Valentine’s Gift Ideas You Won’t Find in a Box

A couple on the beach laughing on Valentine's Day.

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, there’s always a lot of pressure to get your partner the perfect gift. And just because your partner isn’t into material gifts, doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. You might have to think outside the box and go beyond the gift wrap.

If you’re looking for a great gift idea that isn’t the tradition flowers or chocolate, here are some creative ideas for experiential gifts to give your partner:

1. Get them a subscription to a meal prep service.
If your partner loves to cook, consider getting them a subscription to a meal prep service. Together, you can make a high quality meal in your own home and keep the recipe for a rainy day. This is perfect for the partner who doesn’t mind getting their hands a little dirty. 

2. Give them the gift of the great outdoors.
If your partner loves being out in nature, consider getting them an annual national parks pass. For only $80, the annual pass gets one person into any national park in the United States for free. For nature enthusiasts and travelers, you can’t beat this one.

3. Hook them up with a glamorous ride (for a night).
If your partner loves cars, glam, and the lap of luxury, rent a high-end car to create the perfect Valentine’s Day date night. Better yet: show up on their doorstep in the new ride and fork over the keys. Sometimes date nights are about the indulgence. This is for those seeking it.

4. Plan a Valentine’s Day escape.
You can learn a lot about someone from how they operate under pressure, and an escape room is a great way to do that in a safe, controlled environment. Not to mention, they’re just plain fun. Escapes are not for everyone, so make sure they’re the type of person who likes a little brain tease.  

5. Spend a day at the spa.
What could be better than a day of getting pampered with your partner? No matter where you are, the closest major city is bound to have a Valentine’s Day special, so treat yourself. Seaweed wraps, massages, and saunas are the real key to the heart.

6. Go with tradition and book a reservation at a nice restaurant.
Sometimes, classic is better. Getting dressed up with your beaux and going to a nice dinner together can be the best kind of date. Remember Valentine’s Day is about the two of you, so pick some place quiet, where the food is good.

7. Get them concert tickets.
If your partner is a big music fan, concert tickets are an amazing way to show them you care. There’s nothing quite like dancing to live music, and your partner will be able to appreciate that.

8. Check AirBnB for weekend deals.
If you live in a city, checking into an AirBnb in the suburbs for a little staycation could be the getaway you need. Sometimes a simple change of scenery is all you need to spark an intimate moment, and this little step outside the normal routine might do just that.

9. Take the leap (sort of).
Indoor skydiving is all the rage these days. For those that aren’t quite ready for the real thing, indoor skydiving offers you a fun experience at an accessible price and almost none of the risk. If your partner is into off-the-wall experiences, this might be your pick. What better way to say you’re “falling” for them?

Hopefully, these gave you some Valentine’s Day inspiration. Sometimes, it’s harder to skip the gift card and find memorable thing, but it’s almost always worth it. There are many ways to show appreciation and they’re not all wrappable.

Hannah Schneider

Hannah Schneider is a writer from the Midwest writing by way of Brooklyn. She writes about LGBTQ topics, dating, sexuality, body positivity, sexual health, and more, with bylines at The Date Mix, Elite Daily, Them, Bustle and more! She enjoys weird dates, giant dogs, and literally any food you’re willing to share. For more dating and dog content, you can follow her on Instagram at @amazingspiderhan and Twitter at @amazinspiderhan.

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