10 Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Activities

Are you tired of the same old Valentine's Day routines? Flowers, chocolates, and fancy dinner dates… well why not try something new and memorable this year? 

We have put together a list of the 11 most popular last-minute Valentine's Day activities that don't involve the same old traditional gifts. Whether you're a fan of the beach, books, or board games, these activities are sure to impress and make your day truly special. 

And it doesn’t necessarily have to be with a partner. You can also use this list to pick an amazing activity for you and your best friend, family, or your dawg. Better yet— take yourself out on a date and celebrate self-love. 

Get ready to break away from the norm and experience a Valentine's Day filled with love, laughter, and quality time! 


1. Enjoy a movie night at home

A couple watching a movie at home
Movie nights at home may be a common Valentine's Day activity, but there's a reason it's so popular. People are most likely busy with work and other responsibilities, making a cosy night in with a good movie the perfect option for a last-minute celebration. 
Don't let the hustle and bustle of everyday life steal the romance. Light some candles or have some decadent Belgian Drinking Chocolate while enjoying each other's company in the comfort of your own home. 


2. Have a beach date

A couple holding hands on the beach

Escape to the coast this Valentine's Day for a breathtaking beach date! Imagine the sun setting over the horizon as you and your favourite person take a stroll along the shore.

Take a break from the daily grind and bask in each other's company while playing beach games, surfing or having a drink while simply relaxing on a blanket. 


3. Visit museums

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Spend the day exploring the halls, admiring masterpieces, and learning about history with your partner by your side at a local museum. From ancient artefacts to contemporary art, there's something for everyone in the museum world. You’ll have the opportunity to bond over shared interests and engage in meaningful conversations. 

4. Share your favourite books

A couple reading a book together

Step away from the traditional Valentine's Day gifts of flowers and chocolates and choose something truly unique by sharing your favourite books with your loved one! 

Give the gift of reading and the opportunity to escape into new and thrilling worlds. Choose books that have a special meaning to both of you, or books that have inspired you in your personal or professional life. Snuggle up on the couch or curl up in bed while sharing your favourite stories and passages— both are guaranteed to make your day truly special. 

5. Give them a gift card

Say goodbye to the cliché gifts of chocolates and flowers and give your favourite person the opportunity to pick out something they truly love. Whether it's a gift card for their favourite coffee bundle, a much-needed relaxing spa day, or a shopping spree at their favourite store, the possibilities are endless.

This flexible and personal gift allows your loved one to indulge in something they've been wanting for a long time or to simply treat themselves to a much-deserved break. 

Show your thoughtfulness and love by giving a gift card this Valentine's Day, and watch as your loved one's eyes light up with excitement!

6. Cook dinner together

A couple cooking dinner together

Put on your aprons and get cooking! This is a great opportunity to learn new recipes and bond over your shared love of food. It doesn't matter if you're a seasoned cook or just starting in the kitchen, cooking together is a fun and intimate way to spend time together. 

If you're feeling adventurous, you can shake things up by whipping up some delicious cocktails to add a little something extra to your evening. Set the mood by dimming the lights and turning up the music for the perfect ambience. Share a toast to another year of love and happiness! 

7. Go hiking

A couple sitting on top of a boulder

Take your partner to new heights this Valentine's Day by going on a scenic hike together. This outdoor adventure is a great way to get some exercise, connect with nature, and spend quality time with your favourite person.

Choose a trail that offers breathtaking views, or go for a more challenging hike to push yourselves out of your comfort zones. Chuck some of The Laughing Pug’s pour-over drip bags into your daypack and sip on a cup of deliciously rich, smooth premium coffee as you explore new surroundings and conquer obstacles together. 

8. Have a picnic

A picnic spread

Having a picnic is a timeless activity that offers a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and embrace the beauty of nature. Plus, it's more personal and memorable than just gifting chocolates or flowers.

So, ditch the ordinary and go for a romantic picnic this Valentine's Day. Gather your favourite treats, grab a blanket, and don’t forget to bring your favourite enamel mugs before heading to your ideal outdoor location to make new memories with your partner.



9. Plan a game night

A couple playing chess

Get competitive this Valentine's Day by having a fun-filled game night together! From classic board games to card games and video games, this activity is a great way to spend the day laughing and bonding with your partner-in-crime. Choose games that you both enjoy, or try out something you’ve never played before.

Make the night even more special by transforming your living room into a game hall with decorations and treats. Pick your favourite games and get ready for a night filled with laughter and love this Valentine's Day!

10. Hit the open road

A couple sitting in a car

Embrace the great unknown and take in the scenic views while you enjoy each other's company. Find a town you’ve never explored before or revisit some of your favourite places together. This is the perfect opportunity to slow down, unplug and make long-lasting memories. And when the sun sets, find a serene location to go stargazing and bask in the beauty of the night sky.

Whether you're in the mood for a laid-back drive or a heart-racing road trip, the open road awaits you. So put the pedal to the metal, and let the stars be your backdrop for an unforgettable Valentine's Day celebration!

Valentine's Day doesn't have to be expensive or complicated. There are plenty of last-minute activities that are more enjoyable, creative, and engaging than traditional gifts like flowers or chocolates. From a romantic beach date to a fun-filled game night, there's something for everyone's taste and style. 

No matter what you choose, the most important thing is bonding together and creating lasting memories. Happy Valentine's Day!

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