If you have a date planned this Valentine’s Day, chances are you’re looking for ways to make the occasion special. Instead of calling it a day by giving a loved one a box of chocolates and Valentine, why not take advantage of one of these unique ideas?

1. A visit to Valentine’s Day botanical. Rather than settling on a bouquet of fresh cut roses, you can give your Valentine the gift of flowers by taking her to one of these botanical garden events. Venues across the United States will be hosting dinner, dancing and flower gazing around February 14. Check out your local gardens to see what types of events are available, then be sure to get tickets.

2. A romantic dinner – cooked by you! Esquire recommends this for guys whose girlfriends continually insist they don’t want to do anything this February 14th. “Take her literally and don’t have her do anything: You make her dinner, you set the table, you fix her a drink, you do the dishes, you massage her feet, you rinse, you repeat,” reports the website.

3. A psychic reading. Even if you don’t believe in psychic mediums, it might be fun to check out a local fortune teller and find out what she sees in the cards for the two of you. If the future doesn’t hold anything that sounds remotely likely, at least you’ll both get a good laugh.

4. Ice skating. It doesn’t matter if you and your sweetheart have yet to try this staple winter activity. Half the fun is watching each other fall down and lending a hand when someone needs to get back up. Just make sure you both dress warmly and spend some precious moments cradling cups of hot chocolate afterwards.

5. Rent the car of your dreams. Class it up even more by setting up a few floral arrangements, then head to a destination you both will be sure to love, whether it’s a trendy new restaurant, a dance club or that romantic dinner you prepared all by yourself.

And girls, don’t forget about that special guy in your life. Why not take this opportunity to make him feel really special by planning a Valentine’s Day surprise just for him?

Still not sure about what to gift that special someone? There’s time to think about it, but you may want to be prepared to spend at least a little amount of cash. In fact, according to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Valentine’s Day Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, conducted by BIGresearch, in 2011 the average person was expected to spend $116.21 on gifts leading up to the most romantic day of the year.