Valentine’s Day Special: 5 inexpensive date ideas

If you and your partner are saving up, you might not want to spend a bomb on fancy restaurants or $100 bouquets. For first dates, there are also ways to impress your love interest without breaking the bank. Believe it or not, burning a hole in your pocket is not a prerequisite to having a romantic Valentine’s Day.

1. Picnic under the stars

Grab a picnic basket and fill it up with your favourite foods. Gardens By The Bay, Marina Barrage, and Singapore Botanic Gardens are picturesque places you can go for an alfresco dinner. Take a stroll after your meal or just lay on your backs and stargaze. Don’t forget to bring a picnic mat.

2. Take a hike

Are you a couple that loves nature? Try trekking at the Southern Ridges. It’s connected to five other parks, so you have plenty of choices to catch the sunset from.

3. Get cooking

Go grocery shopping then cook a meal or bake a cake together. If you want a challenge, choose the ingredients for each other and exercise your creativity by seeing what you can whip up out of them.

4. Channel your inner yogi

Many yoga studios offer free trials. Sign up for a class with your valentine and you just might find that spark amid the poses.

5. Game on

Video games may not be the first activity you think about when the word “romantic” is mentioned. Make it a memorable Valentine’s Day and have a good laugh over each other’s body coordination skills while playing Just Dance. Video games cafes like St Games Cafe and Playnation offer packages for under $20 per person.

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