Here are ten ideas to make your date unique this Valentine’s Day:
So you’re looking for some fun date ideas for that special someone on Valentine’s day.
- Go on an early morning hike: Dress warm and take a short (2-3 mile) hike up to somewhere you can watch the sunrise together. Eat breakfast at the top and head back down whenever you feel like it.
- Play laser tag: Find a good venue and take a group of your veteran friends to go play laser tag. I’ve played laser tag against a team of military servicemembers and they were unstoppable. This can be even more fun if you can get two teams together to face off. Laser tag is more appropriate for a date than paintballing because it has broader appeal and less chance of injury.
- Attempt to cover as many date cliches as you can: Even cliches can be fun if you make a game out of them. Try to go bowling, grab coffee, walk along the beach or a street while eating ice cream, etc. Any date cliche you can think of, tack it on. This is a particularly good idea if it’s a first or second date and you’re nervous about impressing your date – it’s never cliche to do as many cliche things as you can in a single date.
- Don’t be afraid to go extreme: If you know your date well, take him or her skydiving, hang gliding, or white-water rafting. Afterwards, go out to lunch or dinner at a place you both really like.
- Pursue the interests of your date: It seems like the older we get, the less time we have for our talents. By the time we get home from work we’re too tired to do anything but grab a drink and watch some Netflix. I know I would kill for the opportunity to pull my guitar out and jam with my date for an hour or so. Maybe you’re both into video games, sports, music, or something else.
- Fix your date’s car: Hear me out on this one; if you’re going on a Valentine’s date, chances are you’re going with someone special or at least someone you know well. Chances also are that they don’t know much about cars. Imagine if you can teach them to change a tire, change their oil, or swap out their spark plugs. Quick disclaimer, though: I can testify that this no longer works after you’re married.
- Go on a horse-drawn carriage ride: Truly in the spirit of Valentine’s day, you can give your date a romantic evening out on the town, followed up by Sleepless in Seattle or another romantic movie.
- Look for restaurants and entertainment venues that offer veterans discounts: military.com, and veteransadvantage.com partner with a number of companies to offer special discounts for military servicemembers and veterans, and many other companies offer military discounts. While it may be uncomfortable for you to take the discount, you can use the savings to offer your server a larger tip or make the night a more enjoyable experience for your date.
- Go on a bike ride: Be careful not to choose a route that’s more difficult than you and your date can do comfortably, because you’ll want to focus on the conversation and the scenery that you can enjoy while on the bike ride. Bike rides are good for a mid-morning or mid-afternoon activity, followed up by a casual lunch or dinner.
- Watch an old movie: Old movies are very entertaining and can be very nostalgic. There’s also something about old movies that makes them romantic or special. If you are both fans of a specific movie it can make for a very special night.
The most important thing to remember when planning your Valentine’s date is to make decisions based on what you know about your date – what do they enjoy? How do they spend their free time? Doing your best to make the night special for your date has a lower chance of failure than just trying to be unique.