Valentine’s Day is best when planned ahead, but what if you forgot about the flowers, the chocolates and the dinner reservations? Thankfully, the internet can come to the rescue. Here are some Valentine’s Day tech tips to help you plan the perfect night, even last minute.
Seeing a movie? You can skip those pesky online ticketing fees by booking your tickets through the Facebook app. Right now, Facebook has a “limited time” deal with Fandango, Atom Tickets and AMC. They will pay the convenience fees normally charged by these ticketing providers, but you have to start the process through Facebook.
Just go to the Movies section on Facebook, or open the Facebook app. Then, tap the three lines next to your notifications for the menu with all of Facebook’s services. Then, scroll down and tap “See More” and tap Movies. The discount will be automatically applied at checkout!
Need the perfect soundtrack for your night? Try iHeartRadio’s new ValenTime Machine. Just pop your anniversary year into the website and it will pop out an instant playlist with popular love songs from that time. The ValenTime Machine goes back to 1970, and your playlist is sure to bring back some memories.
Spotify also has you covered. There’s an entire section dedicated to romance. Love Pop is one of the most popular playlists here – with nearly 3 million followers – but there are also playlists for all kinds of romance. There’s even a playlist inspired by the Bachelor TV show.
For a fun surprise, try asking Google Assistant to serenade you! Just say, “Hey Google, Serenade me” for a fun response that will definitely involve some singing and bad tech puns.
There’s always a ton to watch on Netflix. You can try their new reality dating show called Dating Around. It follows around six “real life” singles as they go on five first dates. Of course, in the TV world, “reality” is thrown around quite loosely. I’m sure the storylines and dates are engineered for maximum cringeworthiness. The show will probably make you appreciate your significant other a bit more.
You’ve heard of OpenTable for restaurant reservations, but have you checked out Resy? This is a website and app with some of the cooler new restaurants on the block, handy for nabbing a table at some of the hottest restaurants in town. Resy also offers some insight into the restaurants and has some great lists to browse. My favorite part: the website ditches dollar signs and gives you an actual idea of how much you’ll spend per person.
Two ways to send cards across the miles: Just Wink and Felt.
Just Wink lets you send digital cards that look just like the real thing. You can even sign them for a few bucks or toss in a gift card for your recipient. You can send these cards online for free, or have Just Wink mail them as a real card for a few bucks.
Felt is an app that lets you send cards that look like you wrote them out yourself. These are great looking cards that come in a handwritten envelope and a real stamp. My favorite part: you can even have Felt slip in a crisp $2, $20, $50 or even a $100 bill inside!
One more thing to try: play a game with Alexa called Date Your Dessert. It’s a skill from the Food Network that’s inspired by a dating game show. Answer a few questions and Alexa will help you narrow down the perfect Valentine’s Date Dessert recipe based on your preferences. To start, just say “Alexa, ask Food Network to play Date Your Dessert.”