3 Best Last-Minute Valentine's Day Date Ideas (That Bring You Even Closer)

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Less stress; more connection.

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. And if you or your partner are not into grand or overly romantic gestures, making Valentine’s Day date plans can be one of the hardest things to do... which is probably why you've put it off until last-minute!

Don't worry. If you still haven't figured out what to do, I’ve got you covered! 

But first, stop stressing about coming up with the best Valentine's Day date idea, and take a bit of the pressure off of the holiday. There are ways to celebrate this day — and your love — without going overboard on the ooey-gooey romantic stuff.

Here are 3 low-key ways to bond with your sweetheart on Valentine's Day without a lot of fuss that you can pull off in a snap:

1. Re-enact your first date. 

Unless your first date was in Paris, more than likely this option is doable.  Perhaps your first meeting was at a coffee shop, the movies or at a restaurant.  Or maybe it was a walk in a park.  Whatever the case may be, for added effect, wear the same outfit, get ready separately, and meet at the location, ready to re-live those precious moments.

Why it works:  It re-engages all the senses. The re-enactment of your first date is likely to spark feelings of excitement and flood back vivid memories of the first time you met. You'll recreate the feeling of falling in love all over again!

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2. Cook dinner together. 

Instead of trying to make a last-minute reservation at an expensive restaurant where you’ll be shuffled along for the next seating, why not enjoy creating something delicious together at home? It's less stuffy and more engaging, since it's a bonding activity combined with a tasty meal.

Try one of these 30-minute menu ideas:

For dessert, try one of these delectable options:

Warning: If you sample the dessert first, you may not get to dinner!

Why it works:  Cooking involves communication and working together. Besides the chop, chop and “pass the salt,” there is an opportunity to connect about other meaningful topics as you work together to create a nourishing (and possibly sensuous) meal. Plus, even if your cooking turns out to be a disaster, the experience of being in the kitchen together — and the resulting laughter from your terrible efforts — is what makes this date idea fun!

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3. Light some candles, open a bottle of wine and get out some questions.  

Do this after idea #1 or #2, or try it as a standalone activity. 

Write out these questions on 3"x5" index cards, and take turns choosing one to read aloud from the deck for both of you to answer:

  • What is your most cherished memory?
  • What is your worst memory?
  • Tell your partner your life story in as much detail as possible, as if you have just met them for the first time.
  • For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
  • What are you most stressed about right now?  What could I do to alleviate that stress in any way?
  • What has so far been your favorite sexual experience with me?
  • What would you like to do more of together?
  • What new thing would you like to do together?
  • If you could see into the future, what would you most want to know?
  • Share five (5) things that you love about your partner.

Why it works:  We seldom take the time to really see our partner. When asking these questions with a curious attitude, we learn something novel, come to appreciate them more, and become bonded to them in a new way. If we are truly open, we become vulnerable ourselves — and that too strengthens our bond. 

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Valentine's Day doesn't have to be a big fuss, but it is a great time to reconnect and show your love for your partner. Try one (or all!) of these low-fuss Valentine's Day date ideas to generate greater awareness about your partner, rekindle romantic feelings, and bring you two closer than ever.

Lisa Petsinis is a career and life coach. Contact her for a complimentary call and jumpstart the changes you want in your life today.

This article was originally published at www.lisapetsinis.com. Reprinted with permission from the author.