Looking for fun Valentine’s Day date ideas that are ultra cute, ultra romantic, but still wonderfully budget-friendly?
You’re in the right place. In this article, we’ve assembled 10 teenager-friendly Valentine’s date ideas that combine fun clichés, viral TikTok trends and memorable dates from our own teenage past-selves. These are all awesome dates that you’ll surely remember for years to come, all without the hefty price tag of clichéd restaurant meals and over-the-top bouquets.
So, looking for cool date ideas this Valentine’s Day? Try some of these out!
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1. Do the TikTok 4 course meal challenge
This fun teenager-friendly date idea has gone viral on TikTok lately, and is the perfect Valentine’s Day date for teens who want a fun way to “eat out” without the pressure of booking fancy reservations and all that jazz.
The concept is simple: 4 rounds – drinks, appetizers, mains, and dessert. You and your Valentine play rock paper scissors for each round, and the winner decides where and what you’ll get for each round.
The best part about this Valentine’s date idea is you can tailor it to your own needs and budget. For an extra special version of this, why not do a home-made version where the winner decides the dish and then you go home and make it together?
On that note, another adorable Valentine’s date for teens is…
2. DIY the ultimate romantic Valentine’s experience
You’re probably familiar with all the Valentine’s clichés by now – the expensive fancy restaurant, giant rose bouquets, etc.
And while that kind of date might be fun for some, it’s definitely not the most budget-friendly Valentine’s date idea for a teenager.
But if you’re into all that cheesiness, one really fun way to have a great and memorable Valentine’s Day with your valentine is replicating that same fancy experience at home. Choose a 3 course menu to cook at home yourselves, get some sparkling water and sparkling cider to sip on, dress up in your nicest outfits, and light some candles. It’ll be cheesy, but well worth all the effort.
3. Have a Valentine’s Movie marathon
Of course, if you want something a bit more chill, here’s a classic Valentine’s day date idea that is perfect for teenagers: a movie marathon… complete of course with plenty of yummy snacks.
BONUS ROMANTIC POINTS: Set up a projector and get some mood lighting set up with fairy lights.
If you two enjoy watching movies together often, try to make this date more special by picking a unique theme or twist, for instance:
- A coin flip night where whoever wins each flip can pick the next movie
- Binging all the movies in a franchise, trilogy, etc.
- Watching the cheesiest romantic movies
4. Cozy blanket fort night-in
If just sitting down to watch movies sounds a bit dull for Valentine’s Day, then here’s another cute teen-friendly date idea: build yourself the blanket fort of your dreams and have a cozy night in.
Seriously – grab all the pillows and blankets you can imagine, get some mood lighting going, play board games, eat junk food, maybe even make some S’mores if you really want to make this special. The most important thing about Valentine’s Day is of course the company, but how can you not be in a lovey dovey mood while enjoying a blanket fort?
5. Watch sunset or sunrise together
It’s a bit cliché, but the best things in life are free… and that includes sunrises and sunsets.
One simple Valentine’s date idea we love for teens is simply going out to a nice viewpoint to enjoy either sunrise or sunset – all the better if you can pick a little picnic for the experience.
Our personal opinion? Sunrise might be a bit more special and romantic since you’re less likely to see it all the time. Pick a scenic perch, grab some of your favourite hot drinks and a blanket to cuddle in, and enjoy this magical and cheap Valentine’s Day date.
6. Have a coin toss date
If you want to enjoy a more spontaneous Valentine’s date, then planning a Coin Toss date might be a fun idea!
What is a Coin Toss date? Long story short, it’s a date where everything you do is decided with a Coin Toss. To make it work, simply prepare a list of “This or That” scenarios for your Valentine’s Day together, then on the day, flip to decide which you’ll do. We recommend saving the flips for the day-of because that makes things more exciting, and of course it’s funnier when things go awry.
Here are some ideas for “this or that” to flip a coin for:
- Comfy clothes or fancy clothes
- Starbucks or Dunkin
- Donuts or bagels
- McDonalds or fancy meal
- Walk or movie
- Driving or walking
7. Have a picnic somewhere significant to your relationship
Whether it’s the spot where you first kissed, or where you confessed you feelings for each other the first time, odds are there’s a few places around that are significant or special to your relationship.
Well, why not have a picnic there for Valentine’s Day?
Remember, a picnic doesn’t need to be elaborate… even just getting some takeout and sitting on your jackets can be romantic, so long as you’re with the right person. This could be a fun way to revisit special memories while making a new one too.
8. Have a ‘pick for your partner’ date
If you trust your valentine enough to not completely mess with you, a “Pick for Your Partner” date might be fun. In this date, you make every decision for your valentine, from the clothes or scent they wear, to what they order at the restaurant. This is a simple date idea, but one that can easily spice things up and make the day extra special for Valentine’s.
9. Create a bucket list together
One of the sweetest part of teenage romances (we think) is dreaming ahead to the future about all the cool adventures you can have together when you’re able to… so why not get together and create a special bucket list together for Valentine’s Day?
You can even combine this with making collages/vision boards to have an extra crafty date.
Think about places you want to travel to, things you’d like to do together, etc. This is one super easy (and budget-friendly!) ways to dream and get all mushy in our feelings.
10. Go ice skating
If you live somewhere that offers it, ice skating is a Valentine’s Day classic that all teenagers love. We’ve been guilty of this one plenty of times! From the mandatory hand holding “for stability” to the watery hot chocolate that warms you up, everything about this date screams adorable… and it’s easy on the wallet too.
11. Go star gazing
Star gazing is a classic teenage date that is a tried and true classic for a reason. Drive out somewhere clear with a blanket, snacks, and a telescope if you have it. If you want to enjoy Valentine’s Day in a way that makes it feel like you’re the only two on Earth, this is an amazing activity to really crank up the romance.
12. Bake something together
Last but certainly not least, a great teenage-friendly Valentine’s date is baking. Bonus points if it’s something wonderfully corny and heart-shaped.
Following a recipe together can be a lot of fun, plus you get to enjoy the treats together right after.
Want an easy shortcut? Just buy some boxed baking mixes and premade frosting. It’s just as good and a lot less work.
We hope you enjoyed those teen Valentine’s Day date ideas!
Best of luck with your Valentine’s Day, and let us know in the comments if there are any other fun teen-friendly dates you’d like for us to add.