Uninspired on what to do for the big V Day? Bored of the same old dinner and a movie routine? Us too. Instead of sulking about eating an overpriced pre fixe menu and being forced to spend time at the cheesy neighborhood restaurant where they serenade your table, you're looking at this bulk hallmark holiday all wrong. Let's go back to the basics about what it was supposed to be- a time for togetherness that you'll remember and laugh about for years to come.

And boys, here's a hint: for Valentine's Day to be a success, it doesn't have to involve buying lingerie.

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Become a Chocolatier

Everyone knows chocolate is an aphrodisiac (and a lot sexier than oysters), but what you may not know is that the chocolate industry is one of the fastest growing industry in a bad economy. Take a chocolate making class with your loved one to sample delectable gourmet goodies and learn about layering flavors and textures. There are classes in all major cities (but book in advance, these are sure to be popular on Valentine's Day) and as a bonus, most are BYO. Cheers!

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Go Ice Skating in the Sky

There's nothing more romantic than twirling around on the ice channeling your inner princess to a backdrop of breathtaking cityscapes. On the 94th floor of the John Hancock Observatory in Chicago, it's the perfect excuse to snuggle with a hot chocolate afterwards and massage your sore limbs (yes, we're all that out of shape). Because skating at sea level is so passe.

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Defy gravity

Is there more of bonding experience than sky diving or bungee jumping? Get the adrenaline pumping by looking fear in the eye and taking a leap of faith on St. Valentine's, literally. If that's too intense, a helicopter tour of the city or flying lesson would be equally romantic and impressive.

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Touch a Tiger

If you happen to find yourself across the globe, there's nothing cuter than a baby tiger (there's also an elephant sanctuary in Thailand if that's more your style). While you can't bring these cuddly creatures home with you, maybe you can reopen the puppy discussion. After all, in the words of Paris Hilton, "Every woman should have four pets in her life. A mink in her closet, a jaguar in her garage, a tiger in the...". You get the idea.