Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
Serving Greater Cincinnati

Upcycled Love: 7 Fun Valentine’s Day Date Ideas Courtesy of Goodwill

Valentine’s Day is approaching, and while some may opt for traditional dinner dates or movie nights, why not infuse some creativity and sustainability into your celebration? Goodwill, with its treasure trove of unique finds and hidden gems, offers the perfect opportunity to craft memorable experiences while giving back to the community.

Here are some fun Valentine’s Day date ideas that incorporate Goodwill or items purchased at a Goodwill thrift store in Cincinnati:

#1: Thrift Store Challenge: Start your Valentine’s Day adventure with a scavenger hunt at Goodwill. Set a budget and challenge each other to find the quirkiest, most romantic, or silliest items. From vintage records to retro clothing pieces, let your imagination run wild as you search for treasures together.

Glass jars from Goodwill

#2: DIY Craft Night: Instead of buying pre-made Valentine’s Day gifts, why not create something unique together? Visit your nearest Ohio Valley Goodwill store for craft supplies like mason jars, picture frames, or fabric remnants. Spend the evening crafting personalized gifts such as hand-painted mugs, memory jars filled with shared experiences, or custom-made photo collages.

Little basket from goodwill
Little basket from goodwill

#3: Themed Costume Dinner: Turn your Valentine’s Day dinner into a themed costume party using outfits sourced from Goodwill. Whether you opt for a glamorous Hollywood couple theme, a retro ’80s prom night, or a whimsical fairy tale theme, Goodwill has an array of affordable costumes and accessories to bring your vision to life. Prepare a themed dinner menu to complement your chosen theme and indulge in a night of culinary delights and playful role-playing.

#4: Indoor Picnic: Pack a picnic basket with goodies from Goodwill, including a vintage blanket, wicker basket, and reusable plates and utensils. Set up a scenic spot in your living room and enjoy a romantic picnic for two!  

#5: DIY Home Decor Project: Spruce up your home together by tackling a DIY home decor project using thrifted items from Goodwill. Whether it’s refurbishing a vintage piece of furniture, creating a gallery wall with thrifted frames, or upcycling glassware into candle holders, let your creativity shine as you transform your space into a cozy haven filled with love and memories.

#6: Karaoke Night: Host a karaoke night at home with a twist by selecting your playlist from vinyl records found at Goodwill. From classic love ballads to upbeat dance hits, curate a selection of songs that hold special meaning to your relationship. Grab a microphone, dim the lights, and sing your hearts out together for a memorable Valentine’s Day serenade.

Colorful dresses from Ohio Valley Goodwill
Colorful dresses from Ohio Valley Goodwill

#7: Thrifted Fashion Show: Have a fashion show at home featuring outfits exclusively sourced from Goodwill. Raid the racks for unique clothing pieces and accessories, then take turns strutting your stuff on the makeshift runway. Capture the moment with a photoshoot to commemorate your thrifted fashion finds and showcase your sustainable style.

Share the Goodwill Love!
Share the Goodwill Love!

Let Your Big Heart Make a Big Difference with Goodwill

This Valentine’s Day, you can make new memories with the one you adore and spread love to your neighbors. When you embark on a thrifty adventure with your loved one courtesy of Goodwill, you’re supporting job skills training, job placement services, and other Goodwill programs that transform lives for the better.

Whether you’re crafting homemade gifts, exploring new fashion styles, or enjoying a picnic in the park, let your creativity and love for sustainability shine through as you celebrate your special connection. Find your nearest Ohio Valley Goodwill store today. Happy thrifting and happy Valentine’s Day!