Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, so the pressure’s on. Even if your pockets aren’t too deep these days, there’s no need to stress. Perfection is in the planning, and our 10 ideas don’t take much. If you’re on a budget this year, here are 10 things you can do for under $50 that will still keep your sweetheart extremely happy.
1. Night skiing
As the saying goes, “if you’re lucky enough to live in the mountains, you’re lucky enough.” And if you’re lucky enough to live in a ski town, you’re lucky enough to (hopefully) have access to some pretty sweet perks — one of which being night skiing. Not all resorts offer the experience, but those that do deliver a romantic (and reasonably priced) evening of moonlit skiing. As for the actual price, you’re looking at about $25 per ticket (at Steamboat, for example).
2. Taco Tuesday (at home)
This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday. Coincidence? Yes. A fact you can use to your advantage? Absolutely. You know the deal: Grab your favorite fixings at the store, and go nuts. Make some tasty margaritas, and enjoy a fun night in with your significant other. And if you need a little inspiration, check out some of our favorite taco recipes.
3. Have a staycation
You don’t have to fly somewhere fancy to ensure a romantic escape with your love. Booking a room at a nearby B&B is the perfect opportunity for a little romance. Of course, prices will vary based on location, but finding an affordable option is totally doable. In Michigan, for instance, you can keep it around $50. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to us.
4. Ice skating
You don’t have to be an Olympic figure skater to enjoy a little time on the ice. Your town’s skating rink, indoor or out, is the perfect way to get some fresh air with your loved one without breaking the bank. Even New Yorkers can enjoy an evening at the city’s iconic Rockefeller Center skating rink, for only $25 per person. And you’ll probably see at least one proposal while you’re there, too, as the center of the ice rink is a popular place to get down on one knee.
5. Tour a local brewery
With the abundance of craft breweries that have popped up in recent years, it’s no wonder boozy tours have become a popular activity for people across the nation. And the best part is touring a brewery is super cheap. Not only will you get to taste the product, but the only thing you’ll be dropping cash on is a growler of your favorite brew. After you’ve learned about the process, you can bring the party back home to keep celebrating with your partner.
6. Ski hut tour
Backcountry skiing has blown up in recent years, and it’s totally worth visiting one of the ski huts. Nothing compares to wandering in the stillness of the snow-covered forest. And although most huts are made for groups, you’re bound to meet friendly, like-minded folks during your stay. There’s no breaking the bank with this one, either: You can book a hut within Colorado’s iconic 10th Mountain Division for less than $40 per person.
7. Have a mountaintop picnic
If you’re not able to make it to a hut, plan a mountaintop picnic instead. It’s less of a commitment,and you’re in total control over how much you spend. All you need to do is pack your favorite foods — cheese, meats, wine — a blanket to sit on, maybe some portable speakers, and you’re set. No matter how you get there, finding an off-the-beaten-path spot will ensure a romantic adventure for you and your Valentine.
8. Food truck tour
There’s no need to spend a ton of money just because you want to treat your partner to delicious food. Lots of cities have jumped on the food truck bandwagon. If you happen to live in one of them, you have the perfect excuse to eat your way through the night. Plus, there’s definitely a food truck for every taste, so why not make a date night out of exploring what your city has to offer?
9. Get your artist on
If you and your partner are looking to unleash your creative juices, give pottery painting a try. Find a local art school or a franchise like Color Me Mine, which has locations across the country. Not to mention, the price is just right. A $10 studio fee plus the price of your pottery makes this a starving artist’s dream date.
10. Plan a spa night at home
You don’t have to book a couples massage at a fancy spa just to get a little TLC. This year, pamper yourself right in the comfort of your own home. Dim the lights, pull out some fancy candles, and gather your favorite pampering essentials. Rubbing each other down is sure to spark a little Valentine’s Day romance.