Perfect Date Ideas for Your First Valentine’s Together

BY: Andrew Goodwin |Jan 28, 2016

It’s an inevitable, terrifying reality for any couple who sticks together more than a few weeks. At some point, you’re going to face your first major holiday. It might be a birthday celebration, a Christmas party, or even the biggest, most romantic monster of them all: Valentine’s Day. Lucky for you, Groupon has come up with an infallible method to find the perfect date ideas and gifts for any couple. After all, romantic things to do are great for some, but others might not like the touchy feeliness of dancing or a massage. Follow the flowchart below and stop wondering what to do for Valentine's Day.valentines flow chart optimized jpg

Below, learn more about what makes these the perfect date ideas for your first Valentine’s Day.

The Bonding Experience

The relationship is still new, and you don’t know enough about this person to decide whether or not the two of you will stay together for the long haul. Cooking classes get couples working alongside one another, and you have plenty of time to talk about family, the future, and your favorite music while cleaning up all of those dropped eggs.

Back-up plan: Take him or her to a BYOB painting class. There’s still plenty of time to chat, and you don’t have to worry about dietary restrictions.

The Next Level

It’s time to solidify your relationship for the future, and a spa day filled with couples massages, hot tubs, and other romantic things to do should do the trick. Pro tip: look for a place that provides drinks or lets you bring your own.

Back-up plan: Taste wine at a local vineyard, then buy a bottle of his or her favorite to share over a homecooked meal.

The Safe, Romantic Evening

It might seem like a cliche, but you can’t go wrong with a candlelit Italian dinner followed by some cocktails—maybe with a bit of live music thrown in the mix. This gives you the chance to crack jokes, stare longingly into each other's eyes, or do whatever else seems appropriate for your relationship.

Back-up plan: Go to the movies, then discuss the plot over coffee.

The Talk

The relationship has hit a rocky patch, and tensions might be running a little too high for a night on the town. It’s best not to let those emotions out into public, so buy some flowers (maybe some chocolate too) and hash things out in the comfort of your own home.

Back-up plan: Actually, maybe you should figure all of this out before Valentine’s Day.

The One You’ll Tell Your Kids About

It’s official: The two of you are in love and you’re going to spend the rest of your lives together. So why bother with a standard night out? This Valentine’s Day will set the tone for the years to come, so surprise him or her with an all-inclusive, romantic getaway to a tropical Island, historic European city, or wherever else your collective heart desires.

Back-up plan: Plan a whole day of surprises that starts at the spa and ends at the symphony.

The Escape Plan

Oh, boy. We really didn’t want it to come to this, but there’s no way to sugarcoat it. It’s time to get out there and meet new people or just spend a night out on your own. What better way than in a crowd of foot-tapping, like minded individuals at a concert?

Back-up plan: Sign up for a life coach.

Illustration by Greyory Blake, Groupon

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