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!) 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. Play a game.
2. Make playlists for each other.
Spend some time putting together playlists for each other on your favorite streaming service. Choose songs that spark memories of your relationship or simply tunes you know your significant other will love. Then pour some wine, turn on the music, and reminisce.
3. 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.
4. Make a scrapbook of your relationship.
Even partners who aren't so into crafts will get a kick out of this fun activity. Gather up photos of your relationship, old ticket stubs, and meaningful receipts, and make a beautiful book that you'll both treasure!
5. Bake something sweet.
Baking is a fun way to spend more time with your significant other. And you'll have a sweet reward to enjoy together.
6. Enjoy a wine and chocolate tasting at home.
Wine and chocolate: Both delicious on their own, but even better together! Base your tasting off of an easy-to-follow chocolate and wine pairings guide, or make up your own!
7. Craft something together.
Try your hand at some DIY Valentine's Day crafts at home. Consider an art project that you can hang somewhere in the house or craft creative picture frames for favorite photos.
8. 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.
9. Have a romantic movie marathon.
Grab the popcorn and settle in on the couch for an evening filled with your favorite rom-coms.
10. Have a Parisian date night.
Pretend like you're in the City of Love this Valentine's Day. Make sweet (or savory!) crepes, share a bottle of wine, and put on some romantic music to set the tone.
11. Take a bath.
For a bubble bath worthy of a honeymoon suite, surround the tub with candles, sprinkle rose petals in the water, and set a tray of chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of Champagne within arm's reach.
12. Practice yoga together.
Enjoy some Zen time together while stretching and breathing in sync.
13. 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.
14. 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.