valentine's day

One of the best things about Valentine’s Day can be giving gifts to your loved one. While flowers and chocolate have become popular gifts to give on Valentine’s, one of the best gifts you can give is time. Here are some gift ideas that are not only meaningful but also create a way for you and your significant other to spend quality time together.

1. A Hobby-Related Gift

A great idea is to give a gift related to a favorite hobby of your Valentine. Bonus points if you share an interest in that hobby. For example, if the two of you like rock climbing, new equipment and a date to a rock climbing studio shows that you are thinking about their interest and creating time for them. Or if your Valentine enjoys art, purchasing supplies and scheduling a date to an upcoming art show is a way to give a useful gift and plan a romantic night.

2. Get out and try something new

Why not try something different this Valentine’s? Trying new and different things can often bring couples closer together. When is the last time you went bowling or ice skating? Or have you ever tried Extreme Escape Games? Gather up another couple friend or two and sign up. You can choose between six different rooms and you have to work together to solve clues and escape within an hour.

3. Candlelight dinner and movie at home

Everyone likes to go out, but sometimes it’s even nicer to stay in. Set the table with fine china, light a couple of candles, and have dinner at home. If you like to, you two can even cook dinner together and have some fun before settling down for a movie.

Here’s a list from Lifehacker on some of the best movies to watch on Valentine’s.

4. Couples Spa Day
If you want to relax even more together, schedule a Couples Massage at A Moment’s Peace. If Valentine’s Day doesn’t work for your schedule, give a gift card to your partner, so the two of you can plan a special day together.

5. Experience 3D Dinner Theater

An interactive pop-up dinner theater that has become popular in Europe, Dubai and China comes to The Standard At The Smith House, at 167 Rosa L Parks Boulevard in Nashville.

The state-of-the-art dining concept is based on the culinary exploits of a diminutive animated character known as “Le Petit Chef.” Patrons will follow the 4-inch French chef character through a two-hour, fully choreographed, six-course dining experience that explores the route of Marco Polo. The mood, music, table patterns, exquisite decor and props all change with the chapters of the story to immerse the diner into one continuous 3D projected tale.

The show’s incredible six (6) course menu takes the patron along a unique culinary journey across the regions visited by the legendary traveler on the silk route. Using the ingredients collected on the journey, guests start their dining experience with the Chef in France and make their way to Arabia, India, the Himalayan Mountains then over to China. The dessert is a culmination of all the places visited and things found along the way. This flexibility in story telling will allow The Standard’s Executive Chef Joe Shaw to interpret his own creations as he prepares the culinary journey experience for guests.

Buy tickets here.

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