Valentine's Date Ideas and Gifts for Your Loved One

Do you need date ideas for Valentine’s Day? Do you still need to get a gift? Gifts don’t have to be expensive, just like dates don’t have to be extravagant. All that matters is that you put thought and heart into your ideas. If you don’t know where to start, we can help.

A 2019 survey showed that lavish gifts don’t matter to most women. The top requests were for dinner and intimacy. Keeping that in mind, read on to see what ideas we have for you.

Gift Ideas

Plan ahead and have your gift and date ideas ready for the big day. Don’t wait until the last minute to buy your gift because it will show.

Ticket Stub Book

If you and your significant other go to a lot of concerts, shows, plays, or movies then a ticket stub book is the perfect gift. The book will hold your ticket stubs after you go to the event. For an extra surprise, put a few tickets for upcoming events in the front. Your significant other will be surprised and you can look forward to the event together.

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Personalized Pillow

Do you miss your significant other when they are not near you? Put your face on a personalized pillow. Now they can hug or lay next to the pillow when they miss your face. Another option is if they recently lost a pet then you can put a picture of the pet on the pillow. They will always have a memory of their furry little friend and be grateful the gift came from you.

Date Night Scratch-Off

Need clever ideas for your future date nights? The date night scratch-off is the perfect solution. There are 100 different ideas for dates, so you can use it over and over again. These unique ideas will bring you and your significant other closer together.

A Card

A simple card with a lovely handwritten note will warm your significant other’s heart. They are only a few dollars and you can write how much the other person means to you inside of them. Bonus if you write a little poem to remind them how much they mean to you. Extra bonus if the card is handmade. Brown kraft paper bags are perfect for making cards. Use stamps, colored pens, and colored paper to decorate the card.


If your significant other loves reading books or has a “to be read” list then sneak a pick at their list and get a few of their favorite books. Depending on your budget, you can choose e-books, audiobooks, paperbacks, or hardcover books. Be sure to check out the used bookstore to get more books for your buck. Place the book in a gift bag with handles and wrap the book with tissue paper to keep it safe.

Framed Map

Do you have a special location where you met your significant other? Get a map with the area you first met in a frame. If you went on a special date, where you got engaged or married, get that framed on a map as well. Whichever you choose, find a special place for you and your loved one and write a note about how important it is to you.

Date Ideas

Next up are date ideas. After you give your loved one a thoughtful gift, it is time to take them out on a romantic date. Again, it doesn’t have to be extravagant but just shows that you put some thought into it.

A Bonfire

A bonfire is perfect in most climates. Snuggle close by the fire to stay warm and roast marshmallows to make s’mores while staring up at the night sky. Bonus if you can make a bonfire on the beach and watch the sunset.


A Wine and Canvas Class

Learn to paint while drinking your favorite wine with your significant other. Many places run specials for Valentine’s Day. When you are done, put your masterpiece in a gift bag with handles to keep it safe.

Themed Dinner and Movie Night

Do you and your loved one have a favorite movie? Serve up a nice dinner based on the movie and then watch it together on the couch. A romantic, candlelit dinner followed by your favorite movie is sure to show your significant other you love them.

Recreate Your First Date

Go back to where it all started when you go on your first date again. You can reminiscence about the time you first met and be happy where you are now. Your significant other will appreciate the thought you put into the gift. Just make sure you get the place of your first date right, otherwise, it could backfire.

Ice Skating or Roller Skating

Depending on the weather, go ice skating or roller skating. Ice skating is romantic but roller skating is fun too, especially if you haven’t been since you were younger. Rentals are usually a couple of dollars and you can skate for a couple of hours. When you are all done, grab a drink at your favorite bar or coffee shop.

Thoughtful Gifts and Date Ideas

You don’t have to spend a crazy amount to show your significant other that you love them. Put thought, time, and consideration into the gift to show you really care. Even if you spend a couple of dollars on brown kraft paper bags to make a card or to wrap your presents, the thought and love that went into it will be worth it.