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.
For the lover who likes it hot…in the kitchen.
Take your foodie lover to a cooking class at La Cucina at the Market, taught by the restaurant’s owner Anna Maria Florio. Learn how to cook like a true Italian and become a pro at making handmade pasta and gnocchi. But maybe you’re feeling sushi or hors d’oeuvres, or you love Italian food but what you’d really love to learn about is food from Napoli? Well, they’ve still got you covered. Pro tip: buy your tickets soon because they sell fast. Buon appetito!
Add some mystery to your night.
Share a unique, mysterious night with your special someone this Valentine’s Day at the Red Owl Tavern, where they’ll be hosting an interactive murder mystery dinner. Every crime show and mystery novel nerd will go wild for a chance to solve this mystery, and with your tickets you each get a three course dinner with beer and wine. Crime, with a side of dinner — couldn’t get better than that.
Get out of town for the perfect pairing.
Plan a getaway out of Philly to taste the best pairings for your wine- and chocolate-loving sweetheart — and you don’t have to go far. In less than an hour’s drive, you can visit Chaddsford Winery, where for every weekend of February they’re hosting lovebirds like you to join their wine and chocolate tours. Enjoy live music with lavender chocolate and chardonnay…well, we don’t know what goes with what, but you can let us know.
Make fire on ice.
Being with your Valentine when it’s frosty out just means you’ll have an excuse to cozy up. Take your sweetheart to skate at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, where a ticket to ice skate will get you skate rentals, chocolates, flowers, photo booth (kissing) time, and allow you to make a special song request for your special person. Twirl, glide, and potentially eat it on ice with each other, all with a beautiful view of the Delaware River.
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.