50 Unique Date Ideas That Guarantee A Good Time
It’s tricky to keep things exciting every time you see each other – in fact, it’s almost impossible. But that’s where we come in. With a little creativity and (sometimes) a lot of effort, you could be doing something new every single date. And that won’t only equal brownie points for you, but it’s bound to make the relationship better, too (no matter how much we may enjoy it, nobody really believes Netflix & Chilling seven days a week is healthy for a happy coupledom).
Note that these are NOT first date ideas. Many of them aren’t even second-date ideas. These are for once you know the person a bit better and want to mix things up a little bit. After all, #1 is a bit strong even for a Guardian Soulmates meet-up.
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1. Poetry Reading
Write your own poem, read classic poems or even song lyrics to each other. Don’t worry about your public speaking skills; being able to laugh at yourself is a quality everyone can appreciate.
2. Read Each Other’s Tarot Cards
Things might get a little real (or far from it), but it’s a lot of fun.
3. Go To A Nature Conservatory
Just be with the trees and the breeze and get to know your date outside of hectic city-scapes.
4. Go Kayaking
Romance and friendship on the water, plus you’ll get a good arm workout.
5. Read To Each Other
Sounds weird but it’s weirdly intimate. Which is a good thing.
6. Play Board Games
Hanging out at a coffee shop or bar and playing board games is great for sparking competitive spirits.
7. Go Thrifting
Found objects are great conversation starters, and thrifting can make for an inexpensive date.
8. Jet Off To A Different Country
Because… you only live once.
9. Go To A Book Reading
Especially of an author that either of you really like.
10. Get Your Palm Read
Get your palms read by a psychic – do a couple’s reading if possible.
11. Go To A Sleazy Hotel
Rent out a cheap hotel room in your own city for a local escape or staycation. This is the best date idea for those in the midst of re-modelling or re-painting their homes.
12. Hit The Track
You haven’t really lived until you’ve gone to a dirt track to watch people race cars. If you’re lucky, there will be fireworks.
13. Write A Song Together
This works best if you are musicians, but it can be even more entertaining if you aren’t.
14. Go To The Woods
Pitch a tent, rent a cabin or stay at a family member’s secondary residence. Bring some wine, cuddle up by the fireplace and have yourselves a time.
15. Visit IKEA
This will weed out an inappropriate match in record time.
16. Have A Synth Party
Twisting knobs and plugging synths into drum machines and MIDI into MIDI-to-CV converters and uhhhhh…
17. TV Dance Party For Two
TV dance party. You just drink a ton of gin, turn the TV onto one of those music television channels and then dance. Hilarity ensues.
18. Draw Each Other Naked
And please… try to flatter one another.
19. Play Photo Shoot
Have a photography day. This can include nudity if you like, but it also just helps to break the ice a bit as you both pose in front of the camera. Your Facebook profile will thank you. Unless you do go naked.
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20. Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
Bake desserts. Something fast and delicious is preferable. If you want to really impress, then cater your dessert to your date’s dietary preferences. A solid gluten-free cake is definitely the key to a celiac’s heart.
21. Go To A Potluck Dinner
This is a dinner party where everyone brings something different, and they can be for two. The weirder the food, the better. Make separate dishes if you are both competitive types or prepare something together for a little bonding time. Potlucks attract strange types at times so you’re bound both to feel a little out of your comfort zones and often you’ll learn something new! Raw vegan food potlucks are crazy good and very strange!
22. Invite A Third Wheel
Not for a threesome by any means, but be open to inviting just one friend on a date to switch up your conversations, add a different energy and open up the possibilities of the night. The more eccentric the friend, the better.
23. Join A Contest
Check to see if your city has any local contests going on and choose one. This could be a pub quiz, a search for the next hot band or even a culinary challenge. Agree to join the contest, and see it through until the end no matter what your prospects are for winning. This is a great date idea since it can spread out into multiple dates and maybe even unlock a hidden talent or two.
24. Local Festivities By Force
Force yourselves to go to whatever cultural event or festival everyone is going to, but you’ve deemed yourself “too cool” to attend. Put on your tourist pants and enjoy it.
25. Indulge In A Tour De Food
This is where you order one very small item from as many restaurants as possible until you are full. It’s sort of the same idea as tapas, but between each “tapa” you switch restaurants. You can include drinks in the tour-de-food as well.
26. Paint Together
The couple that paints together stays together.
27. Watch Old Movies
Or B movies. These are so silly and predictable that you can probably talk all of the way through them, and it’s important to spend time conversing while getting to know one another. Relax in ways you’ve never known possible.
28. Walk A Borrowed Dog
Borrow someone’s dog for a day and take care of it as a couple. Take it on walks, buy it treats and play with it, get some cuddles. There are so many ways to do this now, from Borrow My Doggy to Dog Buddy.
29. Play Video Games
You can find an arcade that has a pinball machine and retro video games or dig up the Super Nintendo that you probably have stored somewhere in your parents’ attic.
30. Sing Karaoke
This might be a typical date, but take it one step further by actually picking difficult songs or singing your hearts out to your favourite songs without feeling embarrassed.
31. Nighttime Bike Rides
Nighttime bike rides – not as safe as biking during the day, but on a beautiful summer night with a perfect breeze, there’s nothing more romantic or fun. Just be sure to wear bike helmets and use lights.
32. Do A Groupon
Sign up for Treatwell or Groupon and buy the first offer they have (if it isn’t too expensive). Make that your mandatory first date – no matter how silly it is.
33. Make Astrology Charts
Figure out your compatibility using astrology charts. There are two types of readings you can easily find online for free: They are called “composite charts” and “synastry charts”. Both are likely bullshit, but why does that have to stop you?
34. Skinny Dip
Nighttime swims or skinny dipping – both are really incredible, but save skinny dipping for once you know each other better (if you can…).
35. Play In The Snow
You can wear your favourite coat and hat, snuggle up, and make snow angels together.
36. Internet Window Shopping
This is for when you’re really bored / skint and stuck inside together. What you do is go onto your favourite designer’s (or most expensive clothing store’s) website and pick out outfits for each other that you would buy if you had money. If you do have a ton of money, then this date will just be called “internet shopping”.
37. Paddle Boating
This is a summer activity and you can and should invite some friends. It’s peaceful and just really fun.
38. Throw A Themed Party
And invite your closest friends. Ideas: Birthday, Throw Back Thursday, Chili Cook-Off, Hannah Montana, Moving Away and Three-Month anniversary.
39. At-Home Food Challenge
Without going food shopping, try as hard as you can to create a meal or snack using the ingredients in your cupboard. This is an activity where you can really impress someone with your resourcefulness.
40. Go To An Extreme Sporting Event
Like a monster truck rally: watch huge trucks fly through the air and a crazy fireworks display.
41. Sweat It Out
Go to the gym and spot each other on free weights; then go race each other. If you’re a runner, challenge your date to a run, and if you’re a swimmer than challenge them to a swim.
42. Be A Tourist
Think of the absolute most tourist-y thing you could do in your city. If you can’t think of anything then go to your city tourist board’s website. Choose an option and go do it.
43. Go To The Casino
Go to the creepiest casino you can find, and play the penny machines, enjoy each other’s company and take in your surroundings.
44. Play Online Trivia
Hours of fun. There are so many online trivia options that this well shall never run dry. This is great for weeding out potential dates as well.
45. Go Ice Fishing
There are few things more romantic-cum-terrifying than ice fishing. You’re in a little cabin on a frozen lake, probably drinking beer or whiskey and practising patience.
46. Rent A Car
Rent a really amazingly beautiful expensive car for the weekend and just drive around and listen to the radio. Show up with your new ride at your date’s place and you’re bound to please.
47. Take A Ghost Tour
Find the nearest ghost tour in your city or take a road trip to a haunted house. Take pictures to capture the moment and check for orbs in the photo.
48. Watch Shooting Stars
Figure out when the next comet shower is and plan on camping out to see it. Think this date is probably the winner of the entire list, and if you haven’t taken your date to go see stars falling form the heavens yet then you’ll really impress her by doing so ASAP!
49. Take A Bubble Bath
And drink some wine, with the lights off and some candles going..
50. Get Drunk While Wearing Formal Attire at Home
Totally stupid, but if you’re reading this list then you’ve run out of ideas, and I promise you this is probably going to be more fun than any of the traditional dates you didn’t have planned.