Valentine’s Day is around the corner and you might be planning your perfect date to share the love with your other half, but have you ever thought what makes the perfect date? What if your ideal perfect date idea is not the ideal date for your other half? What’s your perfect date ideas?

It doesn’t matter whether you already tied the knots or you are single. Don’t we all like planning our perfect date in our heads? A date that will make butterflies in our tummy, the one that you will always cherish. However just planning won’t take us anywhere, unless we make it happen. Before you make your perfect date ideas real, don’t forget to think about your other half too. You wouldn’t want to make him feel uncomfortable or make him pretend he’s enjoying it. Just think about the things both of you would enjoy, like who doesn’t like walking or going to cinema right?

Perfect Date Ideas for Spending Time With the Loved One

Money shouldn’t matter

Nowadays money is associated with everything, being broke or limited budget shouldn’t stop you from planning your perfect date. You can still come up with ideas where you spend either no money, or just a little. Taking a walk along the seaside, hiking to see the sunrise (if you’re an early bird) or sunset are free, no one will charge you to enjoy the perfect view! You could take a bottle of wine, and a blanket, so you could sip your wine as the sun fades away.

Fancy restaurants doesn’t mean a perfect date

Some of you could think having a lunch or dinner in a fancy restaurant would be a perfect date, but what if you can’t book a table or what if you can’t afford it? You should look for local restaurants, if you don’t know any, there’s nothing Google won’t find and you might be surprised to see what you can find. Think about the good side, local restaurants are not as crowded as fancy ones and they won’t expect you to leave as soon as you finish your food.

Coffee shops for chatting

Most of the time we are so caught up with the work/life stress that we hardly have time to have a decent chat with the other half. Going to a quiet coffee shop, having your favourite cup of coffee and a slice of a cake sound like a treat. You won’t notice how the time flies by and chatting will definitely take your stress away. If you have kids, then I’m sure having some quiet time would be good for both of you.

Picnic is always a good idea

Prepare your favourite snacks, find somewhere you both like and just wish it will be sunny, so you can just lay on the grass and watch the sky. To me, it is one of the perfect date idea as I don’t like overpacked places and all the noise is annoying.

Drive to countryside

If you like discovering new places, and tired of the crowded city then take some time off from your current routine and plan your perfect date. Make your perfect playlist, plan a route then enjoy discovering the unknown. It is just like taking a short vacation from your everyday life. You will definitely enjoy it and think how much fun it would get if you get lost!

These are my ideal perfect date ideas and as I said before you can plan your perfect date without spending a penny. How would you imagine your perfect date? What’re your perfect date ideas? How was the best date you’ve ever had? Share your perfect date ideas so maybe it would be useful for some of us!

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  • Sheridan Grady

    Such cute ideas! I would love to see the sunset/sunrise with a bottle of wine! Perfect! x

  • My best date so far was the first one my husband and I had. It was very spontaneous, but after an evening spend with a group of friends he offered to take me home, but wanted to show me something beforehand. We drove up all the way on a hill, walked a short distance and watched the city light beneath us in the freezing cold for hours.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • Chelsey

    Driving to the countryside would be my vote! I love simple things like that. They mean so much.

    Chelsey |

    • I love simple things too! Driving to countryside is one of my favourite.

  • Road trips and picnics are so romantic!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • These are great ideas for a date and some quality time with your partner. Day road trip without any particular destination sounds fantastic and we might actually do it soon, when will be warmer to actually enjoy a picnic, even with our boys 🙂 x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • There are so much to see in the UK, so I am sure it will be a good one 🙂 x

  • These are all such fabulous date ideas! I totally agree that money doesn’t necessarily equate to fun! Drives to the countryside and long walks are some of the most romantic things to do 🙂

    Rachel xx

    • You can still have fun without spending so much money 🙂 xx

  • Local places to dine is the best option if you plan to eat out. I do agree most places are jam packed especially the luxury ones.

    What people need to be looking for in terms of eating is good food, great atmosphere, and most importantly to have fun with each other.

    Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be on the day itself, you can always celebrate the day before, after, or the day after that. What matters is that you enjoy yourself with your partner or date 🙂

    Laura xo

    • I don’t really like over packed places, especially if I can’t hear the person I’m speaking to. So choosing a local place is a good idea 🙂 x

  • Those topics always make my day. Picnics are indeed a great way.

  • Ellie Adams

    Ahh I love this post hun, I’m so with you that fancy restaurants are definitely not always the perfect date. A nice cosy, coffee shop is much easier and a more comfortable environment!


    • Cosy, spontaneous dates are the best, you can just go to the coffee shop you find on the corner of a street and just enjoy it 🙂 xx

  • I love this post. Some of the best dates with the hubby are going for a walk along the beach or grabbing a coffee 🙂

    Pams Stuff and Things

    • Walking along the beach is one of my favourite too, sounds of waves is like music to my ears 🙂

  • Erin Russell

    totally agree with you about the resteraunts. my other half and I have a love for a local, they are so kind and polite, the food is incredible and fairly priced! 🙂 This year I will be going out with my BFF, she and I have other halves at work, and no children, so we will be people watching 🙂

    • Sounds like a perfect plan 🙂 I hope you had a great time with your bff!

  • These are such good ideas! I love just spending time with my partner at home with a take away or a nice cooked meal. I’m boring I know haha. Although I do enjoy a trip to theatre xx

    • Boring can be fun too, especially after a busy week boring is the best 🙂 xx

  • Lauren Letizio

    I love that you included alternative date ideas here and brought up the point that just because we might love something doesn’t mean our other half does too!


    Blame it on Barneys

  • I think the perfect date is the one you have with the perfect person. 😉 That being said, my ideal choice would be a picnic on the beach!

    • Perfect date with the perfect person, what else can you ask for 🙂

  • Charlotte

    I love going on road trips I find them so relaxing whilst having a great time talking/singing!
    Charlotte /

  • Drive to countryside sounds perfect to me! Just driving and listen to music with my favourite human being it’s my perfect idea of a date. Probably going to try it when I have a bf haha

    • Driving to unknown places is always fun, I love exploring new places 🙂

  • Roberta Romeo

    I would like to have a pic-nic on the grass!!! *-*
    Great ideas for Valentine’s Day!

  • Corinne C

    I think any place you can go where you can have a conversation and not get too distracted by others is perfect for a date 😀

    Corinne x

    • Totally agree with that 🙂 Over packed places are the worst! x

  • Yousra

    Having a picnic would be my idea of a perfect day!

    Yousra | Mystic Tales

  • Love the picnic idea! We had a picnic together to celebrate our wedding anniversary last year and it was one of my favourite days of the year, I adored everything about it 🙂

    Definitely agree you don’t have to spend a lot to have the perfect date, it’s all about the person you’re with.

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Picnics are my favourite kind of dates, it is not only relaxing but you have so much fun 🙂

  • Love coffee shop dates.. even if it is with just friends 😛 -Maireem

    My Fair Autumn | Instagram

  • Love these ideas! A coffee shop date is exactly what my fiancé and I are doing. It’s just too difficult to talk over dinner in a loud restaurant!

    • I hate over packed places, so quiet coffee shop date is a perfect idea!

  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    Loving these ideas, hun! Personally, I don’t really care much for Valentine’s Day… I don’t know, it just seems like it’s all about spending money and buying gifts, but is that really the best way to celebrate love? I don’t think so! Like you said, you don’t need to spend a ton of money to have a lovely date. 🙂 <3 I will be spending my Valentine's nights with my boyfriend, pigging out on Pizza Hut and ice cream (I already have a few Ben and Jerrys waiting for me in the freezer hehehe), playing xbox games together and watching bad films. 🙂 <3 And I think that's good enough! <3 Thanks for sharing yet another fab post, hunny, sending lots of love your way!!


    • Well said, darling! It is all about spending the day with your loved ones, not about spending your entire bank balance to spoil someone (well who doesn’t like being spoiled but VD is not for that).
      I hope you had a great VD with your bf, this plan you said sounds like a perfect way of spending it 🙂 Lots of love to you, hun <3 xx

  • Siffat Haider

    These are such great ideas, I especially love the coffee shop one. The drive to the country side idea made me fantasize about living in Europe where everything outside the city is so magical lol!

    • There are a lot to discover, so driving the countryside is great! x

  • Even though I am a single pringle, I loved reading your ideas and my favourite is driving to the country side, there’s just something that’s so calming and enticing about going there ♥

    • These ideas can be perfect for friend hangouts too 🙂 I love discovering new places, so driving the country side is amazing!

  • Picnic is a great idea. so sad that it’s still too cold (:
    Nati xx

    • Yeah I know, but for spring and summer it is perfect 🙂 x

  • Very lovely ideas for a date. I like the coffee shop and picnic ideas. Have a lovely weekend. Gemma x

    • Picnic is one of my favourite, it is so relaxing and so much fun! x

  • I love going for little road trips! It’s free but so fun xx

    Gemma ♥ Miss Makeup Magpie

  • Karina Guimarães Ribeiro

    Lovely ideas, i love picnic, it’s so romantic!


  • Awww, this is such a cute post idea, Ela!! Picnic sounds wonderful, dear!

    xoxo Ira

  • you definitely had some good points ! that’s why I don’t even celebrate Valentine’s day

  • These are all adorable ideas. I love road trips, and intimate picnics at the park, so driving to the countryside is lovely. Happy weekend. x/Madison

  • The Sunday Mode

    I agree that picnics are always a good idea, though any kind of a road trip or trip to the countryside also sounds ideal to me. Honestly I’m not that picky though, my idea of the perfect romantic date is as simple as watching films with your special someone and ordering pizza and just relaxing. That’s my idea of perfection!

    • Even a lazy day in would be a perfect date, it is all about enjoying the day!

  • Becky Hughff

    Lovely post, totally agree that you don’t need to spend money to show someone how much you love them – I’ll be staying in with my boyfriend and probably watch a movie like any other day, I don’t think love is for one day!

    • Thank you 🙂 I hope you had a lovely day with your boyfriend!

  • A coffee shop date will forever be my favourite way to spend time with my loved one. I’ve always been a huge believer that the amount of money you spend on a particular date doesn’t make it a good one, and you’ve just reinforced the idea for me with this post, Ela, thank you. I hope you enjoy the Valentine’s weekend! x

    May | THE MAYDEN | bloglovin’

    • You can actually have a great time without spending so much money too, even though nowadays most see fun as spending so much money on it. x

  • I love this post! Money doesn’t mean anything in these type of celebrations to me, it’s all about moments, time you spend with your lover 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  • If I were in a relationship I’d have to say that the two I prefer the most, would have to be chatting in a coffee shop or driving to the country side. It’d be the perfect time to just shut down our phones and social media, and the rest of the world, and seriously just catch up on life. It’s so important and we seldom forget it. Even with friends and family. Those are my favourite to spend time with those I love.

    And so on point: money doesn’t mean anything. It’s all about appreciating life.

    Ella Pinto xx

    • We spend so much time on our little devices that we forget to actually enjoy life. I love driving to countryside, it is a perfect excuse to be stress free! x

  • Amy

    I love date nights in, especially for Valentines day. My boyfriend and buy some steaks and wine and just chill out together. I enjoy it way more than a crowded restaurant. Your ideas are great too. I’ve done all of them and they are great ideas!

    Amy | Dervish Darling

    • It sounds like a perfect date to me, it is all about appreciating what you have and being with the loved one!

  • I love your ideas for dates Ela! You have literally made everything a lot more simple to think about. Sometimes we can all put pressure on ourselves, to think of something extravagant and over the top. But often the best times are unplanned and just spare of the moment. – Valentine’s Day Make-up Look

    • Spontaneous dates are the best ones, at least then you don’t have to worry about planning anything but just enjoy whatever you are doing!

  • Very nice, great post 🙂

  • This is such a lovely post , I love your ideas for seeing the sunset with a picnic blanket and a bottle of wine 🙂 I had a candle lit picnic on the floor of my bedroom with all my favourite foods that my girlfriend did for me and that was one of the best dates I’ve had 🙂

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

    • Aww how adorable! I am sure you had such an amazing time 🙂 xx

  • Sunsets can be so breathtaking! Love that beautiful idea ^_^

    Iqra | The Blushing Giraffe x

    • I really enjoy watching sunsets, it is so dreamy! 🙂 xx

  • I’m always the low maintenance gf/wife.
    I would definitely enjoy something that doesn’t need to spend.
    A picnic or even a dinner at home would be a great date idea.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • I am the same! I can be happy with small things. I hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day.

  • My favorite date is taking a nice long walk outside, especially when the weather is nice. I agree, a perfect date can be free!


    • I enjoy taking long walks, it gives time for chatting and at least something healthy too 🙂

  • yasmin sanchez

    Nice post 😀

  • I love these ideas! Unfortunately I’m long-distance so we’ve never been able to be together for Valentine’s day. I know it’s not that big of a deal, but it’s a little bit disheartening seeing everyone else celebrate while my loved one is too far away! But I think for that reason, I’d enjoy the simpler things more than the fancy ones. Coffee and brunch dates are my favorite.

    becky ♡ star violet

    • I know how you must be feeling, because I am the same. I’m in a long distance relationship, I haven’t had a chance to celebrate Valentine’s Day with my fiance since last 3 times. I don’t really celebrate it anyway but being with the loved one would have been great.

  • Nice tips my dear!!! Kisses from Italy and thank you for your visit,

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  • Neelima Sunil

    Cool stuff. Something different from the normal mundane ones 🙂 Looking forward to your future posts 🙂

  • Lovely ideas! Happy Valentine’s Day x
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

  • Lovely ideas. I completely agree with you that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a great date with your loved one.

  • Great ideas! I agree that you don’t need to spend a lot of money in order to have a romantic time. Although my fiance and I like to eat at fancy restaurants (we went to a nice French bistro for dinner 2 years ago for our 5 year anniversary…which is the day after Valentine’s Day!), we are trying to save up for the wedding and he had to work later in the day, so we had a nice brunch at my home with scrambled eggs and brunch.


    • At least you had another excuse for going to a fancy restaurant 🙂 I like going to fancy restaurants, I just don’t like how over packed they get and the service quality gets bad too. I’m in a long distance relationship and we just facetimed as I as eating the chocolate he sent, how romantic ha ha 🙂

  • Wow, love the drive to the countryside idea…Thanks for sharing!


  • such cute ideas!

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  • Emily

    These are some really lovely ideas Ela! When you’ve been with someone a long time, it’s easy to run out of ideas but these really help you think about things a little differently – I love the idea of a picnic!

    Musings & More

    • I like being spontaneous when I run out of ideas. Unplanned things can be fun!

  • Wow, Amazing. Happy Valentine’s to you Ela! <3

    x, Kat of Nested Thoughts

  • all great ideas..!! some vino would be nice right about now 😛
    – Cin

  • Such lovely ideas
    Lizzie |

  • Such nice ideas!! My husband and I enjoyed a quiet Valentine’s Day making pizza, drinking wine, and staying in. Sometimes restaurants can be too busy. Did you have a nice weekend?

    Morgan |

    • It sounds like a perfect date to me, I’m sure you had such a great time!

  • Nadia

    A bit of creativity & most of all interest and love towards each other make a perfect date 🙂 I love your ideas, hon! Hubby & I are actually taking a long weekend break away this weekend because who said you can do romance only on V.Day, right? 😉
    Thanks for sharing your advice and opinion, sweetie!
    xox Nadia

  • These are great ideas! I agree that you don’t need to visit a fancy restaurant or spend a lot of money on a date to celebrate romance. I love your idea of going to a coffee shop, that would be my style. Have a nice day 🙂

  • I love a picnic. The best date I’ve ever been on was a trip to old castle ruins with a picnic. I loved it!

    Lilies and Lipbalm

  • I love the idea of going on a picnic for Valentine. I wouldn’t have thought about it myself but it seems like the perfect Valentine outing! Great tips 🙂

    Bold Bliss