heart, a surprise breakfast in bed or a fancy, at-home Valentine’s Day dinner for two (or both!) might be the way to go. Try a virtual cooking class for a truly unforgettable meal. Not in the mood to clean up the kitchen? Order takeout from one of your favorite restaurants near you (you can’t go wrong with a heart-shaped pizza). Then cozy up together in your winter finest (did you say comfy PJs on the sofa?) and settle in for a romantic Valentine’s Day movie marathon. No matter how you choose to celebrate, we’ve rounded up a list of some of the absolute best things to do with your spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend for a memorable Valentine’s Day 2021.
1 Take a hike.
Even if it’s cold where you live, taking a scenic hike is a great way to unplug and unwind this Valentine’s Day. Maybe there’s a favorite spot where you live, or you might want to try one of the best hikes in the U.S. Either way, you’re bound to have a fun time because you’re in great company.
2 Make heart-shaped food.
If there’s ever a time to make heart-shaped food, well, this is it! Pizza, strawberry pie, eggs in a basket, cupcakes… your imagination’s the limit on this one. Or, take the low-effort route and order a heart-shaped pizza.
3 Take an online mixology class.
Learn how to craft cocktails with a James Beard honoree who has been at the forefront of the NYC craft cocktail movement and the founder of the world’s best bar, and become each other’s favorite bartender.
4 Set up a waffle bar.
Is brunch your favorite meal to eat together? Build the waffles of your dreams by setting up a DIY waffle bar. All you need is some waffle batter, a waffle maker, and all the toppings your hearts desire. Try the Sautéed Apples, Pear & Cranberries shown here.
5 Enjoy a wine and chocolate tasting.
Wine and chocolate: Both delicious on their own, but even better together! Base your tasting off our easy-to-follow chocolate and wine pairings guide, or make up your own!
6 Have a romantic movie marathon.
Grab the popcorn and settle in on the couch for an evening filled with your favorite rom-coms, like these favorite Valentine’s Day movies.
7 Send your partner on a treasure hunt.
If gift-giving is your love language, send your significant other on a scavenger hunt dotted with trails of rose petals and handwritten clues to find their Valentine’s Day gift.
8 Take a trip.
Take a day or an entire weekend and venture to a destination neither of you have been before. You’ll get out of your comfort zone and have a fabulous time doing it!
9 Give each other a massage.
Grab a bottle of body oil, set the mood with candles and soft background music, and give your partner at least 30 minutes of massage therapy. They can thank you by returning the favor.
10 Cook dinner together.
A special home-cooked meal can be so much more romantic than going out to eat at a super busy restaurant. Even if one of you doesn’t have chef-worthy skills, you can still make a memorable dinner you’ll both enjoy.