Whether you’re a hopeless romantic or hopelessly unromantic, Valentine’s Day is approaching and it’s time to start thinking up ways to treat your special someone. We’re all well-versed in the art of flowers, chocolate, and teddy bears, but what about a gift that’ll keep on giving for years to come?
Ditch the mall — let’s try something new this year. Whether your boo is an adventure seeker or a culture lover, here are some unconventional experience gifts for V-Day that’ll keep them on their toes.
See a classic on Broadway.
There’s a Broadway show for everyone. If your other half is a real drama seeker, Phantom of the Opera might be the kind of heart-wrenching mood they’re looking for. For someone who’s still kid at heart, Broadway is, too — check out The Lion King, Aladdin, or Spongebob Squarepants (let us know how that one goes). And if you’re willing to pay some bigger bucks, Hamilton tickets are still up for grabs, and maybe you and your loved one can finally find out what all the fuss has been about.
Get classy (and tipsy) at a wine class.
If you’re significant other not only likes to drink wine, but uses fancy words like terroir and oaky to talk about wine, this might be a good option. Otto Enoteca, an Italian pizzeria that combines elegance with energy, offers wine classes taught by their very own sommeliers. Near Valentine’s Day, they’ll be hosting classes designed for all you hopeless romantics out there, taking you to Verona and back and introducing you to the romantics of the wine world.
Nothing says I adore you like making them your muse.
Get your creative juices flowing with some wine and a paintbrush. Like a Spanish holiday, you get a fantastic tapas and sangria experience, while also channeling your inner artist to create your very own masterpiece. Muse Paintbar has special Valentine’s Day themed paint sessions to romance it up for you and your muse — making it the perfect setup for your reenactment of Rose and Leo’s love scene aboard the Titanic.
Take your relationship to new heights — literally.
Experience Manhattan aerial style. Nothing says I love you to an adrenaline junkie like a helicopter tour over a glittering cityscape. Take your adventure seeker up to the clouds and show them just how boundless your affection can be.
Learn to love in a new language together.
The gift of learning a new language is one with longevity, and even though it’s hard work, there’s also lots of play involved. Your new language skills could mean an excuse to travel abroad and practice them with the locals, or at the very least, head over to your favorite tapas bar so you can put your Spanish to the test. Perhaps new pet names for your chéri(e), if you’re into that? Either way, there is a new world of opportunity to be explored with the knowledge of a new language, so take your pick out of the 11 languages we have to offer.