12 Cheap Valentine's Day Date Ideas That Are Actually Fun
Trying to get a good seat at the movies on Valentine's Day is like a toned-down version of The Hunger Games – you fight a theater full of other people for the best spot and if you fail, your romantic night is basically doomed. Skip the battle and try a totally unique (and cheap!) date instead.
1. Indoor Picnic
If it's too cold to actually go outside, throw down a blanket and have a romantic picnic in your bedroom. Make finger sandwiches and yummy dessert, then pack them up in a basket. If you want a dose of nature, flip on NatGeo and listen to birds chirping. It's all the fun of an actual picnic, minus the bugs crawling in your food.
2. Sweet Treat
You and bae can both pick your favorite desserts and make them together. Or go out to a restaurant and order only sweets. It's a totally fun date that will most likely end with chocolate – WIN.
3. Spa Night
This is a killer date idea that's totally free. Raid your kitchen for supplies to make DIY face masks or bring out your nail kit for an at-home mani/pedi. Watch your favorite rom com and take selfieswhile you wait for the masks to dry.
4. Arcade Games
If Stranger Things taught me anything, it's that the arcade is a great place to fall in love – and don't trust a baby demogorgon no matter how cute it is. Take your number one to an old-school game center and duel to win each other a V Day gift.
5. Netflix Dinner
Order cheeseburgers, donuts, Chinese food, pizza and try to finish a new mini-series in one night. You'll spend the evening pigging out and cuddling – basically a dream come true.
6. Game Night
Planning a super romantic Valentine's date can be v stressful, especially if you just started dating. A game night is a low key date that'll take the pressure off. Hit up an arcade and bond with your S.O. over an old-school game of Frogger or a DDR battle. At the end of the night, you can use your tickets to buy each other a funny V-Day gift.
7. Snow Date
Snow can be a major pain when you're trying to get to school, but it actually makes for a pretty awesome date. If it happens to be snowing on Feb. 14th, head outside and channel your inner Elsa. Build a snowman, have a snowball fight, or go sledding. And be sure to warm up with snuggles and lots of hot cocoa.
8. Play Board Games
February weather isn't always the most romantic, so if you'd rather stay in on V-Day, channel your inner kids and play your fave childhood board games. It's a great way to laugh and bond without just watching a movie like usual.
9. Ghost Tour
If you and bae are into ~creepy~ stuff, go online and see if a town near you has a walking ghost tour. Most cities have them for cheap and they're super fun. A guide (usually dressed in a Victorian costume) will take you to the spookiest spots in town and tell you scary stories all night long.
10. Paint Together
Even if both of you are terrible at painting, a DIY night would be so much fun. Buy two canvasses and set them up back-to-back. You'll each paint a picture for each other as your gift – it'll be really good or hilariously bad. Either way you'll get a memorable night.
There's nothing more romantic than laying out looking the stars, but in the winter that's not really doable. Instead, go to a planetarium for a night-time view of the sky sans the frigid temps.
12. Burritos With Bae
If you don't want your little brother interrupting your V-Day date, but don't have the cash for a ~fancy~ dinner, hit up your fave fast food joint (Chipotle). You know the grub will be lit and it can be fun to split some of your fave treats in a low-key environment.
Original Article by Kelsey Steigman at http://www.seventeen.com/love/dating-advice/a9098/cheap-valentines-day-dates/