In the US, we tend to go over-the-top with holidays. We as women can set our expectations too high, causing stress for us and our partner. In reality, a simple and cozy Valentines Day may be just what the doctor ordered, and these Hygge-inspired Valentines date ideas can show you how to accomplish just that.
If you’re not familiar with it, hygge (pronounced “hoo-gah”) is the art of simplifying your life and focusing on the things that are cozy and important to you. (Read more about this Danish lifestyle trend here.)
During Valentines Day, we tend to go a little over the top for the ones we love. While this can be a fun way to show your loved one how much they mean to you, sometimes it can be a little excessive. If you are looking for a way to incorporate a little hygge into your Valentines Day this year, here is a couple’s guide to a hygge-inspired Valentines date ideas.
Hygge-inspired Valentines date ideas
The key is to focus on connecting with your loved one in simple ways, rather than aiming for over-the-top gestures!
How do I plan a romantic Valentines Day?
Start by forgetting everything you know about over-the top Valentines date ideas and go with these simple hygge-inspired ideas instead.
1. Surprise your partner with breakfast in bed
A fantastic way to start your partner’s day is by surprising them with a homemade breakfast in bed. This can be their favorite breakfast or something you could whip up for them in secret. I promise you that even a smoothie can be romantic when a few flowers are added to the plate!
2. Slow dance in your living room
Turn on your first dance song or a song that means a lot to you. Dance together with your spouse right there in the living room. Many couples don’t get the chance to dance together, so take advantage of the opportunity!
3. Have an outdoor (or indoor) picnic
Instead of your traditional sit-down meal, why not take things outdoors (if it’s warm enough) and create a picnic? If it’s too cold to go outside, then take your picnic to the living room floor. Light some candles, and enjoy a nice meal by candlelight.
4. Snuggle up on the couch for a romantic movie marathon
Instead of getting out of your pajamas for the afternoon, why not snuggle up on the couch and watch a few movies? Grab your coziest blankets, and light a fire if you have a fireplace. You’ll love the closeness, and you can watch some of your favorite romantic comedies.
5. Enjoy a hot bath, for two
After your movie marathon, it’s time to get ready for an evening of romance. Draw a nice hot bath, and enjoy a nice soak for two! (Try this coconut cream relaxing bath soak to take your bath to the next level.)
6. Cook dinner together
Cooking together is a great way to reconnect with your spouse and communicate with one another. You don’t have to make a complicated dish, but cooking together can be a great way to spend a little extra time together.
7. Bake something special for them
Does your significant other have a favorite dessert? Whip them up a special batch today! This can also make an excellent dessert for after dinner. Try this reader-favorite paleo pineapple upside down cake.
8. Go for a moonlit hike
Bundle up and head outdoors for a beautiful romantic hike. You can even take some time to gaze at the stars while you’re at it. Take along a thermos of hot chocolate to sip while you snuggle at the top.
9. Have a blind wine tasting date night
After a cold stroll outdoors, it’s time to head back inside for an excellent way to end the evening. Gather a bunch of wine and have a blind wine tasting date night to finish off the evening. Take turns tasting wine and guessing what it is. (May we suggest picking up a box of organic and biodynamic wine from Thrive Market?)
These hygge-inspired Valentine’s date ideas are just the ticket
Valentines Day is about so much more than flowers and chocolates. A Valentines Day that incorporates hygge is a great way to avoid the usual stress of the holiday and take the time to enjoy that time with your significant other.