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Unique gift for your honey? Check. Lingerie game? On lock. Now there's just the small matter of what the hell to do with your sweetie when V-Day rolls around next weekend.

How many times have we succumbed to proving our love by way of a 10-course dinner at the hottest restaurant—where you can only get book a table at 11pm, and spend half a paycheck to still leave hungry? Exactly. Which is why we've taken the liberty of finding a few out-of-the-box ways to celebrate the romantic holiday.

Whether it's a competitive scavenger hunt in search of a bejeweled prize or an-night rager, this restaurant-free list is chock full of original options for getting some QT with your cutie.

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1. Romance in Bloom @ The Erin Hanson Gallery

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2732 Gilroy St
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(818) 860-1623
Make an "impression" on your date (get it?) by bringing them to this NELA painting studio to enjoy refreshments and view the artist's new collection, Romance in Bloom, a series of Van Gogh-inspired floral landscapes that would put even Valentine's haters in the mood for love. [Photo]

Time: 10am-4pm; Tickets: Free!

2. Darling Duo Succulent Workshop @ Rolling Greens

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7505 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 934-4500
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Even if neither of you possess a green thumb, this flower-free arrangement workshop is practically foolproof. The class includes sweets and champagne besides getting to take off with your cute creations. Space is limited so sign up ASAP. [Photo]

Time: 3pm; Tickets: $150/couple

3. Rhondavous @ Union Nightclub

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4067 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 737-1159
Moveable dance party Rhonda dreamed up this sexy Lover's Ball at the spanking new megaclub for couples (or singles, minglers, or swingers, for that matter) who love to rave. The fiesta takes place Friday—two days before the official holiday—and the musical lineup includes Bonobo, Guy Gerber, The Martinez Brothers, and more. Sorry, young ones—this one's 21+. [Photo]

Time: Friday, 9pm-4am; Tickets: $35-$65

4. Vintage Malibu Scavenger Hunt @ Malibu Country Mart

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3835 Cross Creek Rd
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 456-7300
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Adventurous couples will love this chance to race around the mall in search of hidden jewel boxes, with one lucky duo winning an 18 karat gold and diamond pendant worth over $2,000. Runners up will score gift cards to the shopping center. [Photo]

Time: 10:30am-11:30am; Tickets: Free!

5. Valentine's Workshop @ AIR Aerial Fitness

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8747 W 3rd Street, Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA
Why not have a date where you and your mate will break a sweat and try some gravity-defying positions? We're talking about a partner aerial workshop, duh. Besides the obvious strength and flexibility benefits, the workout will build the bond and trust between the two of you. [Photo]

Time: 1:30-3:30pm; Tickets: $80/couple

6. Cocktails & Kissing

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Pharmacie's roving speakeasy concept joins forces with local floral star Moon Canyon for an evening full of well-crafted cocktails, canapes, jazz, and—duh—romantic vibes at a mystery location. All details will be revealed upon reservation. [Photo]

Time: TBA upon reservation; Tickets: $40/person

7. Date Night @ Makers Mess

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602 N Hoover St
Los Angeles, CA 90004
The Silver Lake creative space offers a special edition of their regular "date night" in which couples partake in an artistic assignment. For this particular class, attendees will create silhouette drawings of each other as well as work on line drawings and a fun surprise project to close out the night. The holiday ticket price includes booze, bites and even a flower arrangement to take home. Done and done. [Photo]

Time: 7:00-9:30pm; Tickets: $150

8. Valentine's Class @ Playlist Yoga

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624-A N La Cienega Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(424) 249-3400
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Even if yoga's not your honey's fave way to work out, we bet he or she won't be able to deny this high-energy, music-based class that will have you two cruising through vinyasa flow to hip hop and dance beats. And to boot, yoga has libido-boosting benefits (ahem!). The studio will offer classes starting as early as 9am on V-day and you can sign up here to secure a spot. [Photo]

1. Romance in Bloom @ The Erin Hanson Gallery

2732 Gilroy St, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Make an "impression" on your date (get it?) by bringing them to this NELA painting studio to enjoy refreshments and view the artist's new collection, Romance in Bloom, a series of Van Gogh-inspired floral landscapes that would put even Valentine's haters in the mood for love. [Photo]

Time: 10am-4pm; Tickets: Free!

2732 Gilroy St
Los Angeles, CA 90039

2. Darling Duo Succulent Workshop @ Rolling Greens

7505 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Even if neither of you possess a green thumb, this flower-free arrangement workshop is practically foolproof. The class includes sweets and champagne besides getting to take off with your cute creations. Space is limited so sign up ASAP. [Photo]

Time: 3pm; Tickets: $150/couple

7505 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

3. Rhondavous @ Union Nightclub

4067 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
Moveable dance party Rhonda dreamed up this sexy Lover's Ball at the spanking new megaclub for couples (or singles, minglers, or swingers, for that matter) who love to rave. The fiesta takes place Friday—two days before the official holiday—and the musical lineup includes Bonobo, Guy Gerber, The Martinez Brothers, and more. Sorry, young ones—this one's 21+. [Photo]

Time: Friday, 9pm-4am; Tickets: $35-$65

4067 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019

4. Vintage Malibu Scavenger Hunt @ Malibu Country Mart

3835 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu, CA 90265
Adventurous couples will love this chance to race around the mall in search of hidden jewel boxes, with one lucky duo winning an 18 karat gold and diamond pendant worth over $2,000. Runners up will score gift cards to the shopping center. [Photo]

Time: 10:30am-11:30am; Tickets: Free!

3835 Cross Creek Rd
Malibu, CA 90265

5. Valentine's Workshop @ AIR Aerial Fitness

8747 W 3rd Street, Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA
Why not have a date where you and your mate will break a sweat and try some gravity-defying positions? We're talking about a partner aerial workshop, duh. Besides the obvious strength and flexibility benefits, the workout will build the bond and trust between the two of you. [Photo]

Time: 1:30-3:30pm; Tickets: $80/couple

8747 W 3rd Street, Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA

6. Cocktails & Kissing

los angeles, ca 90046
Pharmacie's roving speakeasy concept joins forces with local floral star Moon Canyon for an evening full of well-crafted cocktails, canapes, jazz, and—duh—romantic vibes at a mystery location. All details will be revealed upon reservation. [Photo]

Time: TBA upon reservation; Tickets: $40/person

7. Date Night @ Makers Mess

602 N Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA 90004
The Silver Lake creative space offers a special edition of their regular "date night" in which couples partake in an artistic assignment. For this particular class, attendees will create silhouette drawings of each other as well as work on line drawings and a fun surprise project to close out the night. The holiday ticket price includes booze, bites and even a flower arrangement to take home. Done and done. [Photo]

Time: 7:00-9:30pm; Tickets: $150

602 N Hoover St
Los Angeles, CA 90004

8. Valentine's Class @ Playlist Yoga

624-A N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Even if yoga's not your honey's fave way to work out, we bet he or she won't be able to deny this high-energy, music-based class that will have you two cruising through vinyasa flow to hip hop and dance beats. And to boot, yoga has libido-boosting benefits (ahem!). The studio will offer classes starting as early as 9am on V-day and you can sign up here to secure a spot. [Photo]
624-A N La Cienega Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069