The 28 Best Valentine’s Day Date Ideas
No need to panic. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a mad scramble to organize the most decadent and over-the-top celebration for the one you cherish most. Instead, we suggest thinking outside the box to devise a unique plan for demonstrating just how much you adore your significant other.
No matter how long you’ve been together, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day that will have your partner singing your praises till Valentine’s Day next year.
To help you decide, we’ve put together a handy list of the 28 best Valentine’s Day date ideas. From mini-getaways to small events and activities, follow along with Next Luxury as we give you the best ideas for Valentine’s Day 2021.
1. Spend the Night in a Fancy Hotel
Ye Ol’ faithful. Find a hotel, compare room prices, make the booking, and hey presto, you’ve got yourself one hell of a Valentine’s Day/Night. While it may seem a little too easy, you really can’t go wrong with spending a night at a fancy hotel.
Whether you’re a fan of the finer things in life or think it’s about time you pampered yourself, hotels are a fantastic way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your partner. And with the ability to add on a bunch of extras like massages and in-room breakfast (in addition to the hotel pool and spa), you won’t be disappointed.
2. Head to a Museum
Experience something both romantic and enlightening when you head to a museum with your significant other on Valentine’s Day. Highlighting Ancient history, modern history, artwork, sculptures, and installations, museums and galleries offer a wide variety of experiences for you and your partner to enjoy.
From educational events to breathtaking collections, heading to a museum is sure to impress your partner. Even if you don’t have a museum near you, your city is guaranteed to have some historical and cultural sites for you to visit.
3. Take a Pottery Class
If you haven’t watched the classic scene from the 1990 film Ghost starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore, then you’re missing out on one of the most sensual experiences ever. Who knew a pottery wheel could be so sexy, right? Well, you can find out first hand by taking your partner to a pottery class.
You don’t even need to know what you’re doing to enjoy this hands-on activity. Just follow your instructor and you’ll be building both tension and a new vase for the flowers you probably bought. Recreate what many describe as one of the most iconic moments of 90s cinema and take your lover to a pottery class this Valentine’s Day.
4. Watch a Valentine’s Day Movie
But which movie I hear you ask? Well, outside of the titular Valentine’s Day movie and its massive cast of Hollywood stars, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of romantic movies to choose from, thanks to all those streaming services we now have.
You could pop on Love Actually to relieve some of that romantic Christmas magic from last year, or maybe you can dim the lights and marathon the Fifty Shades series. No matter what you choose, a night in with a movie and a bottle of wine (or two) is a fabulously easy way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
5. Plan a Mini-Getaway
If you’re able to spare an entire weekend, then a mini-getaway is a brilliant way to fit in more than one Valentine’s Day activity. If you catch my drift. Always wanted to visit the mountains? Find a cottage and spend the weekend looking at the panoramic views of nature.
Keen on seeing the big city? There are plenty of locations for you and your partner to get lost in each other. If it’s just a visit for the day, then look out for your regional attractions and top it off with dinner out of town. Get away from it all with the one you love this Valentine’s Day.
6. Go Ice Skating
No matter what the temperature is, you’re guaranteed to find a local ice skating rink near you. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to hit up the local lake or park to skate across the frozen waters with your significant other.
If you’re learning for the first time or teaching one another, you’re going to have a good time, even if you do happen to fall over. Pick each other up, share a kiss, and keep on skating. You could even go rollerblading if it’s too hot for ice.
7. Visit Your Local Bookstore
While books are typically a private affair, browsing through hardbacks and softcover novels isn’t. Considering that famous idiom, “never judge a book by its cover,” it’s a far more intimate affair than you would imagine.
Explore the literary world and discover something new about one another in the process. Venture deep into fictional tales, learn new facts and figures in the non-fiction section, and unravel a tapestry of knowledge that will bring you and your partner closer together.
8. Plan a Scavenger Hunt
This one might not be for the faint-hearted, considering the level of preparation that can go into planning a Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt. But if you’re up to the task, we highly recommend it.
First off, you have to set your boundaries, or else your quest may go on forever. Secondly, are you weaving a story through each discovery, or are you placing a different present at each stop? Your answer will help inform the next step.
Thirdly, come up with some witty clues. Ask for help if you need it, and finally, find a way to personalize it. The mark of a good scavenger hunt is originality, as much as it is an expression of your love on Valentine’s Day.
9. Go Stargazing
Making for a terrific stop on your mini-getaway for Valentine’s Day, venturing out of town and into the regional areas of your State to go stargazing can make for a beautiful Valentine’s Day present. Delivering a gift of wonder, you and your loved ones can stare up into the vast unknown, wishing on shooting stars and finding constellations.
Bring a bottle of wine, lay out a picnic rug, and maybe light a few candles. You’ll definitely need to leave the city to go stargazing, or else you’ll be looking at nothing but smog. The further away you are from populated areas, the more stars you can see.
10. Recreate Your First Date
Recreating your first date is a popular one for Valentine’s Day. Conjuring up vivid memories of those first precious moments together when butterflies and sparks fly, nothing quite matches up to love at first sight.
Of course, a first date is never the same for everyone, so it’s not easy to give exact advice on the matter. That being said, the best course of action is to list down all the things you remember from that day and see how many can be recreated. Once that’s done, the rest is up to you.
11. Organise a Picnic
Picnics are easy. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be lavish or romantic. Pick your location, grab a bottle of sparkling wine (or whatever the two of you fancy), prepare some nibbles (or just buy them from the store), and you’ll be in picnic heaven for Valentine’s Day.
You can get really creative with a Valentine’s Day picnic. Light some candles, maybe organize the picnic to match up with the sunset, or try our #9 pick and go stargazing. The only limit is your imagination, lover boy. Oh, and the size of your picnic basket.
12. Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride
Hot air balloon rides are romantic and a whole lot of fun. Take your partner sky-high and enjoy the scenery below when you go for a hot air balloon ride on Valentine’s Day. With most hot air balloons able to reach heights of 3000 ft, you can take in breathtaking views at a leisurely pace as you float softly through the air.
Inside the basket, you’ll usually have enough room for a small table, so why not plan a romantic dinner with a little bit of the bubbly. Just remember to pack something warm. It can get pretty cold at such high altitudes.
13. Sing Karaoke
It doesn’t matter whether you can sing or not; singing karaoke is a glorious time for everyone involved. If it’s a live mic, why not bring a few couples together for a wildly entertaining night. If it’s a more private affair, we recommend putting together a selection of songs that encapsulate your relationship.
Serenade your partner on Valentine’s Day and fill their heart with love. Plus, with a few drinks to loosen up those vocal cords, it won’t matter if you’re Sonny & Cher when you’re singing from your heart in front of a bunch of strangers and the one you love.
14. Catch a Comedy Show
Laughter is the best medicine. Throw a bit of love in there too, and you’ve got yourself one fantastic concoction for Valentine’s Day. Find your local comic shop and check out the local talent. Who knows, you might get lucky and have one of the all-time greats show up.
Improve clubs are another option for comedy on Valentine’s Day; just be prepared for potential audience participation.
15. Take a Virtual Cooking Class Together
You might notice the addition of the word virtual in this Valentine’s Day idea. Well, that’s due to the ongoing pandemic. And while that sucks, it hasn’t stopped chefs from organizing cooking classes for you to take your partner to.
With so many options available on the internet, you can find the perfect meal for you and your significant other to enjoy time and time again. Everything gets hotter in the kitchen, right?
16. Organise a Games Night
We recommend inviting another couple or two over if you plan on organizing a games night. While 1v1 competition is fun and all, the more, the merrier, right? Pull out the board games, get out a deck of cards, and maybe add a couple of rules to raise the stakes.
No matter how you go about it, everyone can enjoy a fun and romantic evening after a few games together.
17. Go for a Bike Ride
Depending on how bike-friendly your local area is, you can probably get away with cycling around town with your partner for Valentine’s Day. But to really maximize the romance, we recommend looking for a scenic route with plenty of sights to see.
If you don’t own a bicycle, you can always rent one. You might even want to consider renting a tandem bike for Valentine’s Day.
18. Get a Couple’s Massage
Who doesn’t love a good massage? We bet your partner deserves one, and we’re pretty confident you want one too.
Treat each other to a relaxing and revitalizing session at the local spa and just unwind for Valentine’s Day. Refresh yourself and your partner with a couple’s massage.
19. Wine and Chocolates at Sunset
You’d be mistaken in thinking this is just another way of saying picnic. There are vast differences between a picnic and enjoying some wine and chocolate while watching a beautiful sunset with your loved one.
Whether you’re dining in at a fancy restaurant overlooking the spectacle with desert, standing on the balcony taking in the vivid colors, or propped up on a park bench with your partner, there are so many ways to enjoy wine and chocolates at sunset on Valentine’s Day.
20. Try an Escape Room
An Escape Room might not spring to mind when you think Valentine’s Day, but when it comes to working together, nothing quite matches the companionship and cooperation that comes from escaping an Escape Room. With plenty of venues available, each with different options, just select your difficulty, maybe bring along a few other couples, and let the escape begin!
21. Visit Your Local Brewery
Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Whether your partner enjoys a pint or two, your local brewery is sure to have some quality drinks on tap for everyone to enjoy. Plus, with plenty of brewers teaming up with local restaurants and food trucks, you can add a delicious meal on top of a round of drinks for you and your boo.
Sure, it’s not exactly a candlelit dinner at a fancy restaurant, but with a casual atmosphere and the option to try new things, why not take your partner to the local brewery for Valentine’s Day in 2021.
22. Take a Cocktail Class Together
Cocktail classes are a great way to build trust and companionship between two people. Through careful combinations of alcohol and decadent ingredients, you can create the ultimate cocktail to symbolize your relationship together.
From mastering an Old Fashioned to preparing a fresh Amaretto Sour, there are plenty of options when it comes to taking a cocktail class together for Valentine’s Day. Here’s hoping you’ll be able to make some yourself afterward because if you can’t, it’s back to the bar for more.
23. Take a Painting Class
It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re the artistic type because creativity brings us all together. Invite your partner along to take a painting class and watch their eyes come to life with their very own masterpiece.
Plus, if you can find one of those painting classes that come with a side of wine, you can hit two birds with one stone this Valentine’s Day.
24. Take an Early Morning Hike and Watch the Sunrise
Depending on your location, this could be an easy option for you and your partner to start your Valentine’s Day off right. If you’re stuck in the city with no hikes to enjoy, then perhaps you could combine it with a mini getaway.
If you have mountains or forests right next door, then go for the most scenic option for optimal romance. Why not try out an early morning hike to watch the sunrise for Valentine’s Day. Just make sure you pick a spot that faces east, or you might have to stay there until sundown.
25. Go Vintage Shopping
Embrace your inner Macklemore and take your partner vintage shopping. Find a bunch of flea-markets, map out your route, and make this Valentine’s Day one to remember.
Whether you’re buying a bunch of ridiculous items or hunting down those top-quality bargains, op-shopping is a brilliant way to get to know your partner. Try on some of your grandpa or grandma’s clothes and relive the fashionable times of a bygone era with your special someone.
26. Take Your Partner Dancing
“It was a teenaged wedding, and the old folks wished them well.” If you truly love your mademoiselle, then it’s time for you, the young monsieur and madame, to say C’est la vie and go dancing. Whether it’s at home dancing to your Spotify or Apple Music collection or out and about at the club getting down to some dirty beats.
Taking your partner dancing has been a go-to Valentine’s Day date idea before VDay was even a thing. Even for those without the talent for dancing, a few lessons could have you waltzing on over to ring the chapel bell.
27. Go Bowling
Who doesn’t love a bit of ten-pin bowling? From early childhood memories to the cult-classic Kingpin starring Woody Harrelson and Bill Murray, bowling is a constant no matter what the occasion is.
If you and your partner love the sound of a quality strike or have plenty of time to Spare, then why not give bowling a red hot go. You can even spend some time in the arcade afterward to win your baby a giant stuffed animal or something cute like that.
28. Listen to Your Favorite Records
While the idea is to drop the needle on a couple of LPs, you can still listen to your favorite records even without the record player. Lay back and listening to the soundtrack of your lives, enjoy every tune and melody with your partner, and reminisce over all those memories you created.
Whether it’s Top 40 pop hits, or classic tracks from the 1990s, listening to your favorite records is a highly underrated Valentine’s Day idea that you should definitely consider in 2021.
The Best 14 Leather Jackets for Men in 2021
With the winter months (hopefully) dwindling down, it’s time to start planning ahead to a time where we can wear thinner jackets and fewer layers. While it may be tempting to quickly shed your parka and grab for whatever piece of outerwear is nearby, don’t reach for last year’s wardrobe item just yet. Isn’t it time you try something new, like, say, a leather jacket?
Though it may seem all leather jackets are similar, there are actually many different designs and styles that work for different body types and tastes. In this article, we will take a look at the hottest leather jacket trends that have hit the market this season.
1. Aaron Brown Leather Bomber
The Aaron Brown Leather Jacket from The Jacket Maker is an excellent choice for any guy looking for that traditional bomber look. This awesome jacket features a slim cut and ribbed cuffs and waist. It’s made with incredibly tough, yet soft, goatskin leather, making it a great choice for guys that aren’t used to wearing leather jackets.
One of the best things about the Aaron is that it shirks the classic pouch pockets on the lower half of the jacket, opting for two buttoned patch pockets on the chest instead. This design gives it a more streamlined look than most bombers, without taking away from any of the authenticity.
2. Saint Laurent Leather Biker Jacket
There is a reason why leather jackets and bikers are usually associated with one another. Historically, many motorcycle riders have seen a leather jacket as a stylish way to protect themselves, not only from the elements but also from the possibility of a crash. While this may seem hard to believe – it’s not like leather comes with a large amount of padding, after all – leather has actually been shown to offer more protection than your average vinyl jacket or equivalent.
Maybe you’re not hopping on a motorcycle anytime soon, but you can still treat yourself to this biker-inspired Saint Laurent leather jacket. With a price tag surpassing $5,000, it’s certainly our premium pick on this list, but if you’re looking for the leather jacket of a lifetime, you have it right here. This pick is sure to come with the “for life” quality Saint Laurent is particularly known for.
3. Reiss Keith Leather Cafe Racer Jacket
Reiss is a British fashion retailer that’s been around since the 1970s. For the first 30 years of its brand history, it focused solely on men’s fashion before eventually expanding to carry items for women as well. However, the fact high-quality items for men are at the heart of this brand is very apparent through their simple wardrobe staples such as the Keith leather cafe racer jacket.
This Reiss jacket comes at a considerably lower price point than its counterparts, which makes it a pick that packs a lot of value. It’s made from super-soft leather and features a full lining. It’s the perfect choice for anybody who prefers a slim-fit jacket.
4. Lavendard Brown Leather Bike Jacket
The Jacket Maker has something for everyone, including guys that are a bit intimidated by purchasing their first leather jacket. Not only is the Lavendard incredibly affordable, but it also has a really approachable look despite its biker moniker. With open hem cuffs and a tailored fit, it looks great with badass-inspired outfits as well as everyday wear.
The Lavendard is made of real cowhide, which means it will take on a great patina over time. But it might be a bit stiff when you first get it. The more you wear it, the faster it’ll form to your body, break-in, and soften up. The fact that it goes with so many outfits will help speed up that process.
5. Ksubi Capital Leather Jacket
The Capital Leather Jacket from Ksubi comes in 100% authentic leather and is designed to have a biker fit. It’s heavy-duty with a protective interior quilted lining. It also features retro details such as antique zippers.
Kusbi is an Australian fashion label that’s existed since the 1990s. While the brand was originally focused on high-end denim, they’ve expanded their offerings over time to include other textiles such as leather. Items from Ksubi’s collections have been shown at such high-profile events as New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week, and the company operates a flagship store in New York’s SOHO neighborhood.
6. Acne Studios Off-Centred Zipper Biker Jacket
Swedish fashion powerhouse Acne Studios is well-known for their basic wardrobe pieces, so it makes sense that they would have the classic leather jacket look on lock. We love the way this off-centered jacket packs a punch of personality with its multiple buckles and zippers, but we love even more the way that it does not compromise softness or comfort at the expense of appearance.
This jacket comes with a high-end price tag, but it has the high-end materials to match. It is made of 100% genuine lambskin and comes with an interior lining of 100% viscose. Its unique off-center zip takes its inspiration from street style.
7. Airin G-1 Black and White Leather Jacket
There’s only one way to improve upon a traditional bomber: Add shearling fabric. The Jacket Maker’s Airin G-1 Bomber will have ready to strap into the cockpit, ready to fly over Europe on a midnight air-raid. It has a thick polyester-lined collar as well as ribbed cuffs and waist for a nice, snug fit that keeps the wind at bay.
The Airin is made with real sheepskin, so it’s soft but super durable, making it a great choice for almost any type of casual wear. The dual front pouch pockets are great for a phone and a pair of gloves, so if you’re wearing it on a motorcycle, you’ll have the storage you need.
8. Saturdays NYC Leather Harrington Jacket
If you’re unfamiliar with the brand Saturdays NYC, prepare to fall in love. As a laidback lifestyle brand, Saturdays NYC infuses its love for all things surfer culture in all of its fashion offerings. While primarily known for their loungewear, such as sweats and pullover sweaters, they also happen to make one of the best leather jackets on the market right now.
The leather Harrington jacket features a smooth design and has deep pockets for your convenience. It is made of 100% lambskin leather and features a lining made of polyester. Staying true to its brand’s carefree nature, this jacket features a more relaxed fit than many classic leather jackets.
9. Berluti Piped Venezia Leather Jacket
Unlike the other options we’ve included so far, Berluti is known less for being a fashion brand and more for being a leather maker. Since its inception in the late 19th century, the Paris-based manufacturer has been producing fine leather clothing items and accessories, from belts to bags to jackets.
Berluti’s piped Venezia leather jacket is the apex of luxury leather fashion. Made from a distinctive brown shade, this jacket line has been around since the 1980s – and it’s a style that certainly stands the test of time.
This jacket is made from 100% authentic patinated calfskin leather and features shoulder patches and a buttoned collar. For optimal breathability, the jacket even features ventilation eyelets.
10. Dean Black Leather Biker Jacket
Let’s be honest.. A traditional racing-style biker jacket is about as cool as it gets. With the high band-style collar and heavy-duty zippers on the front of The Jacket Maker’s Dean Leather Biker Jacket, you’re sure to get that badass look.
The Dean is made with 100% real cowhide leather, so it might be a little stiff at first, but it will break in and patina like none other. The Dean features three zippered pockets on the front as well as zippered cuffs, providing that authentic racing jacket-look without killing your bank account.
11. Kingsman Burnished Leather Jacket
Kingsman is a line of high-quality clothing pieces that exists as a collaboration between Mr. Matthew Vaughn, director of the film The King’s Man, and international online fashion retailer MR PORTER. The line features items that are inspired by classic military style and timeless sensibilities.
The burnished leather jacket from the Kingsman line is unique for its length as well as its appearance. It draws direct inspiration from an aviator jacket worn on-screen in The King’s Man, a period piece that takes place in the 1940s. The jacket is made out of sturdy cow leather and buttons made of buffalo horns. It also features two linings – one made of cotton, and one made of viscose.
12. AllSaints Milo Leather Biker Jacket
AllSaints is a British fashion brand from the United Kingdom. Since its founding in the 1990s, it has grown to an international presence that consists of more than 200 retail stores across Europe, North America, and Asia. The brand is mostly focused on fashion for women and men, though it also sells footwear and other accessories. It has primarily seen its popularity grow thanks to its popularity among a celebrity clientele.
AllSaints makes a number of leather jackets, but the Milo biker jacket is definitely one to write home about. This is a jacket that brings out the very best of two very different worlds – including a soft composition and sharp edges – since it is made of tender lamb leather and decorated to the nines with perfectly-placed zippers and buckles. It also has a distinctive slim fit.
13. Golden Bear Sherpa Jacket
San Francisco brand Golden Bear may have its roots in ship workers in the San Francisco Bay since the 1920s, but it’s evolved today to combine both utilitarianism and high-end style. Although not as recognized outside of its native northern California, to know the stylish jackets of Golden Bear is to love them.
The sherpa jacket, in particular, is exquisite. Like any Golden Bear clothing piece, it’s designed to be worn for life, and fortunately, it comes with a style that will be sure to stay in fashion for decades to come, with brown distressed leather and a notable shearling collar that can be detached.
14. Tom Ford Zip-up Leather Jacket
Tom Ford is well-known for their high-end scents and formal clothing, but they have a strong foot in the casual jacket sphere as well. Not that this zip-up leather jacket is something you would wear to a casual house party. Its sleek edges and formal design make it more than suitable for a fancy professional event or night out on the town.
True to its brand’s roots, no attention to detail was spared in the creation of this particular wardrobe piece. Its straightforward design features 100% authentic leather and a cotton and polyamide lining. It is truly meant to last for life. Made in Italy, this jacket has shallow pockets in the front and a zipper down the center.
Leather Jacket FAQs
While there are many different unique leather jacket configurations out there, there are four classic syles you should be most aware of. In no particular order, they are the leather bomber jacket (also called aviator jacket), the leather racer jacket (sometimes called moto), the trenchcoat, and the fencer. While bomber jackets and racer jackets tend to be more relaxed, the trenchcoat and the fencer are more dramatic.
If you care for your leather jacket correctly you should have a wardrobe piece that’ll last you a lifetime. Most leather jackets cannot be washed at home and must only be handled professionally. The first step to taking proper care of your jacket is to adhere to this rule.
You should also keep your leather jacket dry as often as possible and keep it away from extreme heat or cold air. If you are not going to be wearing your leather jacket for a period of time, such as during a warm season, then you’ll want to be sure that you are hanging it up correctly – this means out of direct sunlight and in a properly-ventilated area.
Determining how much to pay for a leather jacket is a very personal matter. For an authentic leather jacket, you will probably be paying, at a baseline, $500. However, this price can easily skyrocket from here, depending on the jacket’s materials and manufacturing process.
Some leather jackets can cost as much as $10,000! There is no right or wrong number – it’s instead about the brands you like and the style that you envision for yourself.