For Valentine’s Day, you’ve tried it all before, from fancy dinners out to candlelit feasts prepared in-house. You’ve even gone full-send on big-ticket jewelry and that weird singing Roomba-esque contraption that Bluetooth pairs to your rice cooker. Valentines circa 2022 is different, though. Pandemic restrictions are easing, and travel is (slowly) returning to form. That’s why this is the year to not just think outside the box, but think outside of your entire town. The perfect way to do so?
An Airbnb gift card.
This piece of digital gold gives your partner (and you, vicariously) access to the entire world. No vacuum, no matter how soulful, is ever going to compete with that. This is the year to let the dust pile up and instead, get out and actually go somewhere with your partner.
An Airbnb gift card is easy and digital, with the balance delivered to the recipient’s Airbnb account. They’ll be notified of your gift, personalized message in toe, putting you in the enviable position of Hallmark Star for giving a great gift – that you can take part in, too, with a romantic weekend away. This also means that supply chain woes can’t delay the delivery of your gift and make you look like a fool when it comes time to hand over the card.
Once you have the gift card, check out Matador’s guides to romantic places to escape with your loved one (though after the past two years, anywhere fresh can stir up the juices of passion).
Once you have the Airbnb gift card, check out Matador’s guides to romantic places to escape with your loved one (though after the past two years, anywhere fresh can stir up the juices of passion).
You can also use an Airbnb gift card (or your general account payment method) to experience Valentine’s Day at home.
Romantic Airbnb experiences to spend a gift card on
Online tango lessons with an expert
In this experience, a pro dancer from Buenos Aires guides you and your partner through the basics of tango. Move the coffee table beforehand, because by the end of this 60-minute experience you’ll be swaying across the living room with a frenzied fervor that knows not the bounds of passionate romance nor the sharpness of living room furniture. It’s fun and easy to get even for dancers as sloppy and uncoordinated as Matador’s editors.
Price: From $15 per person
Learn to cook Mexican street food
If your partner doesn’t love tacos, it’s time to get a new partner. For the rest of us, we can impress our taco-loving better halves in this online Mexican street food cooking class. The chef comes live from Mexico City and walks you through the step-by-step process of preparing authentic street-style tacos. Bonus romance points if you are able to sneak a grocery run to pick up the ingredients by your partner with no questions being asked.
Price: From $25 per person