Before you even think Netflix and Chill, stop and think about the person you’re taking on a date. Going out for dinner and a movie is easy and is in everyone’s wheelhouse, but it’s ultimately typical and easily forgotten.

The flipside is that you overthink your plans and end up making a mess of your “well-planned” date. Plus, let’s be real: everyone and their mothers are probably out on the town because it’s Valentine’s Day. But if neither you nor your SO feel like getting dressed to go out, here are a few Valentine’s Day Date Ideas for the homebody.

Cooking Together

This might largely depend on how long you and your SO have been together. This activity means that your SO will be in your home, your sanctum sanctorum, if you will. It’s a great way for you to get to know each other’s likes and dislikes when it comes to food.

Pull up a recipe from your favorite cooking site a few days before the date – or even the Tasty videos that always make the rounds on Facebook. Pick a main dish, dessert, and get the ingredients together. The fun is all in seeing each other work in the kitchen, then sitting down to eat the meal you both made.

Take Out Roulette

If cooking isn’t something either of you think might go particularly well, take out could be your go to for the night. Everyone has their preferred take out places, and there’s never any shortage of good food that can be delivered to your doorstep.

You could each pick a place the other has never tried and pick out a food item that you think they might like. For a “romantic” touch, you could blindfold the other (and vice versa, with permission) as you taste the dishes the other ordered.

Play 20 Questions

If you’re a new couple, there are certain things you may not know about each other just yet. Bear in mind that “20 Questions” isn’t precisely meant to be risqué, but is meant to be more on the fun side. You may already know a lot about the person you’re with, but there’s always room for a little surprise knowledge.

Grab some paper strips and write down random questions, then take turns answering them. This is something you can do after you polish off all the food you both made/ordered.

Break out a Board Game (or a Video Game)

When you were younger, you’d relish the opportunity to play a board game. Now would be a good time to bust out something like it. Jenga and Scrabble are great, but there are also apps like Head’s Up that can bring out a bit of a competitive edge between the two of you.

If you’re feeling more co-op, and there’s a video game console in the house, you can try your hand at Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, or Just Dance. You can also take quizzes online together, like getting yourselves sorted on Pottermore.

Make Some Plans

If you’ve been together a while, chances are you’ve already thought about maybe getting away for the weekend – not necessarily this weekend, but you could take the night to plan trips for upcoming holidays.

Plunk yourselves on a couch and talk about where you’d like to go together – not necessarily this year, but a plan to travel. A conversation like this also lets you both talk about finances, mostly in how you can both put together the cash to take that vacation. Even something as simple as a road trip to Baguio for the weekend can be planned easily.

A Viewing Night

As typical as dinner and a movie might be, there’s no denying that one of the ways couples bond is over good food and an even better movie, or TV show that you both want the other to see. If it’s movies, pick something that isn’t your typical V-Day movie, maybe even a horror movie. For series, look for one that has at least one season done so that you can pull off a marathon.

Keep a snack or two handy as you binge watch, and make sure you’re both comfortable. If the area you’re watching in is conducive to it: build a pillow/sofa/blanket fort and turn the lights down for maximum comfort (and snuggle time). Notable films to watch include Star Wars, anything by Quentin Tarantino, or Hayao Miyazaki.

These are just a few ideas for a date that doesn’t involve leaving home. If you get stuck planning something for Valentine’s Day, or any date, there’s any number of ideas that won’t break your budget. Classic date items like flowers, movies, and dinner are classics for a reason – but picking a more original way to date can make your loved one feel extra special.
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