Shopping for Valentine’s Day can often feel daunting when your significant other already seems to have every gadget, new scent and homeware item with your face on it.
To take some of the guesswork out of shopping, many people opt for an experience gift for their loved one – so they can experience something fun together.
Valentine’s Day is no exception, with many gift experience companies offering couples meals out for two, spa days and luxury getaways. But what if you could get the romance with a hint of unusual thrown in?
Whether it’s a strange dining experience you won’t forget or something to make you both feel like kids again, we’ve found something for everyone.
We’ve rounded up some of the top options in our roundup below.
Show your love in the ultimate way.
Take the lovers leap of 160ft and then cheers to the occasion with a mini champagne bottle to toast once you get down.
Embark on a super adventure of fantasy and fun, with the one you love on this immersive VR escape room.
The escape room is Alice in Wonderland themed, complete with a fictional world to save with the help of magic and mind-boggling puzzles.
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If your partner loves Alpacas, they’ll love you even more when you take them for a stroll with their favourite animal.
Wander through the beautiful Kent countryside and enjoy sensational views of the Romney Marsh and the wonderful farmland.
Enjoy an escape room experience from the comfort of your own home.
Immerse yourself into a world of mystery, blackmail and deception, you and your partner will have to solve the puzzles and break into the online vault – before it’s too late.
The games include 10 individual puzzles, and has an interactive online ending. The game is designed to be played with at least two players and up to eight, so you can get friends or other couples involved.
Price: £17, Not on the High Street – buy it here
Well, that’s one way to show your love.
Experience a Valentine’s Day like never before, by taking the plunge with your special someone in the super drop that is Lovers Leap.
The exciting journey will see you enter a cage where you are transported to the allotted 160 feet, where there’s not much else to do except for jumping. Once you have reached the bottom, you will both be presented with a small bottle of Champagne to toast your bravery.
Price: £120, Buyagift – buy it here
What could possibly be more romantic than smashing up a room with your beloved? Courtesy of Destroy’d, you and your partner can now take part in a brand-new rage room experience.
You’ll be provided with protective clothing including a jumpsuit, gloves and a face shield before guiding you to your rage room. Once inside, you’ll have 30 minutes to smash, obliterate and destroy a variety of large and small items using the weapons provided.
Price: £50, Virgin Experience Days – buy it here
Enjoy a bottomless brunch at Ballie Ballerson – the unique ball pit cocktail bar.
The venue is home to two huge ball pits and a million balls. You’ll experience the ultimate childhood nostalgia as you embrace all the excitement of the playground.
With two-hour access to the giant ball pits and 90 minutes of bottomless fizz and mouth-watering pizza on the menu, this is the ultimate date night. The trendy venue features a dance floor, a photo booth and a bar with an extensive cocktail menu.
Price: £60, Buyagift – buy it here
A wonderful and magical experience you both surely never forget.
Yourself and someone special will be fully immersed for an hour in a virtual reality escape room, inspired by Alice in Wonderland.
You’ll both embark on a journey to save Wonderland, with puzzles and mythical spells to crack through the warped labyrinths of the upside-down world beyond the looking glass.
Price: £49, Red Letter Days – buy it here
If you’re both true crime fanatics, this overnight break with a twist is the perfect treat for Valentine’s Day.
Put your detective skills to the test with this eerie murder mystery break for two, with various locations to choose from to suit your needs.
There’s over 100 original plots featuring twists, turns and gory confessions.. A delicious three-course dinner will be served alongside the murder plot and back-story.
Price: £189, Buyagift – buy it here
We’d like to hear it if there ever was a cuter date idea.
The two of you will wander through the beautiful Kent countryside and enjoy sensational farmland views, as well as enjoying a unique time with the alpacas, which make the perfect partner for a lovely country trek.
You’ll be led by a personal guide and walk at a leisurely pace, so everyone will be able to keep up and you’ll have plenty of time to stop and admire the scenery.
The walk will last roughly 90 minutes before you arrive back at your destination.
Price: £25, Experience Days – buy it here
If the Wild West is your go-to date night genre, then this immersive theatre experience is the ideal gift.
Experience life as an outlaw at Moonshine Saloon in London. You’ll go undercover as you get involved with Clyde Cassidy’s secret liquor operation. You’ll enjoy delicious cocktails and test your luck with some traditional saloon-style games.
Price: £72, Buyagift – buy it here
We couldn’t do a Valentine’s Day roundup with a spa experience could we? But this experience has a little bit of a muddy twist.
The rasul is a traditional Arabian cleansing ritual which will leave spa lovers feeling pure and calm and their skin exfoliated, leaving skin feeling fresh and supple.
The pampering experience will take place in a private temple, where different coloured medicinal chakra muds will be applied to specific areas of the body, while inhaling steam delicately infused with pure herbs.
The ritual ends with warm tropical water pouring from the dome to wash the muds away, a unique and tranquil way to relax with your love.
Price: £99, Red Letter Days – buy it here
Well, that’s one way to get your Valentine’s Day dinner out of the way.
Join Masterchef winner, Mat for a leisurely walk exploring hedgerow and seashore plants. You’ll explore and find a variety of wild plants, herbs and seaweed. There’ll be a snack break and a late lunch where Mat will host a simple three course meal.
The restaurant will use foraged ingredients in your lunch, these will change with the seasons but include delicious sounding treats like wild garlic pesto, hogweed and citrus brownies, elderflower and berry mess.
Price: £69.95, Not on the High Street – buy it here
Who said trampoline parks were for kids? Relive your youth with this fun activity that combines some history.
Set in a 176 year old disused cavern in the heart of the Welsh countryside, the venue is home to massive trampoline-like nets, all lit up with funky technicolour lights.
Explore the two chambers that are linked together with walkways and slides, perfect for you both to slip, slide and bounce as much as you can.
Price: £44, Prezzybox – buy it here