Valentine's Day is around the corner and while some people might think it's a hallmark holiday, there's never a bad time to show someone you care.
From Christmas to Valentine's Day and all the holidays in between, we know sometime's gifting can get out of hand so we've put together 7 inexpensive date night/day ideas to make sure you're off the hook for 'forgetting Valentine's Day'.
1. Beach Picnic
If you're looking for a romantic date night, nothing is quite as sweet as a surprise beach picnic. For the price of a bottle of wine, cheese, biscuits and maybe a chocolate or two you've got yourself a date night that will have your partner thinking you're a 12/10.
2. Cocktail Night at Home
Cocktails are great and all, but at $20 a pop at your local bar, $15 if you're lucky, a cocktail night is not the cheapest of dates. Treat your partner to a night in and enjoy mixing your own drinks, getting crafty and maybe even a bit of friendly competition to see who can shake up the best cocktail.
3. Coffee Date
Espresso how much they mean to you with liquid gold, COFFEE! At about $4.50 a coffee, it's the perfect cheap date out.
4. Coastal Walk
Lucky for you, Valentine's Day is a Sunday which is a great excuse for a day out by the ocean. Australia has some stunning coastal walks which you can find here.
If you're feeling extra adventurous you could try tackling a hike together and be prepared to sweat, swear and stop every now to ask yourself 'Why did I think this was a good idea?'.
5. Outdoor Cinema
With so many beautiful public gardens, more and more outdoor cinemas seem to be popping up with twilight cinemas and Valentine's Day is no exception. If you're based in Wollongong, you can visit Sunset Cinemas. If you want a DIY alternative you could always hire out a projector, grab a bed sheet and enjoy a backyard movie.
6. Board Game Night
Enjoy a night in with your favourite board games. We'd recommend steering clear of Monopoly if you want an enjoyable night and to still be speaking to each other when you're done!
7. Paint & Sip Class
So the title of this blog post is date night ideas under $100 but we thought we'd make an exception because 'Paint Your Date' classes sound like a hilarious way to insult your better half in good fun. At $59 a head, we're $18 over budget.. sorry! But if you're looking for a cheap alternative you can always head to your local dollar store, stock up on some paints, canvases and enjoy a night of painting at home.
8. Go for a 5km fun run
We're totally kidding, there's nothing fun or sexy about having to run 5kms...
Still gifting this Valentine's Day? You can check out our full Valentine's collection here, with gifts perfect for your beach picnics, cocktail nights at home or just to show them you love them.