With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the question always looms of what you and your partner, or friends, are going to do for the big day?

If you’re a believer in Valentine’s Day, we know you’ve already started planning and deciding on gifts. If you’re not, use it as an excuse to go on an extra date and treat your loved one to something nice.

Coming up with the actual date and a gift idea can be difficult, so we’ve taken care of it for you. Below are some of our favourite Valentine’s Day date ideas in Brantford from casual to a bit more refined, just like our recommended jewelry pairings.

1. Skating at Harmony Square Downtown

Nothing like skating to take advantage of the Canadian winter. Bundle up in your favourite jacket and mittens with skates in tow, and head downtown to Harmony Square.

Open from 10 am-10 pm daily, hold hands as you skate around this iconic Brantford site. The best part? It’s absolutely free! You just need to bring your own skates.

Recommended Jewelry Pairing: Stylish and affordable, Elle jewelry features pieces all set in sterling silver 925 jewelry. You can find earrings, necklaces and rings for under $100 which is an absolute bargain for the name brand collection.

2. Beer Tasting at Bell City Brewing

Looking for something a little more casual but still a new adventure to experience with your partner? Beer tasting is the perfect combination of both!

We recommend getting a flight of beers each so you can compare your tasting notes on each of the beers, or have a competition at who can pick a better beer, your choice. Plus, their bistro has a Bacon-Pepper Grilled Cheese “Sammich”— need we say more?

If you’re interested in the brewing process and looking to fully immerse yourself in the world of craft beer, there are always tours available, just call or email to set it up ahead of time.

Not a beer drinker? No problem. Bell City Brewery also offers a variety of local wines.

Recommended Jewelry Pairing: Classic yet can take you from the boardroom to the brewery, Tissot offers both men’s and women’s expertly crafted timepieces. Watches always make special, timeless gifts and what better time than Valentine’s Day?

3. Dinner at Cafe Andreou

So you’re a little more classic and enjoy the wine and dine experience…we know we sure do! Brantford has a lot of great restaurants to offer but we just can’t get enough of Cafe Andreou.

We definitely recommend making a reservation, like, now, but it will be well worth it! Any of their food and pastas are amazing, but we love gnocchi— especially on a cold winter night. Their charbroiled New York Striploin is also a great choice if you’re more of the carnivorous type.

After an amazing meal, this would be the right time to exchange gifts over a coffee and Creme Caramel.

Recommended Jewelry Pairing: If you’re the romantic dinner type, then you’ll love everything Lafonn has to offer. Set in sterling silver, this affordable line of jewelry features colourful gemstones and simulated diamonds.

4. Elements Casino Brantford

Want to bring a little excitement to your Valentine’s Day? Bring your date to the casino for a night of fun. Who knows, you might even win big!

With a variety of games at your disposal from slot machines to live games like poker, blackjack, and roulette you’ll be sure to find your luck somewhere.

You can enjoy complementary drinks while you play, and when you need nourishment from all the activity, you can visit the buffet with a variety of gourmet offerings. Plus, the casino is open 24/7 which means you can plan your date to accommodate any schedule.

Recommended Jewelry Pairing: Bright and fun, Alison Kaufman brings exciting colour and luxurious diamond designs to their collection. They only select the finest gold, platinum, gemstones and diamonds for their innovative handcrafted pieces.

5. Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant

If you and your partner are more of the artsy type, or looking to get a little local culture, then this is the date for you!

The Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant is currently hosting an exhibit called “Tiny Squares: The Pixel As Material” featuring Kemp, Stebbins, Zazai, and Rosler. The group exhibit explores how these tiny squares are slowly taking over our lives both socially and now artistically as we are living in an increasingly pixelated world. The group uses a variety of painting, photography and sculpture.

Recommended Jewelry Pairing: While perusing the art, you might find a magical moment that would be perfect to give them a colourful gift they’ll love. We suggest Doves Jewelry as they always have something colourful that’s perfect for people who don’t like to stay inside the lines.

Brantford is a city full of exciting and creative experiences perfect for date night. Whatever you decide to do this Valentine’s Day, our jewelry consultants at J.H. Young can help you pick out the perfect gift for your significant other.